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*we are pleased to partner with Kids Food Basket in Muskegon. (This is a free - all ages event - donations of any amount are greatly appreciated - not required - all donations will be given to Kids Food Basket Muskegon)

Watermark Live and Local Spins present:
The Way Down Wanderers at Watermark 920 for our Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Watermark 920 continues to offer space for events and a stage for musical acts to perform in an intimate setting and we are really excited to partner with Local Spins on the series. The concert series is designed to expose the artists who put their experiences to music and share it from the stage. 

Artists are not chosen based on genre, rather they are chosen because they exhibit rare potential. Each concert is unique and makes for a diverse series of shows.

Watermark 920 is a great venue to enjoy live music, beer/wine from the cash bar, and Fatty Lumpkins sandwiches. Our bar will feature local craft beer options as well as a variety of non-alcoholic choices too. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Watermark Live Summer Concert Series 

Watermark 920 - 920 Washington Ave, Muskegon

Keeping the spotlight on talented West Michigan bands: That's been a mission of mine while spending 13-plus years as a music critic and entertainment writer for the Grand Rapids Press. My "Local Spins" reviews and features -- as well as annual Local Spins of the Year awards -- have focused attention on a host of important and eclectic Grand Rapids area bands and artists, including Drew Nelson, Ralston Bowles, The Crane Wives, The Fuzzrites and more.

Now, at the Spins on Music website at www.localspins.com that continues with weekly features on different artists who appear on radio on my "Local Spins Live" segment at 10 a.m. Wednesdays on News Talk 1340 AM. And look for regular "Local Spins Live" concerts at area venues featuring some of these up-and-coming acts which deserve broader attention. I profile Local Spins artists at Spins on Music on Thursdays, with exclusive video performances on the site, and highlight my picks for weekly concert offerings in the Grand Rapids area. https://www.facebook.com/localspins/timeline

CHARITABLE PARTNER: We are pleased to work with Kids Food Basket, Muskegon. We feel the best way to have a healthy community is to support it and the kids who belong to it! Kids Food Basket helps kids right here in our community....to read more, please visit their website here:http://www.kidsfoodbasket.org/about-us/muskegon] during the evening we will have lunch sacks available for you to decorate and we will donate them back to Kids Food Basket. We will provide the lunch sacks and the crayons/markers you just supply your imagination! 

DETAILS: There is plenty of seating, plenty of room to dance, and full service bar featuring Michigan beer and wine.. Join us in an intimate setting enjoying an evening of music. 

FOOD: Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack will be on hand serving up their famous sammies in their pop up restaurant. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fatty-Lumpkins-Sandwich-Shack/165687220117308

The Concert series was created by the team behind Watermark Live and showcases musical acts touring the great state of Michigan. The evening is hosted by singer/songwriter Christopher Cordle. The Spring Concert series is designed to expose the artists who put their experiences of these peninsulas to music. Artists are not chosen based on genre, rather they are chosen because they exhibit rare potential. Each concert is unique and makes for a diverse series of shows.


Muskegon Magazine.com, Muskegon County's online magazine

Watermark Summer Porch Show Aug. 13Free with Reserved Ticket


Ralston Bowles performs July 30, free with suggested donation. But to attend the special porch show August 13 with Dean Fields, you have to let Sarah Sass know by emailing her. Space is limited at this new venue: the porch outside Watermark 920, Muskegon’s most innovative space for events.

Drop Sarah an email today and let her know how many tickets your group needs at sarah@watermarkcenter.com.Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

What a great place to enjoy a cash bar and Fatty Lumpkin’s sandwiches! The porch will feature Dean Fields, a Nashville singer/songwriter who is on the road with his most recent release "Any Minute Now."

Over 1000 shows, 10 years, and 200,000 miles have passed since Dean Fields went on the road to pursue a career in music. During that time his address changed from Richmond, Virginia to Miami to Boston until most recently settling in Nashville, Tennessee.

Above, Dean Fields performs “More Than I Deserve,” a song co-written with Lori McKenna.

"Dean Fields writes lyrics like Leonard Cohen and sings like Jeff Buckley. It's no surprise that there's a serious buzz on this Virginia singer-songwriter,” read a review in Free Times.

While continuing to feed his passion for music, Dean is fueled by a single-minded love to perform, sharing the stage with Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, KT Tunstall, Blues Traveler, Rosanne Cash, Eric Hutchinson, Colin Hay, Bob Schneider, Auqualung, Hootie and the Blowfish, John Hiatt, Cake, Bruce Hornsby, Rusted Root, Madeleine Peyroux, Carbon Leaf, and others.

In addition, Fields' maturity as a writer and performer is brought to the fore by some of the region's finest musicians. His band features members of Mandy Moore, Sparklehorse, Agents of Good Roots, KD Lang, Carbonleaf and Modern Groove Syndicate.

Dean began his career in 2001 while living in Miami. After being inspired by the abrupt break-up of a long-term love interest, Fields began to document his pain and sadness the only way he knew how — he wrote about it. "I was living in this beautiful place with gorgeous people and amazing nightlife, and where was I?” said Dean. “Holed up in a corner room depressed and writing songs."

Upon receiving the distinction of "Best of Miami" and performing at the premier Billboard Live, the singer-songwriter made the decision to leave Miami and dedicate himself to developing his craft and performing live. "I just woke up one day and said, 'screw this all I want to do is play music.' And off I went."

Fields has blended a mix of folk-alternative Americana to create a sound only unique to him. His natural and melancholy voice stands out from the mix. According to the Miami Herald, “He sings with the tender high tenor of Tim Buckley and the plain spoken poetry of Jim Croce.”

In addition to releasing two albums since taking to the road in 2003 Fields has been showcasing his talents at BMI songwriter showcases in Nashville, Los Angeles, New York and at the BMI Brunch at SXSW. He was also the Southeast Region finalist in the independent music world series in 2004, chosen over a group of 1200 acts and has had his music featured on MTV's Real World, Road Rules and Sorority Life.

We are fortunate to have booked Dean for August 13. Be sure to reserve your tickets today by emailing Sarah at sarah@watermarkcenter.com. You must have a ticket to attend!

Ralston Bowles Performs July 30

Also performing in the Watermark Live Summer Concert Series is Ralston Bowles, July 30. Admission is free and donations of any amount are greatly appreciated but not required. All donations will be given to Kids Food Basket Muskegon. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. for this all ages show.

Watermark 920 continues to offer space for events and a stage for musical acts to perform in an intimate setting and we are really excited to partner with Local Spins on the series.

Ralston Bowles' writing has garnered prizes from American Songwriter Magazine, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Country Music Television, Unisong, International Song Competition and Kerrville New Folk. In his travels, Ralston has been asked to open and sometimes play with Shawn Colvin, T-Bone Burnett, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

Above, Ralston Bowles performs “Grace” at C2G Music Hall in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Ralston’s father played fiddle, guitar and banjo before leaving Appalachia to find work in the Indiana steel mills. At 16, Ralston’s first professional performance came after being asked to make up some “story songs” for the neighborhood social time. After school, Ralston played Midwest clubs and coffeehouses and his songs caught the attention of other traveling musicians, such as Caroline Aiken, Peter Mulvey, Rachael Davis and Drew Nelson, all of whom continue to perform Ralston’s originals.

His debut CD was “Carwreck Conversations” and the follow-up was “Rally at the Texas Hotel.” Enjoy this singer/songwriter Thursday, July 30 at the Watermark.

Muskegon Magazine.com, Muskegon County's online magazine

July 21: Truth in Jazz Big Band

Tuesday, July 21, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra will perform, 16 of the area’s top musicians playing charts from the classic era of big bands and from today’s hottest arrangers. Word is getting out, so arrive early to claim your chair!

Fronted by West Michigan’s legendary drummer, Tim Fronceck, TIJO will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. so you can enjoy dinner from Fatty Lumpkin’s Sandwich Shack and Drip Drop Drink. Plus, enjoy a fully stocked cash bar.

General admission is $5 at the door, and only $2 for students. This is an all-ages show, so bring your kids and grandkids so they can hear a real big band! Spread the word, hepcats are in the groove with this righteous combo. For updates and to talk up the show, visit the Facebook event here.

For a sample tune from the Truth in Jazz Orchestra wail, visit their website here.

Watermark 920 is located at the corner of Washington and Division in Downtown Muskegon. This progressive urban address integrates productivity with creativity and is redefining event planning on the lakeshore. For corporate events, weddings and other celebrations, consider Watermark 920. Learn more at WatermarkCenter.com, phone or email General Manager Laurel Sass at (231) 578-0469 and laurelsass@watermarkcenter.com.