The Spring 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.

ABOUT THE CONCERT SERIES HOST – Christopher Cordle: Born and raised in Muskegon, Christopher C. Cordle is a graphic artist, a fine artist, a musician and a producer as well as a luthier who trained under the tutelage of Robert Sayers. Chris is also an accomplished singer-songwriter with three WYCE Jammie nominated CD’s. Chris has a degree in Graphic Design and specializes in illustration and branding. Chris is also responsible for the look and feel of our Watermark Live productions and creates the visuals as well as all of the branding for our shows. Chris has over 20 years of newspaper reproduction experience and was an original member in popular bands Yard Sale Underwear and original touring band Victoria Park in the early 1990s. Chris also worked under J.C. Howe with Muskegon Civic Theater to gain set painting experience.



Red tail ring

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ALL AGES - TICKETS $10 In advance $12 at the door

DATE: Red Tail Ring wsg Christopher Cordle & Angela and Ryan Corbin – April 18m 2014

WHAT: Watermark live - Spring Concert Series
WHERE: Watermark 920 - 920 Washington Ave, Muskegon
SCHEDULE: Doors open at 6pm
Opening act: 7:30pm
Featured act set: 8:30pm

TICKETS: All ages - General admission: 
$10 in advance or $12 at the door. 
Students (with school ID) and kids under 12 - $5 
Tickets available online and in advance at www.redtailring.brownpapertickets.com 

Tickets available in advance and in person at The Harbor Cinema, Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack during normal business hours as well as at Drip Drop Drink

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. Drip Drop Drink will also be on site serving up hot coffee concoctions in their pop up coffee shop. 

FOOD: Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack will be on hand serving up their famous sammies in their pop up restaurant. 

ABOUT THE MUSICAL ACT: Red Tail Ring – APRIL 18, 2014 
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.” This two-way connection between old and new takes center stage in Red Tail Ring’s upcoming studio recordings, scheduled for release in 2011. Two albums featuring Premo and Beauchamp’s original songs as well as their interpretations of Appalachian and folk tunes are in the works. As Premo explains, “We want to show references of the traditional forms that have inspired us in our new writing.” 

For Beauchamp and Premo, the duality of Red Tail Ring makes perfect sense. As performers, they balance an enduring regard for the ballads and refrains of times past with a restless desire to create melodies and narratives that resonate with listeners. In Red Tail Ring the duo also taps into each musician’s distinct roots. Beauchamp, an Earthwork Music artist who holds a joint degree in Ethnomusicology and English Literature from the University of Michigan (2005), melded his whimsical lyricism with Breathe Owl Breathe for his solo debut My Northern Voices (2008). Premo, who was raised on traditional music in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, pursued art and music at U of M earning a degree in Performing Arts Technology (2010). She also studied traditional Finnish music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland (2008). Premo has lent her talents to more than a dozen recordings in addition to her own albums, Innertwine (2008) and Stung by the Nettle (2009). On stage together Premo and Beauchamp create something rare as they use every facet of their voices and instruments – including guitar, fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin, mandolin and jaw harp – to connect with audiences. 

Beauchamp and Premo formed Red Tail Ring in 2009. During 2010, the duo played more than 100 shows in 11 different states, including festivals and venues in the Midwest, the South and the East coast. Highlights included opening the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston, Michigan which featured Justin Townes Earle, Todd Snider and Greensky Bluegrass; playing twice to enthusiastic crowds at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and bringing their old-time hybrid back to its roots in the Appalachian Mountains by playing the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, West Virginia. Along the way, Red Tail Ring turned even raucous barroom listeners into fans of their fiddle, banjo and guitar tunes. At festivals, seasoned grassroots audiences greeted their fresh blend of old and new with surprise and delight. In 2011, Red Tail Ring is looking to reach wider audiences and excited at the prospect of connecting with new listeners and greeting friends made in 2010. For Premo and Beauchamp, Red Tail Ring encircles their present and future – a place where expansion and creativity meet tradition, and thrive. 


Rachael davis
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ALL AGES - TICKETS $10 in advance $12 at the door

DATES: Rachael Davis & Joshua Davis – May 16, 2014

WHAT: Watermark Live Spring Concert Series

WHERE: Watermark 920 - 920 Washington Ave, Muskegon

SCHEDULE: Doors open at 6pm
Opening act: 7:30pm
Featured act set: 8:30pm

TICKETS: All ages - General admission: 
$10 in advance
$12 at the door. 
Students (with school ID) and kids under 12 - $5 
Ticket available in person at Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack during normal business hours.

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. Drip Drop Drink will also be on site serving up hot coffee concoctions in their pop up coffee shop. Drip Drop Drink

FOOD: Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack will be on hand serving up their famous sammies in their pop up restaurant. 

Rachael Davis & Joshua Davis – May 16, 2014 – 
About Rachael Davis 
When Rachael Davis first opened her mouth to sing she had clear tone, sharp control, an extensive range and a keen understanding about the nature of a tune, which were all unusual for a two-year-old. At five-years-old she learned to sing harmony to the mountain songs her mother sang to her, at eight she earned five dollars for her first paying gig with the family band Lake Effect. At nine-years-old Rachael took up piano and started writing the songs that would ultimately prime her for her future as a songwriter. At twelve she took her first guitar lesson, at fourteen she began performing without her parents. At fifteen, sixteen and seventeen-years-old Rachael was writing songs that laid bare wisdom which widely exceeded her years. When Rachael was eighteen her father put his Bart Reiter banjo in her hands and taught her how to play claw hammer banjo. Rachael will joke that by doing this, her father had cursed her for life, but the reality is that he had allowed his daughter to discover her first devastating love in the lilting splendor of a well played old-timey tune. At twenty Rachael recorded and released her first album “Minor League Deities” that was a collection of the songs she had been writing during her teenage years. The album won critical accolades in the acoustic music scene and acclaim among folk music listeners. The year after “Deities” was released Davis took her song and dance from the comfort of her Midwestern upbringing to the roar of the east. She made a place for herself in Boston, Massachusetts where she found good friends, reticent success and new influences that would catapult her into the next stage of songwriting. Coming into her own as she played for passers by on the city’s sidewalks and subway platforms Rachael started drawing musical inspiration from sources that weren’t in her parents’ substantial vinyl collection. She was discovering new artists with new sounds and new songs all on her own. Whether they were contemporary sounds that the world at large was hearing for the first time, or they were the classics that Davis was encountering for the first time. Rachael found sanctuary in basement level record stores and Boston’s premier acoustic music clubs. She fell in love with the voices of Patty Griffin, Aoife O’Donovan [Crooked Still] and Deb Talan [The Weepies]. Rachael began to listen with a discerning ear to the songwriting of Gillian Welch and Greg Brown, got a few performance tips from stage veterans like Vance Gilbert and Cheryl Wheeler and even got the guided tour, a time, or two, from Josh Ritter, who was a local at that time, and indie rock’s parade float princess, Mary Lou Lord. These influences and experiences set a heavy hand on the artist that Rachael is today. 

Because Davis has been swayed by so many different types of music her style is difficult to file and will not languorously rest amid broader musical genres. Rachael’s slant on acoustic music can aptly be explained by a mixed cassette tape that her father played during her early childhood in the family’s Chevy Cavalier station wagon “Iggy”. On one side of the cassette was the soundtrack for the film The Big Chill on the other side was John Hartford’s “Areoplane”. Countless hours of riding and listening during such a critical period for a receptive child had a lasting impression and thus created Davis’ very own category of acoustic music that she amorously calls ‘Motown-Banjo’. 

In the time of her 10 year solo career Rachael has released 4 albums including one collaboration with the Lansing, Michigan based American-roots band Steppin’ In It and one live record with long-time musical partner Brett Hartenbach [Daniel Johnston] that came out of a live radio show recorded in Breman, Germany in May of 2004. Davis has lent her voice to countless other recordings including tracks for film, television and guest vocals on other records. Rachael Davis Music
joshua davis
Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, and the land. He writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n' roll and vintage soul. Performing Songwriter Magazine called the result, "Some of the liveliest and most rocking roots music around. 

For over 15 years Joshua has made his living sharing his songs, stories and knowledge across the US and Canada at festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses and dives - as a solo act, front man for roots ensemble "Steppin' In It", classic swing band "Shout Sister Shout", songwriter showcase band "The Starlight Six" and frequently as a workshop facilitator, presenter or instructor. 

His music is steeped in ragtime blues, sweet jazz and real country but Davis's broad schooling in the cultural, political and musical roots of American tradition has resulted in more than a simple retelling of universal themes. Dubbed, "the Michigan version of the Great American Songscape" (Chris Reitz, Elderly Instruments), his catalog is a seamless snapshot of American past and present. 

Davis has released three critically acclaimed solo albums, five albums with Steppin' In It, a record of jazz standards with Shout Sister Shout, and has appeared on too many albums to count. His most recent album, "A Miracle of Birds" is inspired by his travels in the Palestinian West Bank with non-profit organization On the Ground. About the album, Revue magazine says, "His heartfelt documentation of 'people as people' offers up compassionate songs of hope, darkness and perseverance." 

Joshua has performed live on the internationally syndicated programs Mountain Stage, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour and Backstage Pass. His songs have been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, Folk Alley and The Mix and he has played scores of prestigious festivals and venues not to mention every festival Michigan has to offer. 

His music receives regular airplay across the US and has been heard in at least 180 countries. His records have consistently appeared on major independent and free-format radio charts. Among other honors, "Fool Rooster" earned the album of the year slot from Progressive Torch and Twang, a cult favorite Americana show on WDBM, "Magnolia Belles" won Americana album of the year from WYCE, "Simple Tunes for Troubled Times" was one of Folk Alley's best albums of 2009 and Shout Sister Shout's "Hit That Jive" reached #1 on the Roots Music Report jazz chart and was the longest charting jazz album of that year. 

His greatest honor as a writer came recently when the Michigan Historical Museum recognized his work in "Put It On Paper", an exhibit examining the creative process alongside legendary creative minds such as Ernest Hemingway and Laura Ingalls-Wilder. He lives in Lansing, Michigan with his lovely and brilliant wife and daughter. 


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