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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 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 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.