Concert Series

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Sleder's 2015 "On The Porch" Concert Series

crocketttposterSunday, February 15th- 4 p.m. 
Jim Crockett, Fred Ball
With special guest... Pat Niemisto
Tickets: $15 adv.   $20 at the door.
Outlets: Sleder's, Oryana Food, Brilliant Books

 Jim Crockett is the 'elder' statesman of the local folk community. His musical roots in the area go back over 30 years and many consider his 'Manistee River' one of the folk anthems of our area.
Sharing the stage and the spotlight with Jim Crockett will be his old friend and fellow songwriter,  Fred Ball. In the late 70's and early 80's,  Fred Ball transformed the Glen Arbor Roller Mills, from a grist mill into a recording studio.  Fred recorded many of the rising stars of the local folk music scene there at his studio.  Jim Crockett was one of the first if not the first to record there.  What only a few knew, was that Fred was a fine singer/songwriter himself.  Fred was a surprise favorite of the crowd at the 2009 August Picnic in the Park Folk Festival in Almira Township and recently opened for a Michael Smith performance
As a special added bonus for the afternoon.....Joining these two 'Old Friends' in this concert performance will be their good friend and fine performer, Pat Niemisto.  Patrick is one of the founding members of the fine Leelanau County trio, New Third Coast.  Pat's musicianship on a variety of instruments and his vocal harmonies provide some added lustre to any performance that he is involved in.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Bill Staines
Showtime: 4 p.m.

eaglesmithposterSunday, April 12, 2015
Fred Eaglesmith
with opening act:  Tif Ginn
Showtime: 7 pm

Eaglesmith, a songwriter’s songwriter, has a depth that is informed by miles of experience as a true road dog. Fred is not only the star of show but also the bus driver and chief mechanic while on tour, keeping him and his band on the road. Unlike many of today’s artists, touring is not something he does some of the time or only in support of a new record. Touring is his life and The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show is one of the last full time travelling shows today. Their busy itinerary added up to more than 270 days on the road last year and saw Fred only returning home long enough to play a handful of local shows and to go into the studio to record the new album. Adding a touch of the theatrics to every show, Eaglesmith dubbed his band The Traveling Steam Show and they began performing in steampunk-ish outfits a few years ago when he released his Latin-influenced rock album Cha Cha Cha. “It harkens back to the ’60s and ’70s variety shows that were on TV,” Eaglesmith told the Albuquerque Journal. “It’s a show. It’s a lot more than a concert. I like to pay attention to what’s cutting edge and bring that into the live show.”
     And with such great attention to giving the best in his performances both live and recorded, critics have taken notice.  The Bend Bulletin praised Fred as “a singer-songwriter with a loyal fan base: a raconteur known for his funny stories and sometimes funny, sometimes poignant songs…a figure to whom ‘entertainer,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘original’ can be applied in equal measure.” And the Los Angeles Times, in a live review, noted: “Eaglesmith snarled out lyrics that underscore his overriding attitude that music and musicians ought to be cherished in the here-and-now and valued for the quality of their art, not the size of their bank accounts or TV ratings.”
     Eaglesmith’s songwriting has also earned him multiple International awards and his songs have been covered by some of the biggest names in Nashville including Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert.


Sunday, April 26. 2015
Dana and Susan Robinson
Showtime:  4pm

'On the Porch' Concert Series is a monthly showcase featuring performers singing their original work in a concert in a club atmosphere.   It is a commitment to allow artists to perform their music in a concert setting and the series focuses on performers who write/sing/perform their own material.In keeping with that focus, all performers need to be aware that:

"Sleder's Family does not purchase music licensing from BMI/ASCAP//SESAC, musicians can only play their own music (YOU wrote it and YOU control the copyright) or their own renditions (YOU arranged it and YOU control the copyright) of public domain material. Make sure all musicians playing with you know this."

Sleder's Tavern takes great pride in our "On The Porch" Concert Series! Below are some of the great musicians that have played at the tavern. Many, many thanks to CONNEMARA CONCERTS for bringing the music to us... and to our patrons!

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