1. Salt Breaker Set in the barn
2. Kid's Parade with Dan Rickbaus and Andru Bemis and the kiddos!
3. Biting into my first Bob's Burger
4. Hearing Samantha and Henry sing crazy loud to Seth and May
5. After Party Staff Jam where every one started chanting " Buddha and Robot" while the two danced on the balcony and transitioned into "Thank you very much-O Mister Robot-O!"
1. Dancing with my sweetheart in the barn during Bob Bernard's always incredible waltz hour!
2. Performing with Allison in our Spirits Rising set at 10:00 Sunday morning, singing to the still waking up audience in the magical barn as the rain gently fell outside.
3. Being part of Chris Dorman's Saturday night lullaby set at Maddie's circle.
4. Serenading the kitchen on Sunday afternoon
5. Being witness to the powerful, soul-filled Earthwork Women's set on Sunday afternoon.
1. Gregory Stovetop's Go-Rounds percussion section. They were so enthusiastic and unbelievably able to parallel his enthusiasm and dance moves.
2. The Aereo-Plain barn set, which felt like a radio hour from a bygone era in the best way, complete with single condenser mic and exceedingly impressive talent.
3. Matt Jones's set and the most heavenly string section to ever exist.
4. The SLASH sale poster
5. Accompanying Dan Kahn during his Cedar stage set with Laura Bates and Susan Fawcett... in Dan's own words: "The most beautiful man in the world."
1. The staff/artist gazebo jam sunday night that went all the way to dawn: featuring Eric Nassau, Matt Rasch, Wild Bill, and Dave Menzo!
2. Participating in the Earthwork Women Soul Choir!
3. Watching the rain soaked ethusistic contra dance at the Hill Stage.
4. Heartfelt Hugs from All Around
5. Bill Chesney rockin the Steve Jobs speech during Vulfpeck!
1. Wild Bill flute solo to "In the Air Tonight"
2. stealing a hot shower on Sunday just as the rain was stopping
3. Seth's flu-driven stripped down Being This Being 10 yr revival
4. Discovering that the apostrophe in Steppin' In It was crashing the merch booth app
5. Michael Anne's "shit!" keeping it real during a soulful Earthwork Women set.
1. Running with plate in hand & food flying in order to catch this version of Pat Carroll’s “Separate Beds” by Gregory Stovetop! Pat loved Greg and his music, and he would “freaking love this” in the words of his sister Jodi.
2. Freestyling with Micah Middaugh into his tape player until there was a crowd of musicians gathered round, simultaneously laying down phrases and giving bear hug hello’s.
3. Practicing for the Earthwork women’s set in the goat barn. Several men trickled in and then softly backed out upon seeing all those assembled women musicians. But Brennan Andes wasn’t so soft. He yelled something to the effect of “Woah! That’s a lot of energy right there!” while doing a crouched-down, backwards back-out.
4. Performing the new Maraj record "Voyager" & getting a double encore in the rain!! Darius Greer and Motorcitykam (of Maraj) experienced their first Harvest Gathering this year. Seeing their unbridled enthusiasm both on & off stage made my weekend!
5. Feeling inspired and humbled when Seth performed his “Being This Being” album in the barn despite being sick, producing the festival, playing lots of sets and being a new pop. It reminded me of the time Seth nailed an acoustic set at Martini’s in Kalamazoo, MI despite being sick. It also reminded of the moment before when I felt overwhelmed about what I had yet to pull off. And then I laughed and remembered that I wouldn’t trade this weekend, these friendships, and all the related hullabaloo for anything. #showupandbuckup
1. FINALLY meeting Iris Betsy Bernard! Got to spend some quality time with this sweet munchkin and helped her experience her first apple.
2. Josh Davis performing "Holy Land" on Zeek's bus during the double slash sale
3. Hanging with long-time-no-see friends Susan Faucett and Micah Middaugh late night at the Artist Hospitality tent. We shared personal stories of nature survival and ate delicious gyros from the amazing HG Kitchen.
4.Fulfilling a life-long dream of being in Dan Kahn's band. (Don't tell him I said that)
5. Feeling so honored to be playing, singing and shedding tears on David Fetzer's "Spaceman" during the EW Women set.
1. MARAJ on the Hill Stage. Double encore in the pouring rain.
2. VULFPECK! Here's to having fun with music and performance! sweet sweet boys
3. Hardest Gameshow Ever
4. Conversation with Stovetop about burying Stovetop in the compost pile so he can jump out and scare gathering peacocks.
5. Great set by the Antivillians from Toledo, OH.
1. MC'ing for the ROCK hour - Airborne or Aquatic, Seth and friggin' May, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, and the highly acclaimed Olllam!
2. Hearing Michael Beauchamp sing "Up on the Hill Where they do the Boogie"
3. Announcing who won the raffle for Michael Anne's masterpiece - and reading one of my friend's names! (Meghan Smith, you lucky lil' gal...)
4. Taking in Seth Bernard's "Being This Being" album in the barn...talk about nostalgia!
5. Seein' my lil' buddy Nolan (Kristy Fattore's son) all weekend long AND at the dobro workshop...I pledged to give him a lifetime of free dobro lessons if he's excited about that sort of thing!
1. Sunday night let down, listening to Chris Dorman's set as a new family. Sleeping baby Iris, cozy between Mama and Papa on a couch in the barn. Wild Bill got up and put his own blanket over us three.
2. Rehearsing with EW women in the goat barn and hearing the beautiful voices singing David Fetzer's song, Spaceman, for the first time. A tearful portal, two worlds colliding.
3. Bill Chesney coming through with the Slash sale sign for Zeek's bus
4. Putting Iris to sleep while listening to every soaring note of Stovetop's set on the Cedar Stage.
5. Playing songs with Madcat and Chris Buhalis for the incredible sponsors reception, catered by Laurie Laing!
6. Watching Dan Kahn crack up with Iris for the first time
1. Friday set by Seth and May, stellar songs and feeling. My heroes! Seth 's guitarmanship is so deft and perfect. Every song a hit!
2. Friday set with The Olllam - world-class musicians - the crowd was into it and dancing like banshees to the Olllam trance. Amazing pearls of songs. Tyler, Mike, Theo - more heroes of mine!
3. Steels Heal the World reunion with Joe Wilson. Wanna do it again
4. Amazing, healthy food by an amazing kitchen staff that works their butts off all week.
5. All of the wonderful people I get to reconnect with !!!!
1. Gifts or Creatures in the barn, and wise, brave words from Brandon in between tunes.
2. Catching Stovetop's first 3 tunes on Cedar Stage, standing with my elbow resting on stage left and admiring his war paint and vest, drum machine bass pounding into my right ear from the speaker stack, before scurrying off to the Farm Market for a killer Rickabus Nooftet set under the tent in a downpour. (That all constitutes 1 moment right?)
3. Waltzing with my lady in the barn, bouncing off countless other swaying bodies like bumper boats and laughing.
4. Chilling on a goat barn couch at 1AM, listening to the sounds of Gin Blossoms and Cranberries tunes coming from the staff jam rager in the barn.
5. Releasing a solo album with a set in the barn (isn't the barn magical? responsible for 4 of my top 5), specifically Justin "Time" Dore shredding a solo on Seth's rig while Seth jumped up and down pumping his fists offstage.
1. The Bowhunter String Band playing such an awesome monsoon of a square dance! It was so much fun watching all those wet, happy people jump around like crazies. Boo Radley, our caller, did a fantastic job wrangling and inspiring the dancers.
2. The Hardest Game Show Ever. Bradley Bacon cracking up into his drink, surrounded by so much glitter and confused faces.
3. Getting to "Boogie" on John Hartford's Aereo-Plain album with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys! Inspirational music by excellent pickers (Hartford and the Flatbellys both).
4. Stovetop as the new face of Scottish freedom. Epic set from a Michigan music giant.
5. To the small gentleman who danced with Laurel during the Red Tail Ring set: You are my flatfooting hero. Bravo!
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.