Local Ground

Local Ground

Celebrating Local Musicians

Together we celebrate and support local musicians with short outdoor performances for Series ticket holders to enjoy while picnicking before the shows. 2019 kicked off a fabulous first season of Local Ground making us eager to fill the schedule for 2020. 

If you are interested in learning more about Local Ground, please contact us at events@lavenderhillfarm.com and put Local Ground in the subject line. The application deadline is February 21st. We look forward to hearing from you!


2019 Local Ground Lineup


June 22 & July 6

Two Track Mind delivers songs you’ll recognize, but with a feel and interpretation all their own. Best defined as Americana, yet their repertoire spans rock, a touch of bluegrass, and beyond.  This Petoskey based acoustic duo is led by the rich vocal and guitar work of Dane Tollas, and complimented by the tasteful mandolin work of Mark Marino.

Dane got his start busking on street corners in Colorado. Mark began as lead guitarist for several Detroit rock bands, before becoming obsessed with the mandolin. Two Track Mind is a good descriptor for these two diverse musical backgrounds coming together and most of all, having fun in the process. Two Track Mind Facebook


June 29 & August 24

Eliza Thorp is an up-and-coming Singer/Songwriter to the Northern Michigan area. In her youth she grew up listening and dancing in the kitchen with her Mom to the likes of Carol King, Diana Krall and lots of Simon and Garfunkel. She credits her Grandmother, Peg, for instilling a deep love for the piano and grew up playing on the very upright her Grandmother used to play. Eliza often finds inspiration for her songs in her daily adventures outside with her dog, Mia. You can sometimes hear the sound of her favorite trails woven within her songs if you listen closely. ElizaThorpMusic.com


July 5, 2019

Kelly Shively and Norm Hausler are a pair of seasoned musicians who have played with many Northern Michigan musicians and also performed on their own as solo singer/instrumentalists. Kelly brings her original songs of family and home, along with her interpretations of traditional mountain music.
Norm’s deep baritone voice lends itself to country classics and his own original songs. Norm is enjoying learning to accompany Kelly with “mountain modal” tuning on his guitar, while Kelly surprises with turns on her fiddle, harp, banjo and a variety of other instruments. These two Northern Michiganders have combined their talents to form the duet, Rustic Heart. The harmonies of voice, instrument and spirit have surprised even the musicians of this group…but the feeling is one of “home” when they play together, and we know you’ll feel it too.


July 7 & August 3

The Lonely Lovers is a northern-Michigan musical collaborative helmed by Mark Blaauw-Hara and featuring the contributions of a number of local musicians, including Jen Schaap, Caroline Barlow, Jamie Platte, Ann Stebelton, Chris Graham, Kevin Putman, Greg Carpenter, Cody Farrier, and Chris Koury. The usual live line-up features Mark, Jen, and Caroline on vocals, bass, and guitars, along with Chris, Kevin, or Greg on the drum kit. Both in the recorded music and in their live show, the joy they feel at playing together is palpable.

The Lonely Lovers write songs that tell the stories of Michigan folks who are trying to get by and find connections with one another. Sometimes these folks get it right, and sometimes things take an unexpected turn. The group’s songs follow in the tradition of place-based musical storytellers like the Turnpike Troubadours, the Drive-By Truckers, and Bruce Springsteen, resonating authentic experience with every chord. thelonelylovers.bandcamp.com


July 27 & September 7

Michael Lee Seiler has been a noted local and regional Singer-Songwriter for many years. As a Winner of the 2008 Mid North Michigan Blues Challenge, he competed in Memphis at the International in 2009.

Michael has published three CD’s including; My Own Man, He Knows, and Dirty White Blues. In recent years, he’s been the sound technician for Aten Place Concerts and more recently, the Lavender Hill Farm Concert Series. Life changes have affected his musical abilities to some extent, but he still offers a gritty, stylistic performance in the Country, Folk, and Blues, genres.


August 2, 2019

“Blair is an enigmatic blues artist with a tendency to melt faces with his guitar licks. Blair leans heavily on Delta Blues and roots interpretations” Vanessa Clark Music Entrepreneur. “Blair is really good at what he does, authentic old school blues” Tim Harding The Villette Brothers. Blair has been playing the roots blues classics and his originals at many venues in Northern Michigan and in Ann Arbor Michigan. His CD’s Blair Miller At the Depot and Hot Hard Rain have been getting radio air time. He has made multiple radio and TV appearances. He has co-presented slide guitar workshops and classes/ concerts on The History of the Blues. In August 2017 he had the honor of opening for the Ann Arbor Blues Festival. http://blairmillerblues.com


August 31, 2019

The long road to freedom. “Music has always been a passion of mine. My musical horizons had been expanded in early high school, where I had picked up guitar and piano. I honed my chops for 8 to 10 hours a day – EVERYDAY – for 10 years.

​All that rehearsal has paid off in ways I’d have never imagine. I’ve been able to do some fun stuff and check out cool places through music. From original-driven roots rock bands, to high-energy cover projects, to musicals, to dinner theater, my experience, like my music, is wide and varied.

​I slowed down throughout college, only playing a few shows a month with a local cover band. In my heart I knew I was not pursuing my dream; eventually that took its toll. Several years of mental/emotional turmoil, a degree, and a child later I decided to reignite my musical career.

​Now out of school, and with the addition of a member to my beautiful little family, I have refocused my energy as an artist and look forward to taking the world by storm!” darrellboger.wixsite.com

Owen James

September 1, 2019

Owen James is one of the North’s premiere guitarists, specializing in virtuoso solo finger-style treatments of jazz-tinged classics from the pasts 70 years. He has appeared in cafes, clubs and concert halls across the US, sharing the stage with many jazz luminaries. Owen recently recorded his first solo release, Songs from the Deep North, a collection of original compositions inspired by Jazz and other traditional music of the Americas. The CD is available for download at iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon, and is available for purchase at various retail outlets in the Petoskey area, as well as at any Owen James performance. www.reverbnation.com/owenjamesgroup