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 and for guests to enjoy while visiting the farm during our Lavender Fest Fridays.

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 for the 2023 season is December 10, 2022. We look forward to hearing from you!

2022 Local Ground Lineup

Kelly Shively

May 21, 2022 from 12pm – 3pm

Kelly Shively, a Northern Michigan native, infuses the songs she sings with hope. Her clear, warm voice weaves her stories as she accompanies with banjo, banjola and fiddle.


June 25, 2022 from 6pm – 7pm

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.

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July 1, 2022 12pm – 3pm & July 23, 2022 6pm – 7pm

Ryan Cassidy’s show will take you on a musical journey. Prepare to hear songs you know and love, featuring the rock ‘n’ roll roots of the 1950’s, the British pop of the 60’s, the classic rock of the 70’s, the new wave of the 80’s, and the alternative of the 90’s. Ryan’s original music is often described as a blend of these genres and then some. Ryan is often joined live by his father, Mike Cassidy, providing backing vocals and percussion to the mix.

In 2020, Ryan was joined on a duet by Cherie Currie, front-woman of the iconic 70’s rock band, The Runaways, alongside Joan Jett and Lita Ford. The song, Small Price, was written by Cassidy and also features Sav Buist and Katie Larson of Michigan’s own The Accidentals on strings. Northern Express states that the song is “one of the loveliest music moments you’re likely to hear this year,” as well as placing Ryan’s debut album, Between Two Normals, in their list of Top 5 Albums Created by a Michigan Artist that year, with the likes of Billy Strings, The Accidentals, and Greta Van Fleet.

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Jeff Tucker

July 8, 2022 from 12pm – 3pm

Jeff Tucker began his music career in New Orleans while a high school and college student, and he credits the experience of coming up in the city’s entertainment/tourism-based economy with teaching him the difference between a “professional musician” and a “rock star”.  He and his band On the Beach appeared regularly throughout Northern Michigan from 1994-2015.

For over thirty years, Jeff Tucker has earned a living as a singer-songwriter and performing artist.

Over 4,000 performances as a bandleader and solo performer and several CD’s of original music have taken him on a road from Northern Michigan to South Florida; New Orleans to the Carolina Lowcountry. His solo sets feature vocals and acoustic guitar – with lots of harmonica playing – on a combination of Jeff’s original songs and cover music that draw upon a variety of influences, including adult rock, jazz, blues, and Americana.


Owen James

July 8, 2022 from 6pm – 7pm

Owen James is one of Michigan’s premiere guitarists, specializing in unique virtuoso solo finger-style treatments of Jazz standards, Bossa Nova favorites, Folk/Americana tunes and Rock, Pop & Soul classics by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Beatles, James Taylor, Prince, Sting and many more. As a soloist or group member, Owen has performed at venues across the country, including The Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis) and the Mount Hood Jazz Festival (Oregon). In addition to being an in-demand performer, Owen is also an accomplished composer. You can hear his original compositions on his latest album, Songs from the Deep North, available here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/owenjames

Kanin Elizabeth

July 9, 2022 6pm – 7pm & July 29, 2022 12pm – 3pm

Born near East Lansing, Kanin plays the piano and the guitar. Her style is grounded in standards but she’s just as comfortable performing a tune by Johnny Cash, The Lumineers or The Head & The Heart. At age 16, her teachers laud her perfect pitch and her seeming innate ability to listen to a song and sing it, spot on.

Kanin can be found in a hospital or nursing home, singing to soothe and heal patients who might otherwise not get to hear her sweet voice, providing comfort.

“I want them to know that someone cares. And with my singing, I believe I can show them,” she says. “Music is a gift to the world, and I want to share mine.”

“The things that make Kanin stand out are her overall maturity and natural talent. She not only sang every take perfectly, but she added several parts that I threw at her as if she’s been doing this for 30 years and she’s just 16.”  MATT BISSONETTE, Producer (Tours with Elton John)



July 15, 2022 from 12pm – 3pm


“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.



July 22, 2022 6pm – 7pm & September 17, 2022 10:30am – 1:30pm

Peter Jensen is often found playing across Northern Michigan with his finger-picking bluesy tunes. A resident of Petoskey, Peter is paving his own path in the great Northern Michigan music scene. He specializes in country blues, ragtime and piedmont blues and most recently performed at the Great Indoor Folk Fest in Traverse City.

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July 22, 2022 12pm – 3pm

Lavender Moon has been preforming since 2020. The band combines the music of Lee Anne Whitman of Indigo Moon with the talented musical artist Kelly Shively from the duo Rustic Heart. Lee Anne’s sister, Mary Kushner, brings the fun elements of singing along and engaging little children in the music too!

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Melissa Welke

August 5, 2022 from 12pm – 3pm

Melissa Welke has been singing and writing songs for several years. Performing at such venues as Blissfest Music Festival, Mackinaw City Outdoor Amphitheater, Boyne City Strolling the Streets, Harbor Springs Street Musique, Charlevoix Area Library Folk Music Series, Alliance of the Arts Farmers Market and numerous other private gigs she aims to project a positive attitude in her music. While wintering in Florida she found the ACMA, and has performed at many shows. Melissa always leaves the listener walking away feeling inspired.

Denning & Johnson

August 6, 2022 from 6pm – 7pm

Tana Denning and Fred Johnson have been playing as a duo for over seven years after meeting at a jam session. Tana teaches Suzuki piano at the MSU Community Music School and performs on fiddle and Celtic harp. Fred has played in numerous bands over the years on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. They found common ground in the music they play and delight in sharing it with audiences at festivals, workshops, dances, farmers markets, and more.

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August 13, 2022 6pm – 7pm

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.

The Lonely Lovers | Facebook


August 27, 2022 from 6pm – 7pm

HeartSpace is the intertwining of three musical friends; much like a rope of three strands made stronger by their joining. Raised in a musical family, Pam Luce has been lifting people through song for many years. Her faith and strength shine through her strong vocals and intuitive harmonies.

Lee Anne Whitman has been charming audiences for 15 years. Love shines through the songs she writes and sings. Her sweet, airy voice and warm guitar are known and loved by people throughout Michigan.

Kelly Shively, a northern Michigan native, infuses the songs she sings with hope.  Her clear, warm voice weaves her stories as she accompanies with banjo, banjola and fiddle.

These three women are each accomplished songwriters and solo artists. Their strengths are only enhanced when they join together in that place where their love of music, and the people they share it with, meet: their HeartSpace.

Steel & Wood

September 3, 2022, from 6pm – 7pm

STEEL & WOOD, a traditional Bluegrass band based in Petoskey, offers an upbeat, heartfelt, string and vocal harmony-based repertoire spanning the works of Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley and others. Steel & Wood harkens back to American railroad culture and enduring musical traditions rooted in Southern Appalachia.

Band members John A. Neiswander – lead guitar and vocals, Irene Kazmers – fiddle, guitar and vocals, Paul Bachleda-banjo, Dave Eggebrecht – mandolin/fiddle, and Kathy Tuinhoff – upright bass, look forward to sharing the songs they love!

Jeff Pagel

September 4, 2022, from 6pm – 7pm

For your listening pleasure … please enjoy some songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, crossing through many genres including pop, folk and rock! Jeff sings and plays the guitar and has accumulated many songs through the years.

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