Where else can you get up close and personal with talented musicians but in someone’s living room or basement?
Such is the draw of Lamp Light Music Festival, now in its fifth year. Although the concept of house concerts is nothing new, the fact that they exist in Grand Rapids at all is cause for celebration.
This weekend, Nov. 4-6, four neighboring homes — all on Benjamin St. SE in Grand Rapids — will host 21 acts and seven workshops (“Experimental Film Photography,” “Floral Mandala Making,” “Intro to Natural Dyeing,” “Kombucha 2.0 Bloom Ferments” and “Sprouts and Nutrition”).
As its website states, “Lamp Light Music Festival is a house concert festival designed to celebrate music and community in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Bringing together musicians and audiences within such a setting promotes opportunities for meaningful and sustainable exchange.”
Here’s the artist lineup:
Allen Karpinski and Tucker Theodore (of The Six Parts Seven)
Joey Dosik + Theo Katzman
The Great Ones
Michael Beauchamp and My Northern Voices
The Go Rounds
The Hunt Is On
The Soil and the Sun
Tickets range from $15 for a single show to $40 for a weekend pass. Go here to get yours. Please note: If you plan on purchasing tickets at the festival they are taking cash only.
Here’s the schedule, courtesy of the Lamp Light Music Festival website: