Northern Michigan Events: What began in 1996 as a potluck dinner has grown into one of the most looked-forward to concert series in Northern Michigan. The Aten Place, a nonprofit venue owned by Bill and Maxine Aten in Boyne Falls, an hour's drive from Traverse City, is a truly unique concert experience. Once a simple barn, Aten Place has been converted into a performance space that comfortably seats 175. The down-home flavor of the old days still remains though, as guests gather around the picnic and bonfire pit before and after events. Concerts run all summer long, all shows beginning at 7:30. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 the day of the performance, or you can purchase both advance tickets and season passes online. Celebrate the 18th year of "Concerts in the Barn" at this characteristically Up North location.
Terri Hendrix with Lloyed Maines
Saturday June 30th
A classically trained vocalist, this Texas songwriter mixes influences from the blues, folk, pop, and country to create an uplifting and energetic sound.
Josh White, Jr.
Saturday July 7
The very first artist to ever perform at Aten Place, Josh White Jr. has been a lifelong musician. White started playing up and down the East Coast at the age of four before spending almost fifteen years on Broadway. Don't miss the guitarist/vocalist who has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden.
Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys
Saturday July 14th
This Michigan based group tells true-life tales of life and love in their bluegrass inspired Americana. Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys live performances are a non-stop party with set lists that include traditional American folk, Beatles classics, and contemporary hits.
Yellow Room Gang
Saturday July 21
The Yellow Room Gang, comprised of eight Michigan song writers, got it's start in 2005 when the group met for dinner in a member's yellow living room. Since then, The Yellow Room Gang has met once a month for dinner, conversation, and jam sessions that give birth to their truly unique music.
“Children’s Matinee” Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko-Green
Wednesday July 25, 2pm
For over twenty years Vikki Gasko-Green has been entertaining audiences with her interactive shows and original characters. The New York Times praised her work, saying that "Vikki's lips don't so much as twitch."
Saturday July 28
Attending a performance by An Dro is a truly global experience. The group incorporates Irish Celtic, medieval French, Scandinavian, American Appalachian, and African sounds into their repertoire. Even their name, An Dro, is a cultural import, coming from a folk dance of Brittany.
Saturday August 4
A self proclaimed troubadour and bard Johnsmith believes that the role of a musician is to "reflect society's soul" by addressing pressing social questions.
Saturday August 11
Following in the tradition of Southern folk sound, this New Mexico native tells stories of American life through his teasing, tart humor, and Texas-swing, rock and roll inspired music.
Saturday August 18
Jack Williams, a South Carolina export, has been delighting audiences across the country for over fifty four years with a melange of folk, jazz and rock, intermixed with hits from the 30's, 40's, and 50's.
Saturday August 25
Founded at Fullerton College in California, the a cappella Alley Cats preform the greatest hits from the 50's and 60's interspersed with some on-stage comedy.