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TROTOM, SAM team up for live pioneer songs program at Acorn on Aug. 19

The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) is teaming up with the School of American Music (SAM) to present a live performance of “Songs of the Pioneers” on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.  at The Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, Mich. Back by popular demand, this live presentation follows the program’s debut via Zoom in February 2020.

“Songs of the Pioneers” showcases songs that depict the lives and labors of Southwest Michigan’s 19th-century settlers, including logging, farming, domestic work, the railroads, Great Lakes sailing, and celebrations. The tunes will be performed by six local musicians: SAM founder Garth Taylor on guitar, dulcimer, and banjo; SAM voice teacher Matt Daniel on vocals; Water’s Edge music director Tara Dodge on vocals and flute; SAM student Lauren Eggleston on vocals; Three Oaks entrepreneur Brendan Wagner on drums; and Mister Bassman himself, Daniel Rodriguez.

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased through the School of American Music’s website. Proceeds will benefit TROTOM as well as SAM’s Fund for the Future campaign, a fundraising drive to increase SAM’s endowment. Donations can be made on SAM’s website.

“This is going to be fun,” said Taylor, a long-time student and player of vintage American music. “Pioneer song-writers are essentially among the early historians of our country. Their rhythms and words can resonate deeply within today’s listeners.”

Program host Nick Bogert, a TROTOM board member, will provide historical context for the songs via a pictorial introduction of old photos and paintings of lumberjacks, railroad crews, and other related archival materials.

“I conceived of the program while schlepping mulch at the Chikaming Community Garden, thinking about how singing or humming or just remembering a tune helps make heavy, hot work more tolerable,” Bogert said. “Since no one did more heavy, hot work than the pioneers, I asked Garth to research work songs from the 19th century. Our hope is that audiences will learn some history while being entertained by the lively music the SAM musicians play.”

Doors at The Acorn will open at 6 p.m. and a cash bar will be open. The performance starts at 7 p.m. Covid-19 restrictions will be in place per current CDC guidelines.

The Region of Three Oaks Museum collects and displays historical artifacts, papers and records that tell the story of the historical heritage of our region. The museum is located at 5 Featherbone Ave., next to the Acorn in Three Oaks. It is open through October from noon to 5pm, Friday through Sunday.

The mission of the School of American Music is to provide education, performance, and audience opportunities in music and the related arts in the Southwest Michigan area

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