Join us as we transform a living room into an intimate concert hall. Tiny Room Shows strives to expand Blissfest Music Organization’s community outreach by bringing top-notch musical acts to our music-loving community for a one-of-a-kind experience, and where connection is key.
Pictured above: Austin-based songwriter Rebbeca Loebe performs at our October Tiny Room Show. Petoskey News Reviews covers Tiny Room Shows
We are dedicated to providing a comfortable space with a respectful, yet merry, crowd.
We love songwriters who say the things we’re all afraid to say, we love the balladeers and storytellers, we love sing-a-longs, we love shoulder-shaking and foot-tapping, waltzing, and a two-step, too.
Friday, January 5th
Solo Square Dance with Nic Gareiss
***House location given upon purchase. Buy tickets HERE!
Thanks to our location sponsors: For The Love of Music: A Community Concert Series
Space is limited!
Doors | 630pm
Show | 7pm
Solo Square Dance is a one-person percussive dance performance created and performed by Nic Gareiss commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Dance Halls Act which banned citizens from dancing in homes. This 60-minute show features new pieces inspired by this and other such dance bans, including the Elmore City, OK dancing ban that inspired the film Footloose and the most recently lifted dancing ban in Pound, VA (only lifted in 1999!) which required that dancing permits not be granted “to anyone who is not a proper person, nor to a person who is not a person of good moral character”. Set in houses, Solo Square Dance uses traditional and original step dance movement from Ireland, Canada, and Appalachia to explore the dialectic of public/private life, probing the subversive power of dancing+sounding bodies. The show begs the question: in light of its historic prohibitions, can dance act as a vehicle of transgression, liberation, and social transformation for our times?
With a smokey and seductive alto, 7 Time IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines, heads up this all-acoustic ensemble. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted right in the center of the stage directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it. Raines, “…launches her well-tended craft off the bluegrass dock into the waters of jazz and folk, holding onto the anchor of bluegrass while pushing steadily at the boundaries of the music that engulfs her.” -Country Standard Time
Raines’ bluegrass roots are deep and long-reaching with touring and recording stints with 1st generation legends such as Eddie Adcock, Mac Wiseman, Jesse McReynolds, Josh Graves and Kenny Baker. A former member of the Claire Lynch Band, The Brother Boys, and one half of the acoustic super duo, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Missy is one of the most respected and popular figures within the bluegrass community.
“A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.”
– Icon Magazine
“Raines is not only a superb bassist but also an excellent singer, with a matter-of-fact, low-key delivery that’s sometimes hushed, sometimes seductive, sometimes channeling a simmering unease.”
– New York Music Daily
“The New Hip, along with bands such as the Avetts and Churchill, add their brilliance to the swiftly growing collection of Newgrass artists that have brought southern music to the mainstream.
– Deep South Magazine
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Past Tiny Room Shows Artists:
November 2017| Sky & Signal
October 2017 |Fair Mitten Album Release: Gifts or Creatures
September 2017 | Lockwood/Worder-Smith You’ve seen Max Lockwood fronting his band Big Dudee Roo, and on stage supporting a whole slew of notable acts. You’ll recognize Mr. Worder-Smith from the show-stopping Appleseed Collective.
May 2017 | John Craigie Humorous Storytelling, Serious Folk form Portland, OR
April 2017| Nick Horner & Luke Chohany w/ Special Guests Robin Lee Berry and Glen Wolff
February 2017 | The Blissfest Crew went to Kansas City for the Folk Alliance International Conference to find more musicians for you to meet and hear!
December 2016 |Sky & Signal followed by Songs for Peace and Solstice (A group sing!)
November 2016 |Joe Shields aka Cousin Joe Two Shacks
October 2016| Rebecca Loebe
September 2016|Scott Cook
July 2016| Big Dudee Roo
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