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Summer Solstice | An Evening of Ambient Music with Steve Leaf

Join us as we celebrate the arrival of Summer with music, art & nature on the longest day of the year. Featuring the swirling ambient sounds of Steve Leaf to fill your soul with wonder as the sun sets over Blandford. Izzy Saylor will kick off the evening with music inspired by the waves of Lake Michigan and the changing of seasons. An original Son Visual interactive art installation will be immersed in the pines to enjoy while the ambient sounds float through the air with birdsong. This is an evening to celebrate the beauty of nature around us surrounded by friends and family. Connecting to the earth and vibing barefoot is encouraged!

Bring your own outdoor seating and pack some food & snacks to enjoy while watching the show.

A special edition Field Beer with dandelion, lavender, bee balm, echinacea & honey will be available for purchase from Speciation Cellars & we’ll also have St. Steve’s Soda available at the show.

Artwork created by the talented Field Sparrow Studio. Posters & other artwork by Field Sparrow Studio will be available for purchase at the show, along with other merch.

Event Time: 6:30pm-9pm

Members: $8
Non-Members: $12
Children 12 & Under: Free
Pre-registration is not required. Tickets will be available at the concert.

About Steve Leaf: Steve Leaf has been making music for a while, like, since the theatrical release of ‘Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone’ while. Playing in projects like The Ex Pats, Public Access, and Stepladders, as well as guest performing with acts like The Crane Wives, Chad Stokes, Marc Cohn and others, Steve brings a “team player” approach to music. “He’s like if you bolted a guitar to a Swiss Army knife. But also he’s American, not Swiss” says one close acquaintance. As Aaron Burr says to Alexander Hamilton in the worldwide phenomenon musical, Hamilton, ‘talk less, smile more’ Steve applies a similar philosophy to the guitar; ‘shred less, listen more’. That’s the impetus for his new ambient project entitled ‘Sunken Melody’, sparse compositions of drum machine, synthesizer, vocal, and guitar to weave a sound that makes you think of a dream you just can’t quite remember or as Steve likes to say ‘music that’s good to nap to.’

About Izzy Saylor: Izzy creates indie folk music that allows space for the natural environment to weave itself between lyrics and instrumentation. She takes inspiration from the waves of lake Michigan, the community around her and the coming and going of seasons.

Interested in celebrating the Solstice into the weekend? Check out the additional events taking place at Speciation Cellars:

Friday, June 21st | Sounds of the human experience with Earth Radio | 7pm-10pm

Saturday, June 22nd | Nature inspired solstice art market | 1pm-5pm

Blandford Cancellation Policy:  No refunds available for this event. If you are unsure, you will be able to attend the concert, please plan to purchase tickets at the show. All Community Programs will be held unless there is severe weather, in which case you will receive a full registration refund. Please come prepared for the elements as refunds are not available for weather-related conditions except in the case of severe weather and you have been contacted that the program has been canceled.

Please Note: This program will take place entirely outdoors. In the event of severe weather, this program will be canceled, and participants will be notified of their refund options and/or a possible makeup date.

Thank you to our concert sponsors!


Jun 20 2024


6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
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