Join us for the 2016 Sounds Exciting Summer Concert Series including sensational live music, local food trucks, and the (NEW) Beer Garden featuring craft beer, brewed in Lakewood.
Bettman & Halpin
Stephanie Bettman has been described as a triple threat. An accomplished writer, she infuses her music with wit and wisdom, exploring many facets of the human heart. Stephanie’s songs are sometimes sad, sometimes sassy, but always spellbinding. As a vocalist, she has been often compared to such legendary singers as Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, and Judy Collins. She moves effortlessly from her up-tempo bluegrass originals (featuring her fiery fiddling), to a soothing honey-sweet ballad, to a rousing passionate anthem. While her first-rate fiddling combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, in her essence there is tribute to such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline, and Johnny Gimble. One thing’s for sure, if Stephanie Bettman is on the bill, you are in for an unforgettable performance that will have you hooked from the first fiddle line to the last sweet harmony.
Luke Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist who drawas inspiration from the likes of Sam Bush, Mork O’Connor, and Tony Rice. A dynamic vocalist himself, Halpin has worked the stages with the likes of Merle Haggard, Lone Star, and The Steve Miller Band.
As a duo they have created a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound that is far greater than the sum of it’s parts. Together the weave a spell that takes the listener from up-tempo down home fiddlin’, to soulful sorrowful ballads, to super hooky folk/pop with melodies and lyrics that will stick with you long after the concert is over.
Megan Burtt was born and bred in Denver, CO. “I’ve always written songs,” she says. “I took piano lessons when I was young, but when I picked up my dad’s old classical guitar, things took off.” Inspired by Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Burtt taught herself to play, dreaming of a musical career. “I didn’t know any girls who played music, but Blue, Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time and the women on the MTV videos I saw, let me know it was possible.”
Burtt attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston. There she made two EPs she calls her “practice records.” “As soon as I met other musicians, I put together a band and started playing". We took every gig we could get. I loved being on stage with such talented players. It developed my ear, made my guitar playing more solid and made me a confident bandleader and performer.”
When she graduated from Berklee, Burtt moved to Mississippi to investigate the roots of American blues music. While there, she contracted a potentially fatal disease, but she never stopped singing or performing, and eventually found her way to full recovery. She played music in Vietnam for a couple of months, then returned to the States to record It Ain’t Love, a 12 song collection she made with the friends that still make up the backbone of her recording band - Louis Cato, guitarist Adam Tressler and James Williams. One of the songs on the album, “Waiting for June,” won Best Song at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Competition.
In 2013, Burtt began writing and pre-production on the songs that would become The Bargain, produced by Louis Cato (Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Miller, Snarky Puppy, Mariah Carey) a talented multi-instrumentalist, and longtime member of Burtt’s backing band.
After two years of careful production, The Bargain arrives on August 25th, 2015 to show off Cato’s creative production and Burtt’s bold vocals. “It’s more honest and evolved than my first album,” Burtt says. “I’m beyond excited to start sharing these songs with my fans. I’m tying a bow around this album, knowing that I put everything I had to give into it.”
Please visit (www.lakewood.org/SummerConcerts) for the full 2016 lineup, tickets, and additional information.