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An Evening Concert with Orpheum Bell & Lac La Belle
The Good Work Collective
Traverse City, MI
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An Evening Concert with Orpheum Bell & Lac La Belle
An Evening Concert with Orpheum Bell & Lac La Belle

Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. First come, first seated. Standing room also available.

All ages | General Admission | Ages 3 & under are FREE (Kids are welcome to come, but please know that it is important to provide a quiet and intimate space for the musician and for the audience. Thank you!)

TICKETS: We have made it easy for you to select the price that works best with your pocketbook! Prices are $10, $15, or $20. Remember, all funds gathered support the musicians, The Good Work Collective and SPACE. Kids are welcome to come, but please know that it is important to provide a quiet and intimate space for the musician and for the audience. Thank you!

The Good Work Collective is a think/do all-arts gallery space where community ideas, grass roots projects, brainstorm sessions, and creative concepts have an opportunity to come to life. This space is the culmination of the dreams of Porterhouse Productions - a space where YOU are welcome.

SPACE = Sound and Personal Audio for Community Events. Through SPACE, we are able to provide sound equipment for free or for a reduced fee to non-profit organizations, musicians, artists, and community events.


It goes like this: Ann Arbor, around 2005 a few of us traded lists and listened.  We started in on a couple tunes on an upright and archtop and figured we better tool up correctly.

That meant: accordion, violins and other things- horns, utensils and good suits that recommended us under the lighting.  We wanted to sound full and beautiful and have a few singers- some women, some men.  We loved Don Gibson and The Clash, Django, the Boswell Sisters and Vysotsky.  And Dock Boggs.  And Bob Wills.  Cubans, Appalachians, and Gypsies alike we loved widely but with precision.  So we stapled our needs to crowded telephone poles, carefully noting the influences so as to strike the right balance of accuracy, sincerity and cool.  Soon we had our group.

We worked up an original songbook of lullabies, stomps and ballads, Eastern waltzes and drilled ourselves over lagers and teas  each of us bringing something to the music, often awkwardly but always with purpose.  The early shows included taverns, lofts, a puppet show theater, a speakeasy, a concrete cattle bunker once, and a beautiful wedding on a cherry farm in northern Michigan.

Over the course of these two years, several multi-instrumentalists coalesced around the core, creating the stark, darkly ornamented sound heard on our 2007 debut release, 'Pretty As You'.

Relying on old, acoustic instruments, our sound moved from chiseled, plaintive song stories to articulate rhythms  American country, a little swing, Eastern European, a little gypsy "Country & Eastern" we call it.

Several tracks from our 'Pearls' recording ('09) were selected for the soundtrack of the art documentary 'The Life of Chris Roberts-Antieau' by Brookbank Productions.  The Film was released in 2010, and was featured at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum.

We will be appearing in several regional concert and festival events in '12 and are expanding our touring throughout the Midwest.


Lac La Belle is an acoustic duo from Detroit, Michigan that juxtaposes the early decades of recorded rural American music with decaying Rustbelt aesthetic. A tradition is re-imagined- or maybe just resumed- in the 'future-rustic' swirl of accordion, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and resonator guitar. The instrumentation echos another era, but is employed for a music of now.

Lac La Belle began with a repertoire of old-time country and folk, but they soon added original material. The songs were honed during two sizable tours in 2009 and this creative flurry culminated in the first eponymous recording, released in November of that year. Recorded by Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, Detroit Cobras, The Dirt Bombs etc), the entire record was cut live in the studio, using only a few microphones. Its spare production captures the timeless quality of Lac La Belle's sound.

The group has now completed six tours of the mid-west, south and east, with appearances at Hiawatha Festival, The Detroit Folk Festival, Dally in the Alley, Dune Grass and Hollerfest (MI); Whofest (Chattanooga, TN), The Chicago Calling Festival (Chicago, IL) and The Avant Fairfax Festival (Fairfax, VA), and completed their first European tour in 2012.

Their newest release, "Bring on the Light" boasts twelve original works and one traditional arrangement, performed with a variety of instruments from accordion to banjitar. Each song presents a melodic tale, be it an intimate anecdote, or stories on their hometown Detroit, "Bring on the Light" captures the drifting spirit of early America.



The Good Work Collective (View)
417 S. Union Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Country
Music > Folk
Music > Global
Music > Rock
Music > Rockabilly
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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