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Fennville ‘Tuesdays in the Park’ Concert Series
Posted: Jul 25, 2013

The eleventh annual Fennville “Tuesdays in the Park” free community concert series concludes on August 6th with Young “rootsgrass” band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys. Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys has jumped into the forefront of today’s progressive roots music movement. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. Instrumentally, they can turn on a dime, their arrangements showing a well-developed taste in music - based on bluegrass traditions but frequently dipping into swing jazz and popular song craft – and their sound is deftly guided by the clarion vocals of lead singer Lindsay Lou.

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys' new album, Release Your Shrouds, marks a remarkable step forward and that’s thanks in part to the relationship between Lindsay Lou and Joshua Rilko, which blossomed in their college days and, with their recent marriage, now forms the core of the band. Joshua plays mandolin and joins his voice with Lindsay in beautiful harmony on the new album which is a window to a bluegrass band spreading its wings and incorporating new influences into their sound.  On “Wonderful You Are,” bass player Spencer Cain shines in a duet with Lindsay’s Billie-Holiday-like vocals, and dobro player Mark Lavengood brings the fire on “Lemon Squeezy.” Keith Billick’s banjo playing not only offers the driving bluegrass sound, but also brings a level of sophistication to the less traditional numbers, like instrumental track “Barbarossa.” Lindsay Lou’s songs are fully crafted stories, often based on real-life experiences, with lovely hooks and choruses. The breadth of the songs’ themes pushes each band member to work outside the bluegrass box and the results are delightful. Like any family, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are more than the sum of their parts. They’re an all-American family, front-porch pickin’ party, with each song shining with the polish of handmade homemade acoustic roots music.

The concerts will be held at Memorial/Paradise Park on north Maple ST in downtown Fennville. Music begins at 7PM. In case of inclement weather the concerts will take place in the lower level of the Fennville District Library. Free to the public the concerts are sponsored by the following businesses:

Alexander Drug Store, Allegan Community Federal Credit Union, Allegan County News, Charlie Schreiner Photography, Chemical Bank, City of Fennville Downtown Development Authority, Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Bakery,  Edward Jones/Paul Hix office,  Darpel and Associates Builders, Inc., Drew Accounting Inc.,  Fenn Valley Vineyards,  Fennville Family Medicine,  Fennville Station Dining Coach and Lounge,  Fennville/Pearl United Methodist Church,  Golden Orchards Assisted Living,  Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce, Hidden Pond B&B,  Hop’N,  Huntington Bank,  J. Paules Fenn Inn,  Lakeshore Lodging,  Lakeside Electric of Fennville LLC,  Maridrew Properties,  McKellips Construction,  Mill Pond Realty,  Nature’s Market,  Pinnacle Foods Group LLC,  Salt of the Earth,  Septic Tank Systems Co. Inc., Virtue Cider.

Visit the Chamber website at  for more information.  Anyone wishing to contribute toward concert sponsorship should contact Martha Wickett-Schrock at 616-644-8239 or email


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