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St. Cecilia Music Center Brings May Erlewine, One of Michigan's most prolific and passionate songwriters and folk artists, to the Acoustic Café Folk Series on Thursday, February 17, 2022

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St. Cecilia Music Center brings talented singer-songwriter May Erlewine to Grand Rapids on Thursday, February 17th. May is a prolific and passionate songwriter, known throughout the Midwest and beyond.
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May Erlewine Tickets

Tickets to experience May Erlewine are $20 - $35. $100 VIP Tickets are also available and include priority seating, a 20-minute Meet-and-Greet with May Erlewine prior to the show, and a merchandise package retail valued at $50.  All tickets for May Erlewine, and other Folk, Jazz, Winterfest and Chamber Music Concerts, can be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org or by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224. 

St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids is proud to bring talented singer-songwriter May Erlewine to the Royce Auditorium Stage on February 17 for an appearance on the Acoustic Café Folk Series. May Erlewine has grown into a phenomenal talent, engaging a dedicated audience far beyond her Michigan roots. This Valentine’s themed show will be an album release featuring news songs and the availability to purchase May’s latest album. Known throughout the Midwest and beyond, May is a prolific and passionate songwriter. She has a gift for writing songs of substance that feel both fresh and soulfully familiar. Erlewine draws from a wide variety of influences to create her sound. Her songs are rooted in hard-wrought wisdom, joy and sorrow, simplicity, and stories from her own everyday experiences. Musically, these messages are wrapped up in traditional folk roots, Americana, old-time country swing, soul, and even rock and pop sensibilities.

​With a long list of full-length albums, two EPs, and numerous collaborations, Erlewine’s catalog is proof of her creative power. Her work has been spotlighted by Rolling Stone and NBC’s The Voice. National acts who have covered her songs include Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Sawyer Fredericks (Season 8 winner of The Voice), Joshua Davis (Season 8 finalist of The Voice), Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, and others.

St. Cecilia Music Center Executive / Artistic Director Cathy Holbrook states “We are excited to bring May Erlewine back to SCMCShe appeared here many years ago when we first started our folk series. It’s exciting that May can highlight her new album with this show and that audience members will have the chance to purchase the new album that night.”

 

Tickets to experience May Erlewine are $20 - $35. VIP Tickets are available for $100 and include priority seating, a 20-minute Meet-and-Greet with May Erlewine prior to the show, and a merchandise package retail valued at $50.  All tickets for May Erlewine can be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org or by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224. 

NOTE: SCMC currently requires proof of fully vaccinated status, or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours, to attend a concert at the SCMC venue. Attendees need to bring photo ID and proof of vaccination, or a negative test, the night of a concert. Note: Home tests are not accepted.

All patrons are required to wear a mask for the full duration of their time in the building. If you have tickets to an upcoming performance and are unwilling or unable to abide by this policy, please contact the SCMC box office for a refund at [email protected] a minimum of 48 hours prior to the concert date.

 

May Erlewine

One of the Midwest’s most prolific and passionate songwriters, May Erlewine has a gift for writing songs of substance that feel both fresh and soulfully familiar. Her ability to emotionally engage with an audience has earned her a dedicated following far beyond her Michigan roots. She shows us her heartbreak, but she also shows us her empowered and emboldened spirit. In her quest to find her most authentic self, Erlewine gifts each listener with a powerful, emotional experience that immediately connects us.

​Raised in a home full of art and music, Erlewine began writing songs at a very young age. As a teenager she hitchhiked across the country, honing her skills as a performer, and absorbing the kind of stories and landscapes that would inform her music. Her songs show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk. In the following years, Erlewine would perform in every kind of venue imaginable, from street corners to festival stages to the live airwaves of A Prairie Home Companion.

​Erlewine draws from a wide variety of influences to create her sound. Lyrically, her songs are rooted in hard-wrought wisdom, joy and sorrow, simplicity, and stories from her own everyday experiences. Musically, these messages are wrapped up in traditional folk roots, Americana, old-time country swing, soul, and even rock and pop sensibilities. As a live performer, she is just as magnetic playing solo acoustic songs at a living room house concert as she is when supported by her carefully chosen backing bands.

​With a long list of full-length albums, two EPs, and numerous collaborations, Erlewine’s catalog is proof of her creative power. Her work has been spotlighted by Rolling Stone and NBC’s The Voice. National acts who have covered her songs include Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Sawyer Fredericks (Season 8 winner of The Voice), Joshua Davis (Season 8 finalist of The Voice), Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, and others.

​Erlewine uses her music as a platform for positive change. She considers her job a service-oriented one and carries the torch of the folk-singer activist. Her voice on stage encourages connectedness and stresses the importance of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment, and community building as necessary work for all of us. 

​Erlewine’s music has touched people all over the world. Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness, and held space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times. She is a true artist, an anthem, and another example of why we need to listen to women. We need to hear these stories. When she starts to sing, there’s no way around it: The time is now.

 

TICKETS

Tickets for Folk, Jazz, WinterFest, and Chamber concerts can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at www.scmc-online.org. For May Erlewine’s concert on February 17, 2022, VIP Tickets are available for $100 and include priority seating, a 20-minute Meet-and-Greet with May prior to the show, and a merchandise package retail valued at $50.  

Folk Series Single Tickets – Upcoming Concerts

May Erlewine

Thursday, February 17, 2022

A section $35

B section $20

VIP tix $100

Shawn Colvin

Thursday, May 12, 2022

A section $45

B section $40

VIP tix $125

Judy Collins

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A section $65

B section $55

 

SCMC WinterFest Jazz Festival

Season subscription tickets to the 2022 WinterFest Jazz Festival are now available online at www.scmc-online.org or by calling 616-459-2224.Series Subscribers of SCMC WinterFest are offered with great benefits including 15-20% discount off single concert ticket prices. **Ticket prices: There is a $7 fee on each subscription ticket. Single tickets have a $3.00 per ticket fee. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. 

SCMC WinterFest Subscription package

3-concert subscription

15% discount off single ticket prices

Subscription: $123

 

SCMC WinterFest Single Tickets

Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer

Thursday, February 24, 2022

A section $55      

B section $50

Christian McBride Trio & Cyrille Aimee

Friday, February 25, 2022

A section $45

B section $40      

Christian McBride & Inside Straight 

Saturday, February 26, 2022

A section $45

B section $40                              

 

Jazz Series Single Tickets - Upcoming Concerts 

Dee Dee Bridgewater & Bill Charlap

Thursday, March 10, 2022

A section $55

B section $50

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, April 14, 2022

A section $50

B section $45

 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Single Tickets – Upcoming Concert 

Romantic Perspectives

The Jazz Effect

Thursday, March 31, 2022

A section $45

B section $40

 

St. Cecilia Music Center’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and

performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents. 

The Center fulfills this mission by 

presenting visiting world-class artists in concert, 

providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and 

preserving a historic building for musical activities and community events

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