Acoustic Café is an annual music series held at the historic Howell Opera House that features outstanding Michigan performers and is now celebrating its 12th year.
This year’s series continues on Friday, Jan. 17, with singer/songwriter and Royal Oak native John D. Lamb. John self-describes his genre as folk/Americana or better yet, Great Lakes rock ‘n’ roll.
For 24 years he has directed Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters at Harbor Springs’ Birchwood Inn. There, he fosters creativity of retreat attendees in a relaxed environment. His own music is complex, full of meaning and intended for more than one listen. He explains that repeated listenings to a song help listeners delve in and build their own picture of what he is describing. Lamb knows that he has only “three minutes to grab somebody’s attention,” so he writes in a way that demands repeated listenings.
Lamb has transformed the art of songwriting into not only a career as a musician but also as a mentor – at his annual Retreat for Songwriters, Lamb brings artists to Harbor Springs every November, hosting nearly 100 people over the course of two weeks.
The Acoustic Café series runs every Friday night from now thru March 6. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. Open to the public, the cost is $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for Livingston Arts Council members.