Acorn Music Festival: DAY TWO featuring The Verve Pipe

Saturday, Jun. 15 | 4:00pm ET (3:00pm CT)

Music Festival

The Acorn Music Festival celebrates the music and artistry rooted in the traditions of American music. DAY TWO of The Acorn Music Festival features iconic rockers The Verve Pipe.

Saturday’s first show starts at 4pm ET, with multiple performances leading up to The Verve Pipe’s headlining show. Additional performances include Lilly Hiatt, Joe Pug, Fox Crossing Stringband, Gerald Dowd, Eric O'Daly and Naomi Ashley & Jon Williams.

4:00 Fox Crossing Stringband
5:00 Gerald Dowd (*)
5:45 Joe Pug
6:45 Eric O'Daly (*)
7:30 Lilly Hiatt
8:45 Naomi Ashley & Jon Williams (*)
9:30 The Verve Pipe

(*) performance in our outdoor space

Red Wanting BlueLilly HiattJoe PugFox Crossing StringbandGerald DowdEric O'DalyNaomi Ashley & Jon Williams
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Tickets are on sale now!

Day 2 ONLY

3-Day Passes available!




The Verve Pipe

The Verve Pipe has spent the better part of three decades in evolution, creating a sound that transcends genre and generation.

It's a sound rooted in pop hooks, alt-rock guitars, and the sharp songwriting of front man Brian Vander Ark. A sound that's taken the band from the golden days of late-'90s modern rock — when The Verve Pipe enjoyed multi-platinum success with hits like "Photograph" and the chart-topping "The Freshmen" — to the rule-breaking creativity of the 2010s and beyond, an era that's found the band reinventing itself with each release. Throughout it all, The Verve Pipe has released critically acclaimed music as both a major-label act and an independent band, maintaining a commitment to forward-thinking rock & roll with albums like 2021's Threads.

Co-written by Vander Ark and backup vocalist Channing Lee, Threads marks a collaborative peak for The Verve Pipe. It's an album about the trials and triumphs we all face — love, loss, abuse, addiction, romance, anger — laced with orchestral strings and The Verve Pipe's lifelong willingness to stretch its legs.

If "The Freshmen" — one of the most inescapable hits of the alternative era — introduced The Verve Pipe as young, melody-fueled Michiganders with an iconic frontman, then Threads positions them as pop/rock graduates who honor their musical past while also moving beyond it. Atmospheric one minute and anthemic the next, Threads is the sound of a band that remains at the peak of its powers, turning the everyday experiences of modern existence into songs that are celebratory and cathartic. Learn more

Lilly Hiatt

Lilly Hiatt has been making music since she was 12 years old, when her father, acclaimed singer-songwriter John Hiatt, gave her her first guitar, a 1953 parlor-size Martin, and truly even before then. As the daughter of one of America’s leading songwriters, Lilly stands on her own two feet as a talented singer and gifted songwriter in her own right. Learn more 

Joe Pug

A singer-songwriter known for his lyrical acumen and plaintive harmonica style, Joe Pug dropped out of college and moved to Chicago where he worked as a carpenter before breaking into the city’s music scene. Since 2008 he has released a string of critically-acclaimed albums and toured heavily in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more 

Fox Crossing Stringband

Harmony is at the heart of their sound with a strong versatility that leans deep into tradition, then nimbly dives into modern tunes with a bluegrass twist. Fox Crossing Stringband showcases tight vocal harmonies and bluegrass instrumentation. Learn more 

Gerald Dowd

Boston-raised, Chicago braised drummer/singer/songwriter Gerald Dowd has been described as “the hardest working drummer in Chicago” (Richard Milne, WXRT), playing on over 100 albums, and averaging 150 live dates a year around the world. Learn more 

Eric O'Daly

If you're looking for music that will move you, challenge you and inspire you, then look no further than Eric O'Daly. A keen songwriter, O'Daly knows how to craft a beautiful ballad that will stay with you long after the song is over. Learn more 

Naomi Ashley & Jon Williams

Chicago Americana singer-songwriter Naomi Ashley’s songs are intimate, plain-spoken and gorgeously sung. Lyrically layered and drawing from folk, blues and country traditions, they surge with the contradictory impulses of real, imperfect life. She is joined by accomplished multi-instrumentalist Jon Williams (Mountainaires, Hatstretchers). Learn more 


The Acorn Music Festival takes place at The Acorn theater, 107 Generations Drive in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Box Office opens at 3pm ET
Starts 4:00pm, doors open 3:00pm

Artistry, Up Close

The intimate, acoustically-rich Acorn environment encourages interaction between the artists and audience.

About The Acorn Center for the Performing Arts

The Acorn brings great known performers and amazing new ones to southwest Michigan.  Located in the historic featherbone factory, The Acorn’s friendly staff and volunteers, and an acoustically rich sound system combine for memorable experiences. We’re located in Three Oaks, Michigan …  just over an hour from downtown Chicago and 30 minutes from South Bend, IN.

The Acorn, a nonprofit organization, annually hosts a singer songwriter competition and a Spectacular Tournament of Playwrights. Our Open Mic nights showcase a variety of strong talent and our educational workshops include songwriting and master classes in performance.

The Acorn’s Mission

To offer a broad range of high-quality arts and education programming that nurtures cultural experience, participation and community engagement among residents and visitors of all ages and enhances the economic vitality of the region.

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