Dear Music Lovers:
The folks at LVDs have enjoyed 20 years of bringing fresh and new music to you. It took a lot of dedicated volunteers but special recognition goes to Norm Mast who was my partner from the beginning until about half way through when he had to beg off because of family and radio. Norm has been with the Back Porch at WVPE for well over 25 years now. And to my wife who has had the same dream as I did and has been very supportive through the years. After the first few years Julie Baumgartner came on board and has been taking care of newsletters and press releases/publicity until the end. LVDs has been blessed with the endless support of volunteers such as Marilyn Bayak who faithfully gave you tickets at the door while her husband, Roger, gave you popcorn.
After deciding to make the move into a smaller house in Middlebury and selling the farm and thinking LVDs Concert Series would come to an end at that time we were encouraged by a generous offer from Larion and Nancy Swartzendruber to partner with them at The Old Bag Factory. After many months of hard work and sweat by the Swartzendrubers and our family a concert hall appeared on the third floor of The Old Bag Factory where we continued to have concerts for another nine years until the building was sold.
We were asked to continue the LVD Concert Series at several other venues. We did have several concerts at the Goshen Theater but I felt more comfortable assisting in getting new venues started in the area. I’m recommending three new venues in the area that have appeared in the last year, Ignition Garage in Goshen, Heritage Hall in Middlebury, and The Music Village in South Bend.
Ignition Garage, which sells records and CDs, also brings talented singer/songwriters in Americana music to their stage each month. For more information visit their website at www.ignitionmusic.net or Facebook.com/ignitionmusicgarage.
Jim Fisher at Heritage Hall - Das Dutchman Essenhaus brings in good bluegrass and gospel music. For more information visit their website at www.essenhaus.com/page/91/Heritage-Hall.
Kellirae Boann is the executive director The Music Village which is a community musical arts alliance that celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities in the heart of downtown South Bend, Indiana. For more info visit them at www.themusicvillage.org
I feel very blessed with the friends I’ve made in the music business. And if you chance to meet us please introduce yourself as it's challenge toremember everyone.
Elva and Raedene Miller