As the sun began to set on the beer garden at Dark Horse Brewing, The Harmed Brothers added a warm glow to the evening.

On Wednesday nights the beer garden at Dark Horse Brewing in Marshall, Michigan turns into a concert hall as they welcome local and national acts to share their music with fans and enjoy some tasty beer. On this gloriously warm evening, The Harmed Brothers from Oregon and Tom VandenAvond from Wisconsin graced the stage.

Tom VandenAvond starts the night’s entertainment with Alex Salcido accompanying him on the banjo. VandenAvond is a singer-songwriter with a voice that reminds you of John Prine. His music is soulful with the quiet cadence of the Great Lakes. After a couple of tunes, VandenAvond invites local guitarist Alvin Lautzenheiser to add a little blues on a few songs. Apparently, Lautzenheiser keeps his Gibson and a Fender tweed amp handy for just such an occasion.

With darkness creeping in fast, the Harmed Brothers take the stage. They call their music “indie-grass” which is a fun way to describe their sound. The Harmed Brothers remind you of the Avett Brothers and Trampled By Turtles. The vocal melodies of Ray Vietti (guitar) and Alex Salcido (banjo) are rich and refreshing. Asking for requests from the audience, quiet a few people take them up on the offer. Lautzenheiser is invited back to the stage to jam with the Harmed Brothers on a couple of tunes.

The fine folks at Dark Horse do a great job of bringing music to their patrons. The Harmed Brothers with Tom VandenAvond make for an exceptional evening of music.

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About The Author

Chuck is a native Michigander; he grew up in Detroit and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in his blood. Chuck began running at age 12 and never stopped. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite is the off trail race, Dances With Dirt, ran in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in a 7th grade class. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes, nature, people and places, and over course, concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today, when not chasing concerts with a camera, you can find him online at his blog, Life in Michigan.