Aspen's Blog

Open Mic on WYCE 

Coolest thing happened! While I was on vacation, I happened to play open mic at Founders Brewery Company in Grand Rapids, MI and got invited to be interviewed by WYCE 88.1 FM host Laura Nowe in studio the next morning! Thank you so much for the opportunity Laura Nowe and station manager Hayes Griffin for having me on your Open Mic show. You can listen to the live broadcast here --> https://soundcloud.com/wyceradio/ep-2-88-aspen-jacobsen-8-7-2019 or watch the in studio recording from my Facebook page.

Recording my Album - Love Each Other Right 

Had an amazing five days recording my next album, Love Each Other Right at Willis Sound with this incredible bunch of guys. Can't wait to share it with everyone in November!

Pictured from left to right Mike Shimmin (percussion), Brad Phillips (violin, mandolin, guitar), Me (vocals, guitar), Dominic Davis (producer, bass), Jim Roo (sound engineer). Not pictured, Mike Lynch (keys) and Bruce Ling (mandolin)

FARM 2018 - Folk Alliance Region Midwest, Grand Rapids, MI 

I was a First-timer at FARM this year and it was an amazing experience I'll never forget! It was non-stop performances and workshops. Both nights I was up till 3 am listening or playing in the private showcases. Seeing so many talented musicians, one right after the other, was nothing I've ever experienced before and I loved every moment of it. There were so many musicians I had heard about, but never met and I'm thrilled I was finally able to. Even my workshop choices were terrific - Using Humor Between Songs, Folk Community and Social Responsibility and the Power of Personal Narrative in Performance. Special thanks to the Wheatland and Earthworks private showcases for the opportunity to perform and a huge shout-out to Fauxgrass for allowing me to play Texas with them during their set.  Special thanks to FARM's director Annie Capps and the board of directors for providing me with a youth scholarship to attend the conference. I made use of every minute at FARM and left the weekend full of ideas that I can't wait to explore in my music! Can't wait to come back next year!

 

Great Lakes Music Camp 

Many thanks to the Great Lakes Music Camp for the amazing weekend of music and friendship on Lake Michigan! So grateful to have been awarded a youth scholarship to learn from amazing musicians and songwriters. I had an incredible time during the late-nite jam sessions and learning from the super talented Kenny Smith, who led the Rhythm Guitar workshop, mandolin virtuoso Don Julin for his Mandolin workshop and one of my favorite songwriters, the illustrious May Erlewine in her Songwriting workshop. It was a weekend of traditional music that gave me all the feels and I even got complementary strings and a fiddle tuner from Elderly Instruments! Special thanks to Jason Wheeler for making it all happen and I can't wait until next year for another incredible experience. 

Feeling Love!!! 

Thank you friends, family and new friends who came out to my CD Release Party at River's Edge Brewing Co. I had an incredible time and am grateful for the love and support! Special thanks to everyone who donated to Hospice of Michigan and the #GiveAQuarterBack Campaign. They are doing tremendous work and turn no one away from their care. Please consider donating at www.GiveAQuarterBack.com or texting GAQB to 56651. 

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CD Release Party - Oct. 7th from 2-4pm @ River's Edge Brewing Co. 

Hope you can join me for my debut CD Release Party at the River's Edge Brewing Co. in Milford on October 7th from 2pm - 4pm. 

    2 pm - Meet & Greet and CD signing 

    3 pm - Live performance

Be sure to check out the great food and crafted beverage menu at River's Edge 

Stay for dinner and listen to the talented Timothy Monger when he takes the stage at 4pm 

No cover charge, bring the whole family!

 

Earthworks Harvest Gathering  

I had an amazing experience at Earthworks Harvest Gathering, but it went by way to quickly and I only scratched the surface on the bands I wanted to see. Thank you Seth Bernard and the Earthworks family for inviting me to play on the Hill stage. Thank you to all the volunteers for feeding me amazing heathy food, conducting workshop and simply making it such a special experience. I loved every moment and now I understand why so many amazing people are attracted to the farm. Special thanks to my mentor, Bruce Ling for playing mandolin on several of my songs I left with several signed CDs and lots of special moments that will carry me until next year's Harvest Gathering!