The Middle Ground

The Middle Ground

Laurel & the Love In, Dilly Power

Fri · March 31, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

The Middle Ground
The Middle Ground
Joe Neary first picked up a guitar near the end of 2010 as an outlet for a broken heart. With a knack for songwriting, Joe quickly found his own unique musical style. His vocal sounds have the rhythmic and melodic flow of Jason Mraz, and many have compared him to Andy Grammer, John Mayer, and Adam Levine.

After deciding to share his first batch of songs in a live setting, Joe teamed up with Chris Halbauer, who played a unique blend of percussion featuring a cajon set up as a small drum set. What began as an acoustic duo made its way to an upbeat trio with the addition of bass player Jordan Burmeister in the fall of 2012. They recently added electric guitarist Brandon Mathieus, which has provided the group with a more full sound on both recordings and live performances.

The band has quickly gained the reputation of putting on high quality live shows, whether it be acoustically or with a full band. Their first full album, "From Love, to Loss, to Living," was released under Joe Neary in June 2013, and has been received well locally and with their online fans. In their first full year together, Joe Neary & The Middle Ground had showcases at RedGorilla Music Fest in Austin, TX, the Beloit International Film Festival, Yellow Phone Music Conference, and have begun playing for college campuses around the US. The band won the 2014 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award for New Artist of the Year.
Laurel & the Love In
Laurel & the Love In
Dear Mother,

I meant to write to you before this, and I hope you haven’t been worried. I am in Nashville and it is really beautiful here. A beautiful scene. We’ve been here a week, me and this rock and roll band that calls itself the Love-In. We’re making this movie. Well it’s not really a movie, but a short film. Well it’s not visual or anything, more like an album. Only while we’re making it, I’m in it.

I won’t bore you with the whole thing, how it happened, but I really tried, because I knew you wanted me to. It just didn’t work out with me and Danny, and so I have come here and it is a really beautiful scene. I don’t want you to worry about me. I’m with the Love-In now.

There’s a boy named Ian Kendall who plays guitar. He’s shown me around a bit. He’s always in such a hurry, yet somehow always late. And there’s a girl named Veronica Selby with eyes like a doe and a voice like a little birdie. She hangs around with a boy named Michael Rasile, who hits his drums so hard you wouldn’t believe! It’s powerful stuff the way he plays, but my new friend John Lattimer warned me about listening to him. John plays the bass like thunder and walks around followed by a cloud of smoke.

We’re all getting a van together and we’re just gonna go. We’re piling in together, traveling all over the Heartland, playing our music and bringing people into our movie. Please don’t worry. We’re welcoming everyone to the Love-In.

Completely and Honestly Truly,
Laurel & the Love-In
Venue Information:
Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203