Folk singer Ben Traverse to perform Thursday evening in Hart

July 6, 2023

Folk singer Ben Traverse to perform Thursday evening in Hart

HART — Folk singer Ben Traverse will perform Thursday, July 6, from 7–9 p.m. at the Hart Commons.

Bring a lawn chair to enjoy this free event.

Join locals and visitors on Thursdays in downtown Hart for a variety of live outdoor music at Hart Commons Park. Enjoy yard games and a Maker’s Market with vendors showcasing handcrafted items and live demonstrations.  

Enjoy a cocktail in Hart’s social district while watching the concert.

Ben Traverse is a traditional folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and member of the Earthwork Music Collective with deep roots in Michigan.

Despite not coming from a musical family, Traverse has been drawn to live music since he held his first guitar at age 2 – a gift from his grandfather. Ben’s real musical journey truly began nearly a decade ago with a collaborative after-school program presented by Earthwork Music and SEEDS celebrating Alan Lomax’s 1938 folk song recordings of Michigan.

After graduating from high school and moving to Grand Rapids, Traverse quickly became heavily involved working behind the scenes with many west Michigan acts. If you frequent local concerts, you’ve probably seen Ben slinging merch.

Since then, Traverse has spent the better part of a decade cutting his teeth playing listening rooms, festivals and bars. He’s found his passion steeping himself in the rich history of traditional folk music and using folk music as a vehicle for community, collaboration, education, and environmental and social activism.

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