Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful; 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24
As a contingent of the Michigan folk music scene for over a decade, Misty Lyn Bergeron has penned haunting melodies over simple arrangements that traverse the gothic, literary fringes of American roots music. Pulling from a wealth of vivid subject matter, her songs are cathartic and poetically rich works that approach sometimes difficult topics such as death, loss, heartache, and healing. After getting in a serious car accident in 2015, there has been a noticeable shift toward love, light, and hope in her music, while still maintaining a deep connection with the things that are lost and those that are fading.
Bergeron is the singer/songwriter at the head of Ann Arbor's Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful -- Matt Jones, Jim Roll, Carol Gray, and Ryan Gimpert, all individually recognized in the Ann Arbor / Ypsi indie-folk scene.
The band has completed two studio albums, For the Dead (2009), and False Honey (2012), and is currently working on their third, Alms for Sots, scheduled for release this year. Bergeron has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such notable acts as Kris Kristofferson, Pete Seeger, and Marshall Crenshaw.
“Her sound, forged by the adroit quartet The Big Beautiful, swells with warm, transfixing tones, sunny swinging guitar hooks over toe-tapping tambourines; seesawing neo-country inflections wobbled over burning guitar sunrays ready to blaze from a traditional folk sounding base out into a disarmingly explosive rock girth. Actually, it’s much more gothic singer/songwriter than folk or alt-country.” -- Real Detroit Weekly, Jan. 6, 2009