How are you managing your world these days? I had to let go of this being a beginning of the month musical travelogue and embrace it being an end of the month one. Because sometimes it’s just like that. I started composing this message two weeks ago, but a lot has happened since then. Last weekend, I went to Folk Alliance in Kansas City for an immersive experience of connecting and music-making. This weekend we’ve moved into a new house! It’s right across the street from our old one. This meant that we and our band of helpers carried all our stuff via walking caravan to our new house…right across the street. This was hilarious but convenient…Does it feel to you like spring is coming? Even though a nip has been back in the air in SLC lately, today the sun came out and shone through all our new south facing windows for over an hour. It was wonderful! I recently found out I’m deficient in vitamin D and I think that that might be directly related to the amount of joy I feel.I played my first show at the Garage on Beck in North Salt Lake two weeks ago. See the picture Craig took at the top of this e-mail. Such fun night! So grateful to the community who showed up. Thanks. ♡
The Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City was a wild adventure. It was my first time at the huge international one. There were many late night showcases in hotel rooms (always a very funny but extremely magical thing), wonderful panels (Women in Music!) and many reunions. It all made me very tired but it was well worth it. And I got a cool shoutout in this No Depression article. Thanks Henry Carrigan! I met Henry on an early morning jaunt along the space age walkway between the hotel I was staying in and the main conference hotel. Sometimes it pays to talk to strangers…
Here’s some pictures taken by my lovely and exuberant friend Joseph Leavell at a few of my private showcases. My banjo Ursula is not pictured, but she was there too…
I’m traveling to Colorado and Kansas in couple of weeks for some shows and a house concert. After that I’ll be off to the Pacific NW in early April for a long weekend of shows (including a show with the inimitable Halelupe at the beloved Artichoke Music of Portland). For my most current tales from the road, follow me on Facebook (personal and music) and instagram. I love those mediums on tour. My performance schedule is below and on my website.
In April I’m getting married!! I’m thrilled to be marrying this unique and handsome man from Wisconsin. He plays the bass and makes kimchi among his many talents. He’s been joining me for more of my shows lately. If you come to one you might get to hear him or at least meet him.
There are a few other incredible events coming up in the next six months that I will look forward to sharing with you when the time is right. The timing of these things can be important. Wishing you all the best in your work and life. Stay connected, stay in touch, en(joy!)…
How are you doing today? I’m actually feeling pretty peaceful on this loaded day, in part I think because instead of turning on the news, I am writing you this letter. At least that’s how I’m feeling for the time being. Whatever you are feeling today, if you are elated or in despair, I hope you will take some time to make some art. Art and the making of it, as my wise and lovely friend Mary Danzig said recently, “matter for the health of people’s souls.” I believe art heals both the receiver and the artist. And it doesn’t even have to be “good” art or “done” art. The making and sharing of ANY art heals us… what do you think about this?
Making new art isn’t something I’ve done much lately myself. I’ve been dealing with some unexpected, plan altering surprises in the last couple of months. I’m still struggling to wrap my head around it all. As I said during my recent IAMA show, It’s like someone came and rearranged the planets while I was asleep and now I don’t know where anything is… the whole universe is different now.
So I’m going to try to write a song about that feeling today.
I hope you take some feeling, some story, some fear, some jubilation, some love and transform it into art, TODAY. It is important that you do it today.
I’m hosting Ten Dollar Pony in concert at my home in SLC on Sunday night. They are a sweet Indie folk duo from near Reno, NV. I love their harmonies and their shining personalities equally! I’m producing this concert through my production company Poison Apple Medicine. To RSVP and receive the address of my tiny house in the Liberty Wells neighborhood of Salt Lake City, e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Friday (one week from today!) I’m playing a Listening Room Concert at the Self Care Sanctuary in Murray. I’m really hoping that my SLC friends and fans can make it to this one. I’ll play a lot of my newer original solo material accompanied by my guitar and banjo. This a brand new venue and venture that Linda Forrest, the owner is pouring her heart and soul into. Come support original art and original ideas. Doors open at 7pm; the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of the show/at the door. Buy tickets here. This will a family-friendly event in a comfortable environment with warm drinks and good cheer. I’ve included the poster below.
Yes, go make some art TODAY.
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1/22 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – POISON APPLE MEDICINE Presents: Ten Dollar PonyHouse Concert ($10 – 20 Donation; RSVP to email@example.com) 7pm
1/27 MURRAY, UT – Mindy Dillard at The Self Care Sanctuary
193 West 5th Avenue (4880 S), Unit B Murray, UT 84107
(7pm doors, 7:30pm show; $15 in adv/$20 day of – Ticket Link)
2/5 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at The Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living
2/12 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at The Garage on Beck
2/15 – 2/18 KANSAS CITY, MO – Folk Alliance International
3/5 – SALT LAKE CITY – Mindy Dillard at Unity Salt Lake
3/9 LOVELAND, CO – Mindy Dillard at Loco Artisan Coffee House TBA
3/11 MANHATTAN, KS – Our HOUSE Concert Series
3/12 MANHATTAN, KS – Unitarian Universalist Society of Manhattan
4/6 HILLSBORO, OR – TBA
4/7 HILLSBORO, OR – TBA
4/8 PORTLAND, OR – Mindy Dillard & Halelupe at Artichoke Music
4/9 PORTLAND, OR – Private House Concert
5/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mother’s Day House Concert at Kris Thorne’s, 3pm. $15 per person donation. Bring friends, family, kids…but no pets.
6/26 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Princess Fearless at Bud Werner Memorial Library
6/27 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Princess Fearless at Strings Music FestivalFamily Concert Series
6/28 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Mindy Dillard speaks at The Foundry