Real Pretenders and Naomi Ashley Band

Sunday, May. 28 | 7:00pm ET (6:00pm CT)


The Real Pretenders and the Naomi Ashley Band perform live at The Acorn.

Two pivotal albums performed in their entirety. Naomi Ashley dives into her musical influences with the Naomi Ashley Band & Real Pretenders performing Lucinda Williams’ 1996 masterpiece “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” followed by The Pretenders 1984 classic “Learning to Crawl.”

About the Artists:

Naomi Ashley Band
With a cream-and-Kalua voice, Naomi Ashley sings songs that are intimate, plain-spoken and gorgeously sung drawing on American folk, blues and country traditions. Lyrically layered her songs surge with all the contradictory impulses of real, imperfect life. The NA Band includes Andon Davis, Jon Williams, Michael Krayniak and John Carpender with special guest Jenny Bienemann.

Real Pretenders
Real Pretenders are four Chicago music scene veterans with a passion for the hard driving rhythms, catchy melodic hooks, soul-tortured lyrics, and back alley sex appeal that characterize the music of the Pretenders. Real Pretenders aren’t simply a tribute to the music of the Pretenders, they are a tribute to their essential spirit. Real Pretenders are Naomi Ashley, Andon Davis, John Carpender and Ralph Baumel.


RESERVED SEATING DONATION option includes a $25 tax-deductible donation to The Acorn and guarantees you a seat with optimal sightlines. $25 Donation per ticket holder in your group.

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Box Office open at 4pm ET
Starts 7:00pm, doors open 6:00pm

Artistry, Up Close

The intimate, acoustically-rich Acorn environment encourages interaction between the artists and audience.

About The Acorn Center for the Performing Arts

The Acorn brings great known performers and amazing new ones to southwest Michigan.  Located in the historic featherbone factory, The Acorn’s friendly staff and volunteers, and an acoustically rich sound system combine for memorable experiences. We’re located in Three Oaks, Michigan …  just over an hour from downtown Chicago and 30 minutes from South Bend, IN.

The Acorn, a nonprofit organization, annually hosts a singer songwriter competition and a Spectacular Tournament of Playwrights. Our Open Mic nights showcase a variety of strong talent and our educational workshops include songwriting and master classes in performance.

The Acorn’s Mission

To offer a broad range of high-quality arts and education programming that nurtures cultural experience, participation and community engagement among residents and visitors of all ages and enhances the economic vitality of the region.

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