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Real Pretenders

Saturday, Feb. 26 | 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT)

Classic RockRock/Pop

Farm Dog Productions is excited to present the Real Pretenders at the Acorn.

Real Pretenders are four Chicago music scene veterans (Expo ‘76, Heartsfield, Zimmermen, Naomi Ashley Band) 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. They aren’t a costume act; they don’t play the original members of the band as characters. Instead, these established players, with audiences of their own, have come together to thread the musical needle between faithfully rendering the Pretender’s sound and joyfully harnessing these timeless and lustful pop rock gems as a means to expressing their own musical identity. Not only do they take on both the band’s classics and deep cuts, they also offer a new take on songs covered by the Pretenders, as well as those that perhaps might have been. Real Pretenders aren’t simply a tribute to the music of the Pretenders, they are a tribute to their essential spirit. Do not miss.

Naomi Ashley- lead vocals, guitar
Ralph Baumel- bass
John Carpender- drums
Andon Davis- guitar

Opening the show is The Lonesome Organist. The Lonesome Organist organic one-man band released his first 7” record in 1996. The Lonesome Organist has 3 albums on Thrill Jockey and a fourth “Ashes...Alas” is self-released. The Lonesome Organist has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. The Lonesome Organist performed at the 2002 David Bowie curated Meltdown Festival at Royal Festival Hall in London and at the 2002 Shellac curated ATP festival. As Jeremy Jacobsen, he has recorded with Five Style, Euphone, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Via Tania, Red Red Meat, Man Or Astro Man, Barbez. Additionally, he has composed music for Redmoon Theater and The Chicago Complaints Choir.


Anyone entering the theater will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entry. In addition, all who enter the theater will be required to wear masks. Click here to learn more about Acorn Covid-19 Policy.


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.

Box Office opens at 4:00pm ET
Starts 8:00pm, doors open 7:00pm

Artistry, Up Close

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

About The Acorn 

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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