Sankofa – Midwest Made

Wednesday, Jul. 27 | 7:00pm ET (6:00pm CT)


The Midwest Made summer concert series puts the spotlight on regional talent in a diverse array of genres. Each Wednesday night, you'll want to find yourself at The Acorn for shows that will not disappoint!

About the Artists:

Sankofa is an eclectic soul band that formed in Benton Harbor, Michigan nearly ten years ago whose members are passionate about creating and performing good music. They play a mix of music genres – funk, jazz, hip hop, blues, rock and beyond!

Beth Haire-Lewis – lead vocalist and group manager
Beth is an Early Intervention Specialist for Community AIDS Resources and Education Services (CARES). She also worked as Bartender for many years at Czars 505 in St. Joseph, Michigan, as well as music management for recording artists in Los Angeles, CA.

Steve Parker – keyboards, vocals, songwriter, and the group band director
Steve has played with a multitude of recording artists from around the country. He studied Entertainment Management at the Music Business Institute, in Atlanta Georgia and was a Promotions Specialist with A&M Records.

Audrey Peeples – drummer/percussionist and vocals
Audy has played the drums for decades. She was classically trained on the drums and percussion at an early age. She is owner of Souls Ground Foods and Natural Healing, and Chef/Owner of Souls Ground Café in Benton Harbor, MI.

Falconetti Petty – rapper/lyricist
Falcon has performed on many stages and writes his own original content. He’s also the GM and Marketing Assistant for Malone Records and studied Audio Engineering at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Gilbert, AZ.

Skip Birdsong – guitarist and vocals
Skip is a long-time performer who joined Sankofa a couple of years ago as a guest guitarist and has continued to play with the band since. He has played with a multitude of Blues bands around the country including his own. He is the owner/operator of an auto service shop and auto sale lot.

Enjoy the entire Midwest Made summer concert series!

Package rates available for general admission and reserved seating to all these events:

6/15 | Buddy Pearson 3
6/22 | Water Street Wranglers
6/29 | Abbie Thomas Band
7/06 | Open Mic Night w/The Edgar Willbury Experience
7/13 | Kaitlin Rose & The Band of Thorns
7/20 | Mike Struwin Band
7/27 | Sankofa
8/03 | Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes
8/10 | The Backups & The Get Downs
8/17 | Lake Effect Jazz Big Band

Buy General Admission package!


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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 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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