Acorn SSC Alumni Showcase: Scott & Lila w/James Neary, Emma Hamel & more!

Friday, Jul. 29 | 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT)


The Acorn’s Singer-Songwriter Competition is celebrating ten years with the 2022 Competition Finals on July 21. We are featuring several of our winners from years’ past in a special Alumni Showcase Concert on July 29, headlined by our 2021 winner, Scott Hildebrand, with his duo Scott & Lila. The evening will be emceed by Acorn favorite, Patti Shaffner, who will open the show with a special cameo performance.

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About the Artists:

Scott & Lila Scott Hildebrand, 2021 Winner and Lila Despoix are an acoustic duo based in Berlin. They met when Lila spontaneously joined Scott while he was busking in the streets of Berlin in 2019. Since then, they have recorded an album and performed all over Germany, France, Italy and Sri Lanka.

Their feel-good music warms the hearts of listeners and fuses Indie-Folk, Blues and Jazz with a fresh modern twist. They perform their original songs with synergistic vocal harmonies, accompanied by guitar and ukulele. Their songs give listeners a dreamy, wanderlust feeling while retaining lyrical elements that are timeless, soothing and down to earth.


James Neary James Neary is an award-winning singer-songwriter that prides himself on honest, heartfelt music delivered with earnestness. His soaring falsetto and from-the-guts delivery add a unique spin to his blend of blues, folk, and indie rock influences. Throughout his career, James has opened for the likes of John Mayall, Cracker, Billy Strings, and has joined Muse on-stage for a rendition of their hit, 'Plug In Baby.' After winning The Acorn’s first ever singer-songwriter competition, James released '2013,' his first solo record, and has since gone on to tour the Midwest, win Hoosier Star in 2016, and release 3 EPs with James Neary and the Bevy Blue. Each of James's unique performances are captivating, intense, and straight from the heart.


Emma HamelSinger-songwriter Emma Hamel spent many of her high school years scrawling lyrics in class and singing in her bedroom before she began performing her original music all around the Midwest.

Emma’s music pairs poetic lyrics with haunting vocals and stripped-down arrangements that let the story take center stage. Her deeply heartfelt songs are filled with the hopes, insecurities, and uncertainties that accompany the transition from youth to adulthood.

Emma has been featured on numerous radio and TV programs and was the 2018 winner of The Acorn Singer-Songwriter Competition.


About the Host:

Patti Shaffner Patti Shaffner is no stranger to The Acorn stage, being a Singer-Songwriter Competition finalist herself and having been featured in many productions since then. Patti performs a wide variety of musical styles including folk, blues, jazz, theater and improvisational singing with ease. As a seasoned performer, she is dynamic and engaging on stage. Her music is thought provoking and reaches out to the heart of our longing for connection with love and hope.


Don't miss the 2022 Acorn Singer-Songwriter Competition

We are also proud to announce that our 10th annual Acorn Singer-Songwriter Competition Finals will be held on Thursday, July 21. This competition is where all the talented musicians featured in our Alumni Showcase Concert on July 29 first made their mark on our stage. Packages are available to purchase tickets to both shows!

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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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