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Porterhouse Presents- An Evening with Martin Sexton on Saturday, June 18, at the Open Space in downtown Traverse City. The concert will feature a paella in the park picnic on the beautiful Open Space in amazing Tent Venue Saddle Span Tents.  

An Evening with Martin Sexton

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Open Space / Traverse City, MI

Doors at 6:00 PM / Show at 6:30 PM

Reserved and General Admission Seating, All Ages

Porterhouse Presents- An Evening with Martin Sexton on Saturday, June 18, at the Open Space in downtown Traverse City. The concert will feature a paella in the park picnic on the beautiful Open Space in amazing Tent Venue Saddle Span Tents. There will also be live music from The Accidentals, Joe Wilson with Don Julin & Kevin Gills, and an after-party with a Silent Disco DJ Dance Party paying tribute to Prince, David Bowie and beyond.

Paella will be available for purchase with vegan or meat options. Other local focused options include Pigs Eatin’ Ribs award winning BBQ and Burritt’s famous TC brats and hotdogs with a selection of local wine from Bonobo Winery and rare craft beer from Laguanitas Brewing Company. Martin Sexton’s last visit to Traverse City was a sold out show at the Opera House and we are thrilled to bring his Folk, Blues, Gospel, Rock and amazing looping harmonies again to Traverse City.

General Admission – $25, plus fees
General Admission with Paella Dinner – $35, plus fees
Table Seating with Paella Dinner – $55, plus fees
Table for 8 with Paella Dinner – $400

**Please Note: While this is an all-ages event, it is designed for mature audiences. The focus of the evening is on the live music and setting. Accordingly, tickets are required for all attendees (kids 5 and under are free). You are welcome to bring along a low-slung chair or blanket to sit on.

*If any tickets remain on the day of the event, the price will be higher than tickets purchased in advance. Buy your tickets in advance!


Remember that mixed tape your friend made you way back when - the one that's etched in your soul? Martin Sexton's new album Mixtape of the Open Road is that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. This record is a charm bracelet of twelve gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls a "soul marinated voice."

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s.

Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets of Harvard Square, gradually working his way through the scene. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In the Journey, was recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.

From 1996 to 2002 Sexton released Black Sheep, The American, Wonder Bar and Live Wide Open. The activity and worldwide touring behind these records laid the foundation for the career he enjoys today with an uncommonly loyal fan base; he sells out venues from New York’s Nokia Theatre to L.A.’s House of Blues, and tours regularly across Canada and Europe.

Happily and fiercely independent, Martin Sexton launched his own label, KTR, in 2002. Since then he has infiltrated many musical worlds, performing at concerts ranging from pop (collaborating with John Mayer) to the Jam scene to classic rock (collaborating with Peter Frampton); from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to a performance at Carnegie Hall.

Regardless of his reputation as a musician’s musician, Sexton can’t keep Hollywood away. His songs can be heard in many feature films and television including NBC’s Scrubs, Parenthood and Showtime’s hit series Brotherhood.

Stage, film and television aside, when Sexton isn’t touring he often mixes entertainment with his sense of social responsibility, performing at benefits for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Japan earthquake/tsunami relief (The John Lennon Tribute), and Hurricane Irene relief efforts in Vermont, to name some.

In 2007 Sexton began his most successful years to date with the release of his studio offering, Seeds. The album debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and the Los Angeles Times said, “Call him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker and you wouldn’t be wrong.” The live CD/DVD set Solo, which includes a DVD of his performance at Denver’s Mile High Festival, followed in 2008.

In 2010, the album Sugarcoating found this one-of-a-kind-troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths. After hearing it, NBC anchor Brian Williams sought Martin out to sit down for an interview backstage at New York’s Beacon Theatre. It’s now featured on MSNBC’s BriTunes.

The accolades continue: Billboard called Sexton’s version of “Working Class Hero” for the Lennon tribute/benefit in 2010 “chill-inspiring.” Released this November as part of The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute album, the track is available on iTunes.


Because our product is an entertainment experience, we do not offer refunds on tickets. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Porterhouse Presents nor Tent Venue are responsible for lost, stolen, or forgotten tickets.

If unforeseen circumstances force us to cancel an event, we will refund your ticket price (less any fees) in the same manner that you purchased the ticket. For example, if you purchased the ticket using your VISA card, we will refund the same credit card

Event Information: (231) 943-2929

Ticket Purchasing: (800) 836-0717

Venue Information

Open Space Park
108 W. Grandview Pkwy
Traverse City , MI 49684

Organizer Information

Microbrew & Music Festival / Porterhouse Presents

426 W 8th Street
Traverse City, MI 49685

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Carly Roman
+1 (231) 943-2929
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