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Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

Get Tickets HERE to join our favorite Irish songbird in a late night GEM FEST show that will go into the wee small hours!!! Doors at 9pm and show at 11pm!!

Looking back, it’s no surprise that when a precocious nine year-old Meschiya Lake hit the stage for a singing contest at a Rapid City, South Dakota steakhouse, she already believed that she could hold her own with the best of them. She had been singing around the house, and competing against adults who thought she was “cute” didn’t intimidate her. When she won the contest – which came with $500 prize and a weekly in-house singing gig – it made sense that – in some form or another – the groundwork for a career had been laid, even if she didn’t realise it at the time. For several more years singing for fun and joy continued to trump music as vocation for Lake, but it was only in her early twenties during her stint as a member of the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus – a ragtag traveling troupe that blended traditional circus arts with modern sideshow entertainment – that she ultimately realised exactly what she wanted to do as an adult.

After “running away” from the circus, and employing a myriad of jobs, from building the  Burning Man festival to forklift driving at cranberry harvest, Lake was searching to, once again, make music her bread and butter.  In 2007, this life change found her by way of traditional jazz outfit, complete with dancers, The Loose Marbles.  This ragtag group of busking street performers originally set up camp on Royal Street in New Orleans.  From there they created a residency in New York City’s Washington Square Park, the gateway to what would become Ms. Lake’s next stomping ground, Europe.  Affectionately referring to this time in her life as “jazz boot camp”,  she began to build her now extensive repertoire, and learned several life lessons, including, but not limited to, don’t date the band leader, Be the bandleader. A year later, she did just that, creating the Little Big Horns Jazz Band.

Now steadfastly at the helm of her own musical battleship, things moved fast and far for Ms. Lake.  Returning from Europe, Ms. Lake and company will be, once again, setting the bar exceedingly high for our standards of musician and showmanship,  jazz, and joy.


Earlier Event: April 27
Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
Later Event: April 28
Topsy Chapman & Her Seven Piece Band