This unique and intimate series hosted by Earthwork Music artist Nicholas James Thomasma features a small group of songwriters trading songs and stories.
Stories. Songs. Songtellers. It’s simple, really. Singer songwriter and host Nicholas James Thomasma invites 2 other songwriters on stage to take turns telling stories and singing their songs. The performers get the opportunity to share the deeper meanings behind the songs with an actively listening audience. The audience is treated to an intimate look into the songwriting process in a pristine listening environment. It’s a unique and memorable experience every time. The shows take place on the last Sunday of the month Nov-April at the new Listening Room in Grand Rapids, MI.

Aspen Jacobsen's musical journey is rooted in folk, blues and pop. Aspen aspires to emotionally touch people through her lyrics and soulful voice. She’s deeply passionate and whole-heartedly believes that music can heal the world. Aspen released her debut EP in October 2018 and is currently working on her second EP.

Jake Stilson is the leader of the West MI based, tongue-in-cheek outlaw country outfit the Bootstrap Boys. Stilson is a long-standing edifice in West Michigan's fertile music scene. Brutish but approachable, Jake is equal parts grizzly and teddy bear. His greyish eyes portray a distant kindness, yet the wrinkles under them indicate wisdom, a lifetime of hard work, of grit, of the long road behind and the long road ahead. The scars on his hands tell tales far beyond the pen, the piano or the guitar - they ring of life, love and loss.

The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after


A few short steps from the Listening Room is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.