Mark Lavengood is creating culture with the slide guitar.
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patrons
$24
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Mark Lavengood is a walking, talking ray of sunshine. His resonant energy and sparkling smile light up every stage, every studio, every room, RV and embrace he enters. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Lavengood specializes in dobro & steel guitar, both of which he's played for over a decade, while also being well-versed in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, drums, and a variety of percussion instruments. In 2012, Mark was named winner of the acclaimed Rockygrass Dobro Competition hosted at Planet Bluegrass’ headquarters in Lyons, CO. Predominantly as a dobro player, Lavengood toured world-wide for 7 years with the award-winning Michigan-now-Nashville-based Americana outfit Lindsay Lou (formerly, & the Flatbellys), performing at a bucket list of venues and festivals over his time with the band. Both as a member of LLFB and as frontman of his namesake, Mark has performed at: the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, ROMP, Celtic Connections, Blissfest, Wheatland Music Festival, Founders Brewing Company's signature events; Black Party, Harvest Party & Founders Fest, Cowpie Music Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Farmfest, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, International Folk Alliance, IBMA, and many, many more. He’s also shared the stage performing with or sitting in with the likes of Seth Bernard, Amy Helm, the Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings, Johnny Irion, Gregory Stovetop, Trout Steak Revival, winter/sessions, amongst others. At each stop along the way, whether on tour, in the studio, or passing you on the street, Mark's positivity and genuine warmth is an immediate captivator. His selfless and gregarious nature has allowed him to collaborate, write and record with some hall-of-fame worthy talents. Cutting his teeth in the art and music meccas of Ann Arbor & Nashville, Lavengood has recently returned home to his native Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a new, adorable family and a headful of ambition in tow. Since returning to GR, a burgeoning art and music scene in its own right, Lavengood has 'narrowed' his focus to his main, namesake project, as well as teaching and developing education platforms, mentoring, writing, recording, and of course, performing. A natural showman, Mark has released three full-length, critically-acclaimed records, the latest being on the Michigan-based Earthwork Music Collective.
Due to his lovable nature, boundless optimism, warm embrace and cavernous-yet-soft-and-delicate blue eyes, Mark garnered the nickname "Huggy Bear" early in his career, and upon meeting, one understands why. There's simply no denying that this is a very special soul.

Here's what others have had to say about Mark Lavengood's talents:

Guitar great, Billy Strings says, “Mark Lavengood is truly a treasure in our lives and his music and positivity shine through the darkness like no other. A great songwriter and a master on the dobro, I am honored to call him my friend.”

In reference to Mark's release, "We've Come Along," The Infamous Stringdusters' Andy Hall says, "This record has it all. It shows Mark's diversity as a musician and a dobro player. It's band centric, but the standout slide playing and singing makes this a must listen!"

Christian Sedelmeyer of The Jerry Douglas Band and 10 String Symphony says, "Mark's dynamism as a human and fierce musician shine through completely on "We've Come Along."
Tiers
Slide On!
$1 or more per month
I'll send a monthly video checking in on all the musical happenings I've got coming up around the bend. Will include at least one song performance.
Rare Recordings!
$6 or more per month

The tier for folk who need to hear EVERYTHING! You'll receive select recordings of my music you won't hear anywhere else and we pack them into a high-quality digital download.

Downloads currently delivered: Dogtown Sessions versions of "Sliding Rock", "In Transit", and "Sometimes"; plus Mark's new single, a cover of Bobby McFerrin's  "Don't Worry, Be Happy"!

Learning The Dobro With Mark Lavengood
$10 or more per month

Want to learn how to play like me? Pledge to this tier and get exclusive access to an ongoing tutorial series for everything you need-to-know on playing the Dobro Resonator Guitar. 

Huggy Bear House Concert
$1,000 or more per month only 5 left

Firstly - DANG! THANKS! Whether local, regional, national, or even international, for $1,000, I'll come and do a House Concert for you, your friends, family, and community members! Travel expenses may be applicable, and the house concert may not happen this month due to the nature of my active schedule. Contact me if you have any questions before supporting at the House Concert level!

Goals
$24 of $1,000 per month
Creating music costs money. There's no way around this basic fact, especially if you're of the DIY mindset and buy the necessary gear and tools to simply do it yourself.

Over the last year, I have invested more than $7,000 in recording costs, hiring musicians, renting my office/studio space, not to mention many other costs that come up throughout the songwriting and creating process. If I can raise $1,000/month, I'll pay back my investment from the last year of recording while being able to continue recording monthly (and grow our creative productions into who knows what?!) Your patronage will singlehandedly empower me to continue to create culture with the slide guitar! Hugs abound!
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Mark Lavengood is a walking, talking ray of sunshine. His resonant energy and sparkling smile light up every stage, every studio, every room, RV and embrace he enters. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Lavengood specializes in dobro & steel guitar, both of which he's played for over a decade, while also being well-versed in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, drums, and a variety of percussion instruments. In 2012, Mark was named winner of the acclaimed Rockygrass Dobro Competition hosted at Planet Bluegrass’ headquarters in Lyons, CO. Predominantly as a dobro player, Lavengood toured world-wide for 7 years with the award-winning Michigan-now-Nashville-based Americana outfit Lindsay Lou (formerly, & the Flatbellys), performing at a bucket list of venues and festivals over his time with the band. Both as a member of LLFB and as frontman of his namesake, Mark has performed at: the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, ROMP, Celtic Connections, Blissfest, Wheatland Music Festival, Founders Brewing Company's signature events; Black Party, Harvest Party & Founders Fest, Cowpie Music Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Farmfest, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, International Folk Alliance, IBMA, and many, many more. He’s also shared the stage performing with or sitting in with the likes of Seth Bernard, Amy Helm, the Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings, Johnny Irion, Gregory Stovetop, Trout Steak Revival, winter/sessions, amongst others. At each stop along the way, whether on tour, in the studio, or passing you on the street, Mark's positivity and genuine warmth is an immediate captivator. His selfless and gregarious nature has allowed him to collaborate, write and record with some hall-of-fame worthy talents. Cutting his teeth in the art and music meccas of Ann Arbor & Nashville, Lavengood has recently returned home to his native Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a new, adorable family and a headful of ambition in tow. Since returning to GR, a burgeoning art and music scene in its own right, Lavengood has 'narrowed' his focus to his main, namesake project, as well as teaching and developing education platforms, mentoring, writing, recording, and of course, performing. A natural showman, Mark has released three full-length, critically-acclaimed records, the latest being on the Michigan-based Earthwork Music Collective.
Due to his lovable nature, boundless optimism, warm embrace and cavernous-yet-soft-and-delicate blue eyes, Mark garnered the nickname "Huggy Bear" early in his career, and upon meeting, one understands why. There's simply no denying that this is a very special soul.

Here's what others have had to say about Mark Lavengood's talents:

Guitar great, Billy Strings says, “Mark Lavengood is truly a treasure in our lives and his music and positivity shine through the darkness like no other. A great songwriter and a master on the dobro, I am honored to call him my friend.”

In reference to Mark's release, "We've Come Along," The Infamous Stringdusters' Andy Hall says, "This record has it all. It shows Mark's diversity as a musician and a dobro player. It's band centric, but the standout slide playing and singing makes this a must listen!"

Christian Sedelmeyer of The Jerry Douglas Band and 10 String Symphony says, "Mark's dynamism as a human and fierce musician shine through completely on "We've Come Along."

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Tiers
Slide On!
$1 or more per month
I'll send a monthly video checking in on all the musical happenings I've got coming up around the bend. Will include at least one song performance.
Rare Recordings!
$6 or more per month

The tier for folk who need to hear EVERYTHING! You'll receive select recordings of my music you won't hear anywhere else and we pack them into a high-quality digital download.

Downloads currently delivered: Dogtown Sessions versions of "Sliding Rock", "In Transit", and "Sometimes"; plus Mark's new single, a cover of Bobby McFerrin's  "Don't Worry, Be Happy"!

Learning The Dobro With Mark Lavengood
$10 or more per month

Want to learn how to play like me? Pledge to this tier and get exclusive access to an ongoing tutorial series for everything you need-to-know on playing the Dobro Resonator Guitar. 

Huggy Bear House Concert
$1,000 or more per month only 5 left

Firstly - DANG! THANKS! Whether local, regional, national, or even international, for $1,000, I'll come and do a House Concert for you, your friends, family, and community members! Travel expenses may be applicable, and the house concert may not happen this month due to the nature of my active schedule. Contact me if you have any questions before supporting at the House Concert level!