More than 20 million TV viewers in the United States and tens of millions more around the world will hear Olivia Millerschin -- the headliner of Saturday's Acoustic Routes' Love Hangover concert at Stony Lake Brewing -- perform John Lennon's classic "Imagine" during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The new arrangement of the former Beatles' ode to peace, which seamlessly blends Olivia's voice with Lennon's original vocals and piano, will serve as the backdrop for the free skate of Olympic ice dancers Evan Bates and Madison Chock, which airs on NBC Monday night at 8 p.m. Bates is an Ann Arbor native and the pair train in Novi.
Here's a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=totWOKZRYf8
The Love Hangover, meanwhile, is a double bill concert featuring real-life couples that Acoustic Routes has hosted the Saturday after Valentine's day for the last three years, first at Mangiamo Italian Grill, then at The Ark in Ann Arbor and now at Stony Lake.
First up is Plain Jane Glory from Muskegon. Their songs are honest, passionate, heartfelt, eclectic and nostalgic all at once. Their live performances are full of unbridled and infectious energy and their genuine love of making music together is evident from the very first note.
Then Olivia Millerschin and James Pyne will take the stage. Olivia wrote her first song before she turned 14. She won a Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting contest and that same year she made it to the finals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, where she performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVWncskO02I).
“Look Both Ways,” her second full-length album, which was released last year, infuses all of the clever lyrics, haunting melodies and colorful folk, pop and soulful elements she’s noted for.
The song “Long Weekend” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqY92Ys52FQ is an ode to love found and quickly lost and features artist Michael Grubbs, known to his fans as Wakey Wakey, from the hit TV show “One Tree Hill.”
The cover charge is $15 at the door and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the artists. Stony Lake Brewing is located at 447 E. Michigan Ave. in Saline.