Aten Place barn opens for the season Saturday night
Tim Grimm will perform Saturday, June 30, at Aten Place in Boyne Falls. (Courtesy photo / June 26, 2012)
Grimm is an award-winning singer/songwriter, and actor on stage and screen. After several years working in Los Angeles, where he co-starred for two seasons on the NBC drama "Reasonable Doubts" and appeared with Harrison Ford in "Clear and Present Danger," Grimm returned to his home in Indiana. He grew up in the woods and small town settings of southern Indiana, son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers, and his return home was a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of "success." He now lives with his wife and sons on an 80 acre farm close to where he grew up. Grimm's songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life, recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.
In 2007, Grimm put together a concept CD with Midwest songwriters Krista Detor, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski and Michael White. The recording, "Wilderness Plots,"was drawn from the short stories of author Scott Russell Sanders and explores the settling of the American wilderness in the Ohio River valley between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Two PBS programs have explored "Wilderness Plots" -- the first a documentary on the story and song, and the second a full "Wilderness Plots -- In Concert" (2012). Produced by WTIU in Bloomington, Ind., both productions were nominated for Emmy Awards.
Still active on stage and onscreen, Grimm's most recent projects include guest spots on television's "Chicago Code" and "Detroit 187," and work on the upcoming feature film "At Any Price" with director Ramin Bahrani and starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Effron.
Aten Place is located a half mile south of Cherry Hill Road on Old Mackinaw Trail in Boyne Falls. The venue is a 90 plus-year-old barn overlooking the Boyne River valley, in the shadow of Boyne Mountain. Tickets are $15 and go on sale at 6:30 p.m. the day of the concert. Advance tickets and schedule details are available by visiting www.atenplace.com.
Aten Place is a nonprofit endeavor, and no food or beverage is sold on the premises. Many patrons bring snacks and desserts to share at intermission. There is also a covered picnic pavilion for those who wish to come early and enjoy the grounds and peaceful setting.
For more information, call Bill or Maxine Aten at (231) 549-2076.