7:30 - 9:30 pm
“Among the most emotionally compelling songwriters of our time.”
The most unbelievable journeys often start in the most unexpected of places.
Long before glowing acclaim from NPR and Billboard, packed shows, unforgettable festival appearances, millions of streams, and collaborations with everyone from BTS to Contemporary Youth Orchestra, the journey of The Accidentals commenced in a public high school classroom in Traverse City, MI. As the story goes, concertmaster violinist, Savannah Buist, and cellist, Katie Larson, raised their hands at the request for volunteers to play a music boosters concert and wound up being musical soulmates.
“We live and breathe music,” adds Katie. “Music helped me survive those awkward middle school years when I wasn’t sure where to identify myself. It’s helped us figure out who we are, given us confidence, allowed us to travel the world, and completely opened up our minds.”
The Accidentals now host and lead workshops across the country hoping to inspire other young musicians.
They opened a nonprofit in 2020 called Play It Forward Again and Again, to help provide access toinstruments, lessons, and mentors, for all aspiring musicians.
Core Famgrove members, Dan and Jan Kautman, remember when The Accidentals’ Tangled Red and Blue album first released in 2012, “the songs were catchy and incredibly deep for such young writers.” Having built a devout fan base right out of the gate, Sav and Katie transferred to Interlochen Arts Academy for the remainder of high school and completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to release Bittersweet only a year later. Shortly after, they met Michael Dause at Blissfest and welcomed him behind the kit as their full time percussionist, cementing the lineup.
The Accidentals have gone on to release multiple albums, including Parking Lot, Odyssey, and Vessel. The Accidentals started touring immediately out of high school, playing 200+ shows a year at such festivals as Electric Forest, Rocky Mountain Folk Fest, Summerfest, and SXSW. They have played on stages with the likes of Brandi Carlile, The Wailers, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Andrew Bird, Martin Sexton, Ruster Root, The Decemberists, and more. The Trio has collaborated with artists such as Kaki King, Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists, Lily & Madeleine, and Keller Williams.
6:00 - 6:45 pm
From the moment childhood friends Aaron Becker and Garrett Johnston first came together as Stay Outside in 2016, it was evident that this rock + roll band from the heartland had something special. It wasn’t until a few years later that the Indiana natives caught their first glimpse of the national spotlight. After solidifying their lineup with the addition of drummer Noah Mitchener and releasing their 2019 EP Bottle Rocket, the trio made waves across the country when their self-produced, self-directed music video for “All The Way Down” landed on the front page of Reddit.
Stay Outside’s alternative-leaning tunes are held in place by frontman and lyricist Aaron Becker’s hopeful, honest approach to songwriting. While much of their music is more explosive in nature, their latest single “Overboard” finds the band exploring their surfier side. Since its release, Becker (vocals/guitar), Johnson (guitar), and Mitchener (drums) have kept themselves busy in the studio, working tirelessly on their full-length debut. The forthcoming LP looks to continue the trio’s sonic evolution, as one of the Midwest’s best rock outfits shoots for something even more special.
5:00 - 5:45 pm
Whorled’s acoustic sound is fresh and innovative and draws from roots from around the world such as Celtic, Gypsy Jazz, Brazilian, American and many more. The three piece band features violin, accordion, guitar, banjo, and occasionally a didgeridoo. They’re a relatively young band in the area but have quickly developed a buzz for their musicianship, unique sound, and moments of improvisation so that no two Whorled performances are the same.
Native Michigan-based Whorled Band is comprised of Thom Jayne, Keala Venema, and Mariko Venema.