After much speculation and nail-biting, the schedule for Oktoberfest bands has been released. Thanks again to Double Phelix for all of their work!
4-4.25 – Northland
430-455 – Kaitlin Rose
5-5.25 – Andru Bemis
535-605 – Boring People
615 – 710 – Birdfingers/Lasso
730-810 – Appleseed Collective
820 – 900 – Who Hit John?
910 – 940 – Cobalt Mexican Wolves
950 – 1020 – Benjamin Riley
1030 – 11 – Bat Cave
At last – we can reveal our Beerfest partners!
There’s not too much to say on the matter, glance down the roster and you will see, Kalamazoo’s 2013 Beerfest will be the place to taste all of your favorite – and probably some new favorite – michigan craft brews and hard ciders.
Each vendor will be bringing two to four different beers to the event. That’s more than 35 different lines of flavor to choose from.
Your ticket ( $20, buy it here, now ) will get you admittance to Beerfest, 15 tokens for beer portions, AND admittance to Oktoberfest. Since getting into Oktoberfest otherwise will cost $5, this Beerfest package more than just an awesome chance to catch a statewide selection of bewmaster talent. It’s a bargain.
Arcadia Brewing Company
Saugatuck Brewing Company, Inc.
Boatyard Brewing Co.
New Holland Brewing Company
The Livery Microbrewery
Who Hit John? have been performing, jamming and busking around southwest Michigan since 2006. They’ve brought their energetic and original old time sound to bars, basements, street corners, concert halls – Anywhere they can get folks stompin’, singin’ and clappin’. Joined together by a love for acoustic music and its vibrant scene in Michigan, this derelict group of misfits and prophets are intent on taking the world by storm, one song at a time.
Whether kicking out rawkus fiddle tunes, dirty and greasy southern blues, or high and lonesome bluegrass serenades, Who Hit John? keep the home fires burning, carrying on the tradition of American roots music. All five members write and sing, providing a wealth of material and influences. Who Hit John? always bring audiences something exciting and new.
“Formed in 2009, Boring People toiled for many moons in relative obscurity until the release of their acclaimed 2014 double album “The Malaise/The Majesty.”
Kaitlin Rose is a soulful singer/songwriter currently residing in Kalamazoo, MI. Her music has been described as good medicine; lyrically meaningful and hypnotizing chords and notes. She has been playing guitar and writing songs for 12 years at local spots such as The Strutt, Old Dog Tavern and Louie’s Trophy House Grill and is currently working on a new album, due out late Spring 2014.
The latest project to emerge from within the Double Phelix collective is the psych lounge ensemble, Cobalt Mexican Wolves. The band is fronted by Double Phelix vocalist and songwriter, Fiona Dickinson.
Fueled by “The Tower” Monday Night Session, the groovy full-sized band allows for well-timed moments of punk-inspired intensity to swell from the more well-known harrowing melodicism of Dickinson. The band has produced a handful of recent singles and continues to build their catalog of spicy electro-punk grooves.
Hear them now: http://doublephelix.bandcamp.com/album/singles
Our colleagues at Double Phelix have been booked tunes ranging from Benjamin Riley’s mind blowing soul/rock/country, to the gypsy jazz, standards, ragtime styles of Appleseed Collective. Check them out:
Mix the Hot Club of Paris with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and a western swinging swagger and you’ve just conjured the sound of The Appleseed Collective.
Andru Bemis is an American musician from New Mexico, currently living in South Haven, Michigan. He performs on the banjo,violin, guitar and banjo-ukulele (which he calls a “banjolele”). Bemis lives a minimalist lifestyle, and is known for his engaging live shows throughout the United States. He tours primarily by train, public transportation, and hitchhiking.
Lasso is the solo project of producer/multi-instrumentalist Andy Catlin. An exploration into all things weird and American, Lasso albums play like a psychedelic cowboy dream–equal parts ragtime, country, psych rock and tex-mex.