Enjoy a fantastic line-up of all-day musical entertainment. All of our talented artists are Michigan natives, ready to knock your socks off for the best festival yet. Cheers to Michigan!
Please note: all times are approximate
|Main Stage||Art Garden Stage|
|3:00 pm – Phil Denny||4:30 pm – The Accidentals|
|5:00 pm – The Crane Wives||6:15 pm – Jordon Taylor|
|6:45 pm – The Mainstays (formerly Funktion)||8:00 pm – Samantha Crawford|
8:30pm – MAYER HAWTHORNE
Mayer Hawthorne has come a long way since his 2008 debut, and right now, he says, “Life is great.” He’s released three well-received full-length albums, had songs licensed for film, television, and toured the world as a headlining act, with Bruno Mars, Foster The People, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, and the late Amy Winehouse. His latest album, Where Does This Door Go, features a host of top-flight production work from Pharrell Williams, Greg Wells, Jack Splash, John Hill, and Oak (of Oak & Pop), who contributed both the album’s first single, “Her Favorite Song,” and the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Crime.”
Mayer grew up in Ann Arbor and remembers, as a child, driving through the Motor City with his father and tuning the car radio in to the region’s rich musical tapestry. He has produced music and played multiple instruments for much of his life and uses skills honed as a DJ to create his own original dance floor fillers. Throughout the years he’s cited Soul legends Barry White and Curtis Mayfield as inspiration, along with late Hip-Hop producer J Dilla.
In the last five years, Mayer has grown as a singer, songwriter and performer. Touring with partners like Winehouse and Mars bolstered his vocal and performance chops. Lyrically, he’s moved away from the bitter break-up tone of his first two albums toward more diverse storytelling and personal coming-of-age content. Some have described the new vibe of Where Does This Door Go as “Steely Dan meets the Beastie Boys,” which suggests both a studio seriousness and playfully irreverent approach.
“The only rule I had when I went in to make this album was that it had to be fun,” Mayer says.
Now, he’s motivated to create soul music that can win–win on the radio, win on the charts, win over clubs and win over hearts.
Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012, much traction has been made by the efforts of saxophonist and businessman, Phil Denny. Some might describe him as a people’s musician having developed a very active and loyal fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized 2012 debut, Crossover; an album which has already earned him two Billboard charted hits. A buzz has been rippling from coast to coast as either his music or marketing prowess reaches those who follow smooth jazz almost always earning him a new fan. Described as a passionate and soulful player who has a way of captivating audiences with his smooth, sexy yet energetic style. In fact, Phil has sold out every show he has produced since the summer of 2012 and continues to build quite the international following.
Back by popular demand! The Crane Wives, a home grown indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids defies musical stereotypes. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for songcraft to create organic music that is both accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves.
The Mainstays are a funk & soul band based in Kalamazoo. Featuring Andrew Schrock (singer/songwriter), Dutch Conway (bass), and Nate Heymoss (guitar) of Michigan’s funk/dance band Funktion, the band draws heavily from the groovy elements that made Funktion a bonafide dance party, while crafting dynamic, insightful, and almost folk-influenced songs. Half-beast/Half-man Paul Bauer behind the drum kit and the downright dirty playing of Tom McRockin Eldred (BMF Band) on keys bring the sound fully together, and provide that elusive answer to your missed connection.
Traverse City’s own! Two girls, two years, two albums, two movies scored, thirteen instruments, forty-five original songs, five hundred live shows, thousands of fans… still in high school. That is the story of Katie Larson and Savannah Buist of The Accidentals.
Multi-instrumentalists, Katie and Buist are creating quite a name for themselves among music lovers of all genres. Described as, “A duo giving an edge to folk with unique instrumentation”, Z93 FM DJ, Matt Mansfield writes: “Combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics and youv’e got Accidentals music. Songwriters, look no farther to find a new pairing to be jealous of, especially with such a bright future ahead of them.”
As an acoustic performer originally from Jackson. Jordon moved to Phoenix at the age of 18. He first began singing and playing in a few bands and decided after awhile to branch off and start performing solo. His passion for music has led him to share the stages with platinum selling artist such as Seven Mary Three, and Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe.
Samantha Crawford has been quietly crafting songs for the last decade. Working and reworking them to just the right consistency. In the mix, you’ll hear soul, motown, alternative, folk, and a dash of pop sensibility. At 26 years, she has penned at least 30 songs, only 20 of which she would let you hear. Not known for being either prolific, or enterprising, she has still managed to carve out a cozy niche with folks who like to hear an honest to goodness song that doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. What it is though, is something special. ” Good songs are like diamonds, or pearls”, She has said, ” It takes just the right amount of time and pressure applied to your heart. The pressure of pain, joy, fear, courage, love. That’s what great music is made of”.