St. Cecilia Music Center Announces New
Local Spins Live Series to begin in January 2013
featuring some of Michigan's best-known singer/songwriters and
Contemporary Folk Bands
In collaboration with John Sinkevics' Local Spins/Spins on Music and Mackinaw Harvest Music Studio this series will showcase artists in the pristine listening setting of Royce Auditorium.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - For 129 years St. Cecilia Music Center has upheld its mission of promoting the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan. Today, St. Cecilia Music Center is known by audiences and artists alike as one of the finest establishments to hear and see world-renowned musicians.
The new Local Spins Live Series will feature well-known folk musicians in an "uplugged" performance, giving audiences the opportunity to hear some of their favorite local artists in a whole new setting.
"The idea of this series came about during this past fall's ArtPrize event where SCMC hosted 58 live performances in 4 days featuring musical ArtPrize entries," said Cathy Holbrook, Executive Director. "Our jazz and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series brings in performers from around the world, but we also want to highlight some of Michigan's great talent and this series will do that."
John Sinkevics of the "Local Spins" radio show attended many performances at SCMC during ArtPrize where he and Holbrook started discussing the idea. "The vibe that I pick up during the ArtPrize performances was that musicians were excited to play at St. Cecilia and would love to play in Royce Auditorium which has great acoustics," Sinkevics commented. "When Cathy Holbrook said they might start a local series I said I would be very interested in helping make it happen." Michael Crittenden, owner of Mackinaw Harvest Music Studio, has helped organize the music evolution in ArtPrize at St. Cecilia for the past two years and is also involved in the development of the new series."
Local Spins Live 2013 Series
The series kicks off on January 10, 2013 with a concert featuring six well-known singer/songwriters performing "in the round." The concert will include Ralston Bowles, Michelle Chenard, Michael Crittenden, Lux Land, Karisa Wilson and Lucus Wilson. Each artist will have their time at storytelling and singing original music. This acoustic concert will showcase these performers in a way that audiences rarely get to hear them.
On February 21, 2013 the series brings two ArtPrize music award winners to the stage. Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys bring their own brand of folk rockabilly to the first half of the concert. One of Grand Rapids' most popular groups, The Crane Wives takes the stage after intermission to play songs from their first two albums in a semi-acoustic performance.
The last concert of the series will take place on March 28, 2013 and will bring the well-known "royal couple" of Michigan's folk and Americana scene Seth and May to Royce Auditorium. Beginning the evening will be the eclectic and playful band, Fauxgrass Quartet.
Tickets are $15 per concert. A subscription to all three concerts in this series is available for $40 ($5 savings.) Student tickets are $10 with a student ID. Advance reservations are encouraged for those who wish to reserve a specific seating location. Tickets will be available the night of the show if not sold out. (SCMC flex passes do not include the Local Spins Live series.) A cash bar will be available prior to the show and during intermission. A post-concert "Meet-the-Artists" reception is included for all ticket holders the night of the concert. The reception includes a cash bar and dessert and will feature a performance by an "emerging artist" from the area. Tickets are available by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting the SCMC box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE in downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets are available online at www.scmc-online.org
Local Spins Live Series
January 10, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Singer/Songwriter performance featuring:
February 21, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
The Crane Wives
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
March 28, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Seth Bernard and May Erlewine
Bio of all artists:
Ralston Bowles distinct brand of folk music is a contemporary gem that shares the social insights brought by '60s and '70s predecessors, but allows for an infusion of worldly influence and carries an undeniable personal and independent tone. As a testament, Ralston's writing has garnered prizes from American Songwriter Magazine, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Country Music Television, Unisong, International Song Competition and Kerrville New Folk. Backed by great praise and a favorable following in West Michigan, Ralston also has captured attention and cultivated deep relationships within arts communities from Nashville to New York, Cologne to Cambridge. Ralston has been asked to open and play with musical luminaries of the grandest sort, including Shawn Colvin, T-Bone Burnett, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. www.ralstonbowles.com
This darling of northern Michigan's music scene has an ardent and loyal fan base of people who are known to travel all over the area to see Michelle perform in swanky establishments and area festivals from Charleviox to Mackinac Island. After several years in the New York metro area, Michelle returned to her roots in Michigan. She became the driving force behind the popular duo Leavin' Dodge, releasing three CDs and opening for such acts as Collective Soul and Reba McIntyre. www.myspace.com/michellechenard
When not waist deep in a trout stream, Michael Crittenden performs regularly as a solo artist, and with his long-time band Troll for Trout, throughout the Midwest. Crittenden is the founding member and chief songwriter of Troll for Trout which was formed in 1993. Michael's songs have been heard on dozens of radio stations across the country as well as on MTV, ABC and PAXnet television.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Michael has performed most of his life. He has shared the stage with the likes of John McVey, Shawn Mullins, Jonathan Brooke, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Belly, Brian VanderArk, George Thorogood, and Kenny Wayne Shepard among others. In addition to writing and performing, Michael is the owner of Mackinaw Harvest Studio and works with numerous other artists as a producer, promoter and publisher. www.myspace.com/michaelcrittenden
An Americana artist with a striking voice and brilliantly forlorn songs, East Grand Rapids' Lux Land has released several albums in a style one of her producers has described as "Ameri-tronica." After living in California, Utah and Idaho, she settled in West Michigan several years ago after marrying singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe and has cultivated a devoted audience for her poignant music.
Karisa Wilson is an award winning singer-songwriter from Michigan. Her debut album "Little Girl" won the WYCE's Album of the Year Jammie, one of Michigan's most prestigious indie music awards. Karisa writes and performs a blend of Indie pop, jazz and blues. She's also a classically trained violinist. www.karisawilson.com
Formerly the frontman for popular Grand Rapids roots rock band Sweet Japonic, Lucas Wilson's self-titled debut album -- released in 2012 -- cements him as one of West Michigan's most promising singer-songwriters. With a soulfully raspy voice that recalls a bit of Ray LaMontagne, John Mayer and even Jonny Lang, Wilson sets himself apart with his distinctive, compelling songwriting. www.reverbnation.com/lucaswilson
The Crane Wives
Formed in late August of 2010, the Crane Wives have just finished their second album to critical acclaim. Using three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation and a knack for dynamics, they 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. www.thecranewives.com
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys got its start in 2005. Just like rockabilly originators Johnny Cash, Bill Haley and Carl Perkins, this Michigan trio cut its teeth on the steel guitar driven sound. But the draw of the big beat was irresistible, and over time the band's approach has become sharper and tighter. Not self-consciously retro, Delilah and the Lost Boys remain committed to hand-crafted American music that stands at the crossroads of creativity and craftsmanship, liberally drawing from honky tonk country, rockabilly and folk music. www.delilahdewylde.com
Seth and May
Seth Bernard and May Erlewine Bernard are the reigning "royal couple" of Michigan's folk and Americana scene, with a rootsy, collaborative approach that drives the Earthwork Music collective that they've fostered to "facilitate and encourage" the development and promotion of original music in the Great Lakes State. Through more than a dozen solo albums and three duo recordings that spotlight their bracing vocals and melodic approach, Seth & May also have set a standard of excellence in contemporary folk, making them one of Michigan's most sought-after acts. www.sethandmay.com
The Fauxgrass approach to music, original and traditional, has quickly landed them a place in the progressive bluegrass/folk community. With a fresh, playful and heart-felt approach to structure, Fauxgrass performances seem to freely flow between genres with truly enjoyable instrumental communication. They have toured extensively through the mid-west, Colorado, and northeast coast, as well as establishing themselves as a regular presence in the Michigan music scene. They are continuing to build momentum as their unique songwriting and fun performances find enthusiastic reception around the region. Their creative approach to a familiar musical style is a breath of fresh air, and something worth experiencing for the acoustic music lover. www.fauxgrassmusic.com
Courtesy: St. Cecilia Music Center