Abe, Mike and Merle started picking together early spring of 2016 and with that, The Smokin Dobroleles were born. With their diverse influences and unique instrumentation they create an acoustic sound all their own. Kittie joined full time early summer with some much needed low end. The band has been very busy playing shows around west MI in 2016 and really polishing the songs they play. Abe Kurzer on dobro, Mike Renna on ukulele, Merle Seelhoff on guitar and Kittie Tuinstra on bass, often adding Drew Najor on mandolin and guitar and Jeff Johnson on flute and saxophone. Mike Renna writes many original songs and the group plays a wide array of covers as well, everything from reggae, bluegrass, jazz and country with a sprinkling of the Dead. Improvisation is a strong element in their performances and they are always adding new songs to their repertoire. The Smokin’ Dobroleles rarely pass on an opportunity to play or collaborate with other artists and are highly focused on sharing their passion for the the beautiful thing we know as music!
Dunegrass is a four-piece band tributing artists from John Prine and Alabama to Jack Johnson and The Lumineers. We’re a folksy, bluegrass mix of old and new tunes that provide great ambiance to any party, bar, or casual atmosphere.
“He has a most unique soaring falsetto and a wild eyes rolled in the back of his head fierce guitar style. He writes original songs, including a fantastic song about Freedom (the gas station). Jaik’s sound is somewhere between Anti-Folk and The Band and it is unlike anything I’ve heard from anyone else. His energy is fierce, his vocal range is inhuman, his beard is long.
You’ve gotta check this guy out.”- ( Independent Music Center )
Brother Oliver is a South Carolina-based musical project formed by two brothers, Andrew & Stephen Oliver. The brothers deliver high-energy performances through the lens of a folk-rock / psych-rock aesthetic—a genre they’ve officially coined as “psychedelic folk-rock.” The band’s explorative approach to music strikes a chord with any audience and has rapidly gained recognition in the Southeast and abroad.