Joe has been playing the guitar since 1993. Joe played drums with Scott in a high-school band called “Mondo Melons” before Scott moved to Lansing, MI for the next ten years. After that, he played with a couple other groups doing classic rock tunes. Joe continued to play guitar, slowly making the change from nineties rock to the sweet Chicago and Texas blues styles. Heavily influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Albert King, Johnny Lang and probably more than any other Mr. Buddy Guy, Joe decided to start an all-blues based band in late 2007. Joe enjoys tackling new, out of the box blues songs that challenge the skill of the group.
The Smokin’ Dobroleles hail from across West Michigan, but when they come together to make music they create a sound that is uniquely their own. With influences from bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Americana, and even reggae, the Smokin’ Dobroleles infuse each performance with high-energy and passion. Their unique instrumentation includes Abe Kurzer on dobro, Mike Renna on resonator ukulele, Merle Seelhoff on rhythm guitar, Kittie Tuinstra on upright bass, and John Ellsworth on percussion.
Of her own volition, Grand Rapids-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Mainville dove headfirst into the world of music as early as the fifth grade, when she had begun playing viola and upright bass in orchestra. Following her first Wheatland Festival in 2012, Mainville fell in love with the idea of performing her own songs on stage, which eventually inspired her 2014 gypsy swing and baroque pop debut EP, Full Steam
Ahead featuring members of The Accidentals.
Since the release of her first solo output, Olivia has forged a unique path, becoming known alongside her band, the Aquatic Troupe, for their energized, dynamic performances and their gargantuan musical talent. Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe’s debut album, Maybe the Saddest Thing, released on December 10th, 2015 with a special guest appearance by none other than David Bowie’s bandleader and lead guitarist, Gerry Leonard —their multifarious, enthusiastic delivery is sure to be a hit with listeners everywhere.