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Artist  Spotlight

Chirp 

 

Five years of Handmade. Five years of Chirp. It just wouldn't be the same without 'em. 

 

"Chirp is a four-piece, genre-hopping band based out of Ann Arbor, MI. Often playing in the styles of progressive rock/funk and jazz-fusion, their sound maintains a melodic center. The group features a wide array of originals and covers in their live sets and puts together dynamic, high-energy shows.

 

Though their music ties in many technical elements, an equal emphasis is put on grooving and keeping people moving. Chirp takes influence from Snarky Puppy, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Yes, Daft Punk, Vulfpeck, and The Beatles, to name a few. Chirp has been hard at work since their formation in 2015, touring and recording consistently since the project began. Their fresh sound has taken them touring across the Midwest to play a large variety of venues and festivals."

 

Click here to check out Chirp on Spotify!

https://spotify.link/QIx2rh90iJb

 

Distant Stars

 

"Get ready to close out Friday night of Handmade with DISTANT STARS!

 

These Northern Michigan boys did us the honor ringing out the first ever notes of Handmade way back in 2018, and are bringing the hot stuff down to Chesaning once again for a night of raucous rock n' rollin' good times. It's in October, but it's going to get sweaty. 

 

"DISTANT STARS - funky/sexy/strange rock n’ roll from Michigan. Wild enough to raise the roof, charming enough to rival your favorite boy band. Unbridled bravado and flamboyant showmanship take center-stage, backed by a sonic hybrid of classic rock, electronic pop, and psychedelic funk, performed with a jazzy mentality and a punk rock attitude. Iconic cover songs are peppered throughout a set full of original music in a show that leaves the audience laughing, singing, and wondering - “are these guys from another planet, or am I?” Every DISTANT STARS performance is a wildly engaging rock n’ roll experience. Seductive frontman Jakey T steps out into the crowd to dance on your table and sip your drink while leading a sing-along. Andy simultaneously blasts out trumpet solo and hammers notes on the bass guitar with his other hand. And just when you thought you were getting used to the madness...

 

BAM! - the boys swap instruments and bust out a Britney Spears cover.

 

DISTANT STARS have been a headlining and supporting act for prominent Michigan music festivals such as Farmfest, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, Handmade Music Festival, and Sol of the Lost Tamarack. They are also a favorite act at craft breweries, including Bellaire’s Short’s Brewery and the Workshop Brewery in Traverse City. Snowbelt Brewery of Gaylord even brewed them their own beer: ROCKNROLLJUICE.

 

A second full-length album, Rock N’ Roll Dies With Us, was released in 2023."

 

https://spotify.link/xsJn7Kv1iJb

 

Earth Radio

 

Earth Radio are storytellers of a future yet to be realized. This Grand Rapids Future-Soul group consists of Justin Avdek (bass, vox), Hannah Laine (keys, vox), Dutcher Snedeker (keys, synth), and David Ward (drums, percussion). The band formed in 2017 when Avdek brought these unique West Michigan musicians together for a spontaneous recording collaboration, which turned into a progressive project, birthed from a shared passion of neo-soul and sonic ingenuity. You’ll hear elements of funk, rock, soul, and progressive jazz, reminiscent of Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu, Radiohead, and Knower, melded together into a sound that is uniquely Earth Radio.

 

Earth Radio has shared the stage with The Accidentals, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Last Gasp Collective, Brandon Coleman, Jackie Venson, Minor Element, Afro Zuma, Outer Vibe, Lipstick Jodi, Desmond Jones, and more nationally touring artists. Their ability to collaborate as multi-instrumentalists leaves room for infinite possibility.

 

Since the release of their self-titled album, Earth Radio, in March 2018, their music has been well received by musical lovers from all genres, hitting the top of the charts as WYCE’s most played album. The excitement continued as the band was awarded “Emerging Artist of The Year” and “Best Jazz Album of 2018” at the 20th WYCE Jammie Awards. In 2019, Earth Radio released their sophomore record, “Mother’s Breath”, which earned them the Critics Choice Award and “Best Jazz Album of 2019” at the 21st WYCE Jammie Awards.

 

For 2020, Earth Radio released their latest album, “Reanimate,” which received three months on the “WYCE Hot Top 5” and a spot on the “2020 Hot Top 10 Local Spins Playlist.” In 2021, the band released a new single inspired by 2020 events, titled "After the Plague."

 

Earth Radio's fourth album Mosaic Dreams released on March 17th, 2023 and was celebrated with an album release show and accompanying tour the following month. 

 

https://spotify.link/vAQnthD2iJb

The Rupple Brothers 

“The Rupple Brothers are a psychedelic folk ensemble who combine a love for family, music, life, and improvisation to create a musical space unlike any other. Born unto song, brothers Evan and Cole, and an ever expanding cast of soul brothers, traverse the entire spectrum of sound and space; each being proficient in multiple ways of musical strangeness, while bringing a positive and powerful family message with their brand of wild folk. They have carved themselves out a respected place amongst the Michigan music scene, throwing their own annual grassroots festival Handmade Music Festival in their home of Chesaning, opening for bands like Chirp & Good Old War, opening up for White Denim at Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch, winning the Review Award for "Best Duo", and playing top tier venues and festivals across the state. They plan to carry their stories of song to the furthest reaches of the universe .”

 

https://spotify.link/MM3othH2iJb

Kyle Brown & The Human Condition 

Kyle Brown & The Human Condition are a Folk-Rock Fusion band formed in Muskegon in early 2022. Front man, Kyle Brown, led the Grand Rapids based band, Bigfoot Buffalo, from 2014-2019. KB & THC picked up where Bigfoot Buffalo left off, fusing Americana, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, and World Music together to form a truly unique style of Folk-Rock. Infectious riffs and melodies wrap around lyrics touching on environmental, social, and philosophical topics. With songs meant for listeners to explore the full meaning of "the human condition", the band represents their name to the fullest extent. Their sophomore release, an EP titled "The Touch of Grass", released on May 3rd, 2024 and is available anywhere you stream music. 

 

More info available at  https://www.kylebrownmusic.com/

Monte Pride

"Pride writes at a tempo that regulates the pulse, and he finds melodies that sound somewhere between a lullaby and a hymn, patiently arranging all the words for a comprehensive summoning of empathy." - Jeff Milo (Current Magazine)

Grace Theisen Trio

Loren Kranz & Co.

Ted Bounty

Zachary James

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