Breathe Owl Breathe

There, by the heat of a wood stove, they became Breathe Owl Breathe and honed their sound—a wild rumpus of harmony and rhythm. While some peers have reveled in reinvigorating the old, weird side of Americana, Breathe Owl Breathe's flare for pop-addled melodies flips the contemporary folk aesthetic, eschewing freakiness in favor of charm. It’s a dynamic built on coupling clever arrangements with lyrical whimsy.

Holler StageSaturday, 10:00 PM, Holler Stage
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Rollie Tussing & the Midwest Territory Band

An award-winning guitarist, educator and performer, Rollie Tussing has performed in concert halls, major music festivals and sidewalks all over the United States and parts of Europe.

His raggedy brand of music is informed by the era of 78 rpm records, juke-joints, and street performers. He composes a lot of his own songs and has a knack for re-working an old obscure tune, finding beauty in the forgotten scratches, pops and grooves of his esoteric record collection.

Holler StageSaturday, 7:40 PM, Holler Stage
Holler StageSaturday, 10:30 PM, Cabin
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Barbarossa Brothers

Sweet country finger picking and snarling blues riffs inspired by the streets of New Orleans with a reggae bounce.

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Jack and the Bear

Jack and the Bear is a Theatrical/Roots act from lower east Michigan with vaudevillian tendencies (see the live show.) Conjured up of three siblings and close friends, their sound is often described as "Dark Disney"; and with influence/inspiration being taking from artists such as Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Disney Soundtracks themselves, what more can you expect than "the greatest thing you'll ever see, probably."

Holler StageFriday, 8:30 PM, Holler Stage
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Appleseed Collective

The Appleseed Collective is poised to become the new sound of string music. Riding the wave of the bluegrass revival beyond newgrass and into a strange new genre-bending territory, they explore the full range of dark and light, old and new, composition and improvisation in a deeply theatrical stage show that transports audiences through time.

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Michelle Held

Highly regarded as one of Detroit’s most original musical talents, Michelle is known for her captivating live performances.

TreehouseSaturday, 4:00 PM, Tree House
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The Whiskey Charmers

A Detroit-based Americana band.

Second HollerFriday, 8:00 PM, Second Holler
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Dick Siegel

For more than two decades he has delighted audiences in this country and Canada with his songs and performances. In his home state of Michigan, his artistry has become legendary. Siegel’s joyous and penetrating vision has made his songs part of the culture: radio theme songs, quotable classics, and markers deeply embedded in the hearts of his many fans. His recordings travel beyond him, finding new friends here and in Europe. His commitment to song as celebration makes Siegel’s live performances uplifting events to remember.

Holler StageSaturday, 6:30 PM, Holler Stage
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Seth Bernard

Seth Bernard has a uniquely Michigan anatomy: knee deep in glacier-folk with a belly full of whiskey and peaches smuggled from the root cellar of a '70s guitar god. Fingers resinous with fresh cut white pine, and sacred north star geometries whirling around his brow.

Born on April Fools Day, and playing the trickster-bard every day since, he's grown from a potent young Interlochen idealist into a black-bearded surprise-eyed psych-rocker singing the woods and water, souls and soils of the Great Lakes.

Holler StageSunday, 4:30 PM, Holler Stage
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Washtenaw County Divorcees

TreehouseSaturday, 5:00 PM, Tree House

Eyes Unclouded

The collective talents of two homeschooled families from Southeast Michigan. Their music has been described by many as haunting, original, and captivating - with a dramatic flair.

Holler StageFriday, 7:20 PM, Holler Stage
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Jive Colossus

Shake a tail feather to some serious funk, jazz and Afro-Caribbean grooves with this 10-piece musical ensemble.

Holler StageFriday, 10:50 PM, Holler Stage
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Wire in the Wood

Energetic, weird, crazy, uplifting, confusing, hilarious, and awesome all wrapped in wild improvisation, unique song writing, and beautiful harmony.

Holler StageSaturday, 11:10 PM, Holler Stage
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Kameryn Ogden

A combination of jazz, folk, and pop sounds with a unique, strong and captivating female vocal.

CabinFriday, 9:00 PM, Cabin
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Erica Russo

Erica Russo pulls mesmerizing stories from deep inside her dreadlocks, and rests them on grooves of wood and wire.

Second HollerSaturday, 6:40 PM, Second Holler
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Conspicuous Bystanders

Like Amy Winehouse died when a Led Zeppelin crashed on Black Sabbath.

Second HollerFriday, 9:00 PM, Second Holler
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Spirits Rising (Joe Reilly and Allison Radell)

Joe Reilly and Allison Radell use their collective musical gifts to help inspire and uplift others. “We have a sacred fire burning between us.”

Holler StageSunday, 12:00 PM, Holler Stage
CabinSaturday, 8:30 PM, Cabin
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No Conflict

No Conflict is a versatile band that plays originals and classic tunes in the styles of the Grateful Dead, Neil Young and the occasional Hank William tune. We might through in tunes by the White Stripes, ZZTop and/or The Cars. This band focuses on having fun and being a fun band to listen to.

Second HollerFriday, 6:00 PM, Second Holler

The Sky Blue Sky

Smooth, energetic bluegrass with a rock 'n' roll flair. 

Holler StageFriday, 5:00 PM, Holler Stage
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The Raisin Pickers

A Manchester-based string band that plays a mix of rustic Appalachian music, old time swing, bluegrass, and Louisiana sounds.

Holler StageSaturday, 2:00 PM, Holler Stage
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Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful

Misty Lyn Bergeron has penned haunting melodies over simple arrangements that traverse the gothic, literary fringes of American roots music.

Holler StageSaturday, 4:10 PM, Holler Stage
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Natalie Mae

Natalie’s voice is “achingly melodic...like watching a beautiful wild thing, wondering where it’s going to land next.” -Dick Siegel

Second HollerSaturday, 4:20, Second Holler
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Cold Tone Harvest

Historic and honest sound. The music gets you thinking about where you’ve been and where you’re going.

Holler StageSaturday, 3:00 PM, Holler Stage
Holler StageSaturday, 9:30 PM, Cabin
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Isosceles

Three well-established Ann Arbor musicians form the musical corners of this new folk trio.

Second HollerSunday, 1:30 PM, Second Holler
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Nutshell

Rooted in traditional Irish music, Nutshell pulls in many other influences to create their own delicious stew. A Holler Fest tradition!

Holler StageSunday, 10:00 AM, Holler Stage
TreehouseSaturday, 12:00 PM, Tree House
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Show Tunes Sing-a-long

Raise your voices together with Cathy King, Emily Slomovits and musical friends - featuring favorite songs from classic movies and shows. All welcome!

CabinSaturday, 3:30 PM, Cabin
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Chris Good and the Sweet Insurrection

Tasteful and eclectic blend of folk, blue grass, straight up reggae, shuffling funk and Latin American rhythms. 

Holler StageSaturday, 5:20, Holler Stage
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Gifts or Creatures

Gifts or Creatures is the musical pursuit of husband-wife Brandon and Bethany Foote. The couple fuses a blend of midwestern folklore, old world history and cinematic soundscapes to create a trove of antique Americana.

Second HollerSunday, 2:30 PM, Second Holler
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Dorkestra

A diverse group of musicians who have combined their study of Jazz, African, Latin and Funk into a unique repertoire.

Second HollerSaturday, 9:00 PM, Second Holler
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Frank Allison

After 10 years of solitude, he began working on a new voice, and developed his own new style of rhythmic, funky, ukulele music.

CabinSunday, 2:00 PM, Cabin
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Blindman

CabinFriday, 6:00 PM, Cabin

GFK Trio

Metro Detroit's hard groovin' jazz funk organ trio integrating soul jazz with pop, rock, hip hop and electronic, lead by strong female vocals.

Holler StageFriday, 6:10 PM, Holler Stage
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Escaping Pavement

There is so much life and vitality in the Americana-folk journeys of Escaping Pavement, sprung entirely from an acoustic guitar, a mandolin, and two voices.

Second HollerSaturday, 2:00 PM, Second Holler
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The Switchbacks

A character filled five piece musical ensemble hailing from the Ann Arbor area. We like to groove. We like to have fun.

Holler StageFriday, 9:40 PM, Holler Stage
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Leonard Cohen Tribute

A tribute from multiple Holler Fest performers to the legendary musician and songwriter who passed away November 7th of last year.

CabinFriday, 11:00 PM, Cabin

Lisa Wolf

Inspired by classical music, improv jazz and soulful singer/songwriters, Lisa writes about living the good life and meditating on the right course of action.

TreehouseSunday, 2:00 PM, Tree House
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Path

Flat-out fantastic music, blending catchy, hand crafted melodies with witty lyrics to create a performance that has rhythm, style, and humor.

CabinSunday, 4:00 PM, Cabin
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The Understorey

The soulful, fun, and seemingly effortless performance by The Understorey’s Jess McCumons will always pull you in for more.

CabinSaturday, 6:30, Cabin
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Matt Jones & the Reconstruction

Matt Jones was raised by a combination of circus music and doo-wop, with a healthy dose of ragtime thrown in.

Second HollerSaturday, 7:50 PM, Second Holler
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Matchsellers

If you enjoy down-home bluegrass and wild, gritty country-folk, then you must see The Matchsellers.

Holler StageSunday, 2:00 PM, Holler Stage
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Fangs and Twang

A stripped down roots-rock blend of indie-kicks and swinging bluegrass with theatrical, croony lyrics.

Second HollerSunday, 3:30 PM, Second Holler
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Bliss

Folklectic World Pop Music. A rich, deep delicious helping of music for the soul!

Second HollerSaturday, 12:00 PM, Second Holler

Tim Berla

Host of the Holler Fest cabin and member of numerous musical groups.

TreehouseSaturday, 7:00 PM, Tree House

Open Mic

Sign up at Info Tent, 9:30 AM. Space limited!

Holler StageSaturday, 10:00 AM, Holler Stage

David Mosher

Based in S.E. Michigan, David has stitched himself throughout the fabric of the state's musical community as a sideman for some of the states best known performers. David will perform original bluegrass and folk material along with old traditionals.

CabinSaturday, 4:30 PM, Cabin
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Ricky Olmos

Alternative songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Jackson Michigan.

Friday, 7:00 PM, Cabin
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Jacob Warren

A multi-style double bassist playing a wide ranging variety of acoustic styles, including classical, traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, bluegrass, newgrass, Cajun, gypsy jazz, and many others. Warren is a regular performing artist, as well as a sought after recording artist and collaborator.

CabinSaturday, 1:30 PM, Cabin
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Syd Burnham Band

From bluesy rock to 90’s metal and country folk, this young singer-songwriter and guitarist is out to show an audience a good time.

Second HollerSunday, 11:30 AM, Second Holler
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The Lucky Nows

Mixing contemporary folk, traditional country, gypsy scales, oatmeal raisin cookies and extreme sleep deprivation to create a totally unique sound.

Friday, 7:00 PM, Second Holler
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West Park Music Society

A collection of musical friends who live in Southeast Michigan and get together to enjoy making music.

Holler StageSunday, 11:00 AM, Holler Stage
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Audra Kubat wsg Emily Rose & Tamara Finlay

One of the Motor City’s select female voices, with folk-rock and indie pop stylings.

CabinSunday, 3:00 PM, Cabin
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Barefeet Bearfeet

With tangled manes and stories to match, these playful folks play playful folk in the key of Michigan.

CabinSunday, 12:00 PM, Cabin

Bowdish Brothers

Brawny roots music from long-time Ann Arbor area musicians.

Second HollerSunday, 12:30 PM, Second Holler
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Creole du Nord

Their sound can be traced to southwest Louisiana’s traditional music mixed with some crossover Old Time tunes that suggests sounds rooted in pre-mass media Americana.

Holler StageSunday, 5:40 PM, Holler Stage
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San, Emily, and Jacob

Traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and classical music, and Broadway show tunes.

CabinSaturday, 2:30 PM, Cabin
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Libby Decamp

Honeyed vocals ride atop ballads, chanties, toe-tappers, and blues propelled by unconventional percussion and accent instruments.

CabinFriday, 10:00 PM, Cabin
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Shari Kane & Dave Steele

A four handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and ragtime.

Holler StageSaturday, 1:00 PM, Holler Stage
Holler StageSaturday, 7:30 PM, Cabin
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Magdalen Fossum

Magdalen sings old jazz, old traditionals, contemporary and original songs, and plays various instruments.

CabinSaturday, 6:00 PM, Cabin
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Jo Serrapere & the Willie Dunns

Whether recreating old songs from the Mississippi Delta or performing songs in her own confessional style, Jo's music stands original while always reflecting her love of American roots music.

Holler StageSunday, 1:00 PM, Holler Stage
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Shannon Lee

Her songs are a personal glimpse into a life lived fully and an exploration of universal themes. 

TreehouseSaturday, 2:00 PM, Tree House
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Spencer Michaud

He draws upon the ghosts of Motown, tin-pan alley and the folk tradition to create a sound that is both theatrical and sincere.

TreehouseSaturday, 5:30 PM, Cabin
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Joshua Barton & Seerstones

Dark old-time sounds of country blues, “American Primitive” guitar, and noisy drone.

CabinFriday, 8:00 PM, Cabin
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Timothy Monger State Park

Melding subtle synth textures with elements of psych, folk, and jangling power pop, Monger explores themes of hope, struggle, and personal revelation in poignant observations that celebrate the weird odyssey of the self.

Second HollerSaturday, 3:10 PM, Second Holler
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Judy Banker & Friends

No matter what, you can bet she’ll have you stomping your feet and crying in your beer, maybe at the same time.

Holler StageSaturday, 12:00 PM, Holler Stage
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Alex Mendenall

Alex draws from folk, soul, funk, and jazz. His sound is eclectic and engaging.

TreehouseSunday, 3:00 PM, Tree House
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River Street Anthology Listening Party

The RSA has traveled thousands of miles, recording over 300 Michigan musicians via digital tape, film, photograph and fine art. The project seeks to collect, preserve, and make accessible music covering the gamut of genres, cultures, ages, and genders of Michigan music.

TreehouseSaturday, 12:30 AM, Treehouse
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Gemini

Performing since 1973 and now playing music for their third (or is it fourth?) generation of young fans and families.

Holler StageSaturday, 11:00 AM, Holler Stage
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Bob Stebbins

Bob Stebbins is a local Luthier building classical guitars in the Irish Hills. He has been building and playing classical guitars for over 40 years. His performance in the cabin will take the listener from 16th century pieces to modern classical guitar works. Robert will be playing a Stebbins guitar built in 2017 using East Indian Rosewood back and sides with a Western Red Cedar soundboard.

CabinSaturday, 11:30 AM, Cabin
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Jay Stielstra

His sound is his own, steeped in a childhood filled with gospel sounds and his years building houses and playing in Irish pubs.

CabinSunday, 1:00 PM, Cabin
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Michael Shelata

Solo piano from the host of the Second Holler stage and The Ark’s open mic.

CabinSunday, 11:00 AM, Cabin

Team Love

Team Love plays jazz and more for your listening and dancing pleasure.

CabinSaturday, 12:30 PM, Cabin

Joe Reilly Kids Show

Joe’s positive and uplifting lyrics are served up with the catchy tunes and upbeat rhythms that all kids love.

Second HollerSaturday, 1:00 PM, Second Holler
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Merkel Party Bluegrass

 

Holler StageSunday, 3:20 PM, Holler Stage

J. Washburn Gardener

A 30+ year choral music veteran and classically trained tenor, he writes and sings songs of love, pain, joy, and coffee.

TreehouseSunday, 4:00 PM, Tree House
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Michael Lee

A mime actor, an art he has practiced for over 30 years.

TreehouseSaturday, 11:00 AM, Treehouse
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