More 2020 performers TBA!

Kinobe

Kinobe (pronounced chi-no-bay) is a Ugandan singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been described as “some of the most exquisite music coming out of Africa today.” For more than 15 years, he has captivated audiences with his soothing African rhythms, understated vocals and powerful world-roots-dance melodies that emanate from the diversity of the many traditional instruments he customized to develop his unique sound.

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Paddlebots

A unique sound combining the accessibility of soul and pop with the sharp musicianship of funk and jazz that can be referred to simply as “Progressive Soul-Pop”.  Electric live performances bring groove-heavy rhythm backing horn-driven melodies over soulful vocals. “...positive energy, enthusiasm, joy, and freakin’ boogie...” – Kevin Alan Lamb

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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 with a flair for pop-addled melodies that flips the contemporary folk aesthetic, eschewing freakiness in favor of charm. It’s a dynamic built on coupling clever arrangements with lyrical whimsy.

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Last Gasp Collective

Fueled by their mutual love of art where hip hop, jazz, soul, classical, r&b and gospel can come together and touch the hearts of people from all walks of life. LGC's most recent album Seen Not Heard brought home 2 WYCE Jammies for Best Album by a New Artist.

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Delilah DeWylde

This Michigander cut her teeth on steel-guitar driven country in the style popularized by Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb. But the draw of the big beat was irresistible, and Delilah remains committed to hand-crafted American music, liberally drawing from honky tonk country, rockabilly and surf music.

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The Appleseed Collective

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 theatrical stage show that transports audiences through time.

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Aaron Jonah Lewis

A champion fiddler who has been elbow-deep in traditional American fiddle and banjo music since his first lessons at the age of five with Kentucky native Robert Oppelt.

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Laura Rain & The Caesars

Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and R&B into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice.

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Charlie Millard Band

Millard describes his band’s music as “bouncing around” rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, blues and film scores. His piano-based original songs have been described as “small movies for the ears” – lyrically compelling and supported by a cool roots rock vibe with blues undertones.

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Lady Ace Boogie

An Atlanta-bred, award-winning hip-hop artist based in Grand Rapids. Compelled to share both her story, and the stories of others, LAB conveys a message centered on personal growth, struggle, and inspiration, with hopes to positively impact those who are listening.

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The Saints of Soul

The Saints of Soul’s distinctive vibe evolves from the eclectic roots of its members. Soul, funk, Motown, R&B, blues, jazz, and classical influences translate into explosive power, provocative melody, and infectious grooves. Just try not to dance!

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Dick Siegel

With lyrics that range from wry to winsome, Dick's penetrating vision has made his songs part of the culture: radio theme songs, quotable classics, and instantly recognizable hooks. Named by WDET as one of “Detroit’s Top Musical Artists of All Time,” Dick has gained scores of fans across North America over the last 30+ years.

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Andru Bemis

Folk musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, radio host, live music producer, and piano tuner who brings his innovative banjo style and old-timey songs to venues large and small. Based in Binghamton NY, Andru performs live, hosts a vibrant house concert series, a nationally syndicated radio program, BUT never misses Holler Fest if he can help it. Late night in the Cabin - a Holler Fest tradition!

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Samantha Cooper

Samantha Cooper’s voice is a gentle force. Her songs speak for themselves - from contemplative respites to danceable PSA’s. A veteran session musician, her voice and violin appear on over sixty albums. Just as her Great-Grandpa Orlie once did, Sam has played in many ensembles from touring bands to old time string bands.

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Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

With stunning musicianship and captivating world rhythms the Quartet takes audiences on a mesmerizing tour exploring music traditions from Turkey, Egypt, Ukraine, India, Bulgaria and Greece. 

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Donya Kiana

Her music has been described by many as haunting and captivating - with a dramatic flair. Melancholy folk ballads with dynamic instrumentation transfer you to another time when light was dim and fleeting. Donya draws much inspiration from English & Irish history - the arts, landscape, & struggles of the people. 

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The 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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The Ladles

With creative and sophisticated arrangements, they concoct a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere that quiets noisy bars and livens up staid concert halls. Based in New Orleans, LA.

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Earth Radio

 Grand Rapids neo-soul group, Earth Radio combines elements of funk, rock, soul, and progressive jazz melded together into a new genre of "future soul"!
 

Humbird

Combining a wintry longing with the warmth of a familiar folktale, Humbird stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana. This music invites a refreshing dissonance into the house, it leaves breadcrumbs along the path and reflects light back at the stars. Based in Minneapolis, MN.

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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. Wherever Jive is playing, get ready for a dance party!

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Monte Pride

Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate vocals of Simon & Garfunkel. Haunting melodies blended with vivid lyricism bring a complex array of healing, soul stirring song.

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Cold Tone Harvest

Featured as local performers at the 2020 Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Cold Tone Harvest serves up “...country-infused melodies and rhythms laced with a lush ambience ...and rugged baritone vocals traversing poetic lyric territory.” – Chris Dupont

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Spirits Rising

Singer/songwriters Alice Sun and Joe Reilly draw on their Native American heritage (Powhatan and Cherokee respectively) to offer songs that include traditional indigenous musical elements as well as notes of jazz, folk, blues, hip-hop, and rock. “We have a sacred fire burning between us.”

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Small Hat

A CA-based alternative blues rock band, performing with the intention to inspire and uncage wild hearts. Original music to draw you back to a golden past and forward to a vibrant future.

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Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Djangophonique is a musical project born out of reverence for the Parisian Jazz Manouche style that was made popular by the legendary Sinti guitarist Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France.

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Rochelle Clark & The Familiar

Steeped in musical roots of folk, Americana and country, Rochelle draws from personal experience to sing songs of real life - joy, struggle and human tragedy. A powerful voice joined with a personal message - either solo or with a full band - Rochelle offers music to inspire joy, inspiration, and reflection.

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Friends with the Weather

Upbeat and uplifting songs to help us weather the storms. Longtime friends and musical collaborators bring fresh new material and sonic textures to their latest weather report.

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Shari Kane & Dave Steele

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

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Overdrive Orchestra

With a sound and vibe described as gritty, natural and hypnotic, these psych rockers bring a vast amount of gear and musical knowledge to their lush, almost symphonic, sound. Co-creating music with themes that touch upon peace, love and spirituality but that also convey frustration with politics, taboos and the human condition.

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The Emery Plews Band

These seasoned Michigan musicians deliver original material consisting of a mix of each member’s solo repertoire, along with select country/rock/jazz and folk covers.

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Remnose

Upper Michigan mood music.

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Ruth & Max Bloomquist

They met in 1975, played their first show together in 1976, and have since become veritable folk music legends in Michigan, captivating audiences with their songs, their harmonies and their folk-infused charm. Ruth has earned many singing and songwriting awards over the years, often hailed by critics for her terrific alto vocals – a voice rightly compared to the likes of Anne Murray and Kathy Mattea.

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Liquid Monk

From Detroit and known for instrumental virtuosity, genre bending creativity, and energetic performances. Blending an array of live and digital instruments, Liquid Monk brings the excitement of a live band along with the texture and dance groove of a DJ.

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Alex Bosworth

Working regularly as a session singer in New Orleans and New York, Alex was nominated by Offbeat Magazine in 2014 for “Best Emerging Artist” saying her voice "combines the sultry languor of Norah Jones with Sarah MacLachlan’s angelic reassurance, a touch of Paula Cole’s lonesome high end coupled with Alison Krauss' well-water clarity.” A multi-instrumentalist, Alex is currently working on a new album of jazz-influenced Americana music.

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Chirp

With a fair share of genre-hopping, Chirp maintains a melodic center while pushing boundaries inscribed by progressive rock/funk and jazz fusion. Originals and covers inspire an equal emphasis on grooving and keeping people moving!

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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.

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Matt Watroba & Robert Jones

Two masterful musicians and instrumentalists deliver a powerful message of love, friendship and tolerance. Matt and Robert have delivered their inspiring program of "Music That Matters" to schools and community groups across the nation. It is a walk through the roots and history of American music that not only educates, but entertains.

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Audra Kubat

A regular nominee and two-time winner of Detroit Music Awards, Audra Kubat is one of the Motor City’s select female voices, with folk-rock and indie pop stylings.

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Soul Patch

A blend of roots, reggae, funk and jamgrass.

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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.

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Blanco Suave

Midwest hip-hop/neo-soul for the future, featuring poetic art rap, lush instrumentals, heavy drums & more. With female-fronted raps, and delicious beats, their music catchy and accessible.

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Judy Banker & Friends

With the acclaimed Jan, 2020 release of her latest CD, Buffalo Motel, Judy explores a countrified indie rock territory while resting firmly in her Americana roots. Judy’s friends (some of Ann Arbor's top musicians) provide a rich, sometimes driving, sonic landscape behind her penetrating and heartfelt lyrics.

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Harper and Midwest Kind

An amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, multiple award winning Australian singer/songwriter "Peter D. Harper" concocts a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo.

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Jay Stielstra

With songs compared to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and John Prine, Jay's sound is his own, steeped in a childhood filled with gospel music and his years building houses and playing in Irish pubs. Dubbed "a Michigan treasure" for his Mitten-state originals, pure Americana acoustic music, and inimitable storytelling.

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Amy Petty

At the same time overwhelmingly powerful and impossibly delicate, Amy Petty’s voice is haunting and unforgettable. Her songs sail between lullaby and seduction, pleading and rebuke, playing like short films, thoughtful and unconventional yet somehow familiar.

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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.

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Mike Gentry and The Dandelions

Forged in the mists of the pre-internet age, Mike Gentry and the Dandelions return after a 40 year hiatus with their own brand of Electrophonic Tonic.

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Anne Erlewine

Michigan native singer-songwriter Anne Erlewine distills her lyrics, and sets them to simple, clever, cyclic guitar parts that support her clear, direct, and hauntingly honest voice. Her debut album ‘Over The Bones’ was released in September, 2019.

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Proton Candy

Dreamy bliss, an ocean of sounds

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Eliza Thorp

Hailing from Northern Michigan, Eliza was raised on Carole King, James Taylor and the beauty right out her back door, which often inspires her songs. With piano and vocals she crafts stories of home, the heart and her daily adventures outside with the peanut-butter loving dog, Mia.

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Joshua Barton & The Seerstones

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

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Barefeet Bearfeet

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

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“honey dipped and glitter-coated”

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Cold Mountain Child

A psych-groove-folk band informed by the histories of jazz, soul, lo-fi, psychedelic and Latin American music.  

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Cloudlight

Ambient, dreamy, with “light vibes and heavy themes” - rich in vocal harmonies, guitar / mandolin soundscapes, and lush keyboard arrangements.

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Greater Alexander

The path to achieving a dream can be a long, arduous journey. On it, you see remnants of those that have traveled before you. You see lost hope and altered courses. Indie­folk artist, Greater Alexander, has seen all of that and more.

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Anna Lee’s Co.

Rootsy blend of blues, funk, rock, jazz, and folk with a full band plus fiddle and lots of singing. Like a top notch campfire jam session, plugged in and rocking out. All invited to dance hard, and sing along!

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The Switchbacks

Fun, danceable, country-rockin' blues with a dash of honky tonk and funky soul. Dedicated to inspiring a lengthy stay on the Dance Floor!

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San and Emily

Traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and classical music. Their beautifully blended harmony vocals and exciting instrumental work breathe new life into a wide variety of American and international music, from folk to classical, klezmer to Broadway show tunes, traditional to contemporary.

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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!

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Shannon Lee & The Silver Linings

As an acoustic solo musician, collaborator and songwriter, Detroit native Shannon Lee draws from the deep well of roots music along with contemporary indie genres to inspire her songwriting. Supported by her band, Shannon Lee's original "heartspun" songs celebrate everything from love, heartache and loss to social and political issues. 

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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.

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Amadan Aisling

Playing a mix of Celtic ballads and tunes, Amadan Aisling (Gaelic for “Fool’s Dream”) employs a variety of instruments to create a sound both old and new - shaped by tradition as well as eclectic musical experiences; driven by rhythm as well as the stories of the songs.

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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.

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Joe Reilly Kids Show

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

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Singing Rounds

Angie and Chrissy Martin, well-known for their exceptional skills in the Holler Kitchen, have been singing together since before they both could talk. The sisters love to share the joy of song wherever they roam and are joined by Sarah Felder, skilled with camp songs and sea chanteys. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in this rambunctious round-singing workshop!

Kat Steih

Kat Steih, a songwriter and vocalist with folk rock roots, pushes boundaries as she creatively bends the genres of jazz,  soul, and progressive rock.

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Michael Lee

A mime actor, an art he has practiced, shared and taught for over 30 years. Be transported into the rich non-verbal world of humor, pathos and surprise!

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Bob Stebbins

Bob Stebbins, an Irish Hills-based luthier, has been building and playing classical guitars for over 40 years. His performance in the cabin will include classical guitar pieces selected from a 400-year time span. Bob will be playing a Stebbins guitar that he built using East Indian Rosewood back and sides with a Western Red Cedar soundboard.

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Tim Berla

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

Michael Shelata

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

Johnny’s Gospel Hour

Songs and celebration, prayers and praise. With Johnny Walker, Holler Fest’s emcee for 14 years and counting.