Breathe Owl Breathe is made up of lyricist and guitarist Micah Middaugh, cellist and vocalist Andrea Moreno-Beals, and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Trevor Hobbs. The music of Breathe Owl Breathe has always been steeped in magic. Their songs seem to occupy that hazy space between wakefulness and dreaming—where the tangible, earthly world meets the transcendental. It’s been nearly a decade since this trio of friends began making music in a remote cabin tucked away in a Northern Michigan river valley, but despite the growth and experiences that have happened along the way—including recording five albums, releasing a children’s book, and logging several cross-country tours—the band’s sound is still deeply rooted in the mysticism, warmth and wide-eyed wonder that imbued their earliest songs. The band’s visual art plays as equally a prominent role as their music. Micah is a visual artist and printmaker, and is largely responsible for Breathe Owl Breathes aesthetic; often described as child-like, timeless and whimsical.
The Rupple Brothers blend honest wisps of folk w/ an air of psychedelia, to craft a musical space the likes of which can only be found in few, far corners of the universe.
Starting in early 2014, Watching for Foxes began as three childhood friends from Fremont, MI reuniting to play music together in a vacant classroom in the high school they once attended together. With their eventual relocation to Grand Rapids, soon a passionately rendered sound emerged, one that carries folk music motifs to an atmospheric and emotive place. Creating sonic landscapes that are as thematically dense as they dynamically intense, the band revolves around a stirring blend of unbridled poetry and melodic depth enveloped in a sweeping, orchestral sound. With luscious strings that color moods as if they were scoring a film and buoyant, propulsive guitar licks that somehow simultaneously sound both familiar and unique, paired with powerful lyricism, soaring harmonies, and a self-evident focus on storytelling, it is plain to see why the group chooses to categorize their music as "cinematic." Drawing from artists who seamlessly blend roots genres with a modern rock sensibility, including old guard luminaries like Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, to nineties stalwarts like Counting Crows and REM, and new school icons like Band of Horses, Jason Isbell, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, The National, and Noah Gundersen, Watching for Foxes stakes an artistic claim that is all their own.
"Undone Bird" named a Top 5 Local release by Revue Magazine
Name #3 Michigan Artist to Watch in 2016 by Revue Magazine
2015 participant in CMJ
2014 winner of Walk The Beats "Best Band"
Photo Credit: Nick Anderson
J.D. Dominowski is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Bay City, MI. The former frontman of successful Michigan based alt-rock band Sins In Stereo, Dominowski has come into his own as a solo force releasing his acclaimed debut album “Songs From An American Nobody Vol. 1” in April of 2018, he’s quickly garnering attention from fans and press abroad.
Drawing on influences like Chris Stapleton, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell and Johnny Cash, Dominowski has taken a big bite out of the alt-country movement and left some meat on the bone to embrace his rock and roll past as well. His songs are lyrically sharp and deeply personal but left open to the point where as the listener you start to wonder if they’re not about you and your experiences.
Since his newly released solo album debuted, Dominowski has quickly become a sought after artist for original and indie music festivals and is currently in pursuit of taking his music to as many ears as possible..
Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate & stirring vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and The Tallest Man on Earth. He blends haunting melodies with vivid lyricism, bringing stories of love, loss, and longing to life in a complex array of song.
Monte has been performing in Michigan for the past five years, since he was a senior in high-school, growing a solid local and regional following. He has provided support for notable touring acts including The Cactus Blossoms, Rocky Votolato, Mutual Benefit, The Bones of JR Jones, and Florist, along with Michigan favorites like The Ragbirds, Gifts of Creatures, Timothy Monger, Sam Corbin, Watching for Foxes, Less is More, and The Rupple Brothers. Monte has performed frequently at Lansing venues like The Robin Theatre, The Loft, Mac’s Bar, Turner-Dodge House, and The Old Town General Store, among others, and has recently begun to venture outside of his local scene and grow within it, booking performances at the Ten Pound Fiddle (Lansing, MI - 3/29/18), River's Edge Brewing (Milford), Long Road Distillers (Grand Rapids), Plymouth Coffee Bean, and Louie’s Back Room (Kalamazoo, MI - 3/10/18). He has also played local and regional festivals including Farmfest, The Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Pumpstock, Capital City Film Festival, Stoopfest, EastXEast Lansing, and Gypsy Goddess Festival.
In the fall of 2014 Monte recorded and released his first EP, “Hollows On High”. He followed this release with his second self-released EP, “The Soul Sender”, in the fall of 2015. November 2016 marked the release of his first full length album, “Hawthorne Morning Sound”. It was met with a sold out show at The Robin Theatre in Lansing (11/18/16). Since then, Monte has headlined Mac’s Bar (Lansing, MI) in April 2017, led a "Songwriters In the Round” event in July 2017 at The Robin Theatre, and headlined The Robin Theatre again in November 2017, drawing another full-house.
In addition to his musical ventures, Monte began giving back to his local, Lansing community in Summer 2017, solely organizing the First Annual “Songs for Sustainability” Festival in Old Town Lansing, held in the Old Town General Store’s courtyard. It focused on building and engaging community, and celebrating the importance of environmental awareness and sustainable practice around music. The Rupple Brothers & Company, The Dangling Participles, The Stump Brothers, Jim Jersey, and Sea Bridson shared songs through the afternoon. The festival also featured multiple vendors who produce sustainably and environmental awareness groups. These included Mystical Makings, Urbandale Farm, Rust Belt Roastery, and Oh Mi Organics, with the Sierra Club, MSU Community Sustainability, MSU Greener Together, and Go Green Trikes represented to share their message. The event was free, with all encouraged donations benefiting “Music is the Foundation”, a local non-profit that funds local music programs in schools and the community, bringing instruments and joy to those who may not have opportunities otherwise.
Singing has always come naturally to Sarah. She considers her singing voice one of God's many blessings and cherishes the opportunity, with gratitude, to share the joy and the solace that music brings to others.
Sarah first sang publicly at the age of seven and continued moving forward with her passion for singing and music. She majored in music at Hope College in Holland, MI. and Mastered in Early Childhood Education at Saginaw Valley State University. She has used her college degrees to share the joy of music making with a career in Elementary Music in the Essexville-Hampton Public School District.
Sarah has sang in various local groups including Biss, Folkit, The Pedley Project, The John Reece Project, Sarah and the Groove, The Sugarbeats and various worship bands in churches in both Holland, MI. and the Saginaw/Bay area. Sarah has also enjoyed her many different roles in music theater productions and especially enjoyed her role as "Velma Kelly" in the Bay City Players performance of the musical Chicago.
Sarah treasures acoustic music and the work of talented singer/songwriters and through their influence Sarah felt inspired to write her own music and songs. Sarah is excited to be releasing her first EP titled "Be Still" that will include five of Sarah's original songs. The EP was recorded at Reed Recording Company in Bay City, MI. Sarah's vocal stylings have been inspired by and compared to artists such as Gillian Welch and May Erlewine. Her songwriting styles vary from thoughtful, tender, spirit filled to silly and clever.
Jeff Yantz is the original Bay City Michigander Indie Singer-Songwriter with an Americana, Folk, Pop sound.
He writes, makes records, and occasionally plays shows when “real life” allows & has had the pleasure to share stages with Grammy award winning artists over the years. He formed critically acclaimed Michigan based folk rock band One Trick Ponies in the Mid 1990's producing three full length record projects spanning from 1995-2003.
Jeff Yantz Solo Projects include:
"Place" EP (2017) is 5 song spontaneous epiphany of new songs that are finding their Place in this world.
"Face for Radio" EP (2016) is a 5 song muse of quirky folk-pop.
"That's the All of It" (2014) is a collection of self-produced original material that captures the essence of a Gen -X'er living in Michigan and weaves a tapestry of Midwestern rawness, warm tube circuitry and tasty harmonies.
"Dance in the Rain" EP (2011) Jeff’s first project teaming up with long time friend Andy Reed at Reed Recording Co. it ranges from folk pop to gritty rock to gospel-like and back again. The project has been described as "quirky, simple, yet cryptic and witty” and earned Jeff the nickname “Mr. Happy”!
Jeff’s latest live performances include full band, solo and most often in a duo with multi instrumentalist James Nelson.