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Jun
22
Thu
Rhett Betty & The Sinners @ The Platform at The Filling Station
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Rhett Betty & The Sinners @ The Platform at The Filling Station

Rhett Betty & The Sinners
Thursday, June 22nd
7-10pm

It took awhile for musician Lynne Smollen to find her voice—the singer and self-taught guitar player struggled with stage fright until her 30s—but those who’ve caught her gigging around the North are just glad she finally did. Performing under the stage name Rhett Betty, Smollen has made a name for herself playing a mix of new blues and classic country—think Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Etta James. By design, she books her shows to catch the early evening crowd at wineries and happy hours. “It has been so well received, because our song selection and our style is kind of mellow and rich,” she says. “It’s the perfect thing to sip your wine to and enjoy a beautiful Northern Michigan experience.”

Smollen was born and raised in Arkansas, and she credits that geographical influence for leading her to love soulful, country-tinged tunes. “The songs I pick are songs that I love and connect with,” she says. “What motivates me, really, is I try to be authentic. It’s an offering from my heart.”

 

Jun
23
Fri
The Claudettes @ The Platform at The Filling Station
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Claudettes @ The Platform at The Filling Station

The Claudettes
Friday, June 23rd
8-11pm

Pianist Johnny Iguana formed the Claudettes, who feature Berit Ulseth on vocals, Zach Verdoorn on bass guitar and vocals and Matt Torre on drums. Johnny, who has toured internationally with his own cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is currently a member of two Grammy-nominated blues groups: Chicago Blues–A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. Johnny has toured or recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Carey Bell, Lil’ Ed and more. The Claudettes combine the Chicago blues-piano tradition with the energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultry sound of ’60s soul-jazz to create a thrilling new spin on American roots music.
GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio and topped with French cream. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott’s cartoon music…How do they do it?
DOWNBEAT Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!

CAUGHT IN THE CAROUSEL They come across like a ragtime White Stripes, tearing through the 13 numbers here with an undeniable musical velocity….Truly one of the most refreshing musical experiences of the year.
BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard!

Jun
24
Sat
Jeff Bihlman @ The Platform at The Filling Station
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jeff Bihlman @ The Platform at The Filling Station

Jeff Bihlman
Saturday, June 24th
8-11pm

Jeff ‘Jabo’ (Jay-bo) Bihlman is an Emmy award winning singer, songwriter and composer. His music has appeared on TV shows for FOX, CBS, ABC, CMT and most recently Sons of Anarchy on TNT.

Jeff is the author of books and DVDs for Alfred Publishing, Cherry Lane and Hal Leonard including “Easy Soloing for Blues Guitar” and “Beginning Blues Guitar” He recorded the companion CD for the popular Cherry Lane book “Legendary Licks: Derek Trucks” and is a former instructor at The National Guitar Workshop, WorkshopLive and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Jeff is the lead guitarist for the Megaforce/Sony artist Grinder Blues with his brother Scot and legendary King’s X frontman Dug Pinnick. Their first record, Grinder Blues, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Blues charts. He is also the lead vocalist and guitarist for the popular blues/rock band, The Bihlman Bros., who have appeared with BB King, Buddy Guy and Ray Charles to name a few.

He is also an accomplished audio engineer and sound designer whose clients include Disney, MGM, Bally’s and Intel.

Jun
25
Sun
Peter Murphy & Friends @ The Platform at The Filling Station
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Peter Murphy & Friends @ The Platform at The Filling Station

Peter Murphy & Friends
Sunday, June 25th
1-4pm

 

Jun
28
Wed
KelsiCote @ The Platform at The Filling Station
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
KelsiCote @ The Platform at The Filling Station

KelsiCote
Wednesday, June 28th
7-10pm

KelsiCote was formed in Santiago de Chile in 2014 as a duo with singer-songwriter, Kelsi Lee (USA), and composer and guitarist, José Manuel Godoy (Chile).  Together they crossed the Andes mountains and traveled through Argentina interviewing interpreters and original composers of folklore and popular music. In 2015 they recorded their first album, “Blanco”, self-produced in Santiago de Chile, and received a music and culture award by the Chilean government to tour in the U.S. with Chilean musician, Pablo Espinoza.

 Near the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016, KelsiCote was invited to perform their original songs at distinct venues in the U.S. and realize workshops on South American rhythms and styles at several universities in the state of Indiana, including Indiana University in Bloomington, Butler University in Indianapolis, Saint Francis University and IPFW in Fort Wayne.

 KelsiCote recorded their second studio album “The Hum” in 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in collaboration with exceptional local musicians, including the principal violist of the Fort Wayne philharmonic. That same year St. Francis University selected their song Ithaca (2016 Album The Hum) for the best Rock Pop song of the year 2016.  In summer of 2016 KelsiCote was invited to perform on the main stage at one of the largest summer festivals in Indiana, The Three Rivers Festival, garnering an extensive reception of local press as well as a diverse following that continues to support the movements of the band. In 2016 and 2017, KelsiCote was invited to record for the program Meet the Music on the public radio station WBOI, consisting of two programs in studio and one live performance at the C2G Music Hall.  In February of 2017 they recorded the single track “Dancin’ In Your Place” at Fretless Studios (USA), which is set for release on the summer 2017 tour debuting their album “The Hum” in music halls and cultural centers across the Midwest U.S.A

Jun
29
Thu
Miss Tess & The Talkbacks @ The Platform at The Filling Station
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Miss Tess & The Talkbacks @ The Platform at The Filling Station

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
Thursday, June 29th
7-1opm

Miss Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, her childhood nights ending in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs, occasionally interrupted by their 30s swing band rehearsing in the basement. Tess studied piano as a child, and continued on as a teenager to take up the guitar and singing, and eventually began her own studies in early jazz and blues. All grown up and currently living in Nashville, Miss Tess and her band regularly steal the show at venues with something a little rowdier and more eclectic. Infused with classic country and honky-tonk, southern rhythm & blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, and sounds of swamp pop and early rock n’ roll, she is an embodiment of everything that it still home-grown in America.

On her newest release Baby, We All Know, Miss Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music. This full-length release features eleven finely crafted and well-sung original songs. Heightened by Tess’ prowess on her Weymann archtop guitar, she is accompanied by top-notch musicians, featuring her touring guitar player ace and co-conspirator Thomas Bryan Eaton. The songs were further enlivened with piano, organ, pedal steel, and fiddle in the studio.

Tess says “I consider this my best yet collection of original music. In writing these tunes I stepped out of myself and into many different characters, based on real life and my imagination, and pulled sounds and stories from my musical fantasy land. Baby, we all know their secrets and on goings, in a world of mischief and fun.” These songs were penned at Tess’s yearly writing retreat in New Hampshire, and at her home in Nashville. Yet time and place don’t bear much relevance here; the subjects she speaks through live in the streets of New Orleans, in the backwoods hollers of Tennessee, on a train heading to Mexico, and under the sheets.

Miss Tess has been releasing albums and leading a band for over a decade, spanning her career over many different cities including Baltimore, Boston, NYC, and her new home base of Nashville, TN. Straddling her move from New York to Nashville, the new album was recorded in both cities. The recording cast includes her steady band mate and co-producer, Thomas Bryan Eaton, producer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Tift Merritt), Robin Macmillan, Jake Silver (Lee Fields), Roy Williams, Stefan Zenuik, Eric Frey (The Revelers), Dominic Billet (Andrew Combs), Kai Welch, John Pahmer, Aaron Shaffer-Haiss, Oliver Craven (The Stray Birds), Maya De Vitry (The Stray Birds) and Caitlin Canty.

A follow up to 2012’s Sweet Talk and 2013’s The Love I Have for You, both released on Signature Sounds Recordings, Baby, We All Know was released independently and received accolades in the press as well as reaching the Top 20 in AMA Radio Charts and being included in the top 100 albums of the year for 2016.

“Miss Tess renders original songs with a self-possession and naturalness that heralds one of the most enjoyable albums this year.” –Downbeat

“An amalgamation of country-blues music with influences from artists both old and new, Baby, We All Know is decidedly old school. Miss Tess & The Talkbacks have truly crafted a winner.” –Paste

As she expands and grows more into her own sound, Tess is still hard to categorize. She says “Many times after the show somebody will come up to compliment the band and ask me what kind of music we just played. After mumbling through a few different genres I usually just tell them it’s my music and hope they enjoyed the show”. Enjoyable is just what her music is, propelled by the classic quality of Tess’s vocals, compelling and totally believable. The production throughout is the right balance of punch and rhythm, without getting in the way of the vocals or songwriting, giving this collection of songs a plentiful dose of old-school swagger. Time after time, Miss Tess is able to utilize sounds and styles from a past era combined with modern sensibilities to present an authentic and engaging presence.

Jul
1
Sat
The Whistle Stop Revue @ The Platform at The Filling Station
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Whistle Stop Revue @ The Platform at The Filling Station

The Whistle Stop Revue
Saturday, July 1st
8-11pm

The Whistle Stop Revue is an Americana band formed in 2012 in the Southeastern region of Michigan. The band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fuses elements of bluegrass, blues, rock, country, jazz, and other forms of music in their live performances. The band consists of Joe Haugh and Blake Short, formerly of Rivergrass, and also Rick Doviak, whose musical history is rooted in the Michigan and national roots scene. In the past, Doviak has shared the stage with such luminaries as Melvin Seals of Jerry Garcia Band fame, the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton of Aquarium Rescue Unit, and members of Moe. Since their inception, The Whistle Stop Revue have played over 150 shows throughout the Midwestern United States. A few notable appearances of 2013 include The 3rd Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival at Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Park in Bean Blossom Indiana, The 11th Annual Niles Bluegrass Festival in Niles, Michigan (they also played a show as part of the Niles Sunday Concert Series), the 6th Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash at the Mousetrap in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the 4th of July weekend at Short’s Brewery in Bellaire, Michigan. The Band plans to continue heavy touring in 2014 bringing their energetic, improvisational musical shows to a city near you.

Jul
5
Wed
The Bohemians ft. Dawn Campbell
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Bohemians ft. Dawn Campbell

The Bohemians ft. Dawn Campbell
Wednesday, June 7th
7-10pm

Band features Dawn Campbell, Ralph Humes, Roger Tarczon, and Ron Getz

Jul
6
Thu
The Kings of Mars w/ Benjaman James
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Kings of Mars w/ Benjaman James

The Kings of Mars w/Benjaman James
Thursday, July 6th
7-1opm

The Kings of Mars 8:45-10pm

The founding members of The King of Mars all met at Columbia College Chicago in the Spring of 2015. Since then, they’ve added piano and synths and a horn section. The band’s been playing shows around Chicago at venues like The Bottom Lounge and The House of Blues. They’ve focused on shaking the foundation of what describes traditional rock music with a combination of Jazz, Funk and Soul musicalities alongside insightful lyricism.

Benjaman James 7-8:15pm

Formerly known as ‘Old Misison Collective,’ Benjaman James is an artist, musician, and band leader from Traverse City, MI.

Jul
7
Fri
Savage Soul
Jul 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Savage Soul

Savage Soul
Friday, July 7th
8-11pm

Allie Kessel: song writer, lead vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, dancer. She has danced competitively for 4 years. She has been involved with musical performances throughout the area. A graduate from Interlochen in Singer/Songwriter program and has attended Belmont in Nashville, TN. For 5 years, Allie has been the lead singer of the praise group at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City.

Al Manner: songwriter, vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards. Al is a graduate of Michigan State University where he was a member of the marching band.

Chris Selby: songwriter, vocals, keyboards, saxophone, flute, guitar, bass guitar. Owner of Evola Music, in Traverse City, MI. Has performed with bands throughout the United States for over 30 years.

Jim Mitchell: songwriter, vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards. Has performed with bands throughout the United States for over 30 years. Owner of Northern Michigan Publishing (Music Publishing).

Dwight Sylvester: song writer, vocals, percussion, traditional West African drums. Has performed with bands throughout the United States for over 30 years.