2017 Headliners: The Way Down Wanderers
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 3 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” – free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut, self-titled album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is now available wherever music is sold.
Front-men and founders, Austin and Collin, met in their hometown of Peoria, IL when they joined the same folk band and embarked on their first tour at the ages of 14 and 18 years old. The two became fast friends and soon began writing music together, ultimately forming The Way Down Wanderers. Learn more at thewaydownwanderers.com
Opening Act: The Go Rounds
The Go Rounds are bits of all your favorite bands exploded into rock n roll confetti. Their unique brand of psychedelic Americana pop crosses, blends & deconstructs genres; from indie to country to art-rock and baroque folk; creating an accessible and engaging experience that will leave you talking.
The Kalamazoo quartet has been a dominant force in the Michigan music landscape for the last 5 years, releasing 4 LPs, 4 EPs, and playing countless Great Lakes music festivals. The songs are catchy, twangy, and trippy – led by the creative force of frontman Graham Parsons, whose spellbinding vocals weave through lush sonic textures as the band puts on a master class of intricate arrangements. Their powerful and dynamic live show has earned them a reputation as one of the best live bands in the Midwest.
Look them up here at thegorounds.com
Locally Grown: Zak Bunce
Zak Bunce has been playing music his whole life. He has been highly sought after by many Michigan bands and artists alike with his keen intellect and flexibility as a vocalist and an instrumentalist, playing everything from guitar to bass, banjo, ukulele, keys, spoons, trash cans, street signs, whatever he can get his hands on. Zak’s spot on and powerful vocals send chills down the spine of audiences of all ages, shapes and sizes.
His credits include fronting for both the rock band Bodega with Denny Richards, Chuck Light of Kung Fu Rodeo, Joe Germano, and Jack Jensen. He was also the lead vocalist and bass player of Detour Bluegrass Recording two Albums and playing all over including Kendallville and The Lincoln Theatre. Check him out at zakbuncemusic.com!