This was the lineup for Holler Fest 2019

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The Go Rounds

a variegated sonic voyage that changes and returns like the seasons, flourishing and weathering the Beauty and the Fury.

Holler StageFriday, 10:50 PM, Holler Stage
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Last Gasp Collective

Last Gasp Collective is more than a collection of dope artists. It’s a feeling. A movement. A way of life. LGC was founded by Jay Jackson and friends who believed in a vision of bringing people together to create a moving culture of fearless artists who believe in the spirit of collaboration.

Holler StageFriday, 9:40 PM, Holler Stage

Micah and Andréa

Of Michigan’s beloved “Breathe Owl Breathe.”  

Second HollerSaturday, 6:30 PM, Second Holler
CabinSaturday, 1:00 AM, Cabin

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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Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish

Influenced by blues, punk, and rock-n-roll with a small dash country; hard hitting guitar, splitting harmonica, rambunctious drums, and crooning vocals will lay in the wake of this band’s performance. If you’re a fan of back to basics or “old school” rock-n-roll, this is a band you won’t want to miss.

Holler StageFriday, 8:30 PM, Holler Stage

Liquid Monk

Intense fusion of funk, soul, jam, electronic and jazz from Metro Detroit.

Holler StageSaturday, 11:40 PM, Holler Stage

Rollie Tussing & the Midwest Territory Band

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, 8:10 PM, Holler Stage

Olivia and the Aquatic Troupe

Olivia has forged a unique path, becoming known alongside her band, the Aquatic Troupe, for their energized, dynamic performances and their gargantuan musical talent.

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Celtic mythology is the genesis for this band’s name and its attitude. The band’s leader and principal vocalist, Kelly McDermott, embodies attributes of Nessa, the Celtic goddess who transformed from a sweet, unassuming lass to a firebrand that any women’s empowerment group would love to have as its leader. She went about righting wrongs and turning bad situations to good.

Holler StageSaturday, 7:00 PM, Holler Stage
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Dick Siegel

For more than three decades he has delighted audiences in this country and Canada with his songs and performances. 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. 

Holler StageSaturday, 5:50 PM, Holler Stage
CabinSaturday, 9:00 PM, Cabin

Tall Tales

Tall Tales is a band led by Kyndra Heischman that is based out of Akron, Ohio and New Orleans, Louisiana. Honest music that is fun to watch. Repertoire made mostly of originals with a few choice covers. If you enjoy dancing and the occasional rest this is the band for you.

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Jill Jack

“She’s got the stage presence, the voice, the ability to interpret songs passionately ... there’s a lot of soul in what she does” - Billboard Magazine

Holler StageFriday, 6:30 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, 2:20 PM, Holler Stage

Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

Bassist, composer and bandleader Dave Sharp leads the Worlds Quartet, exploring music traditions from Turkey, Egypt, Ukraine, India, Bulgaria and Greece.

Holler StageSaturday, 1:20 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. Stick around and help us close out Holler Fest with a dance party!

Second HollerSaturday, 9:30 PM, Second Holler

Earth Radio

Earth Radio is a unique collective of musicians based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that are pushing the boundaries of neo-soul to a new level.

Holler StageFriday, 7:30 PM, Holler Stage

Dede and the Dream

Psychedelic/Folk/Jazz music this band will mesmerize you and send you into a dream world with sweet melodies and full sounds to tantalize your brain.

Holler StageSaturday, 11:20 AM, Holler Stage
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Audra Kubat & Friends

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

CabinSaturday, 10:00 PM, Cabin

Max Lockwood

Songwriter, vocalist, and poet Max Lockwood channels the flair of Tom Petty and the eloquence of the Beat Generation’s finest to create a sound rooted in songcraft and heartfelt lyricism, and bound with elements of rock and roll, folk, and pop.

Holler StageSunday, 5:20: PM, Holler Stage
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Donya Kiana & Company

Her music has been described by many as haunting and captivating - with a dramatic flair. Melancholy folk ballads 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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Creole du Nord

Their sound can be traced to southwest Louisiana’s traditional music. Mix in some crossover oldtime tunes, add a dash of early Americana sounds and enjoy a jambalaya of music the way it tasted in the good ol’ pre-mass media days!

Holler StageSaturday, 9:20 PM, Holler Stage

The Barbarossa Brothers

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

Holler StageSunday, 4:10 PM, Holler Stage
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Peter Madcat Ruth & John Churchville

Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn’t just play blues harp, he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, and jaw-harp. Madcat’s repertoire of styles includes Blues, American Roots Music, Folk Music, Jazz, and World Music. Madcat will be accompanied by tabla maestro, John Churchville (the founder of Sumkali).

Holler StageSunday, 1:00 PM, Holler Stage

Andru Bemis

Innovative banjo and guitar with a howl and whoop of a song - evoking trains, longing and the innocent energy of simpler times.

CabinFriday, 12:30 AM, Cabin
Tree HouseSaturday, 6:30 PM, Tree House

Cold Tone Harvest

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

CabinFriday, 11:30 PM, Cabin

Billy King and friends

The one-man “house band” of Holler Fest will be adding his deft guitar work to at least seven - and counting - musical acts throughout the festival. Find Billy at the Second Holler as he collects an all-star group of musical friends to present his own set of “new classics and original covers.” Find Billy in the Cabin for a special set of the songs of his dad, Ken King, (1944-2009).

Second HollerSaturday, 5:20 PM, Second Holler

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.

CabinFriday, 9:30 PM, Cabin

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.

Holler StageSaturday, 4:40 PM, Holler Stage

Matt Jones & The Reconstruction

Well. The bio keeps changing, really. What is permanent is this: MJ was raised by a combination of circus music and doo-wop, with a healthy dose of ragtime thrown in. His music has been known to suffer from colitis.

CabinSaturday, 12:00 AM, Cabin
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Samantha Cooper

“Wit and wisdom wrapped in a blanket.” -Will Thomas, WNMC Radio

Second HollerSunday, 3:30 PM, Second Holler
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Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis

Whether banging out a set of saloon songs at a Michigan watering hole, or settling back for an evening of singing at a fire ring afterward, Dave and Kristi will hold listeners as long as they keep the lights on or until the rain starts.

Second HollerSaturday, 3:00 PM, Second Holler
Tree HouseSaturday, 8:30 PM, Tree House

Annie and Rod Capps

Songs about broken things and poignant little ponderings delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang and a soulful groove.

CabinSunday, 3:00 PM, Cabin


Stella! was founded by singer-songwriter Jo Serrapere to showcase country-roots songwriting and three-part harmonies.

Holler StageSaturday, 3:30 PM, Holler Stage
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Proton Candy

Dreamy bliss, an ocean of sounds

Holler StageFriday, 12:00 AM, Holler Stage
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Matt Watroba

Veteran performer, teacher, radio host, song writer...the list goes on, but what Matt prefers to be known as is a community singer, song leader and educator.

Holler StageSunday, 11:00 AM, Holler Stage
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The Raisin Pickers

Hailing from Manchester but performing all around the Mitten, this seasoned group of stellar multi-instrumentalists plays a mix of rustic Appalachian music, old time swing, bluegrass, and Louisiana sounds.

CabinSunday, 5:00 PM, Cabin


Modern R&B band based in Grand Rapids. 

Second HollerFriday, 9:00 PM, Second Holler
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Shari Kane & Dave Steele

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

CabinFriday, 10:30 PM, Cabin
Tree HouseSaturday, 4:30 PM, Tree House


Hear four experienced storytellers spin tales of wit and wonder! Curated by Patricia Wheeler, storyteller and Michigan producer of The Moth.

CabinSunday, 1:00 PM, Cabin

Natalie Mae

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

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Westbound Situation

Westbound Situation blends the precision of classical chamber music, the rhythmic drive of bluegrass, and the colorful expression of jazz into a new style of chamber music—chambergrass.

CabinSaturday, 1:00 PM, Cabin
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Billy and Cathy tribute to Ken King

Ten years after his passing, Billy and Cathy perform the songs Ken loved to play, some covers and some originals.

Holler StageSaturday, 8:00 PM, Cabin

Chris Good

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

CabinFriday, 8:30 PM, Cabin


• The CommonWealth Dance Collective
• Sunday, 10:50 AM 
• Tree House


The CommonWealth Dance Collective (CDC) is an ensemble of step dancers based in lower Michigan. Founded by Sheila Graziano in 2004, the CDC presents a review of many styles of percussive dance, including Irish, Appalachian clogging, English, Canadian, American tap, historic routines and original choreography.


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.

CabinSaturday, 5:30, Tree House

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, 12:00 PM, Holler Stage

Eric Moore

Eric Moore is a familiar face on the SE Michigan music scene. The Pittsburgh native has been a human jukebox in dive bars and a songsmith on festival stages. As a veteran performing songwriter he captures the mood of the times. At times topical, and always passionate, Moore charms with his guitar technique and commands attention with a strong delivery and unique turns of phrase.

CabinFriday, 6:30 PM, Cabin

San and Emily

San and Emily’s concerts feature a wide range of 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.

Second HollerSaturday, 2:30 PM, Tree House

Mustard’s Retreat

Music to cure all that ails you.

Tree HouseSaturday, 1:30 PM, Tree House
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For more than a decade, Hoodang has been mesmerizing audiences with its unique blend of dark, driving, off-kilter alt. country music. The band writes songs, often in the first-person, of people tarnished by bad blood and bad luck who still find ways to make it through to the next town, day, marriage, con, or bottle.

Second HollerSunday, 2:30 PM, Second Holler
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The Great Hearafter

Twas a sunny summers eve whence the swan divers called out into their fields of visceral pond licking swerver saviors saving raspberry melon tarts for the ready pete-nicks!

Tree HouseSunday, 11:30 AM, Tree House
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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.”

CabinSaturday, 5:00 PM, Cabin

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

Judy Banker & Friends

Inspired by vintage and contemporary roots music. Emotionally sophisticated themes and melodic hooks, sonically expansive landscape with strong electric guitar and percussive lines.

Judy will be performing in the Holler Fest Cabin for an acoustic set with two of her band members—Dave Roof and John Sperendi

CabinSaturday, 3:00 PM, Cabin

Fangs and Twang

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

Holler StageFriday, 5:30 PM, Holler Stage


Menefee has been crooning his way into the heart of Ann Arbor since the late ’60s, as well as building stone chimneys throughout the state, and starring in the Michigan-based musical “The North Country Opera.” Menefee holds a lexicon of American song craft in his set list and delivers the tunes in a charming, age-old easy manner.

CabinSunday, 4:00 PM, Cabin

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’ is slated for release in early September, 2019.

Holler StageSaturday, 12:20 PM, Holler Stage

Mike Gentry

“Original music spans decades for Gentry, and he’s got a slew of originals to entertain the audience.” – Pati LaLonde,

Second HollerSaturday, 4:10 PM, Second Holler
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Dan Hall

“I always write for the sake of the song and if I get into a story line I just try to see it through.”

CabinSaturday, 7:00 PM, Cabin
Tree HouseSaturday, 3:30 PM, Tree House


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

Magdalen Fossum

Not yet in her twenties, Magdalen is a seasoned performer who offers old jazz, old traditionals, and original songs with an unaffected presentation and crystal clear voice.

Tree HouseSunday, 12:30 PM, Tree House

Monte Pride

Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of Nick Drake 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 healing, soul stirring song.

Tree HouseSaturday, 7:30 PM, Tree House

Carol Palms - classical viola

Classically trained with a down-home heart, Carol’s musical versatility takes her from holding down the bass line with Creole du Nord and the Raisin Pickers, where she also offers her deft lead singing and harmonies, to offering a classical viola set in the Cabin. Carol will also team up with luthier and classical guitarist Bob Stebbins to break new Holler Fest ground with a collaboration on one of Erik Satie’s most famous pieces.

CabinSaturday, 12:00 PM, Cabin

The Blue Rays Trio

The Trio has played its eclectic mix of blues, soul and rock’n’roll at dozens of shows this year and is looking forward to performing its power groove, vibrant vocal harmonies and inventive soloing at Hollerfest 2019!

Second HollerSunday, 1:30 PM, Second Holler

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!

Tree HouseSaturday, 11:30 AM, Tree House

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.

CabinSaturday, 2:00 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

Anne Heaton

Her graceful, vulnerable, and sometimes humorous pop-folk songs have captured audience imaginations for over a decade.

Tree HouseSaturday, 12:30 PM, Tree House

Shannon Lee

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

Tree HouseSunday, 1:30 PM, Tree House

Jenny Jones

Jones is a classically trained pianist, learned cello at an early age, taught herself acoustic guitar, and then began leading music within a college group at The University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Jones has had two album releases (an EP and full-length album - 'A Story of Longing'), and continues songwriting as well as singing with Ann Arbor-based band, The Understorey. Jones is also working on an EP due to be released in 2019.

CabinSaturday, 6:00 PM, Cabin

Johnny’s Gospel Hour

Songs and celebration, prayers and praise. With Johnny Walker, Holler Fest’s emcee for 13 years and counting.

Second HollerSunday, 10:30 AM, Second Holler

Brown, Falk & Groth

Brown, Falk & Groth bring a refreshing mix of original music and some slightly “off the beaten path” cover songs in a presentation that is clean, clear, and to the point. All three lifelong veterans of writing and performing, these guys pull from classic country, bluegrass, folk, blues and jazz to create a sound which is truly their own.

Holler StageFriday, 6:00 PM, Tree House

The Sarah Swanson Band

Sarah began writing songs as a child and embarked on her lifelong journey, often influenced by her parents’ 70's music collection laced with an edgy and often haunting alternative rock sound of today. In high school and college, Sarah played in cover bands to make a living and gain stage experience. Her true love, however, remains being a songwriter and performing her songs with her top notch band.

Second HollerFriday, 8:00 PM, Second Holler
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Morgan Quackenbush

Morgan will play an eclectic array of folk driven original music with notes of blues, jazz, and good old fashioned rock and roll.

Saturday, 4:00 PM, Cabin

Cosmic Flavors

We are an Ann Arbor Michigan based band playing original Mystically Oriented Music intended to uplift the listener.

Second HollerFroday, 7:00 PM, Second Holler

Kevin Brown (from Corndaddy)

Corndaddy’s music hearkens back to the glory days of country rock through filters of power pop, bluegrass and British Invasion bombast.

Tree HouseSunday, 4:30 PM, Tree House

Barker and Broski

Mike (Snyder-Barker) and Chris (Broski) are a musical duo of singer/songwriters that perform with a Zendrum (electronic drum kit) and classical guitar. Their unique tools bring a new perspective on original acoustic folk, rock, and country songs.

Second HollerSunday, 12:30 PM, Second Holler

Gemily - Family Show

Featuring San, Laz and Emily Slomovitz. Traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and classical music, and Broadway show tunes.

Second HollerSaturday, 12:00 PM, Second Holler

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 built in 2018 using East Indian Rosewood back and sides with a Western Red Cedar soundboard.

CabinSaturday, 11:00 AM, Cabin

Ancestral Voices

A percussion ensemble sharing heart felt and spirit driven original songs. Traditional folkloric poly rhythms of cultures around the world telling a story thru dance and awakening our world cultural awareness. Audiences will be left with wind blown hair and eyes wide open.

Holler StageFriday, 4:30 PM, Holler Stage
Second HollerSaturday, 8:30 PM, Second Holler


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

Second HollerSaturday, 11:00 AM, Second Holler

Team Love

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

CabinFriday, 7:30 PM, Cabin

Michael Shelata

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

CabinSunday, 11:00 AM, Cabin

The Randaliers

The Randaliers (Vicki Dischler, Randy Leer and Phil Campbell) thrive on breathing new life and a unique twist into old favorites and lesser known gems.

TreehouseFriday, 8:00 PM, Tree House

West Park Music Society

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

Second HollerSunday, 11:30 AM, Second Holler

Share the Hedge

Classically-trained tenor J. Washburn Gardner expands his solo act to share the stage with Melissa Gardner on the mandola.

Tree HouseFriday, 7:00 PM, Tree House


Catchy, hand crafted melodies and witty lyrics create a performance that has rhythm, style, and humor.

Second HollerSunday, 4:30 PM, Second Holler

Open Mic

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

Holler StageSaturday, 10:00 AM, Holler Stage

Tim Berla

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

Tree HouseSunday, 3:30 PM, Tree House
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singing rounds 2

• Angie Martin, Chrissy Martin and Sarah Felder
• Sunday 2:00 PM
• Cabin

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 have spent the last 5 years singing and collecting rounds from all over the world. This year they 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!

The Whiskey Charmers

A Detroit-based Americana band.

Second HollerSaturday, 2:00 PM, Second Holler

Alex Mendenall

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

TreehouseSunday, 2:30 PM, Tree House