Yearly moves, changes in geography and a personality “like talking to a child with ADHD,” Kristen Ford has been hailed as having “no easy way to categorize the music, the real deal,” and a “musical cuisinart.” Kristen plays everything from Reggae to Country to Folk to Pop on a handful of instruments, guitar, ukulele, piano and beatbox. Energy binds her eclectic tastes together and makes the live show a must see. (www.kristenfordmusic.com)
* Admission includes complimentary soup, bread & drink
Kristen Ford was born in April 1987 in Ohio. She has since lived in 6 states, most recently in Chicago, Illinois and Boston, Massachusetts. Playing out and about for the past five years, Kristen has written a slew of songs, performed across the globe and released three full length records: The Grindstone, self-produced and released September 2011; Alone, Together, (2010) produced by the one woman band phenom, Audrey Ryan; and her debut, Filthy Nasty, in 2008 on Many Doors Records, produced by June Millington and Lee Madeloni.
Elisabeth Pixley-Fink is a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based singer, lyricist, composer, pianist, guitarist, cultural worker, and educator, who grew up studying piano and singing harmonies with her family. From the depths and range of her voice emerge well-crafted songs: joyful ditties, tunes for healing, aching songs that swell with unhurried intensity. Her playful and moving performances have earned her a strong following in Michigan. (www.elisabethpixleyfink.com)
Elisabeth is a member of the Earthwork Music Collective, and released her first full-length solo album, Bloodroot, on January 24, 2013. Bloodroot was funded in part by a KADI Artistic Development grant from the Kalamazoo Arts Council. The album traces four seasons of grieving the sudden death of a 23-year-old man. It is based in the regenerative power of the Great Lakes bioregion.
Elisabeth strives to make her art participatory and collaborative. During her September 2012 Michigan tour she combined performances with a community art project and co-created the Red Clover Quilt: recycled paper infused with red clover seeds, painted with homemade, plant-based paints, and planted as a quilt.
Elisabeth is committed to alternative touring and dynamic performance. In Fall 2011, Elisabeth took a two-month public transportation tour from Minnesota to Mexico with Andru Bemis in support of the duo’s record, Say Yes to Yourself! She spent winter 2012 collaborating with musicians and writers in Mexico City, and studying clowning in Xela, Guatemala.
With a Romantic’s view of nature, Elisabeth completed an Artist Residency with the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, and Natural Design in the northern woods of East Jordan, MI, in Spring 2012 with fiddler, vocalist and organizer Samantha Cooper.
In Kalamazoo, Elisabeth collaborates musically with the Double Phelix Collective and other Kzoo All Stars such as the Red Sea Pedestrians & the Go Rounds. She dreams with Understory Farm & Orchard, Eaters’ Guild Farm, and Fair Food Matters, and is the Spanish Teacher at the Kalamazoo Montessori School.
The Mittenauts is a four-piece indie folk band from Plainwell, MI. The band was formed in the Fall of 2011 by members Marcus Taylor and Jared Volz. Rachel Hitow and Matt Young joined the band in 2012. The band writes organic, rooted songs about love, politics, discovery and more. (www.themittenauts.com)
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