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Summer Solstice Party with Koa and the Smoking Flowers
June 26, 2016 @ 12:00 am - 2:00 am
A Fundraiser for The Jackson Symphony Orchestra and The Michigan Theatre
Doors open at 7:00 PM
$15 in advance, $20 at the door
Event Location: Grand River Brewery Parking Lot, 117 W. Louis Glick Hwy., Jackson, MI 49201
Rain Location: Michigan Theatre, 124 N. Mechanic St., Jackson, MI 49201
Koa may hail from Nashville, Tennessee — the country music capital of the world — but the seven-piece band is more interested in groove than twang. Founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader and Conor Kelly, the group mashes soul, rock & roll and funk into an eclectic, dance-able sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head… and feet.
Since playing their first show in a Nashville yogurt shop, the guys have built their audience the old-school way: by piling into a van and hitting the road, relying on live performances — rather than a big-budget marketing campaign or a major record label — to turn the most heads. Along the way, they’ve performed with the Wailers, appeared at popular festivals like Wakarusa and Summer Camp, and earned an audience that’s as diverse and genuine as the band’s own music.
Food and Beverages will be available from Grand River Brewery.
Opener – Smoking Flower
Plato wrote “Rhythm and harmony find their way in the inward places of the soul.” The music of the soul should be steeped in a fiery, firmly held love, and the classic mingling of singing souls like Johnny and June Carter, Ike and Tina, and X’s John and Exene; they have become the voice of love for generations of music fans. Now there’s Nashville, Tennessee’s The Smoking Flowers, a band led by Kim and Scott Collins, married 14 years, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists who are just as red-hot soulful and sweet as those legendary duos; a duo that simply has a musical and relational love as strong as aged rare bourbon. The Smoking Flowers fire up an East Nashville-based brand of rock, blues and country with a sweet flavor of Southern Gothic folk, all with a punk attitude.