Along with Anthony Retka’s Big Parade
Anthony Retka is a Detroit-born singer, songwriter, musician, and promoter. His band, “Anthony Retka’s Big Parade”, is an ever-changing lineup of talented friends and guest performers such as Kate Hinote, Emily Rose, Nicole Varga, Ian Lee Lamb, Dave Martin, and Drew Schultz, to name a few, coming together to sing, play, and record with Anthony. The core of Big Parade currently includes Kelly Tuscherer on backup vocals, Aaron Tuscherer on mandolin, Nate Brent on guitar, Alex Wildner on bass, and Carson Morton on drums. Anthony Retka’s Big Parade has been playing out around the Detroit-area since 2014 and plan to continue performing anytime and anywhere.
Kubat, Finlay, & Rose is a collective of independent songwriters who have come together to offer lush harmonies and rich instrumentation to songs by each member. This edition includes Tamara Finlay, Emily Rose, and Audra Kubat.
Nationally acclaimed poet and singer-songwriter, David Blair, wrote, “Audra Kubat is a force of nature; a strong wind that blows past and transcends fads; a flower that’s blossomed from coffeehouse gigs into larger theater and festival performances. Audra wears her influences—Joni, Miles, Billie, and Nick Drake like a coat of many colors rewoven into a ‘ruggedly pretty’ and haunting style all her own.
Rose first started making music when she was about 15 while listening to a lot of Violent Femmes and Ani DiFranco. She describes her sound as an “honest experience.” “You could call it folk,” she says. “I guess that’s what you would call it. I used to do more first-person narrative songs, and now it’s kind of a fragmented narrative. As I’ve grown as a person, so have the songs. I have one foot in fact and one foot in fiction. I do story songs.”
In 2014, she received the award for “Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Artist” at the Detroit Music Awards, as well as in 2009, 2010, and 2013 she was recognized for her songwriting by receiving the award for “Outstanding Acoustic Songwriter”.