Proceeds from the show will benefit the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan
The West Michigan music scene is no stranger to collaboration, and it was only a matter of time before friends and fellow Grand Rapids-based musicians Michael Dause (Treeskin, The Accidentals) and Ben Traverse (Earthwork Music Collective), teamed up for a special collaborative release.
Michael Dause is a multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer who has a deep love for recorded music. Aside from his day job as the drummer for northern Michigan’s The Accidentals, Dause has a solo recording project under the name Treeskin, as well as, of course, being one half of Shantyland. Growing up, he was heavily involved in his public school choir program, which began his love for traditional music and harmony.
Ben Traverse is a traditional folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and member of the Earthwork Music Collective with deep roots in Michigan. After attending a music camp taught by the likes of May Erlewine, Joshua Davis, Seth Bernard, and many other prominent forces in the West/Northern Michigan music scenes, Ben found his passion steeping himself in the rich tradition of folk music. Drawing inspiration from Pete Seeger, the Clancy Brothers, Doc Watson, and countless others, Traverse brings a unique, youthful enthusiasm to an old and rich musical tradition.
Audra Kubat is a Detroit-born singer-songwriter. Self-taught, Kubat began composing music on the piano at the age of eight. In her teens she started putting words to the music. Teaching herself to play the guitar, she began performing in local coffeehouses. In 1999 she created the band, “Stunning Amazon”, and in November of that year released a self-titled album. The band became locally successful and the CD paved the way towards bigger shows and media appearances.
In 2000 Kubat was nominated for five Detroit Music Awards, winning one for Best Folk Artist and another win in 2015 for Best Americana Instrumentalist. Since then, she has received nominations every year since. Kubat continued to perform solo and wrote new material, releasing her first solo effort, “Elixir”. This record proved to be a pivotal force in Kubat’s career, and was followed by ‘Untitled for Now’ in 2003 on my own label, Remedy Records.
This led to signing a record deal with Times Beach Records, with whom she recorded two national records – ‘Million Year Old Sand” in 2004, and “Since I Fell in Love with the Music” in 2006. Both records earned positive reviews, appearing in Time-Out NY, NME, Harp Magazine, Hour Detroit, Metro-Times, Real Detroit Weekly, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.