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Lac La Belle and American Mars

American Mars, Lac La Belle perform live at The Ark, Ann Arbor

Saturday, August 17th
The Ark

316 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 761-1818

Multi-Instrumentalists Jennie Knaggs and Nick Schillace make up the new-folk group, Lac La Belle. Based in Detroit, Michigan, their music is deeply influenced by the North American folk song cannon, yet they tell the stories of those that came before them in a language all their own. Their original melodies are highlighted with the intricate fingerpicking style of Nick Schillace on resonator guitar, and Knaggs' soaring and yodeling vocals, accompanied by a variety of acoustic instruments including accordion, mandolin, ukulele, guitar, and banjo. Performing both as a duo, and as a trio with upright bassist Serge van der Voo, the group has traveled United States and Europe exciting audiences with their unique interpretation of the folk tradition.

"You can practically hear the bare walls resonating on each cut as Knaggs and Schillace swing into action, heating up the room with vivacity or chilling it back down in backwoods lament...There is indeed a modernistic ring to the affair, but the depth of resonance with the past is blood deep and highly impressive..."
- Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

"Living on the hard edge of Americana"—Billboard Since its inception in the late 1990s, American Mars has been a musical anomaly in their hometown of Detroit. In a town often passed over by touring Americana acts and dominated by garage and punk, the band has persevered for over a decade with its unique brand of atmospheric, often confessional, roots-influenced rock. The band features singer, songwriter, and guitarist Thomas Trimble, multi-instrumentalist David Feeny, bassist Garth Girard, and drummer Alex Trajano. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Feeny has worked with Blanche, Loretta Lynn, and The White Stripes, and the band toured with the Avett Brothers, Chuck Prophet, Langhorne Slim, and The Rumble Strips. Last year American Mars released its fourth full-length album, "Chasing Vapors." Michigan's iSpy magazine praised American Mars as "bracing, entrancing, and warming in their Western-wrung rock churn."