Nikki Holland & the Dirty Elizabeths / Leaving Lifted / Native Howl / Soul Finger

Sat, Jan 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am

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Saturday, January 21 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $5
Nikki Holland & the Dirty Elizabeths (Americana/Folk rock)
Leaving Lifted (Reggae/Ska/Dub)
Native Howl (Folk/Alternative)
Soul Finger (Classic rock and soul)

Nikki Holland was raised in the heart of entertainment, Las Vegas, NV. In her travels around the country, and overseas on a civilian mission, she picked up songwriting. She began performing in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and recorded her first EP at Beach Road Records in Hampton, VA with her band, 3 Kates and a Joe. Nikki performed regularly as a solo act singer/songwriter across southeastern Virginia, and recorded at Cellar Dweller Studio in Chesapeake, VA before moving to New Mexico.

Long in support of charitable causes, Nikki teamed up with a national anti-drunk driving initiative in Albuquerque, NM. She is also a supporter of the LGBT causes and of the foster/adoption cause for children. Since moving to the Detroit area of Michigan, she joined BMI, recorded and released her first professional full-length CD, “Hold On” (available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and completed a collaborative project about mentoring and fostering kids in need of care, with members of long-standing Irish band, Blackthorn, and rapper Siv.

While her first CD allowed her to dance around the genres with collaborations, including her own brother on one of the tracks, Nikki has taken a definitive focus on her music styling in the process of recording her second CD. She has assembled talented musicians from several genres into her project, with experiences spanning Blues/Jazz, Punk, Country, Afro-Cuban/Latin, and Classic Rock. Her songs resonate with a large audience because they share that common thread of struggling with the expectations of life and love, and because she’s found that way to break out as “uniquely Nikki” and uniquely Americana.

Leaving Lifted is a 3 piece Reggae/Ska/Dub/Rock band from the Macomb area of Michigan, formed in April of 2011. Leaving Lifted has had success from the very beginning, having their debut show at at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan. From there, they were invited to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the Oktoberfest event set up by Elephant Talk Indie Music Magazine. There they performed two nights at prime times, and were asked to interview on WLFR Stockton Radio.

Their success continued throughout the year playing respectable venues in Michigan like The Emerald Thearter, The Blind Pig, Hamstock Summer Festival in Mt. Pleasant, the prestigious Stars and Stripes Festival in Mt. Clemens, and a live performance and interview on Tapdetroit radio station. After a summer of relentless gigging, and covering Michigan coast to coast, Leaving Lifted was invited to enter Rustbelt Studios (Where acts such as Kid Rock, Eminem, D12, Slash, and other respectable artists have recorded) to record their first ever EP “Cuddles and Puddles”. Since the “Cuddles and Puddles” release Leaving Lifted has been invited to premiere venues all over Detroit, and has played with countless national acts. In August of 2013 they were invited down to the Irie Vibes Music Festival in Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee where they played two nights. Leaving Lifted is now back at Rustbelt Studios recording their second EP. Look for some singles to be released soon! At the starting of 2014, Leaving Lifted was nominated for a Detroit Music Award in the category of outstanding Reggae/Ska group. They were invited back for round two of the Irie Vibes Music Festival in August 2014 (this time taken place in Ridgeway, South Carolina).

On March 13th, 2015, Leaving Lifted kicked off a 2 week tour at The Magic Stick in Detroit with Downtown Brown. From there, they were invited by Coolie Ranx of Pilfers to perform in Brooklyn, NY landing the slot before Pilfers headlining set at their cd release party. Next stop was Atlantic City, NJ. Scheduled for the following day, Leaving Lifted had a live performance and interview on the Scene Scene radio show in Philadelphia, PA. After Philly, it was back to Atlantic City for another round of debauchery; falling on St. Patty’s Day. The tour continued on to Charleston, SC. For the last 5 days, Leaving Lifted teamed up with their good friends from Oceanstone for some Golf Coast Florida action; hitting Madeira Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg. It was a fantastic tour all around and the boys met some amazing people. Look for another tour coming up from Leaving Lifted near spring time of 2016. Be ready!

Leaving Lifted’s music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Rhapsody and many other places!

They have performed with national acts such as The Green, Stick Figure multiple times, Pilfers, The Expendables, Seedless, Skinny Lister, The Veer Union and more.

Leaving Lifted is a band that is constantly evolving. Stay tuned to see them grow exponentially this year, and the years to come.

The Native Howl is a four-piece band. Their music is “Thrash Grass,” a blend of rock, bluegrass and experimental genres that give it a uniquely rustic vibe. Lead vocalists and guitarists Alex Holycross and Jake Sawicki had been friends and musicians in the same area for several years before venturing into what would result in the current lineup of The Native Howl. In the fall of 2013, primarily as a duo, they released a 6 song EP, “The Revolution’s Dead.” With the addition of Josh LeMieux on drums, and Mark Chandler on bass, the Howl’s music has evolved into their own unique blend of rock, folk, bluegrass, alternative, and experimental genres, one of which is being coined as “Thrash Grass.” Throw in some keyboards, harmonica, banjo, some djembe, and you get a glimpse of the musical complexity that defines their sound. Their lyrics embody a folk-like storytelling style; the music shines through with a rustic and clean sound. Their sophomore effort “Inukshuk” was released in 2015. They are currently working on a new E.P. as well.

Soul Finger: A Classic Rock/Soul band from Detroit. Formed in 2015.