Gopherwood Concerts presents two shows this February

CADILLAC — Gopherwood Concerts brings Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10, to the third floor of the Elk’s in Cadillac. Advance tickets are sure to sell out fast. A waiting list will be started in the event that some advance ticket-holders are unable to attend.

Of her own volition, Grand Rapids-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Mainville dove headfirst into the world of music as early as the fifth grade, when she had begun playing viola and upright bass in orchestra. Following her first Wheatland Festival in 2012, Mainville fell in love with the idea of performing her own songs on stage, which eventually inspired her 2014 gypsy swing and baroque pop debut EP, Full Steam Ahead featuring members of The Accidentals.

Since the release of her first solo output, Olivia has forged a unique path, becoming known alongside her band, the Aquatic Troupe, for their energized, dynamic performances and their gargantuan musical talent.

Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe’s debut album “Maybe the Saddest Thing” released on Dec. 10, 2015, with a special guest appearance by none other than David Bowie’s bandleader and lead guitarist, Gerry Leonard —their multifarious, enthusiastic delivery is sure to be a hit with listeners everywhere.

On Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., Joshua Davis will delight the intimate crowd at Paul and Nancy Brown’s home  — 4320 E. 46 Rd. Cadillac — limited seating at this special house concert is sure to sell out quickly, so pick up tickets in advance.

Michigan’s own Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements and the land. He writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul.

Speaking or singing, the voice of Joshua Davis is a disarming instrument: weathered and warm, as capable of conjuring confessional intimacy on a global stage as it is of making a small room, well off the beaten path, resonate with startling urgency and power. Couple it with an earnest poetic sensibility, and boundless work ethic, and an uncanny gift for connecting with audiences spanning generations, and it’s no wonder that Davis is now poised at the brink of the sort of widespread recognition that typically passes right over such a humble troubadour.

If you don’t know him from one of his countless local appearances prior to 2015, you’ll recognize him from his amazing performance on The Voice. Davis almost didn’t audition when the popular NBC musical showcase called.

“I’d never even seen the show. Looking at music in a competitive way is totally against the way I was raised,” he said. “Collaboration is what it’s about. Music brings people together. So the competitive aspect of it was really foreign – to be judged like that.”

From his first performance, Davis triumphed, and over the course of the season, his rootsy, sincere approach emerged as a refreshing alternative and propelled him all the way to the finals.

Tickets are for sale at the After 26 Depot, Toy Town in Cadillac, online at My North Tickets, or by calling (800) 836-0717.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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