Beat the winter blues listening to the hot sounds of Northern Michigan’s local talent, the Charlie Millard Band and special guests, the Rivertown Jazz Band featuring Doug and Susan Houseworth, with Gig Stewart and Dan Jacobs, and vocalist Abaigael Byrne.
A lifelong musician, Charlie Millard has been out in the world playing piano since the age of 14. For the past two and a half years, he has performed piano, Rhodes bass, and lead vocals as one-third of the Charlie Millard Band with bandmates Michael Binienda on percussion and Jer-Cat Millard on guitars and harmonica. The band performs original songs with flavors of Cinematic-Rock ‘n Roll and Americana, calling them small movies for the ears.
Special guests, the Rivertown Jazz Band is a group of like-minded musicians dedicated to the performance and preservation of New Orleans-style vintage jazz. Their repertoire includes pieces from the late 1800s through the 1940s. Doug and Susan Houseworth, Alanson’s original Dixie swingers, play trumpet and banjo, respectively.
Gig Stewart, Northern Michigan’s premier jazz authority, as well as music theory author, teacher, session musician, and Charlie’s former jazz theory instructor, plays bass.
Dan Jacobs, a world traveling musician, studied trumpet performance and music theory at the acclaimed Navy School of Music and was chosen to be in the honor guard at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 in Washington, D.C. He also studied at Berkeley College of Music and Michigan State University and won the prestigious award for “Outstanding Soloist” at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival in 1968. Dan has recorded five feature artist albums and has produced over 30 albums for world-class artists with his brother Chuck Jacobs.
Since moving to Northern Michigan with her family, Abaigael Byrne has made quite an entrance on the local music scene. Fifteen-year-old Abaigael attends Concord Academy of Petoskey and fronts the school rock band, The Grapes. She is also a student of Crooked Tree Arts Center’s School of Music, performing as lead vocalist in the Garage Band, The Crooked Underground. Not stopping there, Abaigael recently joined local rock band, The Third Degree as their vocalist, and the group was one of the featured acts at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s annual New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center event.
Before moving north, Abaigael spent her youth working hard to earn highly sought-after assignments in her school programs and recitals. At age 12, she became the featured soloist in her middle school choir, and the following year, she joined the School of Rock in Farmington, becoming the lead vocalist for multiple performance concerts, performing songs by The Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, and Dolly Parton. Abaigael landed the role of lead vocalist in the School of Rock Farmington House Band, performing in a wide variety of festivals and concert halls across southeastern and central Michigan. Abaigael cites Freddie Mercury, Stevie Nicks, and Paul McCartney as some of her influences and inspirations.
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