The Crane Wives
As front-women of the Michigan indie band The Crane Wives, Kate Pillsbury and Emilee Petersmark take turns singing lead and playing guitar. For both women, their ultimate passion lies in songwriting. Their lyrics are autobiographical in nature, drawing inspiration from their shared battles with anxiety and depression. They use the stage as a platform to raise awareness about mental health and to encourage vulnerability in their audiences. For 8 years, they have traveled throughout the state and the country to perform to audiences ranging in size from a handful of people to thousands. They have opened for famous acts such as Lake Street Dive and The Avett Brothers and earned slots in famous music festivals like the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival. They are known for the sister-like harmonies woven into every song and hope to serve as an example of women lifting each other up in a society that often encourages women to compete.
Euphoria is a competitive co-ed A Cappella group that has competed across the country representing Grand Valley. Recently the group has gone to North Carolina for SoJam, which is a National Competition featuring groups from all over the US. Likewise Euphoria was just accepted into another competition taking place in Arkansas in April called VoiceJam. Last semester we released our first EP titled "Step One," which was a huge accomplishment. The group has worked hard over the last few years, fully immersing themselves in the world that is A Cappella, which is much larger than anyone would think. Over the last couple years, the group has done events for President Haas, competitions, and of course the competition featured in Pitch Perfect, ICCA, which absolutely is real! There's nothing Euphoria loves more than creating fun and engaging music for everyone! We strongly encourage everyone to see just how amazing this musical art form is.
Marcel "Fable" Price
...Is a Bi-racial North American writer, teaching artist, community advocate, motivational speaker, and executive director of non profit organization The Diatribe.
Fable is the 2016 recipient of a Community Advocate Award, a 2017 40 Under 40 Honoree, and is the currently holding the title of Poet Laureate.
He is the author of "Adrift in a Sea of M&M's" (2016) and is currently working to finish his second collection of poems titled Metamorphosis; an extroverted caterpillars guide to becoming an introverted butterfly (2019).
Fable is the first person under the age of 40, and the first person of color to have earned the title of poet laureate of Grand Rapids Michigan; a three-year tenure with already measurable successes achieved within the first year. Fable is highly noted for his work with the youth through his non profit The Diatribe; using his own stories to consume the audience and is making a huge effort in lifting up youth across the country encouraging them to unpack their own struggles.
He is known across the nation for crowd-interactive features that leave those attending enlightened and empowered.
Buckle up, prepare to make a new friend, and enjoy the ride.