Doors: 6PM | Show: 7PM
What To Know Before Attending The Show
Doors: 6PM | Show: 7PM
The Kalamazoo State Theatre is excited to welcome Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors to its historic stage on Sunday, September 24, 2023 with support from Josiah and the Bonnevilles.
About Drew Holcomb:
There are no strangers at a Drew Holcomb show. For the better part of two decades, the award-winning songwriter has brought his audience together night after night, turning his shows into celebrations of community, collaboration, and contemporary American roots music. Strangers No More, the ninth album from Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, celebrates that sense of togetherness. Produced by Cason Cooley, it expands the band’s mix of timeless songwriting, modern-day Laurel Canyon folk, amplified Americana, and heartland rock & roll. “All The Money in the World,” with its deep-pocketed groove that showcases The Neighbors’ musicality, is punctuated by blasts of brass, marking the band’s first song to feature horns. “That’s On You, That’s On Me” makes room for barrelhouse piano, slide guitar, and the greasy grit of a juke joint rock band. “On a Roll” and “Possibility” are Springsteen-sized rock & roll melodramas that wail and exalt, their cinematic arrangements built for the large rooms that Holcomb regularly plays these days. “Fly” is a reflective, finger-plucked folksong. Finally, there’s “Dance With Everybody,” a lively tribute to the live show that brims with a joyful optimism — a feeling that was often missing during the band’s earlier years, when their shows weren’t nearly as packed. Song by song, Strangers No More offers an all-encompassing view not only of the places Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors have been, but where they’re headed next, too. It’s an invitation into the band’s world. Strangers no more, indeed.
About Josiah and the Bonnevilles:
Following a colorful solo career that took him from touring cross-country as a teenage dropout to national recognition as an American Idol contestant and Warner Bros. recording artist, singer/songwriter Josiah Leming turned his attention to Americana music and formed the indie folk act Josiah & the Bonnevilles. The group released their debut EP Cold Blood in 2016, delivering the full-length On Trial two years later, increasing their work rate steadily through the release of 2022 in 2022.
Following a lengthy solo tour in 2013, the Tennessee native found himself convalescing in Las Vegas, where he got turned on to the music of Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt. Around that same time, his brother gave him a copy of Leonard Cohen’s New Skin for the Old Ceremony, spurring him to change tack and develop a new songwriting approach more aligned with American folk and roots music. By his mid-twenties Leming had already crisscrossed the country more than most, and this wayfaring life, combined with his Tennessee roots, lent itself easily to this more rustic style. With guitarist Stephen Johnson and bassist/percussionist Josh Nyback, he formed Josiah & the Bonnevilles, quickly landing a residency gig in Los Angeles, where they developed the set of tunes that would make up their debut. After landing a deal with Vagrant Records, the Bonnevilles hit the studio with producer Dave Way (Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple) and completed work on their first EP, Cold Blood, which arrived in the spring of 2016.
Cold Blood kicked off a period of intense work from Josiah & the Bonnevilles. Two singles, “Lie with Me” and “London,” arrived in 2017, both featured on On Trial, the full-length debut album from the group in 2018. Several digital singles followed the release of On Trial, including a cover of George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning.” Two versions of “Oh No!” — one the standard single, one bearing the designation “On the Back Porch” — arrived in 2019; they’d follow this pattern for “The Best” in 2020. Motel Mayday, the band’s second album, arrived in May 2021, then Josiah & the Bonnevilles released a succession of singles throughout 2022, gathering nearly all of them on the aptly titled 2022 at the end of the year. Among those singles was a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” a recording that anchored the group’s January 2023 album Country Covers. Two originals, “Tennessee Song” and “I Am Appalachia,” were released within months of Country Covers.
General Ticket Information:
All seating is reserved for this all-ages event. There’s an 8-ticket limit.
Skip the line Ticket Information:
Why wait in the elements when you can skip the line?! This is a separate ticket that will grant you expedited entry into the venue. Skip The Line entry is located near the main entrance of the building. Look for VIP / Skip The Line signage or ask a staff member. Present your Skip The Line pass along with your event ticket for expedited entry and to avoid the public lines. THIS IS NOT AN EVENT TICKET.
All patrons are subject to search, pat down, and wanding. The following items are not allowed in the venue: guns, knives, lasers, tasers, mace, glass items, cameras, selfie sticks, outside food or beverage, no bags over the dimensions of 8 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a width of 2 inches, and other items that may challenge public safety. You can view our full list by visiting our frequently asked questions here