The 33rd Annual Silver Bells in the City celebration presented by the Lansing Board of Water and Light and the City of Lansing, is proud to announce this year’s headlining entertainment: Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers (JHTRS). The group consisting of Michigan natives is set to take the stage as this year’s headlining act at the Lansing Center, following the fireworks, on Friday, Nov. 17 from 8 to 9 p.m.
The group’s blend of Motown funk and soul, indie rock and Americana have made them the perfect addition to many well-known festival line-ups, including Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan; CMJ Music Marathon in Brooklyn, New York; South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas; and a breakthrough performance at the local Common Ground Music Festival in 2013. JHTRS’s focus on live performance and spreading joy to its crowds make them the perfect fit for Silver Bells in the City.
“The live show is the purpose of the band. This is why we make music. Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming,” says Hertler. “We believe that performance is not a High Art operation, and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time. From piñatas to confetti, to fog, to flowers, to drum solos, to strobe lights, to Thor, to sword battles — literally anything goes.”
JHTRS consists of singer-songwriter Joe Hertler, producer/ bassist Kevin Pitchard, drummer Rick Hale, guitarist Ryan Hoger, multi-instrumentalist Micah Bracken, violinist Joshua Barber Holcomb and saxophonist Aaron Stinson. The band has been touring non-stop following the success of their 2015 breakthrough sophomore album, Terra Incognita, which was released on Universal Music Group’s Bad Mascot label and featured the critically acclaimed hit, “Future Talk”. The band released its third album, Pluto, in March 2017 following a successful, crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign.
In addition to this year’s headliner announcement, Silver Bells in the City attendees are invited to take their memories home with the 2017 Silver Bells in the City ornament. The one-ofa-kind, hand-made ornaments, were designed by local artist and La Fille Gallery Owner, Tiffany Marie.
Located in downtown Lansing, the four-story gallery offers a rich and distinct glimpse into an artist’s perspective on the creative possibilities of decorative and custom art. For two decades, Marie has experimented with various materials and mediums. For more information about La Fille Gallery, visit lafillegallery.com.
Silver Bells ornaments make the perfect gift for family, friends or coworkers and can be ordered for $20 each at silverbellsinthecity.org. Ornaments will also be available the night of the event, Friday, Nov. 17 in the Silver Bells Village (100 E. Allegan St.) and at La Fille Gallery (336 E. Michigan Ave.). Supplies are limited so order now! A promotional video can be viewed at silverbellsinthecity.org.
Learn more about the artist by visiting joehertler.com or listen to them on all major music streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. The performers are available media interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Jenna Meyer on behalf of Downtown Lansing Inc. at 517-267-1502 ext. 203. For more information about Silver Bells in the City, please visit silverbellsinthecity.org.
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