The Cutlerville-Gaines Chamber of Commerce features the 30th Annual Brian Diemer Family of Races
BANDBATTLE

Once again, we had some amazing bands out on the course! Congratulations to our Top 3 finishers!

1st Place - Big Boss Band
2nd Place - Plain Jane Glory
3rd Place - Dune Grass

Learn more about all of the bands, below!

Big Boss Band

Bill LaValley has been played bass guitar in the Kalamazoo and West Michigan blues scene for the last twenty years.  He started playing in Ken Goodacre and Blues Inc.,  joined Big Daddy Green and the King Sized Blues Band and toured with Dr. Bones of the Skeletones for a year.  While performing with the Blue Moon Blues Band for nine years,l the band won a WYCE Jammie for Best Blues.  Billy partnered with Bryan Michael Fischer in 2010 to form the BMF BAND,  winning the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA) Blues Challenge and went to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. 

Billy has taken on multiple roles while in each band including song writing, booking agent, band manager, sound engineer and of course bass player.  With six CD’s to his credit, Bill LaValley has become a standard bearer for the blues in West Michigan especially Kalamazoo.   Billy has been described as an “in the pocket” player and is counted on both on and off stage to keep his bands on course.

Most recently, in 2012, Billy was asked to join in a blues jam with fellow area bluesmen and Big Boss Blues was the result.  Charles Schantz on guitar met and played with Billy fifteen years ago and so this band is a continuation of their relationship with each other and the blues.  Big Boss Blues is a combination of blues, soul and R&B while staying true to classic blues roots that Billy describes as his passion.    

https://youtu.be/hPOKyDuo2Dg
http://www.reverbnation.com/mibigboss 
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DuneGrass

DuneGrass is a four-piece band that puts a refreshing twist on familiar songs, ranging from bluegrass traditionals to numbers you hear on the radio today. Their light-hearted approach brings out the fun in songs you thought you'd forgotten about, and can cast you back to simpler times.

The band includes Robyn "Gordo" Gordon on mandolin and vocals, Jason Schopp on rhythm guitar, Tom Allen on electric bass, and David Solack on the cajon. The group formed in 2012, and welcomed David in 2014. DuneGrass is a regular band at tripelroot in Zeeland, as well as other breweries, music venues, and restaurants along West Michigan's lakeshore.

www.facebook.com/dunegrassmi

Jason Sytsma
Syts views his strikingly beautiful piano compositions as “modern classical” pieces – simple, peaceful melodies that give listeners “a break from the real world.”

“If my music can help someone get through a stressful day at work or bring them comfort and peace during a difficult time, then I’ve done my job,” reasons the 31-year-old West Michigan musician, aka pianist Jason Sytsma, “Bringing them joy brings me joy.”

Currently at work on a full-length album, Syts is eager to build on his impressive debut and share his  modern classical charm with new audiences.

“To be able to bring that kind of release and a little break from reality for other people, to bring back old memories, that’s a big goal of mine – to have people enjoy my music.”

www.sytspiano.com
www.facebook.com/sytspiano
www.youtube.com/syts
Plain Jane Glory

Plain Jane Glory is a husband and wife duo from West Michigan specializing in a brand of Neo-Folk/Americana music that is honest, passionate, heartfelt, eclectic, and nostalgic all at once. They use a variety of instrumentation including: vocal harmonies, violin/fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, and percussion to create a surprisingly big sound for a duo. Their live performances are full of unbridled and infectious energy and their genuine love of making music together is evident from the very first note. Their unique musical chemistry has helped them garner a devout fan base in their hometown of Muskegon and the surrounding areas. Their live performances often transform coffee houses, breweries, bars, and restaurants into an intimate party that culminates in infectious toe tapping, hand clapping, dancing, hooting and hollering, and all sorts of revelry.

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Tweeg and the Bounders

All Michigan natives Grand Rapids based garage, upbeat grunge, rock, punk hooligans.  Lightly toasted with dirty blues, punk rock and all the necessary roots. This trios enormous palate will always be covered with raw powered and loud rock n roll.  Don't ever be surprised to taste something unexpected with a burning tongue, but your still begging for more.

Band consist of Mr. Jimbob Ewing (drums and vocals), Casimir Thue (guitar and lead vocals), and Damon Luis (bass and vocals).

Started by Jimbob and Casimir in spring of 2015 as just a two piece.  Then added bassist Damon Luis in the fall.  Then recorded EP Meat and Greet through spring and summer of 2016 and released in the fall followed by live shows starting Halloween of 2016.  New full length album is being finish and should be out by late summer or early fall.

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Sundry










The band Sundry started as a small group of friends pursuing degrees in music & worship at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI. It began with a leap of faith from leading lady Jessica Veenemen. Her and her husband Eric decided to take the risk and embrace the music industry going forward the best ways they knew how.

Within a year the band Sundry found itself making leaps and bounds in the music industry. Recording and producing a six track EP, getting paid to play music in front of hundreds of people time and time again, winning talent competitions, and creating connections with record label producing artists and radio stations.

The band continues to sharpen their sound, but listeners will hear a fresh blend of rock & blues combined with the flavor of a singer/songwriter. Their inspirations are heavily influenced by artists such as Ben Rector and NEEDTOBREATHE. In every way Sundry seeks to make a name for themselves by bringing people together through their music. "We see a broken world out there and we realize we cannot fix it. What we can do, however, is shine a light and let people know that they are not alone; they indeed have value and have every reason to celebrate life."
- The Band Sundry

http://www.musicbysundry.com
https://m.facebook.com/musicbysundry/
https://youtu.be/CjHxHhbWHTU


The Groove Suns

The Groove Suns are a rock band based out of Metro Detroit.  With a sound deeply rooted in the rock and roll of yesterday and today, the Groove Suns provide a well-balanced blend of acoustic and electric songs to create a fresh, yet familiar sound.  The Groove Suns always provide a high energy, fun, and entertaining music experience for any event.  “Let the Sun Shine!”

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Even More Entertainment - Celtic Kilroy

Celtic Kilroy will be providing post-race entertainment near the awards tables, between the race and the awards ceremony!

Celtic Kilroy’s repertoire consists of a mixture of traditional Celtic tunes along with a variety of contemporary classics. His presentations and delivery is always full of energy and is steeped in a celebration of life and all it has to offer. He plays a variety of instruments such as guitar, banjo, harmonica, Irish penny whistle, Irish drum (bordhan) and rhythm bones. 

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