Eric Engblade

Short's Brewing & Old Forester Concert Series

Eric Engblade

Fri · November 10, 2017

10:00 pm

$0.00

No Cover

This event is 21 and over

No cover. Event is GA/SRO. 

Eric Engblade
Eric Engblade
Eric Engblade is an accomplished and acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Engblade’s “inspiring musicianship and songwriting” (John Sinkevics, localspins.com) led him to being selected as a finalist
in the Great Lakes Song Writing Contest in 2009 for his song "Mission Accomplished" (www.GreatLakesSongs.com).

Engblade frequently uses the natural beauty and history of the Great Lakes region as a reference for his “expertly crafted songwriting” (John Sinkevics, localspins.com). Throughout the year, Engblade can be seen performing as a part of benefit concerts that promote Great Lake clean water initiatives alongside other bookings in theaters, bars, breweries, private events, and music festivals.

At a very young age, Engblade was drawn to the music of “The Beatles, Bob Dylan, John Prine and John Hartford, (thanks to his father), while also embracing artists as wide-ranging as Nick Drake, Dave Matthews Band and Led Zeppelin, who’ve rubbed off on his music” (John Sinkevics, localspins.com).

For five years, Engblade fronted, booked, and managed the band The Northern Skies. The Northern Skies, who primarily played cities across the Midwest but also had an East Coast tour under its belt, released two albums to critical acclaim. The band’s 2009 self titled release was called a "beautiful", "up-north, front porch masterpiece" (Recoil Magazine, Grand Rapids MI). Their 2012 release ‘Thick As Thieves’ was hailed as a “homegrown, handmade work of art” (On The Town, Grand Rapids, MI).

“Enhanced by multi-instrumentalist and lead singer Eric Engblade’s songwriting” (John Sinkevics, localspins.com), the group’s music was described by music critics, fans, venue owners, and local publications as energetic “bluegrass, Americana, and Celtic
music that’s been poured through an indie rock funnel to distill something that sounds like a party out in the back yard. And yes, there is moonshine at that party" (Revue Magazine Grand Rapids, MI).

Continuing in that spirit, Engblade released his first self titled solo LP in July of 2016. Depending on the venue, type of show, and payment, Eric Engblade can be booked as a solo artist, as a duo with upright bassist Justin Avdek, as a trio adding Justin Weirenga on electric guitar, as a quartet adding cellist Max Morrison, or as a quintet adding Brad Fritcher on trumpet.

Either as a solo act, or with the support of top notch regional musicians, Engblade continues to spread his “accessible” and “infectious”, yet ”eccentric”, and “danceable”, Folk-Rock With Teeth while touring the Great Lakes Region and beyond (John Sinkevics, localspins.com).

Photo Credit: Eric Hampton
Venue Information:
Otus Supply
345 E Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI, 48220
http://www.otussupply.com/