By Steven Reed
Last Thursday, The Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs hosted the kick-off concert for the national tour of Michigan band Breathe Owl Breathe.
The five-band set opened with Dava Klein, a very talented local guitarist. Next up was another local, Aura (also known as Pamella Crystal), who displayed her talent by playing a fully acoustic set, accompanied only by her vocals. Previously a drummer in a rock band, this is her first solo project.
The third artist was a man who calls himself The Inner-Astronaut. He also played a fully acoustic set, in a very quirky, relaxing Jason Mraz-esque style of playing. He was clearly a crowd favorite.
The next band on stage was Gideon Lee, a folksy band that included local musician Robbie Carlstrom. They put on a wonderful show.
Last, but certainly not least, was Breathe Owl Breathe. Breathe Owl Breathe is a folk band founded in East Jordan, Michigan, who decided to start out their national tour at the Kent Theatre. Carlstrom, of Gideon Lee, is a personal friend of some of the members of Breathe Owl Breathe, and was the one to recommend the Kent to them.
Breathe Owl Breathe is a band that knows how to please an audience. They were incredibly friendly and entertaining, often getting the audience involved in the songs. Their lyrics were strange and quirky (they sang about werewolves and a dragon and a princess being pen pals), and their music was fantastic.
While things may have seemed a bit rocky early on, the concert overall was a very pleasant experience. We look forward to many more concerts at the Kent in the future!