The Traverse City Wine and Art Festival is quickly approaching—June 21st, people!—and this one-of-a-kind Northern Michigan music and art event will feature over 30 Northern Michigan wineries, 10 Northern Michigan restaurants, and 7 music acts. MyNorth’s Adrienne Roberts talked with Andrew Schrock from the Mainstays, who will play at the Northern Michigan festival, to find out more about this funk-soul band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Turns out, they’re just as excited to play at The Traverse City Wine and Art Festival as we are to attend!
Can you tell me a little more about what inspires your music and the lyrics you write?
It comes from a variety of sources, such as personal experiences and conversations I’ve had with people. I’ll get inspiration from a news story or even a conversation I happen to overhear. From there, I take liberty with those conversations and experiences.
Is there a message you’re trying to get across with your music?
We’re really just trying to be positive. I write organically and then the message comes from there. It happens naturally.
What’s your favorite part about performing at festivals?
People are there to see the music. They’re engaged and the audience seems to have a greater appreciation for the arts than the crowd you’d find at a bar.
Have you guys played in Traverse City before? What do you like about performing here?
We love Northern Michigan in general. Traverse City has a really cool community that appreciates the arts. There’s so much natural beauty in Traverse City.
What’s coming up in your band’s near future?
Besides playing at the Traverse City Wine and Art Festival, we’ll also be playing at The Union Street Station in Traverse City on July 11th. We’re also playing at a number of festivals this summer, all throughout Michigan and the Midwest.
You can view all of The Mainstays summer gigs on their website: TheMainstaysMusic.com
Tickets to the 2014 Traverse City Wine and Art Festival are available at MyNorthTickets.com:
The Mainstays will perform at the TC Wine & Art Festival at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 21st on the Main Stage.