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Chain of Lakes to perform at LowellArts on Leap Day

by Gerald Browning

contributing reporter

Chain of Lakes, a folk rock group from Grand Rapids fronted by singer/songwriter Kyle Rasche, will bring their original and dynamic sound to Lowell in a few weeks.

The band was named after a collection of 14 lakes near Rasche's family cabin in Northern Michigan. Rasche spent a lot of precious time at that cabin, it was even where he learned how to play the guitar. The band consists of Kyle Rasche (vocals and guitar), Mat Churchill (bass), Dana Jackson (vocals), Eric Ellis (drums) and Kyle VanderVeen (lead guitar). They have been creating and playing what they call “energetic folk/rock” music for roughly ten years. Rasche credits the sound of the group to the “organic” collaboration with the other four members of Chain of Lakes. 

“I've got some friends on the roster now,” Rasche said. “I am the most blessed songwriter I know just to have the insane talent that's willing to help my music.”

Rasche said he has a deep love for songs and songwriting, he is passionate about his songs and performances and his work ethic for composing comes from his love for the process. He does not merely wait for inspiration. Instead, he focuses on creating, and the creative process is dictated by the pieces of music that he is working on at the time. What starts with a creative phrase and a few chord progressions can turn into a complex composition.

“I've always been in love with songs,” Rasche said. “I love what makes a song a good song. I love what makes a song a specific genre. I love what makes a specific song great. The process of songwriting and making things is really the draw for me. My creative process is an endeavor to write the best song that I can.”

Rasche said he enjoys playing in Lowell and knows the community well. He relishes telling stories that people can relate to and appreciate. He said his goal at the Leap Day show is to bring Lowell stories in the tradition of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and to create original music that is true to the identity of the band but still retains a hometown flair.

“As artists, we want nothing more than a room full of people that are eager to listen to what we created,” Rasche said. “For people to be able to listen to these stories and empathize is an absolute treasure.”

Chain of Lakes will perform in the LowellArts gallery at 7 pm on Saturday, Feb. 29. If you want to listen to some of their music for free, visit, chainoflakesband.bandcamp.com; the band is also on social media. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. To purchase advance tickets or for more information, visit lowellartsmi.org or call 616-897-8545.

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