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Stella!, a four-piece, all-women, American roots band from Detroit, Michigan, has been referred to as a singer-songwriter supergroup with three-part vocal harmonies and four songwriter voices. Stella! was first conceived of by singer-songwriter Jo Serrapere after a conversation with American music critic and Creem co-founder Dave Marsh. Jo was inspired to put together a new group where she could specifically showcase her country-roots songwriting. Jo, who credits songwriter Tom Waits, early blues, jazz and old-time, as her strongest influences, was the founding member of the old-time string band Uncle Earl. The voice of singer-songwriter Jen Syvit adds deep blues tones to Stella! She plays acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, dobro and ukelele. Jen has three solo albums to her credit, including her new release, "So Long Pollyanna." They're joined by fiddler, songwriter, and classical violist Diana Ladio, an alumna of the Chelsea House Orchestra, the University of Michigan School of Music, and the Celtic fusion band String Cheese. Completing the Stella! lineup is singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Ann Bates. Pursuing opera in the classroom by day, bluegrass and folk in the bars at night, hymns and choral pieces on Sunday morning, she has developed a very diverse musical palette. Put it together, and you've got a Michigan supergroup! Stella! has released an album, "Sorry, Stella!," and performed at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, the Flint Folk Festival, the Earthwork Harvest Gathering, and lots of other festivals around Michigan. We're excited to welcome them for a full set indoors!
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  • General Admission: $15, Reserved: $22

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Off Campus Location - The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

August 2013


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