Ushering In The Solstice With Song

. December 17, 2019.
Detroit-based desert rock musician Rachele Eve. Photo by Megan Lee Miller
Detroit-based desert rock musician Rachele Eve. Photo by Megan Lee Miller

An intimate listening room concert on December 20

Music aficionados, looking for a change of pace, can find something warm, cozy, and beautiful at Dream Louder Music. East Jordan-based indie darlings Breathe Owl Breathe Trio will headline alongside Rachele Eve and local heroes The Antivillains for a night for audiences to enjoy.

Stopping to smell the roses

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Breathe Owl Breathe’s lyricist and guitarist Micah Middaugh speaking about his experiences with the band, his influences, and his creative plans for the future. Middaugh, who also dabbles in printmaking and other forms of visual art, sees live shows as opportunities to share a wide array of artistic creations and interpretations. “The experience will be different for different people. It’s fun to lose yourself.”

There’s a record in the works, but Breathe Owl Breathe is taking some time to craft it. “Things don’t have to happen so fast,” says Middaugh. “[We’re] always studying things that happen quickly in a slower way, letting all these different worlds reveal themselves. Trusting that the art that is taking place is fun, but also rewarding.”

Breathe Owl Breathe Trio: (L-R) Trevor Hobbs, Andrea Moreno-Beals, and Micah Middaugh. Photo by Todd Zawistowski

Breathe Owl Breathe Trio: (L-R) Trevor Hobbs, Andrea Moreno-Beals, and Micah Middaugh. Photo by Todd Zawistowski

Breathe Owl Breathe has experience with both Dream Louder Music and The Antivillains and working with Ben Cohen. “The next couple of shows [at Dream Louder and Frog Holler Barn in Brooklyn, MI] should be pretty special. We’re coming together, having fun, and letting the textures of sound and harmonies kind of reveal themselves.”

Journey to the center of love

The December 20 show is a special one for Rachele Eve, an artist whose songwriting focuses on the nature of love. She recorded her most recent album, Renunciation, at Dream Louder, and was impressed by the studio’s commitment to its craft. First exposed to studio co-founders Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg while on tour with The Antivillains. “After about a year of attending each other’s shows and playing the same music festivals, they approached me about making a record, and I immediately signed on to collaborate,” Eve explains.

One pivotal moment for Eve’s creative direction was the decision to move on from her life as an artist in Chicago to embark on a life-changing trip to the Pacific. “I moved to the Marshall Islands to shift my daily life into a path of service, adventure, and partnership,” she explains.

“My time [there] simplified my external world so I could go deeply inward and reevaluate my process.”

Eve’s music has maintained its focus on matters of the heart, and she still considers herself an incurable romantic. “[My] time overseas gave me space and time to…embed universal truths about Love into the heart of my music.”

$10. 8pm-midnight on Friday, December 20 at the Ohio Plate Glass Building, 303 Morris St.
Tickets at merch.breatheowlbreathe.com/merch.
For more information on the musicians,
visit breatheowlbreathe.com, theantivillains.com, and racheleeve.bandcamp.com.