Marta Hepler Drahos

Features writer


Award-winning columnist and features writer on food, entertainment, lifestyle and more.

It’s heady stuff to be lauded for your “scrumptious sounds” and “compelling songwriting” by the likes of HuffPost and NPR. But The Accidentals — arguably the darlings of the region’s music scene — have handled their rising popularity with aplomb, staying true to who they are musically and personally and remaining grounded in the community that helped launch their career.

May Erlewine may be best-known for her folk and Americana — she’s sometimes called “the Michigan songbird” — but she grew up in northern Michigan listening to soul singers and Motown music. So it’s no surprise that she and her boogie-groove-dance band The Motivations are tearing it up at house parties and concerts all over Michigan — and beyond.

TRAVERSE CITY — They took their name from their work recording in lofts in downtown Pontiac. Now The Lofteez — multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Karin Pierson (Karin E) and guitarist and bassist Tiffany Falls (Riffin Tiff) — play everywhere from festivals, theaters and concert venues to schools, libraries, community centers and private homes.

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