A Musical Rise Started in Michigan is Now Coming to Flint
The journey of The Accidentals commenced in a public high school classroom in Traverse City. As the story goes, concertmaster violinist Savannah Buist and cellist Katie Larson raised their hands at the request for volunteers to play a music boosters concert and wound up being musical soulmates.
Now they’re part of a multi-instrumentalist, international power trio that will perform at 8 p.m. on June 2 at the FIM Capitol Theatre.
The group plays an eclectic blend of indie folk, pop, bluegrass, rock, classical and other genres. They have released seven full-length and two live albums, and three EPs. Just this year they released a covers album reflecting their collective interest in women who influenced them. The the first single out is Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass.” The Accidentals have played festivals such as the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest and SXSW, and on stages with the likes of Brandi Carlile, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, The Decemberists and more. You may have also seen them on “Austin City Limits.”
Buist and Larson are the two original members of the band. They grew up in musical families, releasing their first two albums while in high school. In 2019,
NPR claimed, “[The Accidentals] are some of the most compelling songwriters of our time.”
Larson and Buist believe music is what gives them the tools to tell stories, call attention to important matters, advocate and provide a language when words are hard to come by. They credit their success to roots in public school music opportunities.
“Our high school orchestra was a classically rooted but genre-adventurous program that built our confidence. Since then, we’ve toured the world, scored soundtracks for films and TV shows and written numerous songs with our heroes. Last summer we even took 40 students who had helped score and record 13 songs with us on a three-week tour,” shared Buist. “We’ve found success and derived joy from what we do. We couldn’t have done that without our public music programs.”
Buist added that The Accidentals are excited to come to the Capitol Theatre and work with FIM because FIM is so supportive of music education and it’s in the performers’ great home state of Michigan.
“This is a long time coming. I first spoke to the band in 2016, and the stars didn’t align,” FIM President and CEO Rodney Lontine said. “They have grown, and we have grown, so the time is now. Don’t miss this incredibly talented group as their journey leads them to Flint. Our 2022-23 season has been loaded with everything from country to classical, and rock to hip hop. The Accidentals bring the full spectrum in a way that will open people’s minds and move their souls.”