Rock Out For Nature with The Accidentals!

The Accidentals are coming to Owosso on March 25 for a benefit concert at the Joseph H. Lebowsky Center!

Hailing from Traverse City, Michigan, The Accidentals are a young genre-bending trio currently dominating the music scene. The group features an eclectic blend of indie folk, pop, jazz, bluegrass, rock, and classical utilizing a variety of instruments that reflect the group’s roots and influences.

Mark your calendars for March 25—tickets are on sale now and are $25 for main floor seating or $20 for balcony seating. Tickets are going fast (seriously!), so reserve your seat today! Contact the Owosso Community Players to purchase tickets online or call 989-723-4003.

We asked bandmembers Katie Larson and Sav Buist why and how nature matters to them:

The Nature Conservancy:

How has nature influenced you as a person and the music you create?

The Accidentals:

Katie: I'm still figuring out my relationship with nature. Songwriting is typically an introspective process for me, I spend a lot of time digging through my emotions and thoughts that run through my head and try to turn them into an abstract statement. Sometimes if I feel stuck or burnt out, nature is my best source of inspiration. I remember being 11 or 12 and writing poems about the cherry tree in my front yard, and finding it a peaceful place to think. A few years ago I wrote a song inspired by the music festivals we started attending in Michigan, many of them held on farms or in the woods. These festivals got me closer to nature than I had ever been (and not just because I was sleeping in a tent in a puddle). There is a sense of community and celebration when everyone comes together to eat food prepared organically with love, and to share songs. It's magical. It made me realize how much I take for granted, and how dangerous it is to waste resources and not take care of our planet.

Sav: I kind of grew up as the neighborhood "wild child."  I spent a lot of time watching the Crocodile Hunter as a kid, so as a result, I spent way too much time catching frogs and snakes and trying to mimic Steve Irwin's Australian accent.  I grew up in a heavily forested area, so I spent a lot of time exploring and climbing trees, and I have a lot of really great memories camping or canoeing with my dad.  Most of the songs I write contain a line or some comment on trees, stars, mountains, nighttime skies, lakes - things that I find consistency in, even when it seems like the world around me is forever changing.  I'm still really passionate about nature - I spend a lot of time dragging the rest of the band to places like Wolf Creek Habitat (where you can actually PET WOLVES) and Yellowstone National Park (where we went on my 21st birthday).  In short, it's a huge part of who I am and what I like to write about - which is why I'm so excited about this show. 

The Nature Conservancy:

What was it like growing up in Northern Michigan? Do you have a favorite go-to nature spot or memory?

The Accidentals:

Katie: One of my favorite things about Michigan is the seasons. I have so many childhood memories associated with building snow forts with snow up my sleeves, picking out impatiens to plant in the spring time, eating popsicles on the beach in the summer, collecting acorns when the leaves all started to change color. My house is near a lake with a secret path that leads to a small sandy beach area. In the summertime I still walk my dog down to the lake when I want some time to myself.

Sav: Growing up in Northern Michigan was a blast for me.  I have a lot of really amazing memories, but if I had to pick one, I'd say it was when I was attending Interlochen Arts Academy and I partook in their ecology class.  My teacher was super cool - she had a husky named Dewey who would accompany us on long hikes through the woods on campus.  Once she took us to the bogs, which basically served to be natural trampolines - huge, springy mounds of moss that you could almost bounce on.  I learned about jack pine trees there, and incorporated some of their traits into the lyrics of some songs.

The Nature Conservancy:

What do you think are the biggest threats facing our natural world today?

The Accidentals:

Katie: I think ignorance is dangerous, and education is the best tool to combat it. When we live in a bubble it's easy to not realize that every action triggers a chain reaction, and we are all equally responsible for ourselves and our planet.

Sav: I don't know if I could've said that better.  The biggest threat is a lack of understanding of the domino effect of our actions, or lack thereof.  The best thing we can do is recognize the facts, and adjust the way we treat our environment so that future generations will be able to appreciate the long-lasting history of the natural world.

The Nature Conservancy:

How do you think we can we help inspire others to protect Michigan’s natural wonders?

The Accidentals:

Katie: I think it's important that people know how their actions can make an impact. Between the Great Lakes, the sand dunes, the forests, parks, flora and fauna of our state, it's no surprise how lucky we are to live here. I think that raising awareness for the threats that our natural wonders face will encourage people to do their part to protect it.

Sav: It's important that we recognize how fragile everything is, and how lucky we are to experience it.  National Parks and Nature Conversations do an amazing job of offering new knowledge to people about Michigan's ecosystems.  By showing people new perspectives on our natural environment that people might not have known before - and by stressing how much it's all at stake - we can inspire the urge to come together and protect it.

The Nature Conservancy:

We often say “nature unites us” – do you think this is the same for music?

The Accidentals:

Kate: Music is such a powerful tool and can be used for so many purposes. It can heal, incite strong emotions, spread a message, cross boundaries, connect. Music has such a long history that it also ties into people's identities, their heritage, their memories. I think nature does that too. It has the power to create change.

Sav: I think the point of music is to put people on a universal platform, so that we may understand each other better.  Nature seems to have the same effect.  There's a deep history and versatility tied to both.  The past is saturated with examples of music being something that established a feeling of unity and connection with nature - and that still occurs today.  They both have the ability to curate a strong sense of community.


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