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The Accidentals with special guest Kim Richey
Named among Yahoo Music's "Top 10 Bands to Watch," The Accidentals began their adventure in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Katie Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Savannah Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. The gifted young musicians became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Naming themselves after the musical notes that fall outside of a key signature, they were joined in 2014 by percussionist Michael Dause, and since then national attention has increasingly come their way. Along the road, where they've performed more than 1,000 shows over the last five years, they been open to and influenced by a dizzying variety of musical genres, from classical music to hip-hop. Signed to the major Sony label in 2017, the band has released three studio albums, an EP, a pair of live albums, and a new single, the politically aware "Heavy Flag." The Accidentals will be joined on stage by legendary Nashville songwriter and longtime Ark favorite Kim Richey, with whom they've been writing lately. They will be releasing new music together, and Folk Festival attendees will be among the first to hear it.