The capacity crowd expected at Stony Lake Brewing for Saturday night’s Acoustic Routes Concert featuring Olivia Millerschin will be the first to hear new music from up and coming singer-songwriter and author Jake Enos of Saline.
Enos, who graduated from Saline High School in 2011 and Michigan State University in 2016, grew up singing in school choirs, the Boy Choir of Ann Arbor and Keystone Church. Along the way, he has honed his keyboard and guitar chops, and created a personal sound that blends elements of Americana, indie and grunge rock and jam band styles.
Many fans first heard his music through a video he recorded with Saline’s Mary Johnson, a cover of The Civil Wars song “Barton Hollow” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhrnfsNW_Yg). That project led to an invitation to perform at The Ark, one of the nation’s premier folk clubs, followed by a guest appearance on the “Tree Town Sounds” radio program on Ann Arbor’s 107.1 FM and a showcase performance at the “Grillin for Food Gatherer’s” picnic.
At Stony Lake, he’ll be accompanied by two other Salinians: Scott Moore on bass and Noah Wright on percussion.
“I’m going to unplug on Saturday, so the experience will be like hearing Nirvana or Alice in Chains on MTV Unplugged. You’ll be able to really focus on the melody and lyrics,” Enos said. “We’re going to close the set with an all-new song that runs about six minutes long. It’s probably the most experimental and progressive song I’ve written and this will be the first time we’ve performed it live.”
In addition to Enos, Johnson, Wright and Moore, other artists with Saline ties who have performed for Acoustic Routes include Brayden Dana; Noelle Caprarese; Scott Kendall; Sarah Price; Tim Monger; Cora Hassberger; The Ten Tones; Hornet Harmonies; Ed Young and Nucleus; and Ethan and Evan Rogers.
For headliner Olivia Millerschin, Stony Lake will be one of the most intimate stages she has performed on lately. She won a Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting contest and that same year she made it to the finals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, where she performed at New York’s Radio City Music Hall (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVWncskO02I).
"Look Both Ways," her second full-length album, which was released last year, infuses all of the clever lyrics, haunting melodies and colorful folk, pop and soulful elements she’s noted for. The album’s title reflects Olivia’s quest to “look both ways”– relish in the good and proceed with caution when necessary – in a complex music industry and world.
The song “Long Weekend” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqY92Ys52FQ) is an ode to love found and quickly lost and features the artist known to his fans as Wakey Wakey, from the hit TV show “One Tree Hill.”
Show time is at 8 pm. The cover charge is $15 at the door and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the artists. Seating is first come, first served.