Please welcome the Kalamazoo-based band Fly Paper. The band's web site is www.flypaperrock.com.
The group will be making its New York City debut at the Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1, 196 Allen Street, in New York City on May 12 at 7 PM. Please note this is a 21 and over venue. If you are in the City next week, come on by and we’ll connect. More dates below.
Fly Paper is a guitar-based, alt-rock and blues band. Leadsinger Micaela Kingslight is the daughter of famous guitar maker John Kingslight. Her singing voice is akin to Sade, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple but with a rocking conviction. Her guitar playing will end up to be a big deal, too.
At the top of the group’s website, flypaperrock.com, is a player that you can click to hear their recent EP and previous album. I can also send you a zip file of some of their songs.
With soulful vocals, a fusion of fierceness and elegance in its guitar sound, and a high energy rhythm section, Fly Paper continues to inspire crowds throughout the country with songs in the alternative blues-rock genre.
When she is not on the road, Micaela Kingslight teaches at Kalamazoo College, Crescendo Academy of Music, and the Kalamazoo Academy of Rock. Fans have heard Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmore, and Jimmy Page influences in her playing. Bassist Joe Chamberlin fills the space between with a style grounded in both modern and classic rock sensibilities. Sam Rice brings to the drums, the rock groove inspired by both the Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin and the flair of Buddy Rich, along with saxman/keyboardist Marty McLean.
The group’s current EP, 3X3 has a song, “Sing, Sing, Sing Along” that is its music video, directed by Michigan native Ben Woody. Ben is a friend and a multimedia graduate student who has been chronicling Fly Paper over the past few years (in addition to documenting a variety of athletic projects that can be seen at GoGriffs.com). The songs include “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Bigger On The Inside,” and “Say What You Mean” and they tend to capture the band members’ awareness of life, in general, and they can often be found hiking, and Micaela practicing Yoga.
The group has been playing all over the United States with shows from the Florida Keys and Miami to Santa Monica, CA, and Sun Valley, Idaho, to Bremerton, WA. The group is a festival favorite, playing Wild Mountain Faire in Northern California, plus Deadwood Jam, as well as appearing at Michigan's Jamma Wamma Music and Arts Festival, Hoodlilldoo Music Festival, Southwestern Michigan Harvest Festival, and Big Rapid's Cranker's Fest.
Fly Paper have shared the stage with a diverse group of acts including Styx, Stray Cat Lee Rocker, Delhi to Dublin, Mystic Roots, Marcia Griffiths, Jann Klose, Roster McCabe, the4onthefloor, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, Josh Davis (from NBCs the Voice) Funktion, and Jamie Lono.
Other music in the group’s history include the fan-funded CD, LIVE AT THE GLOBE THEATER and a DVD. The group’s debut album, FLY PAPER came out in 2011. In 2013 they released an album, DREAM.
In 2008, Micaela was awarded the Emerging Artist Grant from the Gilmore Foundation to record her first solo album STILL. She also won Indiegrrl International Songwriting Contest for her song "Aurora.”
May 8 LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern, South Bend
May 10 The Livery, Benton Harbor, MI
May 12 Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
May 16 Mojo’s, Jamestown, NY
May 22 The Workshop Brewing Company Traverse City, MI
May 23 Short's Brewing Company, Bellaire, MI
May 28 The Filling Station, Traverse City, MI
May 29, 30 Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette, MI
June 11 Rockford Brewing Company, Rockford, MI
June 19 The Deck, Muskegon, MI
June 20 Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
June 25 Celadon Summer Concert Series, Grand Rapids, MI
August 06 The Mitten Bar, Ludington, MI
August 07 River's Edge Brewing Co., Milford Charter Township, MI
August 08 Cow Pie Blues Festival, Caledonia, MI