Article Contributed by Sideways Media | Published on Monday, June 20, 2022

Nashville-based, female-fronted, critically-acclaimed trio The Accidentals have partnered with Kaboom Collective for a groundbreaking collaborative release—an album called Reimagined, comprised of 11 of their most popular songs that were re-recorded with a 40-piece student orchestra, set for release on July 29th. The release will be followed by a 14-day “Reimagined” tour that kicks off at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. Dates include performances at Mile of Music Festival, Wrigley Field,  Frederik Meijer Gardens, and more.

Kaboom Collective gives students the opportunity to receive cutting-edge education. The 40-member Kaboom Collective Studio Orchestra is a Hollywood-style ensemble comprised of students that compose, score, perform, and record music for various projects. As the only production-based programming in the country, they create musical beds for everything from video game soundtracks to studio albums; from animation scores to live performances, students in the Studio Orchestra work closely with each other and a team of professional musicians, educators, and producers to bring new works and productions to life.

Musicians aged 15-25 work under the tutelage of award-winning educator Liza Grossman, as well as members of the collective—a group of 50+ professional musicians, seasoned producers, recording engineers, composers, and production experts. Students receive hands-on experience, liner note and IMDb credit for their work, and the chance to learn in real time. Kaboom Collective was co-founded by Grossman and Joseph Weagraff, a project empowered by the duo’s combined industry and educational experience.

The Accidentals’ Katie Larson and Sav Buist met in their public high school orchestra and became a band after witnessing an immersive workshop by two women that played the same instruments they did. Seeing the possibilities firsthand gave them the courage and empowerment to pursue music beyond the orchestra. They were inspired. They often say that music connected them to friendships and skill sets that changed the trajectory of their lives for the better.

The pair met Grossman, the Conductor and Director of the Studio Orchestra, when she reached out about recording one of The Accidentals’ songs with the orchestra. That process allowed Buist and Larson to work with an orchestra on a completely new level. “Liza was one of the most inspirational teachers we have had the pleasure of working with,” says Buist. “We learned more from her in a week than in any classroom we have been in.”

After 10 years as a band, multiple major and indie label deals, and touring over a thousand live shows and festivals, The Accidentals started their own non-profit called Play It Forward Again and Again to provide opportunities for students to experience the inspiration that launched their careers.

Collaborating with Kaboom was a "no-brainer": their missions of music education and empowerment aligned. The Accidentals have a repertoire of cinematic music well-suited to be reimagined with a full orchestra. They provided basic tracks and Grossman’s students scored, arranged, and recorded eleven Accidentals songs alongside industry professionals who guided their creation in a supportive, encouraging way. That album would be released, and a tour would be arranged for The Accidentals with the Kaboom Studio Orchestra, one where the students would learn tour management, sound engineering, merchandising, stage crew skills, hospitality, promotion, marketing, press, and more.

The Accidentals and the Kaboom Studio Orchestra will kick off a string of tour dates together to support the release of Reimagined on August 3rd. Be sure to follow them on the links below for all the latest news and updates.

8/3 - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland, OH
8/4 - Scottish Rite Theatre (w/ support of Bradley University) - Peoria, IL
8/5 - Gallagher's Way at Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL
8/6 & 8/7 - Mile of Music Festival - Appleton, WI
8/9 - Frederick Meijer Gardens - Grand Rapids, MI
8/11 - Fountain Point - Lake Leelanau, MI
8/12 - Heritage Park Amphitheater - Canton, MI