Whew, it's been a while since we've posted here! Whoops. (We're way more active on our Facebook page - I suggest following us there if you're a member of Facebook!)
We're slowly announcing our stream of shows for 2020, including the JUST ANNOUNCED show where we're opening for BAILEN! You may have heard them on the radio (I definitely have), but if you haven't yet, definitely check out their music. It's really cool, and I've been a fan of it since I first heard it. So it goes without saying that we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to open for them at the Stache (at The Intersection) on Thursday, January 30th! It'll just be Matt and I (Rachel) as a duo, as our acoustic style is the best fit with the style of the headlining artist. (Seriously, look them up on iTunes or YouTube if you aren't familiar with their stuff. We're fans!)
The show starts at 8, doors at 7. Tickets are $10 ahead of time, or $12 at the door - either way, it's a great deal because this is going to be an incredibly fun show. We're very excited!
Details and ticket information here: https://sectionlive.com/event/bailen/
We are super excited to announce that our friend Kevin Packard has officially joined Lighting Matches as our full-time drummer! He's incredibly talented, and we're so lucky to have him join us.
Our first show with Kevin as our OFFICIAL drummer will be September 27th at Creston Brewing in Grand Rapids. We'd love to see you there!
Our official lineup is:
Rachel White - vocals/guitar
Matt Plessner - vocals/guitar
Adam Parada - keys/bass
Kevin Packard - drums
I (Rachel) am also just now realizing that everyone else in this band has a last name that starts with P except for me. This is amusing.
I've missed posting on here recently - it's been so busy!! For those who weren't able to come, we had a fantastic album release show! For those who were there, bought a CD, came to any of other shows or supported us in other ways, thank you so much!! We appreciate every one of you.
We've got some local West Michigan shows coming up the next few weeks (see the "Tour" page for more info) and we've also got a few in Northern Michigan, plus one next month in northern Indiana. We'd love to see you at one of them! :)
It's becoming a busy time for us as a band. Today we were featured on the Local Spins segment of 88.1 WYCE (our famous local radio station, for those who don't live in West Michigan), which was a ton of fun. We also had a nice article written about the album by John Sinkevics of Local Spins, which you can check out HERE.
Finally made us a Twitter page! (I know, we're WAY behind that ballgame, haha) Our account is @MatchesLighting if ya feel like following us and want to see my sporadic postings.
I've mentioned this on our Facebook page, but we are planning to do a giveaway as soon as we hit 500 Facebook likes! If you want to help out and invite a few friends to like our page, we'll get there faster. ;)
BUT. We are also considering releasing another song as a special gift for our newsletter subscribers. That means releasing one song ahead of the album that no one except our newsletter crew will hear. Want to be on that special list? Join our newsletter (there's a box on the home page, if you scroll down) or use the contact form and shoot us a message letting us know you'd love to hear an advance song! :)
Soooooo excited to share this with everyone at our release show on May 22nd!!
Release party is going to be at the SpeakEZ Lounge in downtown Grand Rapids. MI - music starts at 8 with opening band Clyde Park Avenue, and we will go on around 8:30 and play through the album front-to-back!
SpeakEZ has delicious food and awesome drinks, as well as an ACTUAL STAGE area, so this will definitely be an awesome show where you can sit and enjoy a drink or a full meal (if you desire!) while listening to some live music.
Welcome to our new blog! ...and our new website! I'll post about more exciting things later, but I wanted to start off by just welcoming you all and introducing the new site. As you probably know by the time you've found this page, we've got an album coming out May 21st, 2019 called "Against The Flame" and are having a release party on May 22nd that you're invited to! It's at the SpeakEZ Lounge in Grand Rapids. Music starts at 8, and we'll be joined by Clyde Park Avenue, who will be opening the night with an acoustic set. We're super excited to have John Sinkevics/Local Spins hosting the event, and can't wait to share our new music with you!! We are SO proud of this album