The Songwriter Showcase
January 13th, 2015
By Rita Drymouth
Goo & Garden Magazine
Move over American Idol. Kent Koller has you got you pinned up against the wall, because he`s promoting and celebrating performers for who they are, and what they create right now!
On January 31st, 8:00pm, Kent will host the inaugural Songwriter Showcase at The Bird & The Bread restaurant in Birmingham, Michigan. Inside the restaurant, the music is found in The Elm Room, where listeners can really appreciate the nuanced qualities of each performer. The performers are mostly local to Michigan, but some of them may surprise you. They are all hand picked due to their exceptional abilities as performers and as supporters of local music.
Kent will host 6 different acts each Showcase event, allowing for an entertainingly varied musical concert. Each performer will play at least 4 songs, and hopefully allow the audience inside the mind and personality that makes a songwriter.
"The ability to create our own musical destination, to play in front of people who want to listen, to be treated with respect, and to create a sustainable songwriting community." Kent says, in regards to the value of The Songwriter Showcase. "There are so few events that exist solely for the purpose of singer-songwriters, acoustic musicians, besides open mikes, which are good in their own respects, but don`t neccessarily `Showcase` an artist in a concert like environment. That is what is unique and special about this event. The opportunity has been given to us, and we need to prove that there is a demand for good, original, new music."
"Sanctuary" Album Premiere!
March 4th, 2013
By Chaz ChestertonMusic Rag Mag
The time has finally arrived! Kent Koller will be debuting his new album, "Sanctuary", on March 10th, 2013 - 7:30pm, at the Lazy Daze Lounge inside Rochester Mills Beer Company in Rochester, Michigan. After nearly 3 years since his previous album, "Sanctuary" will feature 5 songs that utilize a blend of electric guitar, electric bass, percussion, vocal harmony, and other goodies make the album sweeter than you`ve heard before. Full studio recording and mastering offer the listener a superior audio experience, in addition to the visually pleasing and sophisticated packaging.
Kent continues to push the boundaries of his vocal and guitar prowess, along with help from percussionist John McComb, bassist and mixing engineer Sean Z, and bassist Eric Van Buren. The album was recorded at Polygraph Recording Company in Plymouth, MI. and expertly mastered by Jim Kissling.
Opening acts include Mark Sobczek and Jahi, who will be warming the crowd with their own unique talents on acoustic guitar. Kent will then play with his electric trio, all within the intimacy of the Lazy Daze Lounge, which has a seating capacity of under 50 people. This will assure a rare opportunity for true music listeners to soak in the dynamic, emotional qualities of Kent Koller`s music. Don`t miss it!
Kent Working With A Cover Band!?
February 25th, 2012
By Stephan GregorKent LIFE Magazine
Once upon a time there was a man named Kent who would have nothing to do with cover music. But that time has apparently passed.
Starting in the Fall of 2011, Kent has worked for a musical production called Your Generation In Concert (featuring Fifty Amp Fuse). Your Generation consists of a core of 5 career musicians who belong to the band Fifty Amp Fuse. Kent is one of 3 guest singers, among other guest musicians and dancers that contribute to Your Generation in Concert. Playing throughout the United States, and based in Michigan, Your Generation is being touted as "The Worlds Greatest Cover Band", playing hit music from 1960 to today, arranged in numerous formats from acoustic to rock or even a full orchestra. Known for their precise and dynamic performances, nearly exact to the album versions of songs, it is often unbelievable that the band has such variety and versatility.
Kent performs such hits as Eagles "Take It To The Limit", Fleetwood Mac "Go Your Own Way", The Temptations "Just My Imagination", Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" and "The Way You Make Me Feel", George Michael "Careless Whisper", Maroon 5 "This Love" and "Moves Like Jagger", The Outfield "Your Love", Foreigner "Feels Like The First Time", and Bee Gees "You Should Be Dancing".
Of course, Kent still continues to support his true love of writing and performing his original music. He continues to host a weekly Open Mike in Rochester, MI. and occasionally performs in venues with his trio or duo in electric and acoustic format. Keep an eye out for a new 5 song EP to be released early 2013.
Kent Going Back to Thurs. Open Mike!
April 9th, 2011
By Travis L. TrillThe KK Admirer
Much to the delight of metro Detroit singer-songwriters, Kent Koller has announced his return to open mike hosting, this time on Thursdays. Let us not forget that Kent's first open mike was on Thursdays, at the locally legendary Xhedos Cafe in Ferndale. Xhedos Cafe hosted open mikes up to 5 nights a week for over 10 years, and was a pivotal player in the songwriter scene from 1996 until closing it's doors in 2006.
Kent is returning this time at a new type of venue, far away from the "caffeine circuit", called Rochester Mills Brewery, located in downtown Rochester, Michigan. This time around, he has the use of a full stage, with intentions to, "graduate all the coffee house performers to a more genuine venue atmosphere". Admittedly, this is a different environment from the intimacy of a coffeehouse, but the possibilities to grow this into a new cornerstone for original music, and a quality open mike, is something desperately needed in Oakland County, greater metro Detroit, and particularly Rochester.
Known amongst his peers for having superior care, etiquette, sound quality, and professionalism while hosting an open mike, Kent is sure to have success anywhere he's allowed to stick his foot in his mouth. In case you didn't know, he thrives on twisted humor, stupid jokes, and misquoting famous quotes. And sometimes he'll even write his own press releases...
Every Thursday, 8:00pm-11:00pm -- artist sign-up : 7:30pm near stage - maximum of 20 acts
New Album Rumored?
September 29th, 2010
Natari ShardanianNational Bench Press
Recent rumors in the "in circle", in and around the "in" crowd informed us of an upcoming possible new album being recorded by Kent Koller.
Our sources at kentkoller.com have not yet officially released a statement but we will keep you informed.
CELEBRITY ALERT: Kent Koller was also recently seen having coffee with Demi Moore in downtown Rochester, much to the dismay of Asht "the Past" Kutcher.
"Voices" Album Premiere - Sat. June 12th, 2010
May 17th, 2010
By Elvis PresleyAssociated Press Writer (from above)
THE WAIT IS OVER!!!!
Kent Koller has officially announced the date of his new album premiere. "Voices" will be for sale for the first time at Goldfish Tea Room, home of Kent's Friday Night Open Mike, on Saturday June 12th, 2010. He will be performing most of the album that evening, along with assorted opening acts which have yet to be announced.
Kent's representatives have confirmed with US Weekly
, that Kent did not have a nose job recently and
the album will contain 5 tracks, each with a delicate balance of nuance, taste, and pure, unadulterated sexiness.
We have not confirmed if Kent will have Officially Licensed "Kent Koller panties" for sale, but the rumors strongly suggest that they'll be available behind closed doors (but they might be glass doors).
So mark your calenders folks! Who knows how many albums Kent will release before he retires. Do you really want to miss this show?
SATURDAY JUNE 12th, 2010 - Goldfish Tea Room - 8pm
$10.00 suggested donation (cheap!) w/ free CD
3rd Annual B.B.King Ticket Contest
January 15th, 2010 (AP reporter - Blaga Popova)
the third consecutive year, Kent Koller is giving away tickets for the
B.B. King concert taking place on February 16th, 2010 at the glorious
Fox Theater in Detroit. So bring your best dress folks.
Even in times of economic turmoil, Kent has reached into his pocket to make one lucky person very happy. This year there is one ticket up for grabs, which is in the 2nd row! Kent will also provide transportation and dinner for the lucky winner.
All you have to do is answer one simple question. To enter go to www.myspace.com/kentkoller
Friday Night Open Mike - Goldfish Tea Room
January 5th, 2010
(reported by: Chuck Norris)
After a brief hiatus, Kent Koller officially announced at his weekly news-conference, that his award winning open mike will be continuing, starting January 8th, 2010.
Friday Night Open Mike - 8-11pm - Royal Oak
117 West 4th Street
Royal Oak MI 48067
sign-up 6:00pm - (248) 541-5252
Here's what the critics are saying:
"A unique 'listening' environment which encourages growth for new artists, and respect for the experienced ones
." Open Mic Digest
"With enough demand to fill up to 16 performers in a night? And it's free? Kent is doing something right.
" Songwriters of Detroit Rehab Clinic
"Friday Night Open Mike has candles, can lights, outboard reverb, 16-channel mixer, 3 mics (one of which is a Neumann ksm105), two guitar cables, floor monitor, and Kent actively mixes each performer. Did we mention Kent Koller plays music too?
" Rolling Scone Magazine
"Alvarez Yairi WY-1 has a Kent Koller guitar...strike that, reverse it
." Willy Wonka
"One of the worst humorists of all time, timelessly lame jokes...which says a lot coming from us
." MAD Magazine
"We proudly support him.
" Cheez-ItŪ Baked Snack Crackers
New Kent Koller 5-song EP!
November 29th, 2009
(Thames Jompson, World News)
The rumors are true. Kent Koller will be releasing a new 5-song EP in early spring of 2010.
According to Koller's management, N.A.S.A. Records, the album will be entitled "Voices". But they declined further comment. We can only presume there will a wealth of vocal activity if we are to take the title literally. But you never know with Kent Koller.
We will keep a close eye and inform you on further developments.
Trixies Coffee House Closed
October 25th, 2009
(Blaga Popova, Associated Press)
Announced recently is the closing of one of the finest coffee-house venues in the Metro-Detroit area. It has been open for nearly 8 years and served up some of the most legendary open mikes and singer/songwriter performances in local history.
Kent Koller regrettably wasn't able to attend the last open mike/last day of business. He was playing a show.
But he has offered these words:
"At Trixies Coffee House I witnessed some of the best singer/songwriters that I've ever heard. It was a mainstay for years, a lynch pin, in the open-mike community and family. I had always considered Xhedos and Trixies as the two pillars of the open mike community. I've made many friends and have had many shows there. It's really sad to hear it will be closed, but let's cross our fingers that it might live again."
Kent Koller to Host Friday Open Mike
Kent is now hosting his award winning open mike, every Friday Night at Bean & Leaf Cafe in downtown Royal Oak, Mi.
It runs from 7:30-10:30pm. All performers receive 10% off of drink purchases.
Sign-up begins at 6:00pm each Friday - call (248) 586-9602
WIN B.B. KING / BUDDY GUY TICKETS!
For the second consecutive year, Kent Koller is giving away 2 free B.B. King tickets for a show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Buddy Guy is opening for Mr. King.
The date of the event is February 16th, 2009.
Dinner with Kent and travel arrangments will be provided throughout the evening.
All you have to do is follow these simple instructions. No strings attached. Just hooks.INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRY
IF you do not have a MYSPACE account, you may answer here
Kent Koller Hosts Open Mike
Kent Koller is now entering his 2nd year as the host of Metro-Detroit's premiere open mike. He is within a lineage of hosts that have included some of the best singer-songwriters in the area.
Kent hosts Thursday evenings (8pm-11pm), at A.J.'s Cafe in downtown Ferndale, formerly the home of Xhedos Cafe. Xhedos started a tradition of having the best listening, and highest caliber open mikes since 1996. After an ownership change in 2007, A.J.'s Cafe is continuing the tradition of excellence. Open mikes are currently running every Tuesday (host: John Finan), Wednesday (host: Ted Berlinghoff), and Thursday.
If you wish to sign up, call A.J.'s cafe at 6pm, the day of the open mike. 248) 399-3946
Kent Koller , Emily Rose, and Amen Cowboy
A trio of Michigan musical performers will be emphasizing their emotional and diverse singer-songwriter talents at a concert Saturday, December 13 at the Karen Joy Theater at Upland Hills. Kent Koller, Emily Rose, and the group Amen Cowboy will be performing separate sets that will bring audiences along a journey of music with folk, psychedelic, jazz, and rock aspects in the comfortable setting of the theater auditorium. The musicians are well known throughout the community supporting original music in the Detroit area, though this program is a rare combination of the three acts on the same bill. As distinct as each artist's work is from the other, the juxtaposition of the three acts provides textural variations that listeners will appreciate. These performers are well known from a variety of club appearances, as well as through their recordings, and among them have several years of public performing. Both Rose and Koller have new CD releases currently available, and all of the musicians have ties to the area. Upland Hills School is an appropriate hosting site for these reflective creative talents, as the Northern Oakland County destination offers the sensory enhancement of its natural setting and social habitat. The site is at 2575 Indian Lake Road in Oxford MI, which is accessible from M-24, Rochester Road, and other routes (see http://www. karenjoytheatre. org/contactus. htm
for more) and is within minutes of the Rochester area. The December 13 concert will begin at 7:00 PM, and admission is $5.00 per person. Links to the performers, with streaming music samples, may be found at www. myspace. com/kentkoller
, www. myspace. com/rose4emily
, and www. myspace. com/amencowboy
Kent Koller MAJOR LABEL CD RELEASE!
Kent Koller Incorporated and NASA Records are pleased to announce the release of the self-titled "Kent Koller" album.
Perhaps the most anticipated musical release of the decade, "Kent Koller", with his 3-piece electric band, is breaking the musical manufacturing mold. Originality might actually be his middle name. Kent Originality Koller. Or maybe he should name the backing band "Originality"...Kent Koller and Originality. Oh well. I'll talk to the publicist.
Sean Z (see top friends) will be releasing his album as well. Sean Z is perhaps the best original blues guitarist in Detroit, and he is "living the dream, baby". This is a dual CD release concert.
WHEN and WHERE:
A.J.'s Cafe240 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale MI, 48220
starting at 9pm
$5 tickets will be available at AJ's starting May 22, 2008.
$8 at the door. Seating is extremely limited.
Press passes and backstage/afterparty passes available upon request.