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Diemer Run 2019



Thank you to all the bands who participated in the Brian Diemer Family of Races BandBattle 2019! Each one rocked the course. Check out this year's Top 3!

1st Place - Sundry
2nd Place - Big Boss Band
3rd Place - Plain Jane Glory

Learn more about our complete 2019 lineup below!



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Big Boss Band

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Bill LaValley has been played bass guitar in the Kalamazoo and West Michigan blues scene for the last twenty years. He started playing in Ken Goodacre and Blues Inc., joined Big Daddy Green and the King Sized Blues Band and toured with Dr. Bones of the Skeletones for a year. While performing with the Blue Moon Blues Band for nine years,l the band won a WYCE Jammie for Best Blues. Billy partnered with Bryan Michael Fischer in 2010 to form the BMF BAND, winning the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA) Blues Challenge and went to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge.

Billy has taken on multiple roles while in each band including song writing, booking agent, band manager, sound engineer and of course bass player. With six CD’s to his credit, Bill LaValley has become a standard bearer for the blues in West Michigan especially Kalamazoo. Billy has been described as an “in the pocket” player and is counted on both on and off stage to keep his bands on course.

Most recently, in 2012, Billy was asked to join in a blues jam with fellow area bluesmen and Big Boss Blues was the result. Charles Schantz on guitar met and played with Billy fifteen years ago and so this band is a continuation of their relationship with each other and the blues. Big Boss Blues is a combination of blues, soul and R&B while staying true to classic blues roots that Billy describes as his passion.

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DuneGrass is a four-piece band that puts a refreshing twist on familiar songs, ranging from bluegrass traditionals to numbers you hear on the radio today. Their light-hearted approach brings out the fun in songs you thought you'd forgotten about, and can cast you back to simpler times.

The band includes Robyn "Gordo" Gordon on mandolin and vocals, Jason Schopp on rhythm guitar, Tom Allen on electric bass, and David Solack on the cajon. The group formed in 2012, and welcomed David in 2014. DuneGrass is a regular band at tripelroot in Zeeland, as well as other breweries, music venues, and restaurants along West Michigan's lakeshore.


The Night Caps

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The NIGHT CAPS are West Michigan's premiere rockabilly, roots, surf, and lounge band, bringing you late night rockers and moody songs with which to imbibe.

Formed in December 2017, The NIGHT CAPS are a three piece band, Shortly after they formed, they released their first single, Pink Pegged Slacks b/w My Love (In Love Again). Within a year, they had three video releases, four new songs premiered, a series of successful shows, and an album release.

Now, The NIGHT CAPS are poised to turn of their late night presence and to take West Michigan by storm!

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Plain Jane Glory

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Plain Jane Glory is a husband and wife duo from West Michigan specializing in a brand of Neo-Folk/Americana music that is honest, passionate, heartfelt, eclectic, and nostalgic all at once.

They use a variety of instrumentation including: vocal harmonies, violin/fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, and percussion to create a surprisingly big sound for a duo. Their live performances are full of unbridled and infectious energy and their genuine love of making music together is evident from the very first note.

Their unique musical chemistry has helped them garner a devout fan base in their hometown of Muskegon and the surrounding areas. Their live performances often transform coffee houses, breweries, bars, and restaurants into an intimate party that culminates in infectious toe tapping, hand clapping, dancing, hooting and hollering, and all sorts of revelry.

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Upbeat stripped-down acoustic guitar and bass duo performing songs that span decades and genres

Stereolithic is two band-mates with a passion for performing good music together. Richey and Mike met years ago when Momz Attic needed a new guitarist. With a mutual respect for each other’s musical abilities and similar tastes in music, they became instant friends.
While Richey and Mike still perform in Momz Attic, the duo now are also focusing on their acoustic show in Stereolithic.

Utilizing their wide range of influences and experiences, Stereolithic’s set lists span decades and consist of several genres of music ranging from the “standards”, to classic rock, 90’s grunge and new pop hits offering something for everyone.

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The band Sundry started as a small group of friends pursuing degrees in music & worship at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI. It began with a leap of faith from leading lady Jessica Veenemen. Her and her husband Eric decided to take the risk and embrace the music industry going forward the best ways they knew how.

Within a year the band Sundry found itself making leaps and bounds in the music industry. Recording and producing a six track EP, getting paid to play music in front of hundreds of people time and time again, winning talent competitions, and creating connections with record label producing artists and radio stations.

The band continues to sharpen their sound, but listeners will hear a fresh blend of rock & blues combined with the flavor of a singer/songwriter. Their inspirations are heavily influenced by artists such as Ben Rector and NEEDTOBREATHE. In every way Sundry seeks to make a name for themselves by bringing people together through their music. "We see a broken world out there and we realize we cannot fix it. What we can do, however, is shine a light and let people know that they are not alone; they indeed have value and have every reason to celebrate life." - The Band Sundry

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Martin Avila

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Martin Avila - DJ'ing at the 1/4 mile on the course.


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