Delivering energetic and dynamic gypsy swing and baroque pop tunes from Grand Rapids, Mich., Olivia Mainville and The Aquatic Troupe are sure to win over audiences everywhere with their multifarious and enthusiastic delivery and performances. Mainville dove headfirst into the world of music during fifth grade, playing viola and upright bass in orchestra, and after her first Wheatland Festival in 2012, she fell in love with the idea of performing her own songs on stage. Shortly after, she released her first EP, Full Steam Ahead, in 2014. After Mainville’s first solo tour with Caravan of Thieves, she joined talent with four other local musicians, expanding her sound and horizons into the Aquatic Troup. A bevy of up-and-coming indie musicians, the band provides an eclectic sound that is reminiscent of Michigan’s musical glory and encompasses genres ranging from folk to rock and even punk.
The group’s 2015 debut album, Maybe the Saddest Thing, includes a special appearance by none other than David Bowie’s bandleader and lead guitarist Gerry Leonard. On the ethereal ballad “I Need Time,” Leonard’s riffs add several extra layers of atmosphere, complimenting Mainville’s soaring vocals. Gaining recognition for their talented debut album, Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe was called “radio ready, astute, and just plain fun” by Popmatters in 2015. The band is sure to continue rising to the top and might just be the next big indie thing!