Chelsea residents Annie and Rod Capps have spent most of their lives performing alongside musicians on stages across the country. Now, for the first time, they’re launching a music series in their own backyard.
On The Tracks Songwriter Showcase will take place at the historic Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., in downtown Chelsea on the first Wednesday of every month beginning Sept. 5.
The concert series will feature both Michigan artists as well as singer/songwriters across the Midwest.
"As a musician, I've come across a lot of great performers on the road looking for work," Annie Capps said. "Chelsea is ripe with opportunity. The city is known for embracing the arts and I'm excited to share the musicians I know and love with our audiences."
With a career that spans more than four decades, Mabus, is highly regarded among his peers and fans alike. He has released more than 20 albums of both traditional and original songs. Palmer has been dazzling audiences all over Michigan with his interpretations of jazz, country and rock standards from the 1920s-'60s.
"Joel is an impeccable guitarist whose level of talent radiates on stage," Capps said.
Unlike traditional concerts, where musicians "tell" their story to audiences through song, Capps said On The Tracks provides an educational element for concert-goers.
"What makes this series unique is our focus on the songwriting. Our featured performers will be sharing insight into their inspirations and methods, the practical and magical process by which their songs come to life," she explained.
Concerts take place at 7 p.m. A minimum donation of $15 is requested.
"The whole premise is to get artists pay that is sufficient as opposed to the $100 bar gig," Capps said. "We're bringing some top notch entertainment to Chelsea, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the musician."