‘Simien the Whale’ Nominated for Album of the Year

West Michigan’s only independent radio station WYCE (88.1FM) has announced nominees for their coveted Jammie Awards. This will be the 15th annual celebration of independent musicians and also marks the first ever Jammie nominations for Simien the Whale. “After last year, this is just astounding,” says Zach Guy. In 2012, the band was the recipient of the 2012 Local Spin of the Year. “We are so happy that people continue to listen [to] and request our music on WYCE.”


SONG OF THE YEAR – ‘Always Something Easier’
BEST ROCK/POP ALBUM – ‘Simien the Whale’
BEST PRODUCTION/ENGINEERING – ‘Simien the Whale’; Michael Crittenden, Mackinaw Harvest Music

Simien the Whale at ArtPrize

ArtPrize 2013 is here! The biggest art competition in the world is back in Grand Rapids and Simien the Whale is back too. We’ve added a couple of special shows to our schedule during ArtPrize to promote our entry, ‘Longbound.’ We will also be travelling around the ArtPrize scene with an acoustic guitar at the newly installed Busking Stations. Stay tuned to our Twitter feed for daily acoustic outdoor concert times between Sept. 22nd-29th.

Friday, September 27th – 4pm – Rosa Parks Circle

Saturday, September 28th, 4:30pm – GR Women’s City Club


STW Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Raise Funds for New EP

Simien the Whale is heading to GrooveBox Studios in Detroit, MI later this month to record new material for an upcoming EP. You can help us take the next step by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign. We have established some great rewards for those that contribute, and we’ve even created a reward designed to get you into the room with us while we record!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

New Summer 2013 Dates Announced

STWWe’ve been working hard to find ways to bring our special brand of indie-pop to you in ways we haven’t yet. This Summer we are focusing on video and other media. We just finished work on the Beer City USA promotional video, and we added some new dates!

June 9th @ 4pm – Festival of the Arts – Fountain Stage – Grand Rapids, MI -http://www.festivalgr.org/

June 18th @ 8:30pm – BackStage Pass for WKAR – Albert A. White Theater – East Lansing, MI - http://wkar.org/programs/backstage-pass

June 21st @ 7pm – The Pyramid Scheme – wsg. Nick Stevenson Band – Grand Rapids, MI - http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3588884

July 20th @ 9:30pm – Groovebox Studios Live EP Recording/Filming – Detroit, MI -http://gbsdetroit.com/

WKAR’s BackStage Pass Announces Summer Concert Lineup

BSPSS-120BackStage Pass, a popular music performance program from WKAR (Lansing, MI) has announced their Summer concert lineup and it includes Simien the Whale!

The performances are filmed live in HD and broadcast through public televisions stations across the country. Simien the Whale is proud to hold down the closing slot of this mamma jamma!

Make your reservations to attend. We are told most performances fill up before the show date. All reservations are free and all ages, you just have to let them know you’re coming.


Jake’s Music Festival – April 13th

Simien the Whale will be appearing at the 9th annual Jake’s Music Festival, a fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This is a free all ages events, and you know how much we like those!


7:00PM     Grand ‘Piper’ Entrance & Welcome !!!
7:05PM     Last Call Band
7:45PM     Lynn Thompson
8:00PM     The Nick Stevenson Band
8:45PM     Otis Blueswell Jr.
9:00PM     Simien The Whale
9:45PM     Jared Wekenman
10:00PM   Igby Iris