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Interview:
Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers at Mo Pop, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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It's safe to say that Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers are over the moon about everything that's happened since the release of 2017's "Pluto," the west Michigan band's third studio album.



The soulful set, funded via a Kickstarter campaign, launched the group beyond its already burgeoning status in the contemporary rock scene and made it a more nationwide concern, often supporting bigger bands. The culmination was a show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver with fellow Michiganders GRiZ and Flint Eastwood. Playing at this weekend's Mo Pop Festival in Detroit is just another plus on the resume.



Hertler and company are recording as well, and he promises that new music, in some form, is likely to come in the near future -- and hopefully keep the group's trajectory rising...



* Hertler, 29, says by phone that this year's main goal for the band "was to get support tours," which came to be via succession of bookings that kept the Rainbow Seekers on the road full-time since January. "That's something we've tried in the past, but I don't think we had the experience or connections or notoriety on the national music spectrum to really get it. For whatever reason, this year it happened. It's kind of been one support tour after another, and it's been good fun to take our music and play it consistently in front of people who have never heard it before."



* Hertler and the band plan to return to playing its own concerts this fall, and he hopes some of those people who caught the other shows liked the group enough to come out. "The big question is if those people show up, yeah. But it feels really good. When you're touring so much sometimes actual moments fade form memory, but there's an overall feeling you hold onto, and I can tell you this year's felt really good. We feel great as a band."



* Hertler says the Red Rocks show on July 13 was indeed a highlight on the Rainbow Seekers' itinerary. "As a band it's a dream to get to Play Red Rocks; It's been on the background of my computer for years. And it was Flint Eastwood's first time playing it, too; We've been hanging out for years so to get that experience with a friend made it sweeter."



* Playing at Detroit's Mo Pop festival is also a big deal for Hertler. "We've always been gone that weekend when they've done it, so we haven't been able to play there before. I have a lot of friends who help put it on, so I'm excited. It's in a great spot (West Riverfront Park), and I'm really happy that it's working. I feel like they've put a lot of time and effort and really hard working into making that festival happen. I think Detroit deserves a festival like that, something that can be really iconic for the city and that spot." Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers play at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, July 29, on the River Stage.



* Hertler says the group is "three songs deep on a new record," with about 20 more in various stages of development. The Rainbow Seekers have also been playing several new songs during its shows, to good reception. "We're big neo-soul and jazz fans, so there's a lot of that in there. But I think more than ever we feel pretty comfortable as a band that can sort of jump around from genre to genre. I feel like we have three or four major genres that are expressed when we do a record."



The Mo Pop Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29. at West Riverfront Park, 10th Street and W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $95-$520.Visit mopopfestival.com.

Web Site: www.mopopfestival.com

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