THE RIVER STREET ANTHOLOGY

Created and curated by Michigan-native songwriter and historian Matt Jones, The River Street Anthology is creating a map in real time of the Michigan musical landscape. The RSA has traveled thousands of miles, recording over 300 Michigan musicians via digital tape, film, photograph and fine art. The project seeks to collect, preserve, and make accessible music covering the gamut of genres, cultures, ages, and genders of Michigan music. All materials collected by the RSA will be housed and preserved in the Archives of Michigan in Lansing in perpetuity.

Every time I shoot for the RSA, whether it's a listening party or a recording session, I am profoundly touched and inspired by all of the amazingly talented humans who take part. The way that it brings community together is priceless and truly a gift to behold. Below are the photos I have taken so far for this project.

 Part of the RSA crew documenting the performance of Lansing musician Martin Portier at the Archives of Michigan.

Part of the RSA crew documenting the performance of Lansing musician Martin Portier at the Archives of Michigan.


Satellite Sparkle Recording Session, Traverse City 10-21-17


Val Lesher and Camille Meisner at Val's Home, Ypsilanti 10-12-17


Ferndale Area District Library Listening Party, Ferndale, 10-6-17


Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Pow Wow, Baraga, 7-21/22/23-17


Northern Michigan University, Marquette, 7-21-17


First Congregational Church Recording Session, Grand Rapids 7-15-17


Spack's Barn Listening Party, Dexter 5-20-17


Military Veterans Recording Session, Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport, Belleville 05-07-17


Third Wave Music Recording Session, Detroit 04-30-17


The Archives of Michigan Recording Session, Lansing 03-05-17


Chelsea Depot Recording Session, Chelsea 02-11-17


Zander Michigan Recording Session, River Street Basement, Ypsilanti 12-31-16


Cultivate Listening Party, Ypsilanti 12-28-16


Earthwork Harvest Gathering Listening Party & May Erlewine Recording Session, Lake City 09-17-16