August

Biography

August is a five piece soul-pop band rooted in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since their 2018 debut, August hit the ground running, performing at many sought-after venues and festivals across West Michigan. In June of 2019, the band released their debut full-length album, “Bloom,” drawing inspiration from many areas of music: soul, funk, rock, pop, jazz, etc. Their lyrics tell stories of the intimate human experience and are musically presented in a dynamic and approachable fashion. In a review of the album, Local Spins writes, “Through a backdrop of expansive instrumentals [August] gives a comforting message of hope, a sentiment that everything will be OK.” 

 

Olivia Vargas- Lead Vocals and Keys

Marissa Peak- Backing Vocals

William Wright- Bass

Michael Pierce- Guitar 

Bailey Budnik- Drums

"The debut solo-ish project from Olivia Vargas feels like anything but a new endeavor from the Conrad Shock + the Noise keys player. Rounded out by a full backing band, Vargas and her crew present themselves as a pro band that’s been at it forever (and sound like it, too)." -Local Spinds, Ricky Olmos

"Grand Rapids’ August leans on Aquinas training for impressive soul-pop debut"- Local Spins, John Sinkevics

Featured In Revue Magazine's "Best of the West" Issue- "Making Changes: Local soul-pop band August tours on new LP, Bloom"- Revue Magazine, Abi Safago