The Native Howl

Played 2019

About The Native Howl

Alex Holycross (Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals) had been briefly producing Jake Sawicki’s (Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica) solo project at C.A.D. Studios until they decided to join forces as The Native Howl in 2013. “The Revolution’s Dead” was recorded and released, and the duo started performing live and incubating the music that would soon form their 2015 release “Inukshuk”.

Soon after, long-time friend and C.A.D. Studios ally, David Robinson, joined on bass guitar, followed by Clean as Dirt drummer, Josh Lemieux. The quartet performed in cities all over the Midwest.

In September 2015, upon David Robinson’s friendly departure from the group, Mark Chandler (formerly a metal and classical guitarist) was asked to step in on bass guitar. Chandler had studied classical music at Oakland University with Holycross and had been playing shows in his band Ancient Chaos with Clean as Dirt (Holycross and Lemieux).

In March of 2016, “Thrash Grass” was released, redefining the band’s live image and musical intensity. The Howl continued to hone their performance abilities and compositional aptitude.

In October of 2017, the band embarked on their first headlining U.S. tour. The Spring of 2018 will see a month-long West Coast tour, followed by the release of their third full-length album on June 1st, several headlining tours in the summer, and several support tours in the fall.

What Passengers Think

This was our first RLC, we REALLY wanted to do this one because of Uriah Heep and The Circle. The fact that Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, and Bad Company were on it also just sweetened the pot. It was our first time seeing Todd Rundgren, Gary Hoey, Quiet Riot, Artimus Pyle and Elvin Bishop, who were all great! We caught parts of some of the other bands and unfortunately some not at all. We didn’t leave the ship at all because there just too much GREAT music!
The artist we met were all very nice. Loved the Meet and Greets. And now we have new bands to follow.
My only complaints ( and they wouldn’t stop my husband and I from returning) were the saving of the chairs with towels, and the staff in the buffet room seemed ill equipped to handle the crowds, which were predictable. Also, I thought the buffet room should have had longer daytime hours, that would have helped with tables not available. But we weren’t there for the food or the destination. We were there for the non stop music. Gary Hoey and the All Star Jam was the best surprise, we didn’t move for 3 hours, didn’t want to miss a second of that great show. Gary was a terrific host.
We will be back! Oh and fun swag too!

Beckie Webster, Terrific Beckie Webster, Terrific

The Music, The Ship, The People are ALL Great! What an amazing experience. My wife and I had a GREAT time!

Rick Booth, Awesome! Rick Booth, Awesome!