LCC student spends summer performing with family band
Most students use summer to take a break from school, go on summer vacations and relax.
LCC student Isaac Sprague spends his summers a little differently. He plays shows all over Michigan with his family in a rock/alternative band named, “The Spragues.”
According to Sprague the band played its first show this past Jan. 21 at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Since then, The Spragues have been playing at various venues, from Crunchy’s in East Lansing to opening for Bret Michaels in Traverse City.
“We’ve been playing together most of our lives, with the exception of our grandpa (Jerry Sprague), who has been playing music for around 30 years,” Sprague said. “It has been crazy seeing the fan base grow and become what it is right now.”
Sprague said he has been playing music since middle school. He said pursuing music is a passion for him.
“I played in a few high school bands.” Sprague said. “I played bass in a Lansing-based pop rock band called Decades for almost two years, but no longer.”
Sprague is attending LCC as a music performance major and plans to get his associate’s degree in music.
“It’s just a piece of paper that I really want, so I can look at it and say ‘nice job’ to myself,” Sprague said.
The Spragues’ next show will be at the Summer Concert Music Series in Eastwood Towne Center on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The concert was originally scheduled for July 29 but was rained out.
Eastwood Towne Center has been putting on concerts throughout the summer.
According to Eastwood Towne Center General Manager Emily Desrochers, the attendance at the concerts has been very good this year.
“We are very pleased with how the event has turned out,” Desrochers said. “All the people who attended seemed to be very happy with the bands and the businesses seemed to have benefit, too.”
Sprague said he looking forward to playing at the Eastwood Towne Center.
“(I am excited) because it’s close to home, which is the place where everyone cares the most.”
His brother, Gabe Sprague, he is also excited to play with his family at the event.
“We all have something special to bring to the table and, since we are all family, playing music together comes naturally because we share that connection and it shows in our live performances.” Gabe said.
For information on The Spragues’ music go to http://Jerrysprague.com.
For a schedule of performers and more information on the Eastwood Towne Center music series, go to http://www.shopeastwoodtownecenter.com/events.