The Head and the Heart return to Calvin


2 1/2 years after their first appearance, The Head and The Heart will be performing at Calvin College on Thursday, April 3 in the Hoogenboom Center.

Comprised of lead singers and songwriters Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell, drummer Tyler Williams, violinist Charity Rose Thielen, bassist Chris Zasche and pianist Kenny Hensley, The Head and The Heart is an independent folk-rock band that also works within the Americana genre.

Student tickets for the concert, which also features Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat as the opener, are now available for purchase at the box office for $15 with a Calvin ID. Tickets for the public are also now available and are $30.

The concert is a part of the The Head and The Heart’s tour to promote their second album, “Let’s Be Still,” which was released to critical acclaim last fall. Plans for a talk with the band, which would precede the show, are currently in development.

This will be The Head and The Heart’s second time at Calvin. The band first performed at Calvin in October 2011 in the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

Ken Heffner, director of student activities, is excited to have the band back at Calvin.

“We like their work,” Heffner said. “We had a great day with them [the last time].”

According to Heffner, The Head and The Heart’s first show at Calvin was a success, but he expects this show to be even bigger, since the band’s popularity has grown over the last two years.

“They’re a great Americana band,” Heffner said. “We loved them then and we tried to bring them back in 2013.”

While a concert in 2013 never happened, Heffner’s work to bring the band back has now paid off.

“It finally worked,” Heffner said.