Writer's Round: Jan Krist, Kyle Rasche, Rebecca Rodriguez

By The Stray, LLC (other events)

Saturday, July 15 2023 6:30 PM 10:00 PM EDT

Join us for an intimate night of music from Michigan-based Jan Krist, Kyle Rasche, & Rebecca Rodriguez. These three tunesmiths will be sharing a handful of original songs and the stories that inspired them.

In addition to our craft beer, coffee and wine selection, our kitchen will be open serving our full dinner menu until 9pm! Get here early to snag your favorite seat and grab a bite to eat before the show begins.


“Jan Krist is a singer songwriter whose music has an uncanny way of cutting to the heart of a topic and providing the listener with food for thought,”  wrote Bob Darden in Billboard Magazine.  “Her talent as a songwriter equals – if not surpasses – her vocal gifts.“ 

Darden describes Krist’s voice as being  “…somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, but it’s all Jan Krist. Unreservedly recommended.”

”Jan Krist makes soul searching more fun than it should be…” Entertainment Weekly Magazine

Jan has twice been a finalist in the New Folk Competition, held each year at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. She has also won four Detroit Metro Music Awards, having been nominated for that honor 13 times, before moving to Fort Wayne Indiana, where she and husband, drummer, Alan Finkbeiner, currently reside.  

Jan Krist was raised on rock, and cut her teeth on folk music of the 60’s and 70’s.  Her work travels from themes of social justice, to self examination, relationship, and regret, all while maintaining a sense of wonder, and a seed of hope.  
She calls her style, “Midwest urban folk.” 

A veteran of the club scene in metro Detroit, where she was deemed “the best right hand in Detroit” and “ the groove queen”, it’s Jan’s writing she is most noted for. 

Jan regularly performs with the Yellow Room Gang, a celebrated songwriting collective based in southeast Michigan, as a duo, with Jim Bizer, and with her new band, Diamonds in the Rust ( Annie and Rod Capps, Jim Bizer, Alan Finkbeiner, and Jan Krist)  

 She is a respected songwriting workshop teacher, and teaches a songwriting workshop at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Washington twice a year. She has taught songwriting at the Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs, and for Calvin College’s Faith and Writing, and Faith and others. 

Jan is also is a gifted visual artist/ illustrator, with a BFA from IPFW, and a concentration in ceramics. She is currently serving a 6 year term as a practicing artist on the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission.  


Kyle Rasche (rhymes with “kashi”) is a Michigan songwriter who has released indie-folk music as Chain of Lakes since 2010. Building upon a string of albums, a critically acclaimed EP, and numerous collaborations - Rasche (still rhymes with “kashi”)has cemented Chain of Lakes as a dependable source of delicate, thoughtfully crafted, heart-wrenching songs.


Rebecca Rodriguez plays a solo acoustic set of intricate guitar melodies and melancholy vocals. Blending folk, blues and classical guitar to carry these sorrowful, complex lullabies. Currently, Rebecca plays and writes music in the band Rabbit Fur. Rebecca has played lead guitar in bands such as Corcovado, The Tiger Passion, Telemission, The Cangue League Orchestra and The Icicles.