"Never take yourself too seriously."
Bedroom Ceilings' is the product of two friends, Dean Chittenden and Ben Steer, who began recording together in the winter of 2016. Initially this began as a studio project, and the two members worked on their debut album, Projection Replicator, over the course of 18 months. After completing the project, local radio station WYCE invited the band to play at their music awards show, The Jammies, inspiring the band to become a 6-piece lineup; this led to a string of performances throughout Michigan.

Projection Replicator is a compilation of several years' work, detailing the difficulties and "growing pains" of the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Musically, it is a combination of indie rock, dream pop, and lo-fi, playing into the "daydreamy" aspects of the album.

After working together for several years, the overall sound evolved into what would become Another Bulb Burned Out, the band's sophomore album (May 2020), which is much more directly influenced by folk rock. As chief lyricist and songwriter, Dean visualizes a thematic listening experience, and Ben assists in translating these ideas into working songs, resulting in harmony between mind and matter.

Bedroom Ceilings third album Buildings Outline Their Own Kind of Poetry '' offers a stream of conscious approach to viewing the lives of individuals living in a city. It presents an anthological avenue to the shared experiences with the mental struggles that most can relate to; the bittersweetness of leaving your familiar life behind, the loneliness of living your monotony as a barista refills your cup for the second time, and the empathy burnout that comes from the sense of sonder.This record follows the folk rock path while also diving into new territory with mature lyricism paired and a new found indie rock/folk punk energy to prop up the storytelling and poetry of this record.

Special Guest

Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions

Jack Droppers can’t do a cartwheel but you already knew that. You probably walked into the gig, took one look at that ragamuffin in a denim jacket, and said to yourself, “there is no chance that dad can do a cartwheel!” And you’re right, he can’t. In fact, he can’t do a cartwheel, nor a backflip, nor a two-octave jump, nor write a hit single, nor be friends with someone famous, nor do more than one photoshoot a year. There is absolutely nothing flashy, sexy, or trendy about Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions. Perhaps that is why Grand Rapids, a small city tucked away on the west side of Michigan, is the perfect spot for Droppers and co. to have handcrafted their discography. Once called “the furniture city”, Grand Rapids is home to artisans, builders, and a stubborn protestant work ethic. It’s not particularly pretentious and you probably won’t vacation here. It’s an apt metaphor for Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions who, after three self-released records and three EP’s, just released their fourth record titled "Scooter" in November of 2023. This record’s got everything you’d expect from the band: thoughtful (occasionally tongue-in-cheek) lyrics, a few four-part harmonies, skillful yet restrained guitar playing, lush and layered keys, a song that is vaguely religious, a rhythm section you feel in your chest and not a single cartwheel.

The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after


A few short steps from Midtown is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.