The Charlie Millard Band — Charlie on piano, Jerry Millard, on guitar, and Michael Binienda on percussion — plans to play several Michigan festivals this summer.

“Our music is based around the piano, but we try and lyrically write songs that the listener can interpret how they want,” Charlie said. “There’s not one particular reason that a song exists, maybe other than to make a certain connection with a listener. Unique phrases and musical nuances are fun for us to play around with, and we hope the audience likes that, too.”

“Charlie is an incredible songwriter,” said Sav Buist, of Traverse City’s The Accidentals, who “grew up in the music scene” with Millard, whose music has been described as “small movies for the ears.”