No Man's Land

Rolling Home, the new album from Nicholas James Thomasma chronicles the singer songwriter’s travels in his bright orange 1973 Volkswagen Bus finding love, kindness, musical influences and good people in every corner of the world.

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Songwriting Retreat in Thumblandia!

Help me start a new songwriting camp in Huron County by making a donation today!”

Songtellers Season 3 

I've been dreaming of a listening room in Grand Rapids for a long time. I started the Songtellers to prove to myself and the community that there IS an audience that WANTS to listen. Turns out I was right. There is an audience out there that wants to listen. There are some great places to play around here but nothing quite like the Listening Room. Not until now. My dreams are all coming true! Join us on Sunday!

Harbor Beach Artist in Residence 

I just got home from a month long retreat at the Harbor Beach Artist in Residence Program. It was great. Harbor Beach is a small town in the thumb are of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. I was given a cabin right on Lake Huron, a small stipend, a bicycle to use around town and no restrictions on what or how much to create, only the freedom and time to do so. It's every artists dream to get paid to create. To be given the time and space to work on my songwriting, my artistic process and truthfully, my soul. I needed this getaway and glimpse into small town life more than I knew. It was an experience that enriched my life more than I imagine I enriched their community but I've made a commitment to myself that I want to go back and play music for them as often as possible. I want to continue to be a part of the community that I fell in love with over the last month. See you in the summer Thumblandia!

Early Retirement Tour 2019! 


It's a snow day here in Michigan so I figured this was the perfect time to announce my upcoming Florida Tour in January 2019. I've always dreamed of going to Florida in the winter (I guess it's a Michigan thing) and I've heard over and over again that I'd be great in Key West, so here we go. Hey Florida! I'm coming your way!

I'm proud to announce that in January I'll be fulfilling yet another lifelong goal of traveling to Florida in the winter. I always thought you had to be rich or retired (or both) to go to Florida. Well, I will probably never be rich and I might not ever retire so I had to figure out another way. Touring!

Shout out to Twin Finnegan's and Kapua Kava Bar for having me on Jan 11th and 12th. Do you know anyone in Cocoa Beach or Fort Myers? Send them my way!

Jan 11th - Nicholas James Thomasma at Twin Finnegan's
Jan 12th - Nicholas James Thomasma at Kapua Kava Bar
Jan 13th - Busking in Key West, FL
Jan 14th - Busking in Key West, FL
Jan 15th - Busking in Key West, FL

Have you ever been to Florida? What should I do while I'm there?!


Happy Wheatland! 

I'm thrilled to announce that Nicholas James and the Bandwagon will be playing at Wheatland this year! Wheatland is the "granddaddy of all MI music festivals." It's the first music and camping festival I ever attended and it changed my life. I couldn't be more proud to be checking this off the bucket list. Happy Wheatland!


Voy a Espana 

I'm leaving to fulfill a lifelong goal of playing music overseas.  I never imagined when I started working at Founders Brewing Co 12 years ago that it would eventually take me to play gigs in Spain, but here we are.  This is a reality.  Founders is hosting an international craft beer festival this weekend in Madrid.  There are breweries from all over the world coming to participate. I'm playing opening sets on Friday and Saturday as well as singing with the FBC All-Stars both nights.  I'm also the emcee for the event and have been working hard on my Spanish for the last three months.  I'm proud of what I've achieved so far, but I'm super nervous about speaking Spanish in Spain. I'm also excited to try. Nervous and excited. That's how you're supposed to feel when you're reaching to achieve your dreams, right? Ok Spain! Let's do this!

Buses by the Beach 2018 

It's finally time for Buses by the Beach!  This is one of my all time favorite events and am eternally grateful for all the help and support this community has given me over the years.  The Bandwagon plays tonight at 9:30.  I will never miss this event as long as I can help it!  Find your tribe.  Join us!

Lowell Arts Retreat for Songwriters 


Thanks to a sponsorship from the Lowell Arts Council I'll be leading a weekend camping retreat for songwriters on May 18, 19 and 20. We can host up to about 20 songwriters. Group writing, free time, 1 on 1 sessions, writing activities, camping, some meals, a possible performance opportunity on Saturday night and campfire jamming are all part of the program. I highly recommend spending a weekend with other songwriters writing songs. It's a magical experience! Join us! More information and registration info is available here:

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Jerry's Pub

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