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56 Hope Road
Great harmonies and horns. Smoky, sultry, soulful, funky and bluesy.
6th Street Trio
A lively mix of songs. Everything from classic rock to latest hits.
8 Foot 4
The supreme party band playing your favorite hits from the last three decades to today’s hottest.
8th Street Duo/8th Street Band
Northfield natives and local favorites Chad Johnson and Russell Franek are known for their spot-on harmonies and diverse acoustic style and have been playing together since junior high. Their music is at the crossroads between rock and country with a touch of modern folk. Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Bob Seger, CCR, Rolling Stones, Lynrd Skynrd, Zac Brown, and Tom Petty.
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Aaron returns to Northfield with his original folk, blues and Americana songs from the past and present along with selections from his recent CD release, Blue Winter. More at benaaronmusic.com.
Acoustic Jam Session
Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just come to listen.
Born near the foot of Mt. Olympus in Greece, Aleka's music blends an ancient civilization's voice with modern consonance. Her throaty voice, at times a prayer and at times a lament, and riveting piano crescendo transports the listener through a graceful odyssey of what lies within and around the Alpha and Omega of human existence.
Faribault favorite Mark Allen (of the Key West Rejects) brings his usual mix of acoustic country and rock, mixing in the occasional original song, too. Mark’s good time charm and perfect song selection always make for a really fun night.
Ian Thomas Alexy/Ian Alexy
Alexy returns as part of mini-tour (Minneapolis, Northfield & Duluth) in support of his critically-acclaimed CD release, Born on the Day of the Dead. Known for both his work as a solo artist and with the national-touring Americana roots duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, this marks the popular artist’s eighth release since relocating to Minnesota and starting CIC Records in 2004 with his brother and bandmate, Teague Alexy. More at ianalexy.com.
Acoustic lyrical roots music out of Duluth. “Alexy’s patented blend of folk, jazz and hip hop is unduplicated anywhere else, though considering how infectious it is, expect to see imitators cropping up soon. But for now, here’s the original.” - Reader Weekly
The musical brainchild of longtime professional daydreamer Berndt Evenson. The purpose of Alluvion: to make music, distribute it and perform it for any and all who will listen. The debut album, SELF TITLED, is an exploration of dark-yet-mellow wobbly bass synth sounds combined with melodic textures and thumping percussion.
American Pleasure Dome
An Indie Rock band from Minneapolis with an edgy rock vibe. You can hear influences from bands such as The Cars, Guided by Voices and the Pixies. They play a unique blend including originals by songwriter Hans Schumacher and a few well-chosen cover tunes. American Pleasure Dome is: Hans Schumacher (guitar/lead vocals) Park Evans (lead guitar) and Brenda Shepherd (bass/vocals).
This Minneapolis band does what they love without having to put any other labels on it. The trio, made up of Seth Davin and Allen Maier (Dropping Daylight) and Matthew Broadbent (Somerset), has packed all of the experience of their years into music that tells a story of love, loss and growth.
Amy and Adams
An engaging duo who perform a combination of original and cover tunes. Their acoustic music spans a variety of genres including folk, blues, bluegrass, rock and roll and more.
Acoustic, electric, classic rock and country alternative with a song list that spans the decades: Dylan, Young, Springsteen, Wilco, Beatles, Hiatt, Ryan Adams and Steve Earle.
Marty Anderson and the Goods
Roger Anderson Trio
The trio is Roger Anderson, Johnny Keys, Nancy Vaiden, and Kia Cashman. The sound is something like the Mama’s and the Papas meets Leo Kotke with lyrics by Tom Waits.
Formed in 1987 this solid rock band out of Green Bay plays under the influences of KISSm Flipp, The Beatles, Metallica and Motley Crue. They are Paul Hanna (lead vocals, guitar), Ben Boncher (guitar, vocals), Craig Hanna (drums) and Josh Krouth (bass).
April Verch Band
Canada’s Ottawa Valley meets Old-Time Appalachia: Crack fiddling, electric step dancing, sweet singing. JUNO Award nominee April Verch and her band will deliver it all. Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring fiddler, step dancer, singer and songwriter.
Take eight from the fields of education, architecture, communications and medicine. Mix in guitars, drums, saxophones, harmonicas, voices and cowbells and you’ve got music from the heavens.
Arena is one of the Minnesota’s most seasoned and professional bands. Veterans of both local and national venues, Arena has been rocking the Midwest for ten plus years. Whether playing clubs, theaters, or opening for national acts as diverse as UFO, The Gear Daddys, Jackyl or Hairball, what keeps fans coming back for more is Arena’s musicianship, 3-part harmonies, stage production and the diversity of their set list. Whether the song is from the 70s, 80s, 90s, or currently on the charts, what Arena brings to their entire set is ENERGY!
One of Minnesota’s most distinctive singers with a voice that’s often compared to Johnny Cash and other classic country greats. He’s best known as the leader of local Americana rockers Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders, who have just completed their first national tour in support of their new album Heavy on My Mind. bratlanders.com.
Renowned “kick-ass Americana band” (Hindsight Harmonies), this Twin Cities ensemble make their way back to Northfield in support of their latest release, Heaven’s Operahouse. The group’s popular laid-back roots rock draws on influences ranging from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and John Prine to The Eels and Tom Petty – lending their own unique brand of roots music that melds smart lyricism with pop-infused melodies. More at artvandalaytunes.wordpress.com.
Ash St. John
This singer/songwriter was born to play music plain and simple. He can be found in various places around the Twin Cities playing violin – from wedding and church services to the 7th St. Entry. He lives and breathes music.
Ashes for April
Four guys, six acoustic instruments and retro pop songs. Includes Lincoln Ashbury (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals), Chubby Ashton (upright bass, vocals), Rocco C’Ash (drums, percussion) and Mickey Mash (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals).
The hottest party rock band in the Twin Cities. They dare play combination genres like you’ve never heard, bringing to the stage Lady Gaga and Social Distortion, Hot Chelle Ray and Korn, Michael Jackson and Jason Aldean.
The Average Janes
Music from the '70s, '80s and today – a little country without the twang.
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Minnesota’s premier Girls Night Out party band performing current and classic rock, a little country and favorite dance hits.
Taylor Robert Baggott
Taylor Baggott’s golden voice is a beautiful instrument. Classically trained in opera and musical theater, he can adapt his voice to any style. “The best singer I know, with amazing songwriting” – Marcus Hanson, manager of In Pulse.
Barbara Jean and Chastity Brown
Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music, having inherited the talents to write songs and sing them as well as play banjo, fiddle and viola. Sweet as molasses and woodsmoke, clear and burning as summer sun, Chastity Brown is a banjo-playing soul singer. Together, they’ll sweep audiences away.
An exciting young singer/songwriter from the greater Twin Cities area. Her introspective lyrics and soaring voice are captivating and will keep the listener engaged throughout her performances.
The boys of Scotland’s grand flagship band are hopping the pond for a U.S. tour. A bedrock of talent for more than four decades, Battlefield Band continues to lead the way for Scotland with its inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. Battlefield is in peak form: Its new album Line-up finds them fresh and invigorated and illustrates yet again that they are among the most relevant contemporary composers and interpreters of Celtic music today. What the supergroup The Chieftains has done for Irish music, Battlefield does for the music of its homeland.
Beacon Hill Brass
Classic band music. March along to Sousa and more.
Eclectic soul, jazz and fusion ensemble featuring the musical collaborations of Daidre Scriven (vocals), Dan Williams (keys), Kent Mortimer (drums), Rob Aurand (bass), Charlie Hendrickson (guitar) and Angel Diaz (percussion).
Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures
A not-to-be-missed, high-energy band that blends blues, rock and bluegrass into a sound that some have called “bluesgrass.” King’s songs tell tales of worn souls traveling through a landscape of sin and redemption. The four-piece acoustic group delivers delightful tunes with a signature rhythmic swing. Jessica Paxton of KYMN’s All-Wheel Drive gives this gig “Five Stars!” More at treverbnation.com/berniekingtheguiltypleasures.
Lou and Peter Berryman
These musical humorists have delighted audiences nationwide for more than 35 years. Lou writes the melodies, sings and plays accordion and piano. Peter writes the lyrics, sings and plays 12-string guitar.
Covers by today’s artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Rhianna, Maroon 5, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Pink, Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Phillip Phillips, Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Karmin, Calvin Harris, Outasight, Jessie J, Christina Perri and more.
Big Strong Men
Minnesota home-grown boys with one common goal: rock and roll. Their style varies from train-beat-driven country and soulful gospel to reggae and blues, but it’s all got their distinct mark on it with intricate lyrics, vocal harmonies and excellent but not overbearing musicality.
Billed as an old-time country and western revue with smatterings of the Urban Hillbilly Quintet, among others.
The Benson Family Singers
With their roots in barbershop, bluegrass, gospel and Legos, the Benson Family Singers have been entertaining audiences with their amazing, tight, a cappella harmonies, family values and lots of charm. Peter & Rachelle, along with their three sons, Davis, Aaron and Luke, blend their love of music with humor and create the perfect family entertainment experience.
The Bitter Roots
Soulful rock that is guitar-oriented and diverse with vocal harmony and tight rhythms.
From just north of Minneapolis, Blackout members are instantly recognizable by the dueling guitar riffs of Tony Zoff and Jeremy Newton, jumping bass lines of Russ Peterson, the incredible and strong drumming of Donny March and the strong, authentic vocal style of Brent Hockert. Blackout's sound resembles a collection of Stone Temple Pilots and Ozzy Osbourne with a little Black Crowes added for flavor and just a pinch of Prince.
Armed with a powerful voice, a blood-spattered acoustic guitar and the scarred fingers to match – RJ Blu is a Minnesotan born singer/songwriter with a vast book of music. He has performed across the nation, from the Great Lakes of the North to the swamplands of the South – all the way down to the sand and sun of the great state of Texas for a showcase at SWSX Music Festival in 2013. His slap-n-pop-finger-rakin’ acoustic guitar is akin to the funky rhythmic stylings of Keller Williams and his passionate, gut-bucket vocals call back to a time when churches didn’t have microphones and singers sang to be heard. A free mind and an open heart continue to propel his songwriting to new heights as he returns home to Minnesota to embrace family and do some fishin’. More at rjblu.com.
The Blue and the Blond
The Finnish-Norwegian duo from Helsinki – Jutta Rahmel (kantele, vocals) and Vidar Skrede (harding fiddle, guitar, vocals).
Local musicians Wendy Nordquist, Jerry Johnson, Lance Heisler and Ross Currier play 100 years of American roots music. A blend of country, folk and acoustic rock.
High energy country rock – a great match for cold beer and dancing like crazy.
The Bohemian Duo
Chad Johnson and Russell Franek, former front men of Communication Breakdown, play originals and covers including the likes of Lynard Skynyrd, Van Morrison, CCR and Johnny Cash.
Bonnie and the Clydes/Bonnie & the Clydes
Take a step back and resurrect songs of love, peace and flower power from the late ‘60s and early ’70s. The Bonnie is Bonnie Jean Flom. The Clydes are Bill McGrath and Scott McMillan. More at bonnieandtheclydes.com.
Books and Stars
Nationally known Minnesota-based rock and roll band famous for their hit Liar, Liar!
Boss Grant and the Johnny Cash Revue
Come and walk the line through the life of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three.
Hard rock and blues with psychedelic rock lyrics, '70s-style lead guitar, '90s-style chord progressions, progressive rock baselines and timeless drum beats from four St. Olaf students.
As many as six members and eight instruments, with a set list of almost four hours of rootsy Americana rock and roll.
Brat Pack Radio
Experience the ultimate ’80s band playing your favorite hits live, just like you heard them on the radio, complete with costumes, visual effects and audience interaction. The band is fronted by Ryan Lance (founding member of The Blenders) and his wife Heidi Jo.
A family band led by Sam Daly that has been described as contemporary folk and rock-and-roll with a dash of country. With an emphasis on harmonies, they often feature songs by the Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, Greg Brown, James Taylor, The Beatles and Johnny Cash.
Chris Brooks and the Silver City Boys
A premier Minnesota-based country rock band. This high-energy and dynamic five-piece group with great harmonies mixes current hits with Texas and “Red Dirt Country” and their spin on the classics to keep the dance floor packed. You can expect songs by artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Johnny Cash, The Zac Brown Band.
Brothers Burn Mountain
The taste of ripe cherries and the smell of the core of fresh oak. Their music is a heightened sense of awareness wherever they go.
A singer/songwriter who has performed solo and in a variety of duos over the past 25 years. You’ll hear songs ranging from Bob Dylan to Cat Stevens to blues to show tunes to Sinatra, plus originals. His album "North of North" received significant airplay throughout the midwest and in the west. Brown has appeared as the opening act for Blood, Sweat and Tears and Iron Butterfly.
Bruno Sunde Group
A trio performing acoustic rock, reggae, alternative and classic favorites from several decades.
Buddy Holly Band
Jimmy Stanley as Buddy Holly and featuring the Red Wing Crickets. Presented by ZAAC. All proceeds benefit the State Theatre Encore Renovation Campaign.
Country, pop, rock.
St. Paul-based band with rock at heart and a guarantee that each song will be a minimum of six minutes and a maximum of, well, somewhere around 18. All original material because the best things are still hand made. Chris Trifilio (guitar, vocals), John Gagich (drums) and Bryan Vann (bass). Influences include the Grateful Dead, Santana, Zeppelin, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Luna, Wilco, The Pixies, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark and U2.
The BZ Girls are a blend of sweet tight harmonies that combine infectious rhythmic and soulful music in a classic style. Carol Z adds her guitar stylings while Tara B tickles the ivories.
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Captain May I
Rock out of Minneapolis by Dan Dryden (bass/vocals), Chris Heille (guitar/vocals), Wade Hagblom (drums), and Stibs (guitar/vocals).
Singer/songwriter Joe Carey has been active in Minnesota’s music scene for over 15 years playing with several local bands, namely Loft, The Careys, Love Songs for Angry Men and his newest endeavor, The Chinwaggers. His sound is best described as a soulful roots rock band with a twist of twang.
Caryl and the Hitchhikers
A variety of ’60s college-style folk, ’70s folk rock and Cities 97 favorites. Above average guitar playing and stellar vocal harmonies.
Classic rock, covers, folk and Jimmy Buffett.
Celtic Cat and Prairie Dog
Pat Quinn and Keith Johnson play Celtic and traditional Americana music with Quinn on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo, Scottish small pipes, concertina and Irish whistles and Johnson on guitar, mandolin, octave mandola and harmonica.
Casa Sin Dueño
Direct from Mexico City, Israel Vega presents a robust and vibrant style of music traditional to Veracruz, Mexico. Born from African, Arabic, Spanish and indigenous roots, Son Jarocho is recognizable by its driving 6/8 rhythm, call-and-response format of verses and unique instrumentation.
Casablanca Orchestra (CBO)
This Minneapolis showband captivates audiences with their fusion of show and music, from the swinging ’40s to today’s top 40. Seven vocalists, two keyboardists, guitar, bass, drums and a three-piece horn section. Bring your dancing shoes!
John Hiscox, Neil Rowley, Gail Moll and Rob Lampe play a mixed genre of music which is not half-bad and a lot of fun.
Acoustic rock by St. Olaf students.
Non-stop rock, country and dance pop hits. Professional and fun.
Chiara String Quartet
“Harkening back to a tradition that is centuries old and still common amongst soloists, the Chiara Quartet has adapted to a new way of performing: sans printed sheet music. For almost all of the Quartet’s upcoming concerts, they’ll be performing by heart.” The quartet is currently the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University and Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“...sounds great. I don’t think Paul Christian will ever escape the Chris Isaak comparisons completely because they both have fabulous voices...” – Americana UK; “Paul Christian has a great feel for what music should sound like...” – Matt Malley (The Counting Crows)
Church of Cash
Perhaps the Midwest’s best Johnny Cash tribute band performing a multitude of hits spanning Johnny’s entire career. The Church of Cash is: Jayder (vox/guitar), J. “Shorty” TeBeest (electric guitar/vox), Crista “Lonesome Fiddle” (fiddle/vox), “Pistol Pete” Boulger (drums) and “Diamond Dan” Arlig (double bass).
Acoustic folk rock.
Pop rocker Doug Collins is renowned for his music both acoustically and with his band, The Receptionists. His original song “Davenport Iowa” was recently voted “Best of the Year” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and his most recent EP by the same name is available on iTunes, Spotify and bandcamp.com. Journalist and fellow musician Jim Walsh calls Collens “the Pope of Open Mic Village.”
Community Band Concert
Local talent fills the Square with good ol’ hometown sounds.
Community Contra Dance – music by Contratopia
Bring your dancin’ shoes and learn a festive new dance! Instruction begins at 7 p.m. Individuals of all ages are welcome, but joining the dance is recommended for those 10 years or older. No prior contra dance experience required. Wear comfortable shoes and swing-ready attire.
The Counterfactuals are Daniel Groll (guitar, vocals), Andy Flory (bass), Jason Decker (guitar, vocals) and Mike Fuerstein (drums). Voted Northfield's Best Band in 2010, the group is comprised of young professors from Carleton and St. Olaf. Their sound ranges from singer/songwriter ballads to honky tonk, indie pop and straight-ahead rock. The Counterfactuals are one of the most versatile and entertaining groups in the burgeoning Northfield scene.
Best known to Northfield audiences as a member of the popular Twin Cities band Art Vandalay. A talented singer/songwriter and keyboardist, Cook-Feltz’s music is reminiscent of “Paul Simon singing piano ballads about broken hearts, and pants, to thunderous percussion.” A native of Cedar Falls, IA, Cook-Feltz has spent the past decade living in Minneapolis, performing throughout the state and metro area with a variety of backing ensembles.
A 30-year cornerstone of Minnesota music. Born in New York City where he learned to play guitar at the foot of the legendary Artie Traum, Sagner has played every roadhouse, dive bar and blues club from here to the Yucatan peninsula. Share the deep-seeded joy of his world weary songs.
Acoustic folk and rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s been said that Mary Cutrufello’s songs encompass the entire human experience in four-and-a-half minutes. Ok, all we know is she’s a fiery, engaging performer in a class all by herself. Her songs are anthems of journey, strength and self-reliance and it’s a ton of fun to be in the same room as her. Mary Cutrufello is hailed as a Texas honky-tonk heroine, a fiery Midwestern roots rocker and a powerhouse acoustic performer. Connecticut-raised and Yale-educated, she’s made records showcasing all facets of her identity as her musical journey has taken her from the East Coast to Houston and now to Minnesota. More at marycutrufello.com.
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A group of musicians from Rochester and surrounding Southeast Minnesota communities. The core sextet consists of Steve Sawyer (bass), Eric Straubmuller (piano), Lee Krueger (drums), John Sievers (trombone), Curt Shellum (trumpet) and Dick Rohrbaugh (saxophone). Together they play a variety of music with a focus on improvisation.
Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world. They draw upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
Sam has been singing and playing guitar his whole life and has been in many bands since the age of 11. This folk/rock/indie performer founded the family band “The Bridgewater Ramblers.”
The Damn Band
Rock and roll band out of Carleton.
Scatman Reverend Eddie Danger plays cosmic folk with a tribal twist of jazz thatt’s funky and soulful. Danger plays more than 25 different instruments. His inspiration and life story include bicycling from Canada to Mexico, living in a tree house in Alaska, trekking Peru and living as a whitewater raft guide.
Brilliant classical guitarist Colin Davin is quickly emerging as one of today’s most dynamic young artists. He’s performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Aspen Music Festival.
Davina & the Vagabonds
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national (and Europe) blues scene with influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits. The band’s latest recording, 2011’s Black Cloud, was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. So much more than just a blues act, DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section.
Four fun-loving guys that enjoy the simple things in life like rocking people’s faces off.
De Todo Un Poco
Latin and salsa music.
They are a self-described “abrasive electronic” outfit. They have a penchant for bringing out the worst in people whenever they play.
Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos
This dynamic piano duo guarantees to entertain people of all ages. Audience members will sing along, get up and dance and laugh hysterically at all the crazy lyrics. The show features an unlikely and surprising mix of music and parodies that range from classic rock and country to rap and show tunes.
Martin Devaney and Jake Hyer
Dubbed “the mayor of St. Paul” by friends and compatriots in the Twin Cities music scene, Devaney is an accomplished singer/songwriter with five albums to his name, each garnering more praise and attention from the press and fans. Martin has quickly become known for his poetic, yet unpretentious songs and inspired live performances. More at martindevaney.bandcamp.com. Jake Hyer accompanies on vocals, violin and mandolin. Harmonies with Hyer provide the bread and butter to Devaney’s artful, sincere songs.
Peter Diggins and Friends
Some say Diggins is Northfield’s finest guitar player. And his friends – well, they are musician friends of perhaps Northfield finest guitar player.
Jerry Johnson, Inga Johnson and Joel Cooper.
Nine-piece klezmer band playing original music.
Dirty Word’s playlist is a virtual library of hits that leaves no genre untouched including top 40 pop, soulful funk grooves, rocking' country and classic rock and pop hits that span five decades.
A blend of two former folkies from their 1960s college days at Augustana College. One former long-haired (now bald) lead guitarist from the ‘80s and one floundering ex-karaoke star turned “contemporary Christian music genre lover” come together as Divided United, presenting a casual blend of stellar vocals and above average acoustic guitar music.
Dolce Woodwind Quintet
A favorite classical music quintet.
The Early Birds Featuring Julia Douglass and Mother Banjo
Minneapolis-based, nationally recognized songwriters Julia Douglass and Mother Banjo make a dynamic duo. Serious writers with a wicked sense of humor, these two engaging performers have recently formed a new act called The Early Birds that play every month in the Twin Cities. Taking their show on the road to Northfield, they entertain with folk and pop tunes. “[Julia Douglass has] memorable melodies … uncannily true pictures of contemporary American life” – Billboard. “Stripped-down, highly atmospheric … Mother Banjo’s simple, powerful songwriting.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press
Down Lo strives to provide personal and spiritual release through music. The band has been known to play for hours without breaks and give their all in every live performance.
Boasting former members of some of the Twin Cities’ best bands (Rock It Science, Playback, Hard Days Night, Wreckless and more), Drama Queen takes the music of artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Adele, P!nk and Bon Jovi and weaves them into a night of great party and dance music.
An acoustic trio performing eclectic folk and slices of Americana music fused from folk, country, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. Mark Juenemann, Mark Hedenstrom and Scott Cummings’ backgrounds are rooted in stage, songwriting and recording. They present narrative songs and ballads, spinning tales with wit and charm.
The Dweebs are a unique variety band whose live performances combine excellent vocals, audience participation and superior musicianship to breathe new life into your favorite songs of the past and present! This family band features Michael Blue, his daughter Claire and son Benjamin, all on lead vocals, and son Mike Jr. on the drums! T-Bone Coen plays keyboards and Trevor Radtke plays bass. The ultimate party band.
Dylan McKinstry with Hannah Read
McKinstry is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer working and living in Minneapolis. He’s been called “…a vibrant young acoustic music architect with a bold new approach to guitar playing…’’ He has shared the stage with Dean Magraw, Dan Schwartz, Little River Band, Brandi Carlyle, The Minnesota Orchestra, Alison Scott, Needtobreathe, and many more. Hannah Read is a young innovative singer/songwriter and fiddler from Edinburgh, Scotland. Read has played at The Millennium Dome in London, for the Dalai Lama, performed with Celine Dion, at the Scottish Parliament and at Edinburgh Castle for President Putin of Russia. In 2007 she was admitted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study fiddle under musicians including Matt Glaser, Darol Anger, Natalie Haas and John McGann. She studied bluegrass, Appalachian old-time, jazz and other popular contemporary music styles.
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An eclectic mix of energetic soul, gospel, R&B, funk and rock.
A blues original and a veteran of the 1970’s British music scene who has played with legendary groups like Supertramp and Mott the Hoople. Egg’s repertoire includes original blues songs, a few classics and a very personal collection of soulful American roots music. He has taken multiple awards at the Minnesota Folk Festival, the Austin (TX) Songwriters Group, the Big Top Chautauqua (Bayfield, WI), The Great River Festival (LaCrosse, WI) and the Telluride (CO) Blues and Brews festival. Egg is also a seven-time winner of the “mnspin” music competition sponsored by mnartists.org. Egg is currently touring the country in support of his latest CD release, “The Blues Is Personal.” More at nigelegg.com.
A Beatlesque trio.
Sena Ehrhardt Band
Ehrhardt is one of the freshest and most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today. The buzz about the Minneapolis-area vocalist is poised to go nationwide as word is getting out about her incendiary performances at clubs and festivals across the upper Midwest.
A 20-something-year-old singer/songwriter from Hastings, Minnesota who plays guitar, keyboards and ukulele. Originals as well as covers.
A high-energy show for a full night of a dance floor.
A sister duo, The Ericksons have released a lush new album, The Wild. Rooted in Americana with the addition of haunting pedal steel instrumentation, the duo performs with voices reminiscent of Emmylou Harris.
Erin Lee and the Elijah Adam Band
The Elijah Adam Band has been well-established in the Upper Midwest for ten years. Elijah Adam has performed alongside or opened for acts such as Buddy Guy, Jeff Healey, 38 Special, Night Ranger, Black Oak Arkansas, C.C.R. ( revisited), The Little River Band, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans, Josh Thompson, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Stone Temple Pilots, Eddie Money, Great White, Candle Box, Burton Cummings, Paul Rodgers, KISS, Poison, Heart, Alice Cooper, The Doobie Bros.,Ted Nugent, The Outlaws, Steve Miller, The Guess Who, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison, Eric Gales, Sugar Blue and The Coasters.
Five-piece contemporary pop and rock.
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Fabulous Love Handles
The Fabulous Love Handles play it all from the early British invasion bands to Motown, R & B, Rock, and all your favorite hits. A versatile & talented dance band, they are one of Southern Minnesota’s most popular bands! Playing music spanning the 60s, 70s, 80s and today!
A seven-piece variety rock band rooted in Minnesota, featuring award-winning and national recording artists performing selections from both modern and classic rock genres.
As a solo artist and with his bands Carp 18 and The Bottom 40, Fahey has been a favorite on the Twin Cities blues and folk-rock scene for decades. An award-winning and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Fahey’s latest release, Bushnell’s Turtle, has been featured on 89.3 The Current’s “Local Show.” Of particular note to fans of artists like Neil Young, Jonathan Richman, Vic Chesnutt, Wilco and Josh Ritter.
Family Groove Company
This Chicago-based quartet plays a meld of oldies from Beatles to the J.B.’s with influences of Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters. High-energy funk, rock and soul.
A nationally touring finger-style guitar picking, harmonica bending, singer/songwriter. His music is infused with folk, blues and country, playing both covers and original songs.
The Fattenin’ Frogs
The Fattenin’ Frogs are a six-member roots rock and roll band from Minneapolis. They play rock and roll in its original spirit – turning up the intensity on traditional American music with an electrifying mix of early blues, country, folk, gospel and jazz. The Frogs play a mix of originals and interpretations of classics by the likes of Robert Johnson, Son House, Etta James, Blind Willie Johnson and Muddy Waters. Since 2010 the band has hosted an annual tribute to Howlin’ Wolf, a 100th Birthday Celebration of Robert Johnson, and a 10th Anniversary tribute to the music of O’ Brother Where Art All. More at thefatteninfrogs.com.
Classical and flamenco guitar (banjo and renaissance lute) on antique and modern instruments that date from 1785, 1835 and 1898 to present.
Up and coming singer/songwriter Joe Fessler is well-known on the coffee house circuit in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Inspired by artists like The Fray and John Mayer, Fessler is working on his debut album.
Well-heeled in the Minneapolis music scene, this Northfield-grown wonder practices original illusive lyrics, raw emotion and deft guitar playing.
From the blues and BBQs of the Ozarks to the arctic lands of Alaska – from creating a song with the Boys and Girls Club to opening for Bret Michaels – from playing standing room-only in rural Wisconsin to playing for the Pope on his birthday in Vatican City – Firefly represents the importance of music and its connection between people. From hours of original tunes to the Temptations, Jack Johnson and Johnny Cash, Firefly hits on every emotion.
Fast-paced, high-energy pop/rock blitz featuring a diverse and unexpected set list.
With a passion for the voice of the delta, Kyle Fletcher brings a soulful sound to the midwest. Digging deep into the blues at a young age, you can hear the run off of Memphis and the big easy flow out through this young man’s powerful voice and tasteful guitar. More at myspace.com/kylefletchermusic.
Rhythmic guitar work, strong harmonica solos and passionate vocals.
Early in his songwriting career Franzén wrote "On the Road," which was recorded by John Denver, Michael Johnson and Bonnie Kolac. As an ad writer for J. Walter Thompson, Chicago, he wrote jingles for Philedelphia Brand Creme Cheese and Alberto VO5 (yikes). His first tv commercial won a Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival. He received a CLIO nomination for a Superamerica jingle.
You’ll hear eclectic pop, old country and fresh originals from this Mankato-based duo featuring a Neil Young-sounding Joe Tougas and the gorgeous-voiced Ann Fee. From Etta James to KISS – five decades of music delivered so that you can hear the band AND the person next to you.
Fred the Bear
Featuring Northfield’s own Ray Coudret, Fred The Bear pays homage to the good times inspired by great rock and roll. This energetic band presents a variety of originals and cover tunes, with a unique blend of acoustic and electric guitar, harmonies and fresh interpretations of your favorite classics.
Frontman & The Other Guys
Indie/alternative/pseudoclassical rock. The diversity and flexibility of FM&TOG’s lineup is reflected in their music – ranging from meticulously orchestrated classic rock to garage rock renditions of everyday pop. Their philosophy: take a song, take note of what is available to them, and turn it into something original. All the while maintaining an energetic and engaging stage dynamic. They are Cooper J. (alt-vocals/guitars), Amanda Balgaard (vocals), Anna Rose Nelson (vocals/viola/violin), Jackie Scott (cello), Shane Allen (vocals/accordion/bass/keys), Jay Carlson (drums/percussion) and Alex Van Rysselberghe (drums/percussion/harmonica/keys).
An acoustic duo known for their lush harmonies and love of ‘70s AM radio rock. Presenting original tunes along with favorites from Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Bobbie Gentry, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen.
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Dan Gaarder and Randy Broughten
Guitarist and vocalist Dan Gaarder lends his honey-toned vocals to Randy Broughten’s expert stylings on the pedal steel guitar. These two legendary talents are known for their work with bands like Trailer Trash, the Roe Family Singers, Mother Banjo, the Cactus Blossoms and the Gear Daddies.
A combination country band and think tank dedicated to the politics of equality and the pursuit of recondite but usually licit substances.
A variety of fun alternative music, driving hard rock with a splash of country. City Pages ranked them the “Best Rock Band – Reader’s Choice” in 2002; Nominated for for “Best Cover Band” in the 2003 Minnesota Music Awards.
A tribute to the GFunk Era of Hip Hop and Pop – 1993-2003.
A keyboardist and vocalist who plays classic soft rock and Christian rock.
Giraffes Love Dinosaurs
Singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso Ben Glaros presents an evening of classic covers and sublime originals. Known for his work with the critically acclaimed indie rock band, Fathom Lane, Glaros is also an acclaimed guitar teacher and solo musician, renowned for his range of styles and distinctive voice. More at benglaros.com.
Indie/folk that draws inspiration and influence from artists such as Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars and Nickel Creek. Four friends stumbled upon each other in the small town of Northfield, fast friendship turned into something even greater – “The Glorious Misfortune.” Sammy Adams (vocals/guitar), Brandon Berger (guitar/harmonica/vocals), Stina Nesbit (vocals/percussion) and Helen Paolo (vocals/percussion).
A unique journey through the musical landscapes of the 20th century and beyond. They interpret each piece as their muse guides them, which includes adding vocal harmonies supported by strummed and melodic acoustic guitar parts. Their songs explore many moods and states of being.
Swaggerin'...foot-stompin'...heart-pumpin'...this Twin Cities-based one-man-band presents furious fiddle, madcap mandolin, wailing harp, and bluesy vocals.
Singer/guitarist Anthony Gomes constantly challenges himself to expand his explorations of heart and sound. He has a love of high energy, guitar-driven blues rock.
Good for Gary with Ageless
Pan-O-Prog’s Saturday night tent dance. This Twin Cities cover band plays current and past dance hits, focusing on the newest Top 40 songs. With a seven-piece lineup, there’s no hip-hop, pop or dance song they can’t cover including Lady Gaga, Eminem, Usher and Rihanna.
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Gorbach has captivated audiences across Europe, Australia, the United States and his native country of Russia. Gorbach began studying guitar at a young age in Novosibirsk and later attended the Glinka Conservatory and, in Germany, the Music Academy in Cologne.
Voted Best Band by City Pages - “Drawing an old-soul pop awareness they must have accrued in their past lives, these wunderkinds have made a high-wattage debut that harkens to the finer, headier days when brainiacs like the Velvet Underground and New Order were called party music.”
Books & Stars presents a taste of the south with Cajun Dixie flavor.
Mark Allen, Matt Gray, Mark Juenemann, Tony Kamana and Jason Paulson. They’ve toured throughout the Midwest doing on average 160 shows/year and have shared the stage with national acts including the Bodeans, Gin Blossoms and Tom Petty. Named 2004’s “New Artist of the Year” by “Billboard” and Cities ‘97 Basilica Block Party’s “Best Band in Minnesota.”
“Some songs old, some songs new, some songs country, some songs blue” is how singer/guitarist Mark Grim describes what he sings. With a voice that brings to mind Gordon Lightfoot, he artfully picks and strums through songs ranging from The Beatles to Warren Zevon. His own songs will give you cause to reflect, as well as laugh, at the real life characters that are portrayed. More at markgrimmusic.com.
Rock cover band out of Minneapolis. Grind couples stage chemistry, a rock show atmosphere and their own little twist and goofy stage antics with high-energy modern rock/grunge tunes.
Bone-shakin’ voodoo grooves that will keep your toes tappin’ and hands clappin’ all night long. Singer/songwriter Matthew Griswold has a style that can be reminiscent of a howling Tom Waits at times and an introspective Bruce Springsteen at others. His brand of foot stompin’ folk-rock pays a tribute to the Delta Blues with a side order of thistle and shamrock. Mostly though, his style reflects a rare combination of sincerity, wisdom and passion. Griswold’s performances are rugged, riveting and full of grit and soul from a man who has seen the worst of humanity but still is able to find hope. He confidently leaves his crowds cradled in subtleties but rocked with an undeniable presence. Expect a repertoire of classic covers, reinvented traditionals and well-crafted originals. More at matthewgriswold.net.
Daniel Groll fronts the very popular Northfield band Counterfactuals, whose first album, “Minimally Decent People,” has garnered critical acclaim in Minnesota and beyond. Daniel’s musical stylings have been compared to Willie Nelson, Masy Jennings, Hamilton Leithauser and Jim Buckley (as such, Daniel notes that audiences “should now be prepared to be disappointed”). In addition to his self-deprecating sense of humor, Daniel will present an evening of stripped-down versions of the band’s tunes, as well as new material and some covers.
Amazing acoustic guitar.
Hailing from Chicago, Rebecca plays acoustic pop and rock and roll.
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A blues and rock sandwich, served with a side of soul. This Des Moines, Iowa/Los Angeles, California-based rocker has toured with Billy Ray Cyrus and has had the TV role of Hannah Montana’s guitar player, Davie.
Happy Otherwise is Josie Johnson, a singer/songwriter with a voice like hot chocolate and an eclectic musical sensibility that will both charm you and send chills up your spine. The Faribault native has been recording and playing in Portland, Oregon and is releasing her highly-anticipated debut CD later this spring. Hear samples of her work on facebook.com/HappyOtherwise.
Spellbinding. Find your groove, sit back and enjoy.
“A very well orchestrated symphony of in your face, yet honest, rock and roll” out of Faribault. Nathan Mathiason (vocals/guitar), Jens Andersen (lead guitar), Zach Ingvaldson (bass guitar) and Josh Kittleson (drums).
Heaven’s Gate and Friends
Timeless metal/rock out of Faribault.
Jacob Hendrick and Ah-Hem
An Ah-Ha cover band gone bad. Covering Velvet Underground, Bowie, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, Modern Lovers, Talking Heads and more.
Singer/songwriter Nick Hensley is the mastermind behind the musical collaborative, Love Songs For Angry Men, also the title of his first solo release, after fronting the critically-acclaimed rock ensemble, The District. Hensley has shared the stage with bands like The Hold Steady, Widespread Panic, The Gear Daddies, Trampled By Turtles, The Samples and Big Head Todd and The Monsters. Hensley’s music has received 4-star ratings from Paste magazine, City Pages and Alt Country.com.
This group from Farmington plays Irish music.
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist based in the Twin Cities.
Herring’s songs are always perfect little mysteries and powerful, hopeful love stories, but they are never simple thrilling romances. They are complex, modern, tradition-influenced compositions about love and hate and everything in between. On Camilla, her sixth full-length release, Herring has created her most profound album yet, a collection of ten deeply moving songs. Herring has established herself as a lyrical and inventive songwriter and a singer whose vocals never fail to move the listener with her high trills and rich vibrato. The Mississippi native, now based in Atlanta, has been compared to Lucinda Williams, Joan Baez and even Mozart. The Herring Sound is one that is both achingly ancient and decidedly modern.
Acoustic artist and her energetic sounds and dynamic voice.
A five-piece, Southern Minnesota-based country and rock party band playing hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, from Johnny Cash to AC/DC. Hicktown Mafia is Rob Donner (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Jason Rasmussen (bass guitar), Jody Sommervold (lead guitar), Scott Russell (drums, percussion, vocals) and Mike Solma (drums, percussion). Additional members sometimes include Greg Murphy and Mark Janning (keyboards and vocals).
This veteran indie pop rock star brings a delightful brand of melodic musicianship. Currently lead singer, guitarist and keyboardist for the Twin Cities power pop quartet, Hart Lake Mystery, Hilton’s sound is influenced by the likes of the Replacements, Brian Wilson, the Beatles, Big Star, Elliot Smith and Matthew Sweet.
Heidi Owens and Matt Kneefe (lead vocals), Martial Besombes (keyboards), Kris Stauffer (bass/primary backup vocals), Marv Gohman (fiddle/mandolin/guitars/vocals), Jeremy Harvey (drums/vocals) and Kirk Humbert (lead guitar/vocals).
Maud Hixson is a very talented jazz singer originally from St. Louis Park, MN, with a beautiful voice.
Rootsy rural music suited for sitting on the back porch with a harmonica and banjo.
Superb vocals, stunning lyrics and fingers that do the rocking. You've heard her voice in commercial campaigns, on dozens of albums and performing her original compositions in film and television as a soloist and with Orphan Moon Orchestra. She's shared stages across the U.S. with Grammy-winning performers such as Shawn Mullins, Bonnie Raitt and Paul McCartney. You walk away feeling as though you know her.
Johnny Holm Band
Leader and front man of the most widely known and traveled band in America, Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The band rocks, picks, and thunders along from the first song to the last laugh.
Steven Earl Howard
Hillbilly music for the soul. Bluegrass, blues and ’60s hits. Acoustic guitar, five-string banjo and voice.
Timothy Howe/Tim Howe
Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Howe’s been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
A Nashville-based band that likes to keep one foot in tradition and use the other to kick it right out the door. They effortlessly dispel all kinds of preconceived notions – starting with the myth that Nashville means just country. Though they certainly incorporate bluegrass rhythms, these Ithaca College graduates say they’re better described as Americana, where multiple hyphens are the norm and boundaries are not.
After cutting his teeth with various college bands and acoustic duos, Dave Hudson made his way through the Minneapolis music scene by writing and singing his own blend of melodic acoustic-rock music. His style has been compared to the likes of the Gin Blossoms, U2 and the Counting Crows. His self-styled mix of cover songs ranging from the ’80s, ’90s and today, blended with his own recorded and nationally-released music is what has kept crowds coming back for more.
Tom brings with years of experience a live show honed by over 300 performances a year that unleash no-holds-barred music and bring the crowd along for the crazy ride. From solo to full band, Hunter covers the musical spectrum from smoky jazz to gut-bucket Chicago blues.
T.H.E. House Band
John Prine meets Johnny B. Good. Locals Tom Teorey, Jim Hautman and Mark Ekeren know how to rile up the crowd.
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A creative spark flies between Poco’s Jack Sundrud and veteran singer/songwriter Craig Bickhardt when they get together to perform acoustic alt-country, folk and Americana music.
Matthew Inkala and the Hostages
Ambiante/folk rock/indie out of Minneapolis.
In the Fields
The band plays a mix of rock, country, and pop from today all the way back to the 50’s, - everything from Elvis and Johnny Cash to AC/DC and Journey to Lady Gaga, the BlackEyed Peas, and Zac Brown. All danceable, well-known, upbeat hits.
Inside Straight Blues Band
A popular band with Twin Cities and regional club audiences that plays blues and blues-rock in the Chicago, Texas, Memphis, Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans traditions. Tempered with solid jazz, funk and R&B influences, the result is a sound that is unique to Inside Straight; a sound that is truly a collection of its members’ backgrounds and experiences. The band is made up of a quartet of Kurt Koehler on guitar, Bill Swanson on keys, Mark Zmuda on bass and Greg Mans on drums.
Minnesota’s most sought out six-piece high energy modern country act.
Isle of Lucy
St. Olaf students Peter Bodurtha, Paul Martin, Isaac Kidder and Martin Refsal play classic and current rock.
Dan Israel is a multiple Minnesota Music Academy Award-winner with 12 CD albums under his belt. His latest releases, “Live On” and the limited edition vinyl-only retrospective “Danthology” (a collection of 25 songs from 12 albums), have garnered praise all around the globe. No Depression calls Israel one of Minnesota’s most “notable folk rock bards” and American Songwriter magazine in Nashville recently featured the first video release from “Live On,” calling Israel a “hometown hero who can pack a local venue to the gills,” describing his sound as “combining pop hooks with the rootsy orchestration of Neil Young’s slower material.” More at danisraelmusic.com.
This premier rock band based out of Mankato can take you from arena rock and hair metal of the ’80s, to down and dirty grunge of the ’90s, to the hot pop dance hits of today.
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Jack Knife and the Sharps
According to their web site, this band was established in 1833 by Ric Hollister who is holding up mighty well. As such, they consider themselves the longest running rockabilly band in history!
Rock, Pop and modern country to help you escape and have a great time.
Regulars on the southern Minnesota music scene, Jagged Ease is an acoustic duo playing originals and covering many genres from easy-going lounge to blues-driven ballads. More at jaggedease.com.
St. Paul-based earthy singer and pianist with a generous mix of everything from ABBA to Zeppelin.
Feel good music with a healthy dose of humor.
Jaybone Bell Trio
Discovered in one of the now legendary late-night song circles at Boats and Bluegrass Festival in Winona, Jason Ziebell (aka Jaybone Bell) soon found locals offering stage time to hear his song-craft. Ziebell tapped into his friends, all WSU music students, to form the rough and tumble Americana band that accents his originals and helps to take them soaring into the jubilant territory that fills the dance floor. Jaybone Bell & Restless Light has shared the stage with Horseshoes and Handgrenades, Charlie Parr, Caroline Smith, and Farewell Milwaukee. Most recently, Ziebell was a finalist in the John Hartford Festival songwriting contest and continues to pen originals that are being covered by bands across the Midwest and beyond.
From Sons of the Pioneers to Johnny Cash to Michael Jackson – wives welcome.
A jazz quintet based in the Twin Cities. Their repertoire spans jazz classics from the ’30s-’50s as well as contemporary jazz and originals. Band members include Ira Adelman (alto and tenor saxophones), Garth Anderson (drums), Jeff Gurney (acoustic and electric bass), Steve Hillson (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Tim McNamara (guitar). More at optimum-trajectory-jazz.com.
Twistin’ jams on bendin’ gems.
Jena Marie Band
Mason Jennings is an American pop-folk singer-songwriter. He is well known for his simple yet catchy melodies, intimate lyrics, literary and historical themes, and distinctive voice.
Steve Jennings All-Star Band
Early Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Tower of Power and New Orleans Blues.
Jerry Rodes Band
Nathan Rodes Stone on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathan Moeller on lead guitar and background vocals.
Jim and Jane
Jim Ouska and Jane Aleckson delight their audiences with original songs, harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, strong instrumental guitar and electric and upright bass. Their concerts are a tour de force through blues, swing, folk, funk and straight-ahead jazz.
Jimmi and the Band of Souls
Energetic. Soulful. Genuine. It's about the passion for the music, the love of the story and the joy of playing for people. The band pulls from a vast array of blues, roots and R&B in their original songs and covers. They play boogie-woogie, slow and lonely, toe taipan', deep groovin' and hard driven' with guitars, slide, harmonica, mandolin, bass, drums and two-part harmonies. It's a full sound that changes in tone and timbre with every song.
Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swing
Classic acoustic swing. Hot licks, stellar vocals and dancing. No cover. More at jivinivanandthekingsofswing.com.
An acoustic group with very big sound. While JNH band has a smorgasbord of toe-tapping covers in their musical inventory, they are better known for their soulful and lively originals.
“Commitment-free rock ‘n’ roll. While he’s been moonlighting with George Scot McKelvey in the B-Team, former Hillcats singer Billy Johnson confirms he belongs on the A-list alongside G.B. Leighton as one of the Twin Cities’ best feel-good, blue-collar, barroom-rousing tunesmiths with his first solo album, tellingly titled It’s a Good Life.” – Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune. Billy has opened for the BoDeans, Five For Fighting, Train, Poco, Paul Thorn, Van Hunt, Lowen and Navarro, Old 97s and many many more. More at billyjohnsonmusic.com.
Rice county country rocker and acoustic alternative. His influences range from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Bob Seger to Johnny Reznik and Travis Trill. Covers and originals.
Johnson recently released his first new studio album in 15 years. Best known for his 1978 hit, Bluer than Blue, Johnson’s album coincides with a return to Minneapolis. Johnson has had number one hits in country, pop and R&B, all graced by the warmth in his voice even as his style evolved. Billboard Magazine called Johnson “a dazzling guitarist and wonderfully expressive singer.”
Jonah & the Whales
A solid mix of classic ’60s and early ’70s.
Jud’s New Harmony
A combination of Jud’s songwriting, Nathan’s guitar licks and Heath’s voice. Original music, seasoned musicians, dancing patrons and unpredictable fare.
Jeff & Sabrina
Jeff Meidinger (guitar) and Sabrina Siebrecht (vocals) play folk-inspired acoustic music. Artists covered include Barenaked Ladies, Beatles, Blues Traveller, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Sarah MacLachlan, John Mayer, Nirvana, Simon & Garfunkel and James Taylor.
A three-piece super nutty fiasco.
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Original singer/songwriter. A child of the new acoustic pop rock wave with an engaging stage presence and lively music. This high-energy acoustic guitar player will be sure to have you off your seat and wanting more.
Miss Becky Kapell
Acclaimed original folk and Americana singer/songwriter comes to Northfield in support of her critically-acclaimed CD, For Now. Her country-twinged songs are sometimes plaintive and spare, sometimes humorous and lively and capture the frustration and heartache of unrealized dreams. Kapell continues to write songs and has recently joined forces with power-punker Chris Lunceford on guitar and mandolin. More at missbeckykapell.bandcamp.com.
Lonesome Dan Kase
For the last 15 years Lonesome Dan Kase has been playing his unique brand of country-blues on stages throughout the U.S. His live performances showcase both his unique finger-picking style and warm vocals as well as his depth of knowledge in the history of the blues. More at lonesomedan.com.
Katy Vernon Trio
Katy Vernon (ukulele, vocals), Clay Williams (guitar), Simon Husbands (keyboard). The Trio was honored to be the first musical guests invited to perform on Garrison Keillor’s new live show, “Rhubarb,” at the Fitzgerald Theater and also enjoyed a month-long residency at the popular Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. A native of London, Katy is also the mastermind behind the Twin Cities’ annual “Uke-Fest.”
Keane Sense of Rhythm
In 2002, Ellen and Cathy Keane-Wind started their Youth Tap Ensemble as part of their Keane Sense of Rhythm Professional Tap Company. The purpose of YTE is to dance and perform choreography that informs both the dancer and the audience about the roots of tap and its development through history. YTE brings Rhythm Tap to the community through performances and guest appearances at benefits, concerts, school assemblies, public events, festivals, etc.
The Kelly Richey Band features heavy, riff-soaked blues guitar driven headfirst into monster funk bass lines and rock/hip hop infused backbeats.
Key West Rejects/Mark Allen & the Key West Rejects
Mark Allen and a cast of talented musicians performing favorites from the likes of Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Foo Fighters and Buck Cherry, along with a repertoire of original tunes. More at thekeywestrejects.com.
Hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s by the likes of Tom Petty to Stone Temple Pilots to AC/DC.
Kildahl and Vandehaar
If it’s any indication of their talent, The Minnesota Blues Society has offered to manage a donation fund to help send Kildahl and Vonderharr to the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
The Killer Hayseeds
One of the Midwest’s finest pop country bands.
This Twin Cities Kinks tribute band will provide an evening of classic rock and roll, playing favorites such as “Lola,” “You Really Got Me,” and “Come Dancing” as well as lesser-known gems from The Kinks’ timeless catalog. Kinda Kinky is Dave Randall (vocals, guitar), Keith Patterson (guitar, vocals), Lynn Zecca (bass, vocals) and Steve Kent (drums, vocals). More at getkindakinky.com.
Rod's music combines influences of jazz, folk and rock with elements of Toto/Steely Dan to the best of British pop. His voice is suited equally well for folk and pop with a pinch of Todd Rundgren and a dash of Al Stewart.
Kirk & Low/Kirk and Low
Musical barnstormers Jim Kirkendall and Stevie Low. One is folk, the other is quite a bit of rock and roll. Each presents his own solo set and each draws from a deeper reservoir of experience. Jim spent time as a full-time musician, playing coffeehouses and folk clubs across the US and Canada. Low worked his way across the US and Canada performing in clubs and on concert stages. In 2011 he was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Buzzards. Both Jim and Stevie offer original material as well as covers.
In authentic troubadour tradition, Klatt has traveled far and wide through the highways and bi-ways of America, Europe and Canada with his guitar always near by, entertaining with his boisterous finger-picking style and whiskey-worn voice in the tradition of folks like Utah Phillips, Blind Willie MacTell and Townes Van Zandt. Klatt's latest solo release, "Love Me Lonely," has garnered praise from California to the UK and been featured on BBC’s Radio Norfolk, Minnesota Public Radio's "Heartland Radio" and 89.3 The Current. In 2011, with his band "The Cat Swingers," Klatt released a critically acclaimed collaborative album with veteran Minnesota legends including Spider John Koerner, Dakota Dave Hull, Cornbread Harris and Charlie Parr. "Mississippi Roll." More at jackklatt.com.
Paul Klein and Friends
St. Olaf alumni playing blues and jazz.
Spider John Koerner
A traditional American folk and country blues musician, rhythmic guitarist, song-crafter, singer and humorist who shapes his musical style from a solid foundation of study of the old blues masters, respect for the traditional song and a firm command of his source material.
Popular accordionist who plays a variety of music including polkas, waltzes, fox trots, swing, Latin rhythms and classic rock and pop tunes.
Korean Student Glee Club
The Glee Club was established in 1966 and is composed of college students studying music in various universities in the Seoul metropolitan area. Hoon Cha Chai, conductor.
A 2001 St. Olaf graduate and 2005 Minnesota Music Award Best New Act winner. “He’s got a voice that’s reminiscent of a young Paul Simon and his music comfortably rides the line between pop and folk, boasting immediately memorable music matched against image-rich lyrics.” – Joe Nickell, The Missoulian.
This multi-instrumentalist, award-winning songwriter and Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Famer presents an array of original and cover tunes. Kreitzer has toured extensively around the midwest and the world, including appearances at folk and bluegrass festivals and concerts and on television and radio including “A Prairie Home Companion.” He brings his bluegrass chops to the world of modern folk and Americana music, combining smart and thoughtful lyrics with tight vocals and expert picking. More at markkreitzer.com.
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Lady Luck brings to the stage all kinds of music for everyone to dance to. The band features one of the Twin Cities’ hottest female singers, Leisha Gust, and some of the area’s most accomplished rock musicians. Their live show covers country, 80s pop, classic and new rock.
Danceable classic rock covers like ACDC, Lynard Skynard and the Rolling Stones with a smattering of more contemporary hits. This is a band that’ll get the party started!
Lamont Cranston Band
The Lamont Cranston Band has been evolving to legendary status since the 1960s. The Cranstons have shared the bill with legends Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray, Mighty Joe Young, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Koko Taylor, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, The Animals II, Wilson Pickett, The Blues Brothers and many, many more (emphasis on many). One of their biggest thrills was opening for The Rolling Stones on a leg of their North American tour in 1981. Oat “Lamont” Hayes has toured with Bonnie Raitt as a member of her band on her 1990 “Nick Of Time” tour; blown harmonica duets with Charlie Musselwhite in Minneapolis and was a special guest performer at a private pre-grand opening bash at Dan Aykroyd’s new “House Of Blues” nightclub, where he performed with Charlie and his band the first night and with The Blues Brothers band the next.
Helen Lapakko & Friends
A solo artist covering six decades and seven styles of music. From The Everly Brothers and Frank Sinatra, to Rick Springfield, Dave Matthews and Jimmy Eat World, plus original music. Lonsdale’s Carey Langer draws upon his lifelong passion for music to present a great evening of all your favorites, covering six decades and seven musical genres, from The Everly Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Rick Springfield, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Eat World and more.
The Last Known Whereabouts
Exciting, high-energy contemporary bluegrass music, blending traditional string band music with rock, folk, country and blues influences. Band includes: Jake Stroup, mandolin and vocals; Aaron Hagenson, guitar and vocals; Carl Haskins, bass; and, Aaron Cross, fiddle.
The Last Waltz: a Tribute to the Band
The band that set the bar in magnificent album shows brings to life one of the greatest rock concerts of all time – Collective Unconscious returns to perform a tribute to The Band. The stage will be filled with special guests with an audience rocking to hits including Up on Cripple Creek, The Shape I’m In, Who Do You Love, and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.
Late for Lunch
Together for years, this band takes a tune and gives it their own unique twist. Originals plus well-known rock and blues tunes. They know how to play and entertain. Original acoustic jazzy kinda stuff.
Late the Nerly
Formerly the David Melby Band.
Lawler's musical influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy, Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris. She has warmed up for the Mavericks, Tim McGraw and the Marshall Tucker Band. She performs a mix of blues, jazz and alt country.
A singer/song writer/musician from St. Paul who plays guitar, drums, loop pedals and sings from the bottom of his heart. He is R&B, soul, funk and little hip-hop.
A musical hybrid: poppy without the lyrical cliches, jazzy without the training and sweet with a preference for profanity. The self-taught guitarist wrote, performed and co-produced all ten tracks on her album, a dynamic mix of songs that demonstrate Leary's mature songwriting and her child-like curiosity.
Founding member and chief songwriter of the popular band High On Stress, Leet’s heart-on-your-sleeve approach to songwriting has been praised by local and international music scribes as well as numerous Minneapolis rock ‘n’ roll luminaries. His solo shows are often filled with biting humor and songs that are honest, refreshing and can pack a punch.
The Leer Brothers
The Leer Brothers (Dan and Joel) play a mix of folk & alt-country favorites by The Jayhawks, Chatham County Line, Storyhill, Guster, Bodeans, and more.
Lehto and Wright
John Wright and Steve Lehto are a Celtic/American/English folk and progressive rock duo from Minneapolis. The two have released numerous CDs on the New Folk Records label to widespread critical acclaim. More at lehtoandwright.com.
A native of St. Paul, Lennon takes varied influences of jazz, folk and rock, and weaves them with life experiences into songs that possess imagination and heart.
Inspired by the likes of The Byrds, The Beatles, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel and John Denver, Lenway sings songs from the ’60s and ’70s accompanied by 6- and 12-string guitar. He slips in some contemporary covers a la Cities 97 and he sometimes solicits far more talented friends to join him.
93X-style rock from the ’80s to today.
Seven-voice male a capella group from St. Olaf.
A Minneapolis-based contemporary folk trio who began their musical collaboration after years of friendship. Their music stems from their classical training as well as improvisation, and often includes beautiful acoustic harmonies.
Lobster Boat is the latest project by musician Luke Smith. An electronic/experimental session showcasing this artist’s diverse talents. More at lobsterboat.bandcamp.com.
The Local Hooligans
The Local Hooligans are a rock and country variety band from Goodhue County, MN. They play rock, pop, and country music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today. The Local Hooligans are known for bringing the party and engaging the crowd.
Minneapolis Irish folk and Celtic music.
Long Time Gone Bluegrass Band
Local bluegrass band. The “Golden Era” of bluegrass may be gone, but not to the members of Long Time Gone. They aren’t just about traditional bluegrass. The band branches out into old-timey songs of the ‘20s and original songs written by band members.
A professional piano player since 1984 (and fine singer), Loonan performs a wide variety of music including popular standards, contemporary classics, jazz and classical.
Songs from the ’80s, ’90s and today from bands including Guns N’ Roses, Prince, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Journey, Green Day, Neon Trees, Pink and Poison.
One of the Upper Midwest’s top country bands. From opening shows for national acts such as Hank Williams Jr., Clay Walker and Josh Thompson, to playing outdoor festivals or capacity crowds in the hottest venues in the area, Lost Highway’s commitment to country music and electrifying crowds is evident every time they hit the stage. Jesse Steberg (lead vocals), Matthew Schwake (rhythm guitar/vocals), Bronson Bergeson (lead guitar and vocals), Jake Galzki (banjo, guitar, harmonica, keys and vocals), Tim Paulson (bass/vocals) and Aaron Seevers (drums).
Luke & Paul
Long-time favorites at the popular Veranda Lounge in St. Cloud (named, along with The Contented Cow as one of “12 Best Bars Outside the Twin Cities”), Luke & Paul make their Cow debut in support of their forthcoming album release, playing upbeat, soulful original music with a few tasteful covers mixed in.
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Mad Pipes is Barb Piper and Doug Madow. Expect an evening of jazz, pop, folk, country, swing and rock. Everything in the ‘great American songbook,’ ranging from sweet and smooth to raunchy fun. Barb says, “Think ‘lounge music’ with a flair!”
The musical alter-ego of Minnespolis writer/songwriter Jim Walsh.
The Mad Ripple Hootenanny
The Mad Ripple Hootenanny is a songwriter’s in the round event hosted by Minneapolis writer, songwriter and musician, Jim Walsh.
Energetic. Passionate. Exuberant. This country rock septet has played every A-list club in Minnesota, opened for several national acts, and are suited for bigger outdoor fairs or festivals. Maiden Dixie consists of two Iraq War vets, six music/composition majors and a division one basketball player. An inimitable blending of the country, rock, blues and folk genres that is sure to get the audience up on their feet dancing.
Jon Manners plays blues-edged roots-rock with intricate and percussive guitar-work. Jon sounds like John Hiatt, without that dose of country. Do you like Eric Bibb, John Martyn and Tom Waits? This is the vein that Manners mines. The dean of the Southern Minnesota music scene, Jon Manners’ sound is unmistakable. Combining the bounce of funk, the passion of soul, the thoughtfulness of jazz, the storytelling of folk and the joy of rock and roll, Manners is the very model of a great folk troubadour.
Dave Manning and Brandon Emmerich
Acoustic guitar duo.
Minneapolis songwriter whose toured the Midwest both as a soloist and with his band, The Boys Choir.
Mark Cameron Band
The Mark Cameron Band is Mark Cameron (lead vocals,/songwriter guitar), Bill Keyes (harmonica, vocals), Scott Lundberg (bass guitar, vocals), John Benedict (drums, vocals) and Sheri Cameron (flute, percussion, vocals).
Mark Joseph Project
Led by singer/guitarist Mark Grundhoefer, the project mixes strong vocals, solid funk and R&B beats as it slides from classics by Jackie Wilson to twisting arias by John Legend and Erykah Badu.
Marty Anderson and the Goods
The “Goods” music is a blend of Americana and country alternative sound with lots of Bob Dylan. They do some glam-era adaptations that really rock, as well as new music like Wilco and Ryan Adams.
A fourth generation gigging musician. Whether playing a resonator or a flattop guitar, his joy for playing is palpable and addictive. “...an amazing musician...one of those rare people who has a wonderful heart and is able to share it through music that speaks to the soul.” - Katie McRoberts, Rochester Downtown Alliance & Music Festival.
Mark Reigel & Friends
Marc Reigel returns with fellow Night Crawler Barry Gillespie, Rob Larson (guitar), Rae Rusnak (harmonica) and, among others, Rich Larson as the Big Bopper. Song sheets provided.
Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders
Rootsy Americana, country-folk and fire-breathing rock & roll. Matt Arthur (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, Don Bratland (electric guitar, harmonica, banjo), Doug Bratland (bass guitar, mandolin) and Joel Beithon (drums and percussion).
The perfect mix of American music in all its shapes and forms including classic motown, R&B, funk, rock and roll, Americana and a taste of the best in blues.
Mayer’s songs have been compared to Shaker furniture – clean and light, yet hardly simple. Mayer’s guitar skills make playing his music seem deceptively easy. His songs are about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world.
With every possible honor including seven Grammy nominations, McCutcheon brings his timeless traditional and well-loved original music to Crossings. A superb instrumentalist able to play the hammered dulcimer as easily as the banjo, the nyckelharpa as well as the guitar, McCutcheon adds in his voice and expert storytelling skills.
Billy McLaughlin and Mystery Guests
Enjoy a night of Billy’s signature solo acoustic masterpieces accented by a few cameo special guest appearances.
St. Olaf student. kellenmcmillen.bandcamp.com.
Robert Meany/Rob Meany
An award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist from Bloomington. Meany is best known as the singer/keyboardist for the pop-rock group Terramara. He is also a versatile solo artist performing both original and popular songs in the styles of Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds and Harry Connick Jr. More at robmeany.com.
An eclectic mix of original pop a la Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith with some inspired performances of standards ranging from Billy Holiday to Phillip Glass. He has shared the stage with Low, Clem Snide and Andrew Bird. A Duluth native, he currently writes and performs in Minneapolis. davemehling.bandcamp.com.
Michael Perry and the Long Beds
Appearing on stage with his band the Long Beds, Perry will weave stories and humor (including material from the Clodhopper Monologues) throughout a lively concert of original songs, including those on his albums Headwinded and Tiny Pilot, and a couple of tunes fresh out of the pen. Tickets: $18 advance, $20 day of. Performance will be held next door at the State Theatre. Doors open at 6:30pm. Perry returns April 13 for a talk, Writing from the Middle of Nowhere.
Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes/Michael Ray and the Nasty Notes
Alt-country/roots rock. Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes moniker sets expectations for their music before you even hear it. Their new record The Higher You Climb has the listener sifting through stories that cobbles together patches of sound to make an alt-country album out of the remains. It’s raw and will stay with you after the first listen.” - Youa Vang, City Pages. More at thenastynotes.com.
Indie/rock/folk out of Minneapolis.
Top 40 dance, club and hip hot hits to keep the dance floor packed. Jason Poulos (drums, vocals) and John Schmid (keys, guitars, vocals). Poulos has drummed for bands such as Power of Ten, Urban Myth, Bone Daddy, Bounce and Jezebel. Schmid has played for bands such as Power of Ten, Urban Myth and Joyride.
Scotty Miller Band
Scottie “Bones” Miller is an American pianist and singer/songwriter born in Minneapolis. His musical style is a combination of blues, soul, funk and jazz. “Sounds like Dr. John meets The Band at Bruce Springsteen’s house. Highly recommended.” Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine. The Scottie Miller Band features drummer Mark O’Day, guitarist Joe Cruz and bassist Kevin Rowe).
Anna Marie Mitchell
“Personal and heartfelt, this young singer/songwriter writes and sings with a passion and wisdom far beyond her years. Her debut album, Little Bird, bears testament to her unique vocals, smooth compositions and fresh, thoughtful lyrics.” Listed as “One to Watch” by the Nashville Songwriters Association International for her song, Broken Glass. Catch her here and some day you can say you saw her when.
Mischief & Mayhem
A variety of classic rock, pop, R&B and country.
Classic rock cover band.
Acoustic singer/songwriter with beautiful melodies and haunting lyrics that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.
Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. Audiences will delight in their air-tight harmonies, razor-sharp arrangements and on-stage rapport.
A feisty folk-rocker that draws you in with her compelling and powerful vocal stylings. Lyrical, genre-bending, thought-provoking, inspiring, catchy, easy to relate to and easy to listen to. Her new album, “Lucky,” is wowing audiences and critics alike. More at sashamercedes.com.
Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. With lively originals and unique covers of songs that she calls “pub gospel,” her new album, “The Devil Hasn’t Won,” shows why Mother Banjo has been hailed for her poetic songwriting and powerful vocals, winning the praise of such artists as Josh Ritter and John Gorka. An engaging live performer, Mother Banjo weaves humorous stories with fun covers and her original material.
The Minor Planets
The Minor Planets are Eric Christopher and Dana Thompson, along with a revolving cast of alternative country, bluegrass and jazz guest musicians. Both are nationally acclaimed for their collaborative and solo efforts. Christopher is an award-winning bluegrass fiddler and Thompson was voted best female vocalist by City Pages. Paul Riley from Country Music People in the UK writes: “There is nothing minor about The Minor Planets. This is a band who write incredible songs, have a unique feel for music, and are doing something a bit different.” Find them online at theminorplanetsmusic.com.
A good time dance and party band covering rock, pop and country hits from the ’70s to today.
Mr. Sticky began in the spring of 2001 when college roommates and long-time musical compliments, Hutch and Z, teamed up with a duo boasting an even longer musical history, Jeffy and The Doctor. This collection of musicians recognizes the spine-tingling, hair-raising, chilling and profound impact of auditory stimulation and seeks that recreation with every sound. They carry a penchant for highly volatile groove-ability with a history of packed dance floors. Mr. Sticky’s dynamic sound rocks hard and rolls smooth, but above all, connects with you. Loaded with rhythm, adrenaline and instrumental wizardry, Mr. Sticky reinforces rock lessons learned long ago.
Everybody’s favorite piano man tickles the ivories and performs favorite sing-along songs, golden oldies and classic covers from the pop music archives. More at mrazbrothers.com.
Great traditional Nordic music.
Indie-folk. Mirthful, baritone voice; poetic and narrative lyrics, and stories.
The Three Muscatelles
The Three Muscatelles (Susan, Dina and Cindy) perform ballads, folk, rock, pop and blues, covering tunes from Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, John Prine, The Beatles, Jonny Lang, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Daniels and Elvis and others, along with Susan's original tunes. Susan's lead vocals have been described as powerful, angelic and lyrical, and are complemented by Dina's crystal-clear harmonies. Dina drives the rhythm on guitar, Susan's fingerstyle adds dimension, Cindy plays solos and backup on fiddle, and all take a turn on percussion. More at soundcloud.com/thethreemuscatelles.
My Drunk Uncle
Modern and classic rock covers.
My Sweet Patootie
Acoustic roots group from Ontario that brings twining vocal harmonies, monstrous fingerstyle guitar, sizzling fiddle, percussion and abundant chemistry together for the full package.
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