June 15, 2017 - 2nd Street Stage 6-8 p.m.Visit our Website
Soul / Funk / Reggae / Rock / Jazz / BluegrassVisit us on Facebook
Frogleg is a fresh young band out of Minneapolis. Since their first show in late 2012, a major buzz about the band Frogleg has been spreading throughout the Midwest music scene stemming from their ever-growing weekly tradition, "Frogleg Thursdays @ Bunkers" in downtown Minneapolis. Now they are setting their sights on more cities outside their current circuit. Known for their songwriting and improvisational live performances, this seven-piece band would be best described as a soul band, as their influences are not drawn from one specific genre. A typical Frogleg show will usually feature a blend of funk, reggae, rock, jazz and bluegrass. Frogleg's debut, self-titled album was met with much excitement last year, selling out their first pressing in under six months. The band is back in the studio working up their follow up, tentatively scheduled for a spring release. Band members are Joe Dun, guitar and vocals; Demitri Rallis, guitar and vocals; Elliott Wachs, saxophone; Jimmy Geisinger, bass; Doug Christianson, percussion; and CJ Vanderpoll, drums.
Circle of Heat
June 22, 2017 - 2nd Street Stage 6-8 p.m.
Rock/Roll & FusionVisit our WebsiteVisit us on Facebook
Based in Minneapolis, Circle of Heat is a rock band at its core. Drawing inspiration from genres such as funk, jazz, classic and '90s rock, their music is ever expanding into an original sound with a familiar feel. For their sophomore album, 2016's "Some People Say," Circle of Heat continued their focus on musicianship and diversity in songwriting all while allowing room for the spontaneity and improvisation that make their live performances such unique experiences. With over seven years, hundreds of shows and thousands of miles under their belt, Circle of Heat continues to push themselves. Playing many of the Midwest’s top festivals (Summerfest, Wookiefoot’s 'Shangri-La' & 'Revival', 80/35 and Big Wu Family Reunion) as well as a year-long weekly residency performing on the legendary stage at the Cabooze in Minneapolis has allowed them to collaborate with local and national acts. As they forge ahead, Circle of Heat makes these promises: they will always bring contagious energy and new music to the stage, and they will always be there on time. Band members are Tom Alane, guitar; Trevor Anderson, keys, and vocals; Kurt Andersen, bass; Eric Neseth, drums and vocals.
The Plott Hounds
June 29, 2017 - Main Street 6-8 p.m.
Americana / Rock‘n RollVisit us on FacebookVisit our Website
Formed in April 2014 with an angst to revive the sounds and stories of country music with a rock and roll backbone, The Plott Hound’s newest release is a live album titled “Blue Collar Hippie Music.” The band is heavily inspired by '70s rockers of old: The Allman Brothers Band & Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Plott Hounds aim to put their own spin on classic southern rock sound, one founded heavily on talented lead players, powerful lyrics and heaps of raw energy. It is music from the heartland of America, part Southern, part Midwest. Members of this band from Atlanta and Anoka are Noah Alexander, lead vocals and guitar; Jeff Powell, lead guitar; Kirk Humbert, lead guitar and vocals; Jesse Petrowski, bass and vocals; Alexandra Green, vocals; Ansley McAllister, vocals; and "Tater," drums/percussion.
Rich Mattson & the Northstars
July 6, 2017 - 2nd Street Stage 6-8 p.m.
Cosmic Folk / AmericanaVisit our WebsiteVisit us on Facebook
Rich Mattson is a musician/songwriter and producer/engineer living in Sparta (near Gilbert on the Iron Range). He began performing in 1980 at age 13, and took up songwriting shortly after that. Since then he has led and played with several bands, most notably the Glenrustles (1988-1999) and national touring act Ol' Yeller (2000-2013). In 1991, he opened his own recording studio in Uptown Minneapolis and over the years has worked with hundreds of artists. Currently he is leading the acoustic folk-rock group, "Rich Mattson and the Northstars," and collaborating with his partner Germaine Gemberling. He also continues to record and produce music at his recording studio, Sparta Sound. In addition to Mattson, vocals and lead guitar, the band includes Germaine Gemberling, vocals and acoustic guitar; Curtis Mattson, drums; and Ryan Young, violin.
Corey Medina & Brothers
July 13, 2017 - 2nd Street Stage 6-8 p.m.
Blues / RockVisit our WebsiteVisit us on Facebook
Corey Medina is a Native American blues artist from
Shiprock, NM. Shiprock is on the Navajo Tribal Nation where Corey was born and
raised. He moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 and collaborated with
Incepticons Entertainment. Through Incepticons Entertainment Corey released his
debut album "Old Dog Crying" in May 2015, produced by Garlic Brown
Beats. Corey now plays, writes and produces with the Incepticons team full time
and also travels with his band known as "The Brothers," hence Corey
Medina & Brothers. Corey refers to the Brothers as a representation of the
relationship he likes to keep with his fellow band mates. Currently the
Brothers band consists of Eric Sundeen of Bemidji on drums and Gary Broste,
also from Bemidji, on upright bass. They set out to spread light to dark, and
hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage
The Teague Alexy Band
July 20, 2017 - 2nd Street Stage 6-8 p.m.
Funk / SoulVisit our WebsiteVisit us on Facebook
Award-winning Duluth musician, author
and storyteller Teague Alexy is probably best known for his Americana
songwriting in the national touring brothers duo, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank.
Teague’s songwriting is clearly influenced by his life in Minnesota as well as
his childhood in New Jersey and life as a traveling musical hobo. Teague's
storytelling side has deeper roots to his Irish ancestry. The name ‘Teague’ was
once used to describe the storytelling poets who traveled ancient Ireland. Teague’s new album Circuit Sessions (available 4/4/17) combines
multiple musical genres into a powerful new collection of Teague’s poetic
songs.Teague also has a new musical and storytelling podcast “Wisecracks & Roadside Flats.” The “Wisecracks” podcast gives Teague the chance to tell his
American stories and folktales with a musical background from his own extensive
catalog of released and unreleased material as well as music from Teague’s many
musical associates included in the stories. In addition to
Teague - vocals, guitar, harmonica - band members are Brian Wells, bass; Tyler
Dubla, drums and Marc Garman, multi-instrumentalist.
The Lucky Dutch
July 27, 2017 - Main Street 6-8 p.m. (Crazy Days)
American Roots / Rock’n RollVisit us on FacebookVisit our Website
The Lucky Dutch is an American roots-rock band from
Illinois, formed in 2008 in Chicago by guitarist Nathan Graham and singer
Claire Corriveau. They began their career as an indie band, performing
extensively around Chicago’s bar and festival scene. In 2014, they released
their first full length record, “Bury the Night.”
In the past two years, they have toured extensively and
performed with Marc Broussard, Jackson Mudd and Marc Ford of the Black Crowes.
Graham has been performing as a guitarist on the Chicago blues scene since he
was 15 years old. Over the years, he has worked with musicians such as Buddy
Guy, BB King, and Koko Taylor and has toured extensively with Carl Weatherby.
Claire Corriveau has worked consistently as a performing musician since 2008,
working with a wide variety of bands. She released a solo record in 2014,
titled “secrets i can’t keep.” David Padula has been playing bass since
2006, working in a jazz trio through college before moving to Chicago in 2012.
Ben Dacoba started playing drums at age 15 in Virginia. He draws inspiration
from classic rock bands from the ’60s and ’70s and works as a touring drummer
all around the country. (Photo courtesy of Soul Kitchen Photo)
Christopher David Hanson
August 3, 2017 - 2nd Street Stage 6-8 p.m.
Rock'n Roll / Swing / SoulVisit us on FacebookVisit our Website
The Christopher David Hanson Band presents a soulful blend
of timeless rock and roll, and all original American roots music with hints of
Motown, swing and classic country.
Formed in early 2013, the band hails from Babbitt on the
Iron Range and has had a fantastic and fruitful career entertaining audiences
and winning fans across the state. The band has played with a host of national
acts including Gin Blossoms, Black Oak Arkansas, Live and Cory Chisel. They were
also featured on the PBS television program, “The Playlist,” a number of times
since their inception. Nashville recording artist Christopher David Hanson
fronts this group of seasoned professional players. They have released three
full-length albums and are at work on a fourth due to release sometime in 2017.
Cuts from the first two albums are in steady rotation at a number of radio
stations across the country right now. The band would like to extend their
appreciation for your consideration and truly hope you enjoy the music they
heartfully craft together. Joining Hanson (guitar and vocals) in the band are
Craig LaSart, bass guitar; Brent Saari, keyboard and vocals; Dave “Chief” Hill,
percussion; Jim Pietila, drums and Willy Larson, baritone sax.
August 10, 2017 - Main Street (after Water Wars)
Rock’n Roll / Stompin’ BluesVisit us on FacebookVisit our Website
The 4ontheFloor returns in unforgettable style. The band’s
album, “All In,” showcases their roots in blues and the immediacy of post-pop
punk with the hooks and sing-a-longs you’d find in all the best road trip
anthems. Frontman Gabriel Douglas doesn’t write stuff he can’t play and he
doesn’t play stuff he doesn’t mean. Being on the road plays a large role in the
writing for this record. A small town upbringing brought along the song, “Small
Towns.” The song is about enjoying where you are, wherever you are. It’s about
finding ways to pick yourself and the folks around you up, finding joy and
humbleness in the open hands that you find when you look hard enough. Douglas
writes about experiences, failures, successes, and not so much the
what-could-have-beens. Life is for the living and this is the soundtrack to a
life well lived. In addition to Douglas, vocals and guitar, band members are
Nick Costa, guitar; Jake Quam, drums; and Matt Brandes, bass.
August 17, 2017 - 2nd Street Stage 6-8 p.m.
Midwestern Folk-Rock / AmericanaVisit us on FacebookVisit our Website
With a rich blend of Americana and Alt-Country, Farewell
Milwaukee adds color to the midwestern landscape. Last fall, the Minneapolis
band released their fourth full-length album, "FM." The band’s success has
given them perspective and an appreciation for their roots, which continuously
comes across in "FM." The album, filled with a thematic sense of grounding, was
shaped by the stage-of-life lens of being husbands and fathers, and it is this
concept of home base that made a concrete impression on FM’s overall flowing
sound. Members of the Minneapolis band are Ben Lubeck, vocals; Aaron Markson,
guitar; Adam Lamoureux, keyboard; Dave Strahan, pedal steel; Joey Ryan, bass;
and Brad Fox, drummer.