7:00 pm – Friday, June 14 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Singer-songwriter Sam Cassidy showcases the beauty of normal living, creating complex characters and conveying their perspectives through the lyrics and music tone. (MN Daily) Cassidy’s second LP, Running Blind is a concept record, telling the tale of a robbery gone wrong.
8:30 pm – Friday, June 14 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
We like Tom Petty. We play his songs with a variable degree of interpretive license and no special costumes. We encourage everyone on the planet to practice the art of listening to Petty while hanging with their dearest pals.
11:00 am – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
1:00 pm – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Americana artist John Swardson is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. His band Bad Blood debuted in the spring of 2014. Playing live for over ten years–often as a solo artist–Swardson performs at clubs on both coasts and has participated in SXSW.
2:10 pm – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Named a top 100 SXSW artist by NPR Music, Twin Cities based Collapsing Stars have been quietly making a name for themselves throughout the American west. Blending blues, roots, folk, and Americana sounds with a hint of modernity, comparisons range from Iron & Wine and the Lumineers, to the Black Keys and Ben Harper. They are currently on tour to promote their first full length album titled ‘2012.’
3:20 pm – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Local Twin Cities Singer/songwriter and solo artist Joe Kelly has been performing live music in restaurants, cafes, bars, and other events and venues for six years. His second EP is in development this summer. Kelly’s band also competed in Battle of the Bands at the University of Minnesota.
4:30 pm – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Jake’s third release, One Horse Town, parades his growth as a rising songwriter and musician. Recorded over St. Patrick’s Day weekend 2018, each song on the EP was live tracked, without headphones or a metronome, to foster an organic sound that captures the raw energy and authenticity of a live performance. Drawing inspiration from John Prine, Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, and Jason Isbell, Jake blends the stylings of Americana, Country, Rock and Roll, and Blues, forging a sonic print that is distinctly unique and yet immediately familiar.
5:40 pm – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
The Short Fuses were formed in 1997 by core members, Travis Ramin, Justin Staggs and Miss Georgia Peach. In October of 2017, the Short Fuses entrenched themselves in the studio with producer, Daniel Rey (Ramones, Nashville Pussy, Misfits) to create an arsenal of their most rocking songs to date — just waiting to be unleashed on the world in 2018.
The Short Fuses are ready for rock action. Are you?
6:50 pm – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Ice Palace is the critically-acclaimed musical project of songwriter Adam Sorensen. The band has released three albums with a constantly shifting and evolving sound from frenetic indie rock, lush balladry, toe-tapping folk, and (a new music description) existential rock. A writer for the local Onion paper described the band this way – “The group’s bipolar folk-rock hints at what Nirvana might have been if Kurt Cobain had had the chance to grow out of his angst and settle into his mid-thirties.” They are releasing a new EP of songs summer of 2019.
8:00 pm – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
High-energy indie pop ranging from rhythmic bass to cello quartets to electro-driven poetry.
9:00 pm – Saturday, June 15 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, The Violet Nines are a vibrant outfit with alternative rock sounds fused with funk, pop, and R&B. Known for their live shows and multi-fronted approach (imagine something like if Foster the People had a female co-lead), the band has created notoriety performing across the bold north. The Violet Nines released their Cloud 9 EP this spring, expanding on their elaborate brand of music. Cloud 9 is the culmination of dream-state vibes, prominent rhythmic beats, and emotive melodies. Those that experience The Violet Nines will encounter contagious grooves, sweeping vocals, rousing saxophone and guitar.
11:15 pm – Saturday, June 15 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Bob & Lynn Dixon play a mix of vocal duets and instrumental dance tunes from the old-time tradition of America which, here in the upper Midwest, includes Scandinavian tunes. They mix it up with acoustic guitars, fiddle, mandolin, and two-row button accordion.
12:15 pm – Saturday, June 15 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Alex Tulp is a talented songwriter who has been performing live music since he was 15.
His shows consist of soulful blues originals, and covers from the likes of Bill Withers, Ben E. King, and other classics. Performing music is his passion, and it shows.
1:15 pm – Saturday, June 15 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Jason Edward is a product of the Driftless region and is based out of the Winona, MN area. Stepping into the spotlight, he shares a collection of original songs that have been drawing attention and appealing to new and old fans alike. Edward has been an active participant in the Rochester MN Songwriters group, and performed at a wide range of events, including the 2019 Big Turn Music Festival in Red Wing. His original songs have the ability to stick in your head with catchy melodies and blending harmonies with acoustic / clean electric guitar and mandolin.
2:15 pm – Saturday, June 15 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Tortuga! is a Minneapolis-based instrumental quartet playing original compositions that blend and straddle the sounds of psychedelic rock, jazz, funk and world music. Piano, electric bass, electric guitar, and drums combine to invoke a musical experience that is simultaneously familiar and surprising.
3:15 pm – Saturday, June 15 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Despite its moniker, byerSelf is more than your typical solo project; it is an exploratory collaboration between Minneapolis’ finest musicians, artists, dancers, and videographers. Its core consists of bandleader Greg Byers, jazz piano virtuoso Javier Santiago, and percussion savant Arthur “LA” Buckner. Defying the norms of your typical jazz trio, byerSelf uses a variety of acoustic and electric textures in their captivating live shows.
4:15 pm – Saturday, June 15 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Bonnie Raitt meets Alabama Shakes. Minneapolis native Hannah von der Hoff conjures Rock n Rolls’ origins.
5:15 pm – Saturday, June 15 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based artist, with influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Radiohead. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Noble, with multiple singles and his much-anticipated second LP release looming in the fall.
6:15 pm – Saturday, June 15 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Syvers are an indie folk-electronic duo from Minneapolis. The husband-wife fronted project weave vocal textures of The Civil Wars and The xx with the hazy atmosphere of S. Carey and Julien Baker. The threads of samples and droning backdrops fade in a murky sunset holding back the taste of a storm.
11:00 am – Sunday, June 16 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
12:00 pm – Sunday, June 16 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Twin-Cities harpist Stephanie Claussen invites audiences to explore new locales and eras through her music, both emotionally and intellectually. Influenced by her love of fairy tales, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the world music section at her local library, she performs her own mixture of Scottish tunes, J.S. Bach, and anything rich in medieval or French harmonies.
Claussen is the 2018 US National Scottish Harp Champion and performs solo and with various ensembles throughout the Upper Midwest. She has released four albums including “Soirée à Montpellier” and “Light so Brilliant.”
1:00 pm – Sunday, June 16 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Peter Lochner is an Americana singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Drawing on his time spent in Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as in the incredibly diverse Minneapolis music scene, his music reflects every aspect of the Americana genre, from country gospel to southern rock. His newest record “Ain’t No Gospel On The Jukebox” is a celebration of life, loss, and heartbreak with a healthy dose of foot stomping joy.
2:05 pm – Sunday, June 16 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Together almost 25 years, Yo Jimbo Jazz takes its cue from the Jazz Messengers by bringing classic bop, hard bop, latin & funk jazz to a new generation of listeners.
3:10 pm – Sunday, June 16 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
Maygen Lacey and Noah Neumann couldn’t be more different. From upbringing and musical taste to the Mpls vs. St. Paul debate, there are few things these two come together on. Maygen & Noah draw on their distinctly different musical influences including Brandi Carlile, Florence + the Machine, and Balmorhea to create a listening experience with a Delta twist, that is warm yet adventurous. The contradictions and affirmations between these two songwriters combine to create a compelling debut EP that navigates relationships with people that are in our lives beyond our control. “The People We Don’t Choose,” is best absorbed outside, where your thoughts have room to breathe..
4:15 pm – Sunday, June 16 – StarTribune Stage (Fr. Hennepin Park)
As a youth of the 80s, Foyer grew up listening to what was called “oldies” music – the songs of the 60s. M.T. Foyer is trying to keep the genius of that era alive by crafting new oldies. You follow? Heroes: Ray Davies, John Sebastian, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne. Sardonic? Check. Catchy? Double check. Fun? Check. Payment method? Check. So, do your ears a favor and check out M.T. Foyer.
12:15 pm – Sunday, June 16 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Leonoris Causa is Leonor Guelbenzu’s project–a songwriter from Madrid, Spain. A mix of classical guitar, spanish roots, world music and spoken word are the main elements that define her unique, personal style. The authenticity of her voice, the quality of her lyrics, and a clean guitar technique make her a remarkable artist. She has been performing since 2012 as a solo performer in venues such as Teatro del Arte, Centro Cultural Galileo, La Leyenda Rock Bar, Fulanita de tal or Fígaro Café in Spain and Mill City Farmers Market or Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis.
1:15 pm – Sunday, June 16 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Tori Evans is a young Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter writing lyrics well beyond her years, singing songs of love, loss, female empowerment and hopeful optimism. Evans is adored by fans of all ages. With a powerful voice, she leaves her audience breathless.
2:15 pm – Sunday, June 16 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Dan Israel’s You’re Free is a response to personal, political, and cultural crises by a singer-songwriter who happens to be in midlife. As such, it sidesteps midlife-crisis clichés while searching earnestly for change, liberation, and the perfect guitar break. By turns anxious and joyful, sometimes even a bit reckless, it’s a cry of the heart delivered from the cab of a new-used convertible, or a jeremiad shouted from a seventies muscle car rejiggered to run on french-fry grease.
3:15 pm – Sunday, June 16 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Luke LeBlanc is a 23-year-old Minneapolis/Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter providing his audiences with dynamic and unapologetically original performances. LeBlanc’s songs are filled with heart, soul, and grit.
4:15 pm – Sunday, June 16 – Cities 97.1 Stage (Under the Central Avenue Bridge)
Lacey is an indie singer-songwriter writing songs driven by piano with a heavy dash of soul. Since 2017, Lacey has released two EPs and a full length record titled “Over Again.” Guck’s songs tackle a wide range of topics, bringing fans through the peaks and valleys of emotions.