Live Music | Dulono's Pizza (Minneapolis Location Only)

Chris Silver & The Good Intentions, Friday, March 24th, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm

Led by Chris Silver, The Good Intentions are inspired by the sounds of Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Tony Rice, and JD. Crowe. The Good Intentions deliver traditional bluegrass with polish and drive. The band plays songs from the bluegrass masters as well as material penned by Silver. Soulful original arrangements of their songs have already established the band in the hearts of the Midwest bluegrass community. Their success is based on the complimentary picking and singing skills of some of the best known names in the area’s bluegrass scene.

Formerly of the bands Stoney Lonesome, Tangled Roots, and the Kate Mackenzie Band, Silver plays fiddle and mandolin with a deep appreciation for traditional bluegrass music, but it doesn’t stop there. His solos stretch beyond the boundaries of bluegrass including hints of jazz, blues, and roots music.

Chris has amassed a credible sized discography featuring bluegrass, Americana, and global acoustic styles.Banjo player Heath Loy enjoyed growing up in a “bluegrass music household.” Heath’s fiddle playing father, Bob Loy, owned a music store in Rochester and was one of the founders of the Minnesota Bluegrass Music Association. Heath’s playing is rich with the styles of J D. Crowe, Earl Scruggs, and Ralph Stanley. He also performs with his wife, Becky Schlegel.

Guitarist Mike Cramer is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa.

His award winning flatpicking technique has earned him championship titles in both the Minnesota State Fair Flatpicking Competition and Wisconsin’s Upper-Midwest Flatpicking Contest. Mike is a four-tool player who is as comfortable playing jazz standards as he is playing instrumentals from Bill Monroe. His technique is fluid and powerful.

J D. Shaffer holds down the bass role with precision and tone. A fellow music program graduate from the University of Northern Iowa, he sings tenor in a clear and powerful voice. Some of that ability might be related to his training in classical and opera techniques. He has the unique ability to blend with any vocal style and his range seems limitless. He also sings lead vocals on a couple of the group’s contemporary tunes.

No Man’s String Band, Saturday March 25th, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm

Influenced by the classics and inspired by the modern, the No Man’s String Band have taken a familiar sound and made it new. In 2013 the band released their debut album, “Let The Truth Be Told,” which has enjoyed regular airplay on 88.5 FM Bluegrass Saturday Morning and highlights the musical breadth of these young musicians through hard driving songs, inspirational stories, and inventive instrumentals. The band was awarded “First Runner Up” in the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association’s Race For A Place band contest for 2015 and has taken command of stages throughout the Midwest. Comprised of Justin Rosckes on guitar, Nic Hentges on Mandolin, Melissa Hentges on Accordion, Lindsey Bordner on Fiddle, and Pat Loftus on Bass, the No Man’s String Band hits the road hard to bring you the very best of the bluegrass American tradition and it’s future.

Switched At Birth, Friday March 31st, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm

Switched At Birth plays a unique blend of bluegrass, country, folk, and blues acoustic music. The band has two CDs available: First Born and Live: Now and Then. The group consists of Rick Anderson: banjo – guitar – vocals, Pam Kolupailo: vocals – guitar, Mark Briere: mandolin – vocals, Ron Siegel: fiddle, and Noel Holloway: bass.

Lars Carlson & Secondhand Hipsters, Friday, April 7th, 8pm @ Dulono's Pizza
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm

Blue-eyed soul acoustic blues roots rawk is about the best way to describe the sounds you hear when Lars and the band take the stage. If you like music that makes you feel good inside and leaves a a smile on your face, this is the band to see!

Tommy Bentz Band, Saturday April 8th, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm


Growing up in a small Wisconsin town isn’t always limiting as it sounds. An eclectic musician, Bentz totes history with the violin, oboe, saxophone, guitar, and bass.  Putting all of this musical knowledge together to start a band for the first time in high school, Bentz’s love of music would give him the flexibility to perform in rock, classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass and newgrass bands.  When asked for his resume, Bentzs list goes on…

His sound gives credence to this fact  the many faces and different genres of music have allowed him to create his own sound: one that blends ideals from many flavors of music into one (kind of like at the ice cream store he managed as a teen). The distinct movement, layering, and syncopation of his style, though intense, is immediately accessible to the listener. Some may say that Tommy Bentz’s greatest asset is his confident and mature electric slide guitar style, yet others will argue that his insightful lyrics and adept layering of sound are what keep them coming back to hear him play again and again. Regardless, with three full length albums under his belt – each of them a landmark of musical growth in a coming of age fashion, Tommy Bentz represents a man with spirit, drive, thoughtful journeys, and musical ability that so many musicians strive to achieve.

While reading his lyrics, one gets a snapshot of Bentz’s ideals – from the strength he derives from family relationships, to the all-important issue of respect in this changing world.  We read and are left with an impression of a man who learns from where he’s been, uses the knowledge and presses forward into the unknown with purpose.  If lyrics alone drove Bentz’s work, he’d have a great product, but no one can discount the musicians technical prowess or his warm timbre and soulful vocals.  There’s a distinct blend of southern jam style rock and acoustic singer-songwriter flair, with his rounded sound being completed by remnants of his experience in jazz and classical performance.

An ever-ambitious entrepreneur, Tommy owns and operates Brickhouse Music and is married to Broadway performer, Jen Burleigh Bentz and they keep a happy home in River Falls, Wisconsin.


The Roe Family Singers, Friday, April 14th, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm

The Roe Family Singers are a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the Mississippi-headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife & husband Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll urgency and influence.

Joined by as many as seven musicians, and featuring banjo, autoharp, guitar, and washboard, the band and family of fans have been regularly filling Minneapolis’ 331 Club every Monday night since 2005. In 2010 the band opened for both Doc Watson and Del McCoury, each playing at the Cedar Cultural Center; the Grascals at the MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend; and Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur at the National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville, KY. In 2011 the band was awarded the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and has previously won the title of “World’s Best” at the 29th annual Battle of the Jug Bands.

With a mix of original music and contemporary takes on old-time, traditional, and gospel tunes, every performance raises a ruckus.

The Seldom Herd, Saturday, April 15th, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm


The Seldom Herd is a member band of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA).

The members of the group met at the festivals held by MBOTMA. We love to play music and we enjoy meeting people and jamming.

If you love Bluegrass and acoustic music, you will enjoy our shows.

Our influences are from a wide range of performers including Flatt & Scruggs,  John Hartford, Newgrass Revival, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Kasey Chambers, Claire Lynch, and Old Crow Medicine Show to name but a few.

Songwriters Circle Songwriter Showcase – 3rd Thursday Every Month @ 7pm @ Dulono's Pizza
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm

Songwriters Circle Presents

Songwriters Circle Songwriters Showcase
3rd Thursday At Dulono’s Pizza Minneapolis

Songwriters Showcase

Cousin Dad, Friday April 21st, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
Cousin Dad, Friday April 21st, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States

When you first hear Cousin Dad play you’ll see what at first appears to be a typical bluegrass band, but when the music begins you’ll be greeted with a very atypical joy and animation in performing. Here are no stiff-jointed, glazed-eyed bluegrass purists, but a loose and limber romp into Latin country blues, jazz, fiddle tunes, bluegrass, Motown, and old-timey. They play the songs they love and they love to play together: that is the great fun of a Cousin Dad performance.

What other string band would combine the “Good Bad and Ugly” theme with Lead Belly’s “When I Was a Cowboy” or play the fiddle tune “Whiskey Before Breakfast” in Latin jazz beat? You will hear great originals and clever arrangements of familiar tunes that will set your ear on its ear. They will rock out; they will pick a driving bluegrass song with soulful harmonics or fiddle a sweet waltz. How many bass players can play the lead on fiddle tunes? Pete Mathison can and he plays it on an upright bass.

Finally, a Cousin Dad performance has an easy warmth like a late night jam session after all the music prudes have gone to bed – the joyful music that erupts from a group of friends at 4 am around the camp fire.

King Wilkie’s Dream, Saturday April 22nd, 8PM @ Dulono's Pizza
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm


“Soulful, bluesy, rootsy are only a few adjectives that apply to this group. Fun and entertaining. Don’t miss this group!” –Doug Lohman, Armadillo Light and Sound

Although our good looks may deceive (at least we’d like to think so), there are many musical experiences packed into the members’ varied, and sometimes long, musical histories.

Bluegrass, blues, swing, Americana, country, tin pan alley, old time, and just a little pop are all represented in the music that you may hear from KWD.  To find out how that all fits together, we invite you to check out some of the video on this website.  That is the best way to find out who King Wilkie’s Dream really is, or, better yet, come see a show.