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“Giving himself the freedom to explore all possibilities, St. Paul, Minnesota singer/songwriter Erik Brandt lets go with his eclectic, third solo project, “The Long Winter.” The frontman for the Urban Hillbilly Quartet steps out here with his own dark-but-hopeful blend of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.”
“The Long Winter” is Brandt’s third solo slab and the best thing I can say is that it has me wanting to explore his entire back catalog. Brandt mixes elements of rock, country, jazz and folk into the enjoyable 11-track release that consistently piques my interest.” Jeffrey Sisk. The Daily News (PA). Feb 2012
“The Long Winter by Erik Brandt is a beautiful album. What really blows my mind and influenced my thinking is the continuity of the performance. A “must buy” album.” John Shelton Ivany. May 2012
Hailing from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, The Broken Heartland String Band plays music that is wholly American in its roots. With anchors in blues, old-time, bluegrass, and honky-tonk, the band brings energy and soul with a selection of cover tunes and originals blended from the diverse musical backgrounds of the band’s members. The Broken Heartland String Band is out to provide a good time with wholesome, partner-swaying, knee-slapping, hootin’ and hollerin’ tunes.
Chris was 17 years old when he accidentally discovered the genius of Doc Watson. It was a pretty obscure find for a boy from Shoreview, Minnesota. After spending countless evenings spinning Docs records over and over, Chris caught on to intricacies of flat-picking the steel string guitar. While his style is reminiscent of Doc’s and other first generation flat-pickers, Chris has developed his own style over the years that weaves together his musical experience in bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk, global and American roots music. Thirty years later including a decade on the road with the band Stoney Lonesome, hundreds of performances and workshops across the globe, and a series of acclaimed recordings, Chris is passing the torch to his multi-talented son, Ari. Like his father, Ari has never been “stuck” in any particular genre. He is as much at home with a Hendrix cover as he is with a traditional bluegrass song by Flatt and Scruggs. His unusual experience of playing in nightclubs and festivals as a pre-teen gave him a behind the scenes look at the art of performing. Now at 16, Ari’s music sounds like it’s coming from a seasoned pro with a soulfulness and drive that few players are able to achieve. Together, this father and son duo have carved out a new path into the world of roots music featuring many songs penned by the Silvers.
Gene and Amy have been writing and performing together since 2012. Since moving to the North
Shore of Lake Superior in August of 2014 they have been performing at various music venues along
the Shore including the Red Mug Coffeehouse in Superior, The Castle Danger Brewery in Two
Harbors and the Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. Their emphasis is on acoustic style duet
performances of their original songs as well as unique renditions of some of their favorite artists from
Dylan to dirt old country.
Parisota Hot Club has been performing with added flexibility in two different formats over the past year, 2014. The basic acoustic trio of guitar, violin and string bass and the basic electric trio of guitar, bass and drums. The electric trio is often joined by vocalist Erin Livingston. We have been working with Erin since May of this year.
There are three music players in the right hand column of this page that provide samples of the various combinations.
The top player is a live recording from a concert featuring Tom Schaefer on violin with Jay Epstein-drums, Matt Senjem-bass and myself on electric guitar.
The middle player features vocalist Erin Livingston doing some blues based numbers with the group and the third player from the top is the acoustic instrumental trio of violin, guitar and bass. We also perform in duo settings of violin and guitar or vocal and guitar.
Dreamcatcher is a bluegrass band that is taking the scene by storm. All but one member are students at East Tennessee State University, and are involved with the university’s Bluegrass, Old Time, Country, & Celtic Music Program. The band blends in a youthful energy to the sounds of traditional and contemporary bluegrass! Dreamcatcher was formed in early summer of 2015 by Troy Boone and Aaron Foster. Upon the release of Troy’s debut CD “First Impressions,” Troy and Aaron decided to create a project that fulfilled their musical desires. Hence, Dreamcatcher was born.
After about two years of touring and playing shows from Florida to Vermont, Troy Boone accepted the position with bluegrass super group “Sideline” which has passed over the reins of Dreamcatcher to Aaron Foster. Dreamcatcher is currently booking shows and have a desire to play as much as possible. It is no rarity to catch them playing at restaurants and breweries in their hometown of Johnson City, TN, as well as festivals across the eastern United States.
Come on out and welcome Minnesota native, Max Etling, back to Dulono’s!
In the music world where, across genres, “many are called but few are chosen’” it’s far from a stretch to opine “beware; there’s little room at the top.” Now, enter young Ian Kimmel who (I’ll put it all on the line, now) is gifted with the all the tools it’s going to take to earn his place rightfully among the chosen few in the small room.
At the age of seven; then, young Ian made his first on-stage performances. At age 11, Ian already was fronting his own band. Starting 2011, Ian’s amalgam of traditional and modern music bluegrass band, Barton’s Hollow, began winning strings of band contests. Ian has since gone on to perform border-to-border, coast-to-coast, and internationally. In 2014, Ian Kimmel walked away with SPBGMA’s coveted Mandolin Player of the Year award. Ian, musically, has shifted from high gear into overdrive. For starters, he’s long since arrived stellar-accomplished on guitar (acoustic and electric), mandolin, and Dobro. Self-accompanied on whichever instrument, Ian’s lead singing (he sings all the parts, too) come naturally. They’re powerful, and, refreshingly, not the least bit self-conscious. Ian, seemingly effortlessly, jumps genres; ranging from folk, to rock, to blues. Currently, Ian is enrolled in East Tennessee State University’s music program. ETSU, essentially, is the four-year degree epicenter where aspiring, capable, goal-driven young musicians go.
Samuel Kalisch is the animated bassist of Ian Kimmel and The Heard. He began playing the upright bass when he was eleven years old, and his parents and siblings started a family bluegrass band not long after. Raised in the rural country area of Lonsdale, MN — when he wasn’t running around out in the sticks with his 6 siblings, he was plucking away. As he got older, Sam enjoyed & excelled at his role in the family band; he often found himself playing pick up jams with friends and strangers alike at the many bluegrass festivals they attended each year. Although his upright bass (he calls her Holly…) will always be his number one, a couple years ago, Sam picked up the electric bass, as well. He loves being able to explore a different genre of music, and has been given the excellent opportunity to do so as a member of Ian Kimmel and The Heard.
Ben Ehrlich was born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota. At age five, Ben began taking piano lessons, which led him to discover his passion for music. A few years later, he purchased a drum set, and joined his first band soon after. Currently, at age 20, studies jazz drum set with Ed Soph at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. With Ian Kimmel and The Heard, Ben plays drums and sings harmony.
Max Etling, 19 years old, started playing piano at age 5. Then later started playing guitar at age 9. Max’s biggest influences for guitar are Tony Rice, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass music, and his guitar teacher Mark Kreitzer. Max is now attending East Tennessee State University majoring in Bluegrass and Country music. Here he mostly plays upright bass including with the up-and-coming Bluegrass band, Dreamcatcher. With Ian Kimmel and The Heard, Max plays electric and acoustic guitar and sings lead and harmony.
Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra plays Americana folk rock, infused with jazz, tango and Irish. The group, led by Minnesota banjoist/composer Eli Hoehn, navigates between Irish drinking songs, soft jazz ballads, soulful roots, driving jam-grass, tango and rock (often in the same song). The sound of Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra is what you might expect if Tom Waits and Frank Zappa conspired to form a bluegrass band, with original titles that include, “Warm, Dark, Narcotic American Night,” “Daydreaming Out of the 9 to 5 Corporate Office Window,” “Hula Hoop Girl on Bourbon Street,” “Leather Alice,” and “One Fast Move…or i’m gone.”
The group is named after a fictional super hero, created from one of Hoehn’s compositions, “What’s the Matter with Captain Gravitone?” The group has collaborated with Mankato playwright, Greg Abbott, and Minnesota poet John Rezmerski, to create a story around their super hero that includes the character of an angst ridden superhero with super powers that include the manipulation of gravity, time travel, and travel to parallel universes, that tries unsuccessfully to make the world a better place. In the group’s new cd, “A Real Fine Day (when the circus comes to town),” we discover that Captain Gravitone was born of a circus family, the love child of Jeannie the Half-Girl and an unstable circus dwarf named Bruce.
The group includes Mankato musicians, Wayne Schmidt on guitar, Damen Price on drums, Kelly Coyle on bass and vocalist Kelly Kroeker. The band plays throughout Minnesota (and beyond).
The Swamp Kings live and play by one motto: Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! While bringing New Orleans Funk and Cajun Boogie up the Mississippi River to their home of Minnesota, the band has captured a unique fan base playing clubs, festivals and events since 2006. The Swamp Kings style is rhythmic, energetic and raw blending Cajun, Funk, Blues and Zydeco. Soulful vocals, swampy guitar, spicy accordion and just the right amount of heat from the rhythm section make the perfect ingredients for good times.