Tag Archives: Blues

Review – Ilika Ward CD Release Show Icehouse Mpls 6/29/16 – Many Faces CD


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By Derek Lynch

After an opening act consisting of Mike Munson’s thick, gritty, and almost tangibly mountainous traditional blues singing accompanied by his slide guitar and a washboard, Jake Ilika and Joel Ward took the stage almost immediately. Continue reading

Review – Alex Crankshaft Larson’s rocking CD release at Famous Dave’s

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By Ann Treacy

Famous Dave’s was pushing capacity limits Friday night for Alex Crankshaft Larson’s CD release party. The band is rocking and fun. The sort of band that gets people on the dancefloor  – lots of people, some of whom look like they might be more accustomed to being on a Harley than tripping the light. It’s a party atmosphere, a very welcoming party. Continue reading

Video – Alex”Crankshaft”Larson – Any Other Way

Had to post this, since Alex”Crankshaft”Larson had a family emergency and had to cancel his release show, this last Wednesday and we were planning on doing a live review. His new album is out now, and judging from this track it’s a good one.


Blues Studio For School Fundraiser!

100% of the proceeds go to the Blues For Kids Program. They are creating a 6 week blues workshop working with the East Ridge High School (Minnesota) along with more blues workshops for other schools and low income neighborhoods.

Bake sale, auction, cash lottery, and more!

12:30pm to 1pm- FREE HARMONICA workshop for kids and free harmonicas for the first 20 kids!

Live Music!
1-2pm Joey Flip and The Blue Cities
Featuring Mike Fugazzi
and open jam with youth blues musicians – www.facebook.com/TheBlueCities

2-3pm Squishy Mud www.facebook.com/SquishyMud

3-4pm Armadillo Jump www.armadillojump.com

4-5pm Joyann & Sweet Tea www.sweetteaband.net

$10 suggested donation.

Blues Studio info:
Students are taught by some of the best professional blues musicians in our state. Classes are held once a week for the remainder of the workshop. Students will learn blues scales, chord progressions, improvisation theories, and history. The class will also learn blues songs that will be incorporated into their band will be performing the songs for the public. The students will receive a Blues Studio booklet that includes resources to study blues music, participate in local blues competitions, and perform on stage at many of the local “open blues jams.”

Click here to make your donation!

Sponsored by:
Mn Blues Society
MN Music Coalition
Vig Guitars
Minnesota Music Cafe
Infinity Drumworks
Minnesota Association of Songwriters
Spire Federal Credit Union
Guitar Center

5th Annual – Longfellow Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival

Patrick’s Cabaret presents the 5th annual Longfellow Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival. This year, the all-day music marathon will be taking place on Saturday, July 18 at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue in the Longfellow community of South Minneapolis. Recently honored as “Best Rock Festival” by City Pages Best Of 2014 issue and “Best Block Party” in Star Tribune’s Best of MN issue, this year’s installment will again boast 4 musical stages showcasing 20+ local, regional, and national acts in a wide variety of styles and genres. In addition, this community event will feature local DJs, dance performance, visual artists, performance art, craft foods and beverages.

Review – A.M. Stryker – The Lion’s Share

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Editors Note: This Review was accidentally given to two reviewers. So it is reviewed twice on the website.

By Clara Tsac

A.M Stryker strikes an emotional note in acoustic blues with debut album The Lion’s Share. The Minneapolis music veteran has lent his creative talents to such projects as The Spirit of ’76, Satellite Voices, Deleter, and We Are The Willows, and his first solo album is produced and released by Homestead Records. Continue reading

Review – The Blue Cities (Joey Flip & Aurora) – Release


By Clara Tsac

Minnesota band “The Blue Cities” deliver a work of soulful vocals and skillful guitar lines in new musical work “Release.” Lead vocalist Aurora Wahlstrom and guitarist Joe Filipovich team up to complement each other on every track, serving a range of styles. Continue reading

Review – Dumpy Jug Bumpers – Dumpin’ At The Savoy


By Samuel Wigness

There are few instances in music when the ceramic XXX moonshine jug has been used to great effect. It seemed to disappear after Mungo Jerry’s use in the 1970 hit “Summertime,” perhaps returning to the porch from whence it came. Continue reading