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Event Review – The Warming House Opening Night

MINNEAPOLIS, MN NAY 6: Opening night at the Warming House, featuring Chris Koza and Peter Miller on May 6, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. © Tony Nelson

“In this era of constant contact, that may be a listening room’s biggest gift-the gift of being there, in harmony with the music and each other.”

By Rebecca Marx

Photo Credit Tony Nelson

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R.T. Rybak’s Pothole Confidential Book Launch Party

A Fundraiser to support City of Minneapolis STEP-UP youth employment program. Donate HERE.

Celebrate the release of R.T. Rybak’s Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis with the former mayor (and legendary stage-diver) – a fun night of local music, highlights from the book, and a signing with R.T. Show starts at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Pothole Confidential is a clear-eyed look inside the life and times of Minneapolis and its dynamic three-term mayor. In the words of Lizz Winstead, “This book is a love letter to Minneapolis and it tells the riveting story of what you must tackle to make and keep a city great.”

R.T. served as mayor of the City of Minneapolis from 2002-2013. During his tenure as mayor, R.T. led efforts to make Minneapolis a national leader in innovative, cradle-to-career approaches to youth development and has worked to highlight the crisis of our region’s achievement gap and advance effective strategies for ending it.

Books will be available for purchase from Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Free Sebastian Joe’s ice cream scoops, including R.T.’s favorite: The Flavor Formerly Known As Nicollet Avenue Pothole.

Featuring Big Trouble + dVRG, with special guests Chris Koza, Lucy Michelle, Toki Wright, and Terry Walsh, plus the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band and DJ Shannon Blowtorch. First Avenue Mainroom. Wednesday, April 13, 2016. 6:00pm. $10.00. 18+.

Just added: VIP Tickets benefitting STEP-UP – $100.00 (VIP ticket will include admission and a signed copy of the book. Additional proceeds will benefit City of Minneapolis STEP-UP youth employment program).

A Valentine’s Evening with Chris Koza and Lucy Michelle at the Cedar Cultural Center

Over the past decade, Lucy Michelle and Chris Koza have been among the most consistent and prolific artists in Minneapolis/St. Paul. During that timespan, Chris has released 10 albums – most recently 2014’s In Real Time while also fronting the band Rogue Valley. Lucy Michelle has recently followed up 2013’s Chan Poling/John Munson-co-produced solo album Attack of the Heart by rekindling with former Velvet Lapels collaborators under the moniker “Little Fevers” for their delightful and energetic debut album Field Trip.

This Valentine’s Day the duo — along with several other melodic friends — will be filling the Cedar Cultural Center with originals and covers inspired by the pearls – and perils of romance. Chris and Lucy will perform solo, as a duo, and as a quartet with the musical guidance of Richard Medek (drum) and John Munson (bass). Special guests for the evening include Adam Levy (The Honedogs, And The Professors), Alexei Moon Casselle (Mixed Blood Majority, Kill the Vultures), Leah Ottman (LOTT, We are the Willows), and singer-songwriter Brian Just.

In advance of Valentine’s Day, Chris and Lucy are forging ahead through the depths of the Minnesota Winter by recording a special covers EP. This sure-to-be-rare, sure-to-be-rad collection of songs is an exclusive release – and a sincere Thank You – for ticket-holders to the show. The album will be distributed as a download in early February, prior the show.

Will there be cakes? Sing-alongs? Fancy Gowns? Surprises? Will you find your one True Love in the audience? The possibilities are many, but the time and place are one: Sunday, February 14th the Cedar Cultural Center present: A Valentine’s Evening w/ Chris Koza and Lucy Michelle.

Batteryboy Presents – The Southern Theater Sessions – Night 2

batteryboy is proud to present Southern Theater Sessions: Act 3, our third and final Sessions at the Southern. This is a two-night concert event at Minneapolis’s Southern Theater. In addition to batteryboy performances each night, the Sessions shows will feature one-of-a-kind, intimate sets by Chris Koza, Al Church, Jillian Rae, Joey Ryan, Erik Koskinen and Moon and Pollution. All set in the spare, intimate surroundings of Seven Corners’ venerable Southern Theater.

These shows represent a rare, musician-only event, with no corporate sponsors/bookers/promoters assisting with organizing the gigs in any way, only Cobey Rouse of batteryboy and his musical cohorts. Because of this, all proceeds go directly to the artists and back into The Southern Theater.

For artists, they get to challenge themselves a bit and possibly re-work their songs to fit the event. They might find something they love about that version and try it again live, or it might be the only time anyone ever hears that version. Either way, it’s always a special experience for both audience and artists at the Southern Theater Sessions.

July 31 & August 1
Doors 7
Showtime 8pm
Tickets:
Single day $10
Two-day pass $16

Friday July 31
Al Church
Moon and pollution
batteryboy
Chris Koza

Saturday August 1
Joey Ryan
Erik Koskinen
batteryboy
Jillian Rae
Also featuring Cloud Cult’s Danieal Zamzow in lobby prior to show

Batteryboy Presents – The Southern Theater Sessions – Night 1

batteryboy is proud to present Southern Theater Sessions: Act 3, our third and final Sessions at the Southern. This is a two-night concert event at Minneapolis’s Southern Theater. In addition to batteryboy performances each night, the Sessions shows will feature one-of-a-kind, intimate sets by Chris Koza, Al Church, Jillian Rae, Joey Ryan, Erik Koskinen and Moon and Pollution. All set in the spare, intimate surroundings of Seven Corners’ venerable Southern Theater.

These shows represent a rare, musician-only event, with no corporate sponsors/bookers/promoters assisting with organizing the gigs in any way, only Cobey Rouse of batteryboy and his musical cohorts. Because of this, all proceeds go directly to the artists and back into The Southern Theater.

For artists, they get to challenge themselves a bit and possibly re-work their songs to fit the event. They might find something they love about that version and try it again live, or it might be the only time anyone ever hears that version. Either way, it’s always a special experience for both audience and artists at the Southern Theater Sessions.

July 31 & August 1
Doors 7
Showtime 8pm
Tickets:
Single day $10
Two-day pass $16

Friday July 31
Al Church
Moon and pollution
batteryboy
Chris Koza

Saturday August 1
Joey Ryan
Erik Koskinen
batteryboy
Jillian Rae
Also featuring Cloud Cult’s Danieal Zamzow in lobby prior to show

Live Review – Brianna Lane – CD Release Show at Icehouse 5/19

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Photo By Ryan Eckman

By Becca Marx

If there was a show worth waiting eight years for, last night was that show. Brianna Lane released her outstanding record The Navigators Club at Icehouse to a standing room only crowd. Continue reading

VOICE: SONGS FOR THOSE WHO ARE SILENCED

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By Becca Marx

The CD VOICE: SONGS FOR THOSE WHO ARE SILENCED supports the work of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. The campaign is called MN Girls Are Not For Sale and its mission is to end the sex trafficking of minors. The Safe Harbor Law was passed with the support of Amy Klobuchar on the local level in 2011 and in 2015 a federal law was passed to change the legal perception of the perpetrator of sex trafficking to the victim of it instead. Minnesota is number one in the systemic response to sex trafficking, and its system serves as a nationwide model. Rehabilitation starts with safe beds (from a few to 24 currently available) and continues with  treatment for the trauma they’ve suffered. Continue reading