Tag Archives: Ellen Stanley

Review – Mother Banjo & Ben Cook-Feltz – Christmas Came Early EP

By Brandon Henry Photo Credit Jessica Hackner

Mother Banjo and Ben Cook-Feltz’s EP Christmas Came Early is a soul-healing collection of songs that put you in the spirit of the season. Outshining bigger-budget affairs, the EP strays from the standards and dives deep into the holiday cannon with four songs that span a wide array of Continue reading

Mayor Coleman & the MMC present 2016 The Year of Music in Saint Paul & Ben Lubeck’s Rented Rooms Album Release

ST. PAUL, MN FEBRARY 11: Ben Lubeck performs at the Turf Club on February 11, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota. © Tony Nelson

ST. PAUL, MN FEBRARY 11: Ben Lubeck performs at the Turf Club on February 11, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota. © Tony Nelson

Rebecca Marx

Photo Credit Tony Nelson

Minneapolis has a long and storied love affair with music, but her twin sister Saint Paul has long been overlooked in comparison as a home for music. Yet another rivalry between the Twin Cities it seems! However, the last several years have been witness to an explosion of new venues in Saint Paul, creating an arts culture that challenges that stereotype. Continue reading

“Left-Handed Indie Pop” Talk With Ben Cook-Feltz

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By Rebecca Marx

Ben Cook-Feltz is a big part of the music scene in Minneapolis, a grinning face from the stage, but what do we really know about the oft hat-wearing, Cedar Falls, IA native? On the cusp of the release of Cook-Feltz’s record: She Doesn’t Believe Me, I wanted to learn more about the inner clockwork of the very visible musician. Jillian Rae and Doug Otto & The Getaways will join Ben Cook Feltz for the Record Release show at the 331 Club 10/23. Continue reading

Interview – Ellen Stanley – 5 Years of the MN Music Coalition

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By Rebecca Marx

On the cusp of the MN Music Coalition’s fifth anniversary, I chatted with its Executive Director Ellen Stanley, about the impact that the MMC has made on our local music scene. Stanley, whom you may know as Mother Banjo, oversees operations, coordinates artist programs, and works with the community to ensure that Minnesota is the best place for musicians to live and work. Continue reading