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Playlist: LOST: Live from Minnesota

Compiled By: Micah Whetstone

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Charlie Parr, with Nikki & the RueMates

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 30:31

Live concert featuring Charlie Parr and Nikki & the RueMates, recorded at the 331 Club on July 2, 2010. Part of Jackson Buck's Freewheelin' First Fridays.

Parr2_small Folk and blues master Charlie Parr performs live at the 331 Club as part of Jackson Buck's Freewheelin' First Fridays. With Nikki & the Ruemates.

Cornbread Harris: profile & live concert

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:20

At 83-years-old, Cornbread Harris is still gigs regularly in the Twin Cities. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he's also renowned for his famous son--music producer Jimmy "Jam" Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani.

Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist.

He is currently the subject of a documentary titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris" by Thomas Zocher. Profile produced by Michelle Bruch; concert produced by Daniel Zamzow with production assistance by Nancy Sartor.

Cornbread_by_chuck_ryan_small At 83-years-old, Cornbread Harris is still gigs regularly in the Twin Cities. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he's also renowned for his famous son--music producer Jimmy "Jam" Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani.

Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist.

He is currently the subject of a documentary titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris" by Thomas Zocher. Profile produced by Michelle Bruch; concert produced by Daniel Zamzow with production assistance by Nancy Sartor.

Exotik-a-GoGo interview and concert

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 27:25

Exotik-a-GoGo is the house band at Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis. Every Friday and Saturday they play in Shangri La from 7-11pm. This segment features an interview with the band--Craig Gallas, Clint Hoover, Vince Hyman, Bob Ekstrand, Chris Johnson and Tom Cravens--as well as a concert featuring the tiki-inspired sextet. Produced by Nancy Sartor and Daniel Zamzow.

Exotik_small Exotik-a-GoGo is the house band at Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis. Every Friday and Saturday they play in Shangri La from 7-11pm. This segment features an interview with the band--Craig Gallas, Clint Hoover, Vince Hyman, Bob Ekstrand, Chris Johnson and Tom Cravens--as well as a concert featuring the tiki-inspired sextet. Produced by Nancy Sartor and Daniel Zamzow.

Black Audience

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 26:02

Black Audience concert, recorded live at the Red Stag Block Party, August 2010.

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Black_audience_small Black Audience concert, recorded live at the Red Stag Block Party, August 2010.

Willie Walker & Willie West at the Music Box Theatre

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 26:36

Last fall Twin Cities musician Paul Metsa hosted a series of concerts and interviews at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. On this special night, renowned soul musicians Willie Walker and Willie West shared the stage for the first time--talking and singing in a rare live performance that sent chills through the audience. Produced by Monty Lee Wilkes and Nancy Sartor.

Willies3_small Last fall Twin Cities musician Paul Metsa hosted a series of concerts and interviews at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. On this special night, renowned soul musicians Willie Walker and Willie West shared the stage for the first time--talking and singing in a rare live performance that sent chills through the audience. Produced by Monty Lee Wilkes and Nancy Sartor.

Xonxaro Baro's Gypsy Love Show

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:33

Xonxaro Baro means "the great trick." This live performance of the Gypsy Love Show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall features music by the Bourgeoisie Bohemians--Balkan and Gypsy performers with a touch of French circus--with storytelling by Tansy Undercrypt. Also included are three recordings by Gypsy Mania from their self-titled release, including "Butterfly," "East Hennepin" and "Blues de Paris." Gypsy Mania is Glen Helgeson (guitar), Gary Schulte (violin), Reynold Philipsek (guitar/vocals), Jeff Brueske (acoustic bass), Michael Bissonnette (percussion) and James Allen (guitar). For more information, go to http://www.worldviewmusic.com/gypsymania/index.html. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow and Nancy Sartor.

Gypsymania_small Xonxaro Baro means "the great trick." This live performance of the Gypsy Love Show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall features music by the Bourgeoisie Bohemians--Balkan and Gypsy performers with a touch of French circus--with storytelling by Tansy Undercrypt. Also included are three recordings by Gypsy Mania from their self-titled release, including "Butterfly," "East Hennepin" and "Blues de Paris." Gypsy Mania is Glen Helgeson (guitar), Gary Schulte (violin), Reynold Philipsek (guitar/vocals), Jeff Brueske (acoustic bass), Michael Bissonnette (percussion) and James Allen (guitar). For more information, go to http://www.worldviewmusic.com/gypsymania/index.html. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow and Nancy Sartor.

Eclectic Ensemble & Music of the Sun

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 27:45

Eclectic Ensemble is an ambient and improvisational group that runs on solar power and transports all its gear by bicycle. The group has been performing its Music of the Sun project for two years, and was recorded live at Minnehaha Falls last summer. Awarded a 2011 Community Arts Grant, the trio will perform at outdoor locations across the Twin Cities from May through October. Hear selections from Music of the Sun, as well as commentary from band members Tim Donahue, Charlie Hendrickson and John Vance. Produced for KFAI by Nancy Sartor and Dan Zamzow.

Eensemble1_small Eclectic Ensemble is an ambient and improvisational group that runs on solar power and transports all its gear by bicycle. The group has been performing its Music of the Sun project for two years, and was recorded live at Minnehaha Falls last summer. Awarded a 2011 Community Arts Grant, the trio will perform at outdoor locations across the Twin Cities from May through October. Hear selections from Music of the Sun, as well as commentary from band members Tim Donahue, Charlie Hendrickson and John Vance. Produced for KFAI by Nancy Sartor and Dan Zamzow.

Koerner & Glover Live at Mill City Museum

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:24

Spider John Koerner & Tony Glover at Mill City Museum

Kg1_small West Bank music legends Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover perform as part of Mill City Museum's outdoor summer concert series.

Communist Daughter

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:04

Communist Daughter
Produced by Daniel Zamzow

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Commd5_small Members:
Johnny Solomon
Steven Yasgar
Adam Switlick
Molly Moore
Lee VanLith
Al Weiers
Jonathan Blaseg

From facebook:
A few years ago John Solomon walked away from music. After a long struggle with addiction and a brief stint in jail he broke up his critically acclaimed band Friends Like These and moved to a small town in Wisconsin. And supposedly that was that.

Even though Solomon left music, music never left him. After a long hiatus, he called some friends to come to Wisconsin and demo up a new album....

Solomon and company have already started to reclaim their spot in music with favorable reviews from critics all over that remember Solomon and company from Friends Like These.

The lead off single "Not The Kid" has already been featured in a video from award winning director Ali Selim, and the twin cities music fans have been flocking to Communist Daughter shows.

A re-energized Solomon has assembled a band worth taking note of now.

Hip Hop Against Homophobia

From KFAI | Part of the Live from Minnesota series | 28:10

The Hip Hop Against Homophobia series began in 2009 to showcase dynamic talent and unite diverse communities. The shows explore culture and social justice through music and poetry. This Live from Minnesota segment presents Hip Hop Against Homophobia, recorded at Patrick's Cabaret and featuring MCs See More Perspective, Koaz and Desdamona, along with poet Amy Renaud and deejay Saul Goode. Our show was produced by Daniel Zamzow.

Hiphop1_small The Hip Hop Against Homophobia series began in 2009 to showcase dynamic talent and unite diverse communities. The shows explore culture and social justice through music and poetry. This Live from Minnesota segment presents Hip Hop Against Homophobia, recorded at Patrick's Cabaret and featuring MCs See More Perspective, Koaz and Desdamona, along with poet Amy Renaud and deejay Saul Goode. Our show was produced by Daniel Zamzow.

The Brass Messengers with the Yale Women's Slavic Chorus

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:06

This "Live from Minnesota" segment features the Brass Messengers—a Twin Cities’ band that formed from the Heart of the Beast May Day parade. With Caribbean and Balkan influences, the Brass Messengers describe themselves as, “a sprawling fun factory of musicians.” This show was recorded at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on March 12, 2012, and features contributions from the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus. For more information on the Brass Messengers, visit brassmessengers.com. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Brass5_small This "Live from Minnesota" segment features the Brass Messengers—a Twin Cities’ band that formed from the Heart of the Beast May Day parade. With Caribbean and Balkan influences, the Brass Messengers describe themselves as, “a sprawling fun factory of musicians.” This show was recorded at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on March 12, 2012, and features contributions from the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus. For more information on the Brass Messengers, visit brassmessengers.com. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Mary Cutrufello live at the Amsterdam

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:00

Singer/songwriter Mary Cutrufello was raised in Connecticut and spent years as a recording artist in Texas. She settled in the Twin Cities 10 years ago, and continues to play locally and nationally. Known as a “honky-tonk heroine,” she’s been featured on Austin City Limits and has produced a number of albums, including a major release on Mercury Records. Vocal nodes silenced her for three years, but in 2007 she returned to performing and released the album, “35.” Her most recent release is “Fireflies till they’re Gone,” which showcases both her full-throated rock wail and quiet intensity. This "Live from Minnesota" segment was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Maryc_small Singer/songwriter Mary Cutrufello was raised in Connecticut and spent years as a recording artist in Texas. She settled in the Twin Cities 10 years ago, and continues to play locally and nationally. Known as a “honky-tonk heroine,” she’s been featured on Austin City Limits and has produced a number of albums, including a major release on Mercury Records. Vocal nodes silenced her for three years, but in 2007 she returned to performing and released the album, “35.” Her most recent release is “Fireflies till they’re Gone,” which showcases both her full-throated rock wail and quiet intensity. This "Live from Minnesota" segment was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Broken Bicycles perform at Hymie's Vintage Records

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 27:57

Broken Bicycles play an in-store performance at Hymie's Vintage Records, featuring music from the band's latest CD, "Minneapolis." Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. For more information, visit brokenbicycles.bandcamp.com.

Brokenbicycles2_small Broken Bicycles play an in-store performance at Hymie's Vintage Records, featuring music from the band's latest CD, "Minneapolis." Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. For more information, visit brokenbicycles.bandcamp.com.

KFAI celebrates Black History Month at T’s Place

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:24

KFAI celebrates Black History Month at T’s Place with a night of soul-filled performances by musicians from throughout the local African-American community. Over three hours of music, interviews, and community voices were broadcast live from the neighborhood restaurant T's Place. This presentation of the event features PeeWee Dread, Annie Mac, Lynval Jackson, the Tracey Blake Project, Danami and the Blue, Anjanie, and Ray Covington. Produced by Daniel Zamzow.

1t6b9608_small KFAI celebrates Black History Month at T’s Place with a night of soul-filled performances by musicians from throughout the local African-American community. Over three hours of music, interviews, and community voices were broadcast live from the neighborhood restaurant T's Place. This presentation of the event features PeeWee Dread, Annie Mac, Lynval Jackson, the Tracey Blake Project, Danami and the Blue, Anjanie, and Ray Covington. Produced by Daniel Zamzow. 

Guitar Party, featuring Dosh and Haley Bonar

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:00

A special, family friendly event at the Cedar Cultural Center. With Jeremy Ylvisaker, Jake Hanson and Andrew Broder (guitars), Mijah Ylvisaker (voice), Mike Lewis (bass), J.T. Bates (drums), Dosh (drums) and Haley Bonar (guitar and voice). Mijah, Jeremy's daughter, is in the first grade at Hale Elementary. Produced by Daniel Zamzow.

Guitarpartyweb_small A special, family friendly event at the Cedar Cultural Center. With Jeremy Ylvisaker, Jake Hanson and Andrew Broder (guitars), Mijah Ylvisaker (voice), Mike Lewis (bass), J.T. Bates (drums), Dosh (drums) and Haley Bonar (guitar and voice). Mijah, Jeremy's daughter, is in the first grade at Hale Elementary. Produced by Daniel Zamzow.


Heiruspecs

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:58

Heiruspecs recorded Aug 21, 2010, at the Red Stag Block Party.

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Heiru2_small Heiruspecs recorded Aug 21, 2010 at the Red Stag Block Party
Produced by Brian Herb & Daniel Zamzow

Heiruspecs is:
Felix and Muad'dib, rap and noises
dVRG, keyboards and keyboards
Twinkie Jiggles, basses
Peter Leggett, drums
Josh Peterson, guitar

Visit Heiruspecs on facebook.

Embracing the Beloved

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:09

Embracing the Beloved is the name of a musical concert rooted in Sephardic, Persian, and North and South Indian cultural traditions. Co-creators Nirmala Rajasekar, David Jordan Harris, and Maryam Yusefzadeh recently performed three shows in the Twin Cities. This program was recorded and produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Beloved2_small Embracing the Beloved is the name of a musical concert rooted in Sephardic, Persian, and North and South Indian cultural traditions. Co-creators Nirmala Rajasekar, David Jordan Harris, and Maryam Yusefzadeh recently performed three shows in the Twin Cities. This program was recorded and produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Lisa Brimmer & High Society

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:45

This summer at Black Dog Café, poet and playwright Lisa Brimmer gathered a group of free-style jazz musicians called High Society for a night of spoken word and improvisational music. The show was recorded and produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. High Society includes Chris Bates on bass, Evan Montgomery on guitar, Peter Hennig on auxiliary percussion, Cory Grossman on cello, Nathan Hanson on saxophone and Greg Shutte.

Lisabrimmer_small This summer at Black Dog Café, poet and playwright Lisa Brimmer gathered a group of free-style jazz musicians called High Society for a night of spoken word and improvisational music. The show was recorded and produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. High Society includes Chris Bates on bass, Evan Montgomery on guitar, Peter Hennig on auxiliary percussion, Cory Grossman on cello, Nathan Hanson on saxophone and Greg Shutte.

Youth concert from Perpich Center for Arts Education

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:00

This special concert features students from the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Youth ensembles perform original compositions and songs, including: Super Raccoon Bat!, D'Arcy Spiller (solo), 100% Groove Train and Tea-Tum. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Perpich1_small This special concert features students from the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Youth ensembles perform original compositions and songs, including: Super Raccoon Bat!, D'Arcy Spiller (solo), 100% Groove Train and Tea-Tum. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Rogue Valley live at the Cedar Cultural Center

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 50:20

KFAI captured this live performance of Rogue Valley last November at the Cedar Cultural Center for the band's CD-release of "Geese in the Flyway"--the third of four music projects by this prolific ensemble. Members include: Chris Koza, Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, Linnea Mohn, and Joey Kantor.

Roguephoto_small KFAI captured this live performance of Rogue Valley last November at the Cedar Cultural Center for the band's CD-release of "Geese in the Flyway"--the third of four music projects by this prolific ensemble. Members include: Chris Koza, Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, Linnea Mohn, and Joey Kantor.

Dykes Do Drag

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 27:00

The Minneapolis performance group Dykes Do Drag explores art and gender through music, performance art, multimedia, and other forms of self-expression. Active since 1999, the group performs throughout the year at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis. What sets Dykes Do Drag apart from traditional drag shows is how each performer explores and personifies the concept of "gender." Produced by Kelsey Dilts McGregor.

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Ddd1_small The Minneapolis performance group Dykes Do Drag explores art and gender through music, performance art, multimedia, and other forms of self-expression. Active since 1999, the group performs throughout the year at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis. What sets Dykes Do Drag apart from traditional drag shows is how each performer explores and personifies the concept of "gender." Produced by Kelsey Dilts McGregor.

Poet & Musician Brian Laidlaw

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 27:26

California native Brian Laidlaw considers himself a poet first and musician second. After several years of touring, Laidlaw settled in Minneapolis to earn his Masters of Fine Art in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the album "wolf wolf wolf" as the audio counterpart to his masters' thesis and released it in the fall of 2011. In this edition of Live from Minnesota, Laidlaw shares his poetry, music and insight on blending of these art forms. For more information, go to brianlaidlaw.com. Produced for KFAI by Flor Trevino.

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Minnesota's Bluegrass Revival

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 27:41

For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebal of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds. This documentary examines the local bluegrass resurgence, what it means for musicians and fans, and the divide between purists and progressives. Thanks to Phil Nusbaum, Quillan Roe, Liz Olds, Kevin Kniebal, Lindsay Nygaard, and Nancy Sartor.

Featured music (in order of appearance):
Roe Family Singers "Elspeth’s Farewell," Dorothy Rorick "The House Carpenter," Bill Monroe "Uncle Penn," Roe Family Singers "The Crawdad Song,"
Koerner, Ray and Glover "John Hardy," Pert Near Sandstone "A Lazy Man’s Load is a Heavy One," Dwight Diller and John Morris "Always Lift Him Up and Never Knock Him Down'" Trampled by Turtles "Ceiling Side," Pert Near Sandstone "Wild Bill Jones," Trampled by Turtles "The Outskirts," Pert Near Sandstone "Liza Jane," Trampled by Turtles "Pipe Knot," and Pert Near Sandstone "Happy Hollow."

Kevinandsarah_small For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebal of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds. This documentary examines the local bluegrass resurgence, what it means for musicians and fans, and the divide between purists and progressives. Thanks to Phil Nusbaum, Quillan Roe, Liz Olds, Kevin Kniebal, Lindsay Nygaard, and Nancy Sartor.

Featured music (in order of appearance):
Roe Family Singers "Elspeth’s Farewell," Dorothy Rorick "The House Carpenter," Bill Monroe "Uncle Penn," Roe Family Singers "The Crawdad Song,"
Koerner, Ray and Glover "John Hardy," Pert Near Sandstone "A Lazy Man’s Load is a Heavy One," Dwight Diller and John Morris "Always Lift Him Up and Never Knock Him Down'" Trampled by Turtles "Ceiling Side," Pert Near Sandstone "Wild Bill Jones," Trampled by Turtles "The Outskirts," Pert Near Sandstone "Liza Jane," Trampled by Turtles "Pipe Knot," and Pert Near Sandstone "Happy Hollow."

Jazz Singer Sophia Shorai

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:10

Sophia Shorai was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Minneapolis. A classically trained pianist, she began exploring jazz in her early teens, learning vocalese from her trumpet-playing father. Sophia performs regularly at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and in other venues across the Twin Cities. In addition to singing, she has done voice work for national television commercials, as well as television and motion pictures. This concert was recorded April 28, at the Red Stag Supperclub in Northeast Minneapolis. With Tanner Taylor on keyboard.

Chrisr_1298643703_shorai_small Sophia Shorai was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Minneapolis. A classically trained pianist, she began exploring jazz in her early teens, learning vocalese from her trumpet-playing father. Sophia performs regularly at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and in other venues across the Twin Cities. In addition to singing, she has done voice work for national television commercials, as well as television and motion pictures. This concert was recorded April 28, at the Red Stag Supperclub in Northeast Minneapolis. With Tanner Taylor on keyboard.

St. Paddy's Day Hootenanny for Slim Dunlap

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 26:06

Twin Cities’ musician Bob Dunlap is known to most of his friends and fans as “Slim.” Dunlap played with the Replacements and released two solo CDs "Times Like This" and "Old New Me." Earlier this year he suffered a major stroke, and is currenly recovering. On St. Patrick’s Day, more than a dozen local musicians assembled at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul to pay tribute to their friend. Hosted by Jim Walsh, the “St. Paddy’s Day Hootenanny for Slim” showcased an outpouring of love and support for a man known as everybody’s friend. This program features musicians Gini Dodds, Frank Randall, Katy Vernon, Jen Markey, Joe Fahey and Ben Glaros.

Hootforslim1_small Twin Cities' musician Bob Dunlap is known to most of his friends and fans as "Slim." Dunlap played with the Replacements and released two solo CDs "Times Like This" and "Old New Me." Earlier this year he suffered a major stroke, and is currenly recovering. On St. Patrick's Day, more than a dozen local musicians assembled at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul to pay tribute to their friend. Hosted by Jim Walsh, the "St. Paddy's Day Hootenanny for Slim" showcased an outpouring of love and support for a man known as everybody's friend. This program features musicians Gini Dodds, Frank Randall, Katy Vernon, Jen Markey, Joe Fahey and Ben Glaros.

Toki Wright's FADERS mixtape release

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 08:27

Twin Cities hip-hop artist Toki Wright is a dynamic force on stage and in the recording studio. He's also an instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. In March, he celebrated the release of "FADERS" at the Fine Line Music Cafe. This "Live from Minnesota" segment was produced for KFAI by Peter Frey.

Toki1_small Twin Cities hip-hop artist Toki Wright is a dynamic force on stage and in the recording studio. He's also an instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. In March, he celebrated the release of "FADERS" at the Fine Line Music Cafe. This "Live from Minnesota" segment was produced for KFAI by Peter Frey.

Patty & the Buttons at the Red Stag Supperclub

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 27:05

Patty and the Buttons formed in 2008 when accordionist/vocalist Patrick "Patty" Harison returned to the Midwest. Inspired by his travels and work Panorama Jazz Band, Loose Marbles and the Baby Soda Jazz Band, he formed the Buttons to continue his love of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band's eclectic repertoire includes New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Dust Bowl Ballads, Jug Music and 1930's Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also beautifully melancholy and lush. Known as an accordionist, Patty doubles as the bands vocalist, with a vocal style that has been described as "Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee." This show was produced for KFAI by Tom Garneau.

Pattybuttons_small Patty and the Buttons formed in 2008 when accordionist/vocalist Patrick "Patty" Harison returned to the Midwest. Inspired by his travels and work Panorama Jazz Band, Loose Marbles and the Baby Soda Jazz Band, he formed the Buttons to continue his love of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band's eclectic repertoire includes New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Dust Bowl Ballads, Jug Music and 1930's Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also beautifully melancholy and lush.  Known as an accordionist, Patty doubles as the bands vocalist, with a vocal style that has been described as "Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee." This show was produced for KFAI by Tom Garneau.

Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders at Harriet Brewing's Tap Room

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 29:05

Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders perform at Harriet Brewing's Tap Room. Produced by Daniel Zamzow.

Crankshaft1_small Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders perform at Harriet Brewing's Tap Room. Produced by Daniel Zamzow.

Saved by Faith and Verse

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:00

Recorded live at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, "Saved by Faith and Verse" is a night of Somali spoken word poetry featuring Abdi Phenomenal, Ahmed Assad, Brother Amjet, Asma Farah and Ayan Mohamud. Some of the poets perform in English; others perform in Somali.

Somali_poets_image_small Recorded live at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, "Saved by Faith and Verse" is a night of Somali spoken word poetry featuring Abdi Phenomenal, Ahmed Assad, Brother Amjet, Asma Farah and Ayan Mohamud. Some of the poets perform in English; others perform in Somali.

Minnesota's (other) musical troubadour: Paul Metsa

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 26:30

Paul Metsa has many guitars, wears many hats. He cut his musical teeth on Minneapolis' West Bank in the early '80s, and has taken his passion for music and activism on the road--a place he calls the Blue Guitar Highway, and the title of his memoir published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2012. This year he began hosting his own weekly radio show, the Wall of Power Radio Hour, on AM950. In this KFAI audio documentary, producer Britt Aamodt talks to Metsa about music, his influences, the Iron Range, social activism and, of course, guitars. For more information, visit blueguitarhighway.com.

Paul_small Paul Metsa has many guitars, wears many hats. He cut his musical teeth on Minneapolis' West Bank in the early '80s, and has taken his passion for music and activism on the road--a place he calls the Blue Guitar Highway, and the title of his memoir published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2012. This year he began hosting his own weekly radio show, the Wall of Power Radio Hour, on AM950. In this KFAI audio documentary, producer Britt Aamodt talks to Metsa about music, his influences, the Iron Range, social activism and, of course, guitars. For more information, visit blueguitarhighway.com.

Cory Wong Quartet at the Artists' Quarter Jazz Club

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:59

The Cory Wong Quartet performs at the Artists’ Quarter Jazz Club in downtown St. Paul. The band features Cory Wong, Kevin Gastonguay, Andy Schuster and Zach Schmid. Songs in this segment include "Pougkeepsie,” “Flee” and “One/October Snow."

Corywong_aq_3_small The Cory Wong Quartet performs at the Artists' Quarter Jazz Club in downtown St. Paul. The band features Cory Wong, Kevin Gastonguay, Andy Schuster and Zach Schmid. Songs in this segment include "Pougkeepsie,"  "Flee" and "One/October Snow."

Dakota Valley Symphony

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:32

Since 1986, the Dakota Valley Symphony has performed concerts in parks, churches, schools, community centers and other public buildings throughout the south metro area. The organization was created to provide opportunities for skilled volunteer musicians to perform diverse music of all periods. The group also provides a forum for aspiring local composers to premiere their work. The symphony is comprised of a 60-member orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a 90-member Summer Pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and musical director Stephen J. Ramsey.

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Since 1986, the Dakota Valley Symphony has performed concerts in parks, churches, schools, community centers and other public buildings throughout the south metro area. The organization was created to provide opportunities for skilled volunteer musicians to perform diverse music of all periods. The group also provides a forum for aspiring local composers to premiere their work. The symphony is comprised of a 60-member orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a 90-member Summer Pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and musical director Stephen J. Ramsey.