Past Performers

The Lowest Pair:
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Opening the show was Randy Broughten, Dan Gaarder and Andy Olsen.

An Americana banjo duo from Olympia/Minneapolis, The Lowest Pair features Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Their website states ,”Fans already know that the chemistry between Palmer’s Midwestern charm, those long winters spent listening to a steady diet of Townes Van Zandt and John Hartford, and Kendl’s poetic and playful way with words, her unique approach to the banjo, and her barefoot-in- the-cool-river-water mystique combine to make a powerful sound, but what’s new in 2016 is both the inclusion of those non-banjo sounds (harmonica, drum, bass, violin) and an incredible expansion of their songbook” in their two new records, Fern Girl and Ice Man and Uncertain As It Is Uneven.  Find out more about these two performers.

 
Dave Simonett
  (of Trampled by Turtles):
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Opening the show were The Triplets (Parker Ousley and Helen Forsythe) and Sam Ryden. 

dave-simonettAs the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Trampled by Turtles, Dave Simonett has had a noteworthy 2016 full of sold out shows coast to coast –including noteworthy performances at Newport Folk Festival and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Don͛t miss this opportunity to share an intimate, acoustic show with Simonett, performing songs from his solo EP ͚Razor Pony͛ as well as his other major works from Trampled By Turtles and Dead Man Winter.

Peter Mayer
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Opening the show wasJon Manners.

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“I’m a huge Peter Mayer fan, but only when I don’t feel like killing him for being so good. I love Peter’s work, though it irritates me that he plays so much better than I do. If I rocked half as hard as Peter does, I’d own the world by now.”  — Janis Ian, Singer/Songwriter

Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

 

2015-2016 Season:

Chris Koza: 

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April 30, 2016
Chris Koza is a songwriter/musician living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the climate, the mighty Mississippi River and the balance of large city and rural communities offer continued inspiration.

Find out more aboutChris Koza
Opener Anna Marie Mitchell

Communist Daughter:

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February 27, 2016

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. Supposedly that was that…

Even though Solomon left music, music never left him. After a long hiatus, he called some friends to come out to that small town and begin again.
Find out more about  Communist Daughter

Opener Chad Johnson

The Pines:

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January 9, 2016

The Midwest is to The Pines what Monument Valley was to filmmaker John Ford. The flat, endless expanses of the band’s native Iowa are at once the settings of, characters in, and muse behind the songs on their new album, Above The Prairie. Songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey-who along with Benson’s brother Alex form the band’s touring trio format-craft their music with a filmmaker’s keen eye for detail and framing, blending celestial, ethereal atmospherics with rich, warm vocals and earthy acoustic instruments. It’s a gripping brew that demands your total presence, transporting you into vividly painted musical and lyrical snapshots.

Find out more about The Pines

Opener Michael Morris

Michael Johnson:

October 30, 2015

Michael Johnson has performed and lived more music and recorded more hits than you would imagine. His voice immediately identifies him as the man who sings “Bluer Than Blue,” “Give Me Wings,” “That’s That,” and other landmark songs. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love.

Find out more about Michael Johnson

Opener Matt Arthur

 

 

2014-2015 Season:

Tom Brosseau:

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May 9, 2015

Brosseau is a North Dakota-born, LA-based songwriter and singer who learned acoustic guitar from his grandmother. He has recorded ten albums since 2002 and tours and performs in the US, UK, Europe, Japan and Taiwan.

Find out more about Tom Brosseau

Opener Danial Groll of The Counterfactuals

 

 

Gary Louris

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The Jayhawks emerged from the Twin Cities music scene in the early 90’s to become a staple in the alt.country movement. The combination of Louris’ and co-founder Mark Olson’s voices and songwriting skills presented an irresistible, unique sound that thrilled music fans and critics alike. Louris’ distinctive voice and guitar have been the constants in the band’s history.

Find out more about the Jayhawks

Opener Terry VanDeWalker of The Big Wu

 

The Ruth Moody Band

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Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her talent as a songwriter. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and carefully crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably her own.

Find out more about Ruth Moody

Opener Katy Vernon

2013-2014 Season:

The Pines

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The Midwest is to The Pines what Monument Valley was to filmmaker John Ford. The flat, endless expanses of the band’s native Iowa are at once the settings of, characters in, and muse behind the songs on their new album, Above The Prairie. Songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey-who along with Benson’s brother Alex form the band’s touring trio format-craft their music with a filmmaker’s keen eye for detail and framing, blending celestial, ethereal atmospherics with rich, warm vocals and earthy acoustic instruments. It’s a gripping brew that demands your total presence, transporting you into vividly painted musical and lyrical snapshots.

Find out more about The Pines

Opener Michael Morris

 

Martha Scanlan

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Martha Scanlan first gained national recognition for her songwriting at the prestigious Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest in 2004, where she won awards in two categories.The gift of a great storyteller is the bringing of the listener into the story, and the story into the listener. It’s not just the words of the songs that provide that rare lasting transformative alchemy that has become so characteristic of Martha Scanlan’s work, and earned her the small loyal cult following that seems to be steadily growing. It’s the space between the words, the current of things, the sound of the place itself.

Find out more about Martha Scanlan

Opener Helen Forsythe

2012-2013 Season:

Caroline Herring

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The Herring Sound is one that is both achingly ancient and decidedly modern, one wherein the internet can be mentioned within seconds of a lyric like “I want to stay with you/my place of belonging”.   Herring’s specialty is studying the South and the way race still haunts its people and places but her music transcends that—the race-haunted South becomes a microcosm for the nation, and even the world entire.  Like the best writers, Herring manages to make the specific something very universal. Injustice is the main theme that holds all of Herring’s work together, but she never fails to inject light so that hope is the victor in all of her music.

Fine out more about Caroline Herring

Pieta Brown

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Although the Alabama-bred, Iowa-based Brown’s quietly riveting tunes and gritty, charismatic performing style resist easy categorization, they’ve helped her to win a fiercely loyal international fan base that extends to many of her fellow artists.

“Pieta Brown is a major talent…Her artistry combines folk, country, and dusky swamp in a graceful, supple, and elegant genre of their own.”   ~ American Songwriter

Find out more about Pieta Brown

Opener Seth Hanson

John Gorka with Jon Manners

November 16, 2012

John_Gorka_at_the_Falcon_Rodge_Folk_FestivalJohn Gorka is a contemporary American folk musician. In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine called him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement.” He has performed on Austin City Limits and appeared on CNN and CMT. Gorka has also toured with Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others.

Find out more about John Gorka

 

 

50b06edc5ec40_imageJon Manners will perform the opening act at the concert. He describes himself as “an artist who has fallen through the cracks.” He has been involved in music since his childhood and has played with bands for most of his life until going solo about 12 years ago. He says his music has been described as “acoustic or electric blues-edged Roots-Rock in a modernist vein, both elegant and funky.”

Find out more about Jon Manners