Connie Evingson is one of the leading jazz vocalists in Minnesota. And she’s presenting a show of great songs that figure prominently in the history of American pop. Many of the songs have surprising backgrounds, too. She told Phil Nusbaum all about her November 6, 2016 show
Judy Garland, the 20th century show-biz icon from Minnesota is one of Maud Hixson’s great inspirations as a singer. Maud has rounded up a group of Garland’s greatest, and presents a show called What Judy Means to Jazz, Nov 4-6 at the Bloomington Arts Center. Maud told Phil Nusbaum about it.
photo by: Olivia Wilcox
The Roseville Big Band brings its special arrangements to an Edina concert on Oct 2. Band director Glenn Newton tells Phil Nusbaum about it.
Twin Cities Weekend - Pat Donohue Leads the Prairie All-Stars into the Maplewood Performing Arts Center
Starting with their association on the Prairie Home Companion radio show, former members of Guy’s old Shoe Band have continued playing as Pat Donohue and the Prairie All-Stars. The group’s next show takes place this Friday in Maplewood. Pat told Phil Nusbaum about it.
Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble is a long-running St Paul group that tours the state with its sometimes serious, sometimes funny offerings. Next weekend, the group is celebrating the CD release of one of its all-time favorite works.
To many, the Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis serves as the exclamation point at the end of a Twin Cities summer. In the piece, the founder of the event, Alan Jesperson, talks to Phil Nusbaum about some of this year’s bands, and about the nuts and bolts of running the festival.
The first thing you need to know about the Swamp Kings is that being geographically challenged has not proved an impediment. The group has been pumping out Louisiana rhythms for over a decade. The key to the successful run is audience engagement, as Swamp Kings leader Tom Harkness explains to Phil Nusbaum.