supported in part by the
Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA)
Crossings at Carnegie is proud to announce their second annual music series highlighting regional Bluegrass musicians.
The concerts will be held once a month, (twice
snug in the middle of a Sunday afternoon.
There are so many talented bluegrass-style bands around, but few places for them to play.
Our goal is to provide a venue for Bluegrass bands to perform, in addition to an inexpensive opportunity for us to hear them! Seats are just $10 in advance- and $12 at the door.
Family friendly! For kids under 11, free-will offerings are gratefully accepted.
Progressive Bluegrass and Americana
Sweet North was formed in 2009 with experienced musicians from Cannon Falls, Northfield and Red Wing, Minnesota. The band plays acoustic instruments typical of a bluegrass band, with the exception of a banjo. (Sorry banjos!)
Four of the members first played together at a private party. It worked so well that they decided to keep getting together, and have done so weekly since August 2009. In November 2009 the lineup was completed when John Reed started playing violin with them.
The musical performance history of the band includes rock, country, jazz, blues, folk and classical. The band currently explores progessive Bluegrass and Americana, and you'll find their current song list contains much of that type of music.
The Sweet North Band consists of Sandy Jensen on vocals & Octave Mandolin; Doug Duncan on vocals & Acoustic Guitar; Tom Erickson on vocals & Upright Acoustic Bass; Tom Sampson, Mandolin, and John Reed on vocals, Violin & Viola.
Jerry Spanhanks, Shirley Mauch Spanhanks, Nick Larson and Beth Mead are Blue Wolf. The love of bluegrass music brings this pack of musicians together.
Jerry Spanhanks on the guitar and dobro dazzles the audience with his smooth and innovative picking. Shirley Mauch Spanhanks flatpicks the guitar and sings lead and harmony. Nick Larson, bass player and fantastic lead singer, is the backbone and drive behind Blue Wolf. He does a fabulous job of keeping the band in the groove. Beth Mead is a very accomplished banjo player and singer with Blue Wolf.
Blue Wolf's first CD, "Red River Moon" is available and their second CD "Brown Shingle Shack" was released in August of 2005. "Red River Moon" was nominated in the bluegrass/old-time music category at the 2003 Minnesota Music Awards.
The High 48s have grabbed the attention of festival audiences in the Upper Midwest and beyond, toured steadily, released three critically acclaimed CDs and won first place in the 2008 RockyGrass Band Competition in Lyons, Colorado.
Appearing with The High 48s for the first time is Marty Marrone of Tangled Roots. Marty is well-known for his soulful singing, blistering guitar leads and unstoppable rhythm playing.
The High 48's play bluegrass in the traditional style, with close three-part harmonies sung around a single microphone. But unlike many traditional bluegrass bands working the festival circuit today, the High 48s don't draw their material exclusively from the hallowed back catalogs of bluegrass's "first generation" artists such as Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and Jimmy Martin.
The High 48s focus instead on writing original material that combines the soul and drive of first-generation bluegrass with the harder-edged sound of alternative country and roots rock. It's a style of music the band calls Hard Grass.
Comprised of Rich Casey (bass), Eric Christopher (fiddle and vocals), Chad Johnson (mandolin and vocals), Derek Johnson (guitar and lead vocals) and Anthony Ihrig (banjo), The High 48s formed in Northeast Minneapolis in 2006, taking their name from the railroad slang term for boxcars on the fast-moving Hotshot freight trains.
The Ivory Bridge Bluegrass Band defines the edge of traditional acoustic string band music. The group integrates original song writing with traditional material. Their vocals capture that “high lonesome” sound of the grand old duets and trios and the instrumentation is modern, strong and varied. You won’t hear the same set twice when you see them because this band enjoys variety and possesses unusual depth of experience, drawing on the cumulative century and a half of performance background of its members: Kathe Liners, Lincoln Potter, Jim Tordoff, and Bill Liners.
Songwriters Lincoln Potter and Kathleen Liners tell stories but they also believe that the words and the music must swing. No, they are not brother and sister but their harmony sure sounds like it. They have the best vocal blend in the region; as of September of 2008 they became the Minnesota State Duet Champions.
Art Stevenson & High Water are Wisconsin's best-known bluegrass show, and have been in demand throughout the Midwest festival circuit since 1993. The band's bluegrass sound comes from the close duet singing of husband and wife team Art and Stephanie Stevenson, along with the spirited banjo and Dobro playing of Dale Reichert, and the hard-driving mandolin picking of Bruce King. They have released six albums: “Art Stevenson & High Water” (1996), “Dusty Boxcar Wall” (1998), “Lonely Days” (2000), “The Winding Stream” (2001), “Like A River” (2004), and "New Ground" (2006).
High Water's music is heard on bluegrass radio programs around the USA and has received critical acclaim in the magazines Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now. Recording artist James King and country music historian Bill Malone agree that Art and Stephanie Stevenson rank among the best duet singers active today.
Founded in the year 2000, Long Time Gone has evolved into one of the Twin Cities' favorite bluegrass ensembles. We originally created the band because: we all love the classic Bluegrass and Old-Time String Band tunes, we really enjoy playing together, and we like to get out once in a while. Long Time Gone represents the sound and band camaraderie that we had all been looking to find for a long time. The enjoyment and "comfort zone" of the band clearly comes through in the music we make together.
The members of the group have a combined professional stage experience of over 100 years, which is not to say we're all really old; in fact, several of us started playing out in public as extremely young people! Our favorite habitat ranges all the way the South of the River suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota down the Mississippi River to Red Wing, MN, but we are willing to range further if the occasion calls for it. We are happy to play festivals, weddings and other events; give us a call or send an email to schedule your special event.
The members of Long Time Gone are Ben Manning (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Katryn Conlin (string bass, vocals), Leo Rosenstein (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Barry St. Mane (banjo), and Mike Hildebrandt (fiddle, mandolin, vocals).