September 30th, 2017
BATO BATO! consists of almost 30 high school students, 9 marimbas, and a plethora of percussion. Although their style is deeply rooted in Latin rhythms and the Shona music of Zimbabwe, they also love to play marimbafied renditions of their favorite pop, alternative, rock, rap, and soul songs. Due to the nature of high school, members come and go, but BATO BATO! is continually turning over, learning each other’s parts, and crafting new songs.
Since 2009, BATO BATO! has enjoyed playing routinely at venues like Orchestra Hall, The Cedar Cultural Center, and the Minnesota State Fair, opening for international acts like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, and the Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba. However, they also have a large commitment to helping out and enlivening the Twin Cities. By organizing benefit concerts, providing entertainment for charity events, and performing at schools and shelters, BATO BATO! gives what they can.
Salsa del Soul is a Twin Cities-based, nine-piece orchestra performing various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose to provide great dance music for Twin Cities Salsa fans. The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest talents in the Twin Cities Latin music scene. The styles of music they perform include Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba, and, of course, Salsa!
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a band/comedy duo/workout franchise who are on this planet to make you dance while laughing so hard that milk comes out of your nose. Whether you’re getting sweaty at their live show, listening to their concept albums or dancing along in your classroom, Bryan and Neil just want to make sure you’re having a blast. Since 2008, Koo Koo Kanga Roo have been touring and putting on shows at elementary school gyms, bars, church basements and even nursing homes. The duo has toured stateside and internationally with the likes of Frank Turner, The Aquabats, MC Lars, Yo Gabba Gabba Live and have been featured on the Vans Warped Tour.
Dan Israel is a longtime fixture on the Minneapolis music scene. He was the first guest on 89.3 The Current’s “Local Show” and has been called “the hardest working singer-songwriter in Minnesota.” He won Song of the Year (for “Come to Me”) in the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards and Songwriter of the Year in the 2006 MMA’s. He formed Dan Israel and The Cultivators in 1996 and has released 13 critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, 2015’s “Dan.” He received a 4-star review from the UK’s “Uncut” magazine for his 2007 album “Turning.”
Dan has opened for the Steve Miller Band, Morrissey, Marshall Crenshaw, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Rick Springfield, Loudon Wainwright III, the Tragically Hip, Todd Snider, Iris Dement, Livingston Taylor, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Soul Asylum, the Gear Daddies, Peter Himmelman, Fastball, Martin Sexton, Susan Cowsill, Mason Jennings, the Honeydogs, Chris Koza, Trampled by Turtles, the Rev. Horton Heat, Spoon, Chuck Prophet, Joe Ely, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Paula Cole
in short, we’re coming to your town (if you live in minneapolis or saint paul), but we’re not coming to tear it down. we’ll just be over here, blowing your mind softly.
when not being in big trouble, the members of big trouble play with heiruspecs, joanna james, martin devaney, jessy greene, supreme privacy, and some other people. they’ve been joined onstage by robert skoro, bill caperton, annie from awesome snakes/soviettes, ben weaver, martin devaney, stook, joanna james, p.o.s. and i think that’s about it. they also sometimes play basketball.
guys you like from bands you love playing songs you know without the crappy words in the bars you drink at in the cities you sleep in. the twin cities are in big trouble.
LaPlante’s transition from leaf on the wind to vamp on the prowl began pretty much instantaneously. Writing and recording the demo for darkside party banger “Hope You’re Alone” in a single night gave the artist enough momentum that nothing could stand in her way–for long. As with her command of melody, the aptitude for depicting emotional nuance LaPlante showcases on “Can’t Stop” is gaining massive depth and resonance remarkably fast–especially when it comes to ambiguity. Even when she plays the budding libertine, as she does with flick-of-the-wrist ease on “Do That To Me,” she’s careful to let a little longing for something more seep through the cracks in her wall of benign indifference. Noir’s overarching affective backbone resides solely in LaPlante’s will to rock.
Comprised of former members of Solid Gold, GAYNGS, and Pictures of Then, the music of Minneapolis based ENEMY PLANES drifts effortlessly between melancholy and menace, hypnotic and hysteric, heartache and euphoria. A stirring blend of haunting vocals, dense instrumentation, and driving beats yield a “tripnotic” sound that is distinctly their own. Conceived in 2012 somewhere between Minneapolis, MN and Lexington, KY, ENEMY PLANES came out hard and hasn’t looked back since, maintaining an ambitious recording and touring schedule.
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.