Aldo (John Altenbernd) will be performing selections from his newest CD, "Note by Note".
Alan Husby grew up in Minneapolis, started playing the guitar at age 10, and has been playing and singing with local jazz, folk, and gospel groups around the Twin Cities for 20+ years. He recently retired from teaching and is now enjoying the additional time to play and sing and write. He continues to perform with the Nokomis Trio, the Barbara Meyer Trio, Joyful Jamming, "It's Not Too Late" (a Carole King / James Taylor tribute band), and various other joyful combinations of musician friends.
I have been in music all my life but I think the song writing started when my kids were much smaller than they are now, I used to make up little songs and verses to keep them entertained. I enjoyed rhyming and watching their faces light up at the silliness! I decided to start guitar lessons and after a few lessons my guitar teacher encouraged me to try writing my own songs, and suggested I play a show or two. I told him I couldn’t possibly do that - to which he responded, “Why not?” I didn’t have a good reason, so I picked up my pen, paper, and guitar and began writing my story in song. My first CD is titled "WHY NOT?" My favorite part about playing shows is watching people’s reactions to my music. If I can make someone happy through a song, then I’ve done my job. I think music can create a space for camaraderie and togetherness, so when a listener comes up after a show and tells me they can relate to something I wrote about - it makes my night. Sarah VanValkenburg
19-year-old singer-songwriter from Hudson, WI. Just making music in and around the twin cities!
Guitarist Joel Shapira is an internationally acclaimed musician residing in St. Paul / Minneapolis MN. He's a leader and/or member of multiple top Twin Cities' jazz ensembles, as well as a master of the demandingdiscipline of solo guitar. He performs regularly with world-class musicians, has numerous recordings to his credit, and is an artist featured on the NYC record label Unseen Rain Records.
Upon meeting him, you wouldn’t think that this kid is from Hudson Wisconsin. With his Jesus locks and Zen demeanor, one might think that he hails from some mystical Provence where Sensual Flamenco Guitar, Contemporary Classical Guitar, and island-style world music is played and sung as anthems to their society. Calvin is a product of his passion for wanting to give to people. Who’s goal is to connect with others by sharing our world’s music and telling stories through song.
Scott Graves has been active in the Twin Cities and Minnesota music community over the last forty years, most notably playing and serving as Musical Director for Big Walter Smith and the Groove Merchants for twenty-five years. Playing guitar, keyboards, and horns, he loves to play music that has groove and soul. In addition to playing many clubs, concerts, and festivals in the Midwest, Scott has had the opportunity to play on ships, including Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), cruising the Caribbean and across the Atlantic Ocean.
Henry Bitzer has been taking lessons with 2gether Productions Studio for over 5 years. he has been harnessing his individual performance chops by playing in local St. Paul venues and in his church youth worship team. Henry's repertoire brings eclectic and memorable styles to his performances that cross all genres and decades.
Andy Karg was born and raised in the heart of crafting music. In no other place could he hone his talents better than a music mecca like Nashville, Tennessee. A Music Business graduate of Middle Tennessee State University led him to a publishing deal with Universal Music Group back in 2004. After years of playing at theme parks, clubs, casinos, cruise ships, and fairs he played a show in St. Paul with his brother on the Fitzgerald stage in a production of A Prairie Home Companion in 2007. That was his first taste of Minnesota.