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.
Come down and tap your toes and snap your fingers to the fresh and innovative sounds of this talented jazz trio. A UO&V favorite!
Known for her remarkable ability to take over the stage and capture her audience, Barbara Meyer engulfs the listener in spirals of deep and soulful lyrics. Her own songs weave undertones of her playful humor as well as her intrinsic spirituality, giving her music a timeless relevance. Her extensive background in theatre, coupled with a Master’s degree in opera from the University of Iowa, has honed her vocals into the ultimate tool of expression and communication. She performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities, and is praised for both her live performances and her studio work. Her genre-jumping ability is huge, encompassing jazz, roots rock & reggae, Broadway, gospel, folk, and cabaret, creating a distinctive and electrifying performance every time. And if you’re extra lucky, you’ll catch her hula-hooping shtick
Dustin DeGolier is a freelance musician serving Northwestern Wisconsin. He achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in jazz guitar from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A native of Cumberland, WI, Dustin began studying guitar and music theory with Manfred Schonauer at age eleven. Since then he has studied with Billy Barnard of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, as well as UW-Milwaukee’s Pete Billmann, Elina Chekan and Don Linke. He has participated in master classes with renowned guitarists Mark Whitfield, Bruce Forman and Julian Lage. In addition to performing regularly with The Indigo Quartet and Paisan & The Family Brass , Dustin frequently plays and sings jazz in solo, duo and trio configurations. When not practicing or performing, he can be found teaching private lessons at the Pipe Dream Center in Comstock, WI and the Dancing Bird Art Studio in Cumberland, WI. He serves as guitar instructor annually for the Guitar & Bass Workshop and Rock Band Camp at the Shell Lake Arts Center.
Lindsay Finan is a Hudson local who has been hitting the music scene in Minnesota and Wisconsin with her folk/blues/jazz blend. Inspired by the greats, Lindsay has a love for classic songs with a unique take, that feels both fresh and soulful. Ann Marie lives in Hudson and is a familiar face at the Phipps Center for the Arts. A full-time pianist and double bass player, Ann Marie performs with the UW River Falls Symphony Band, St Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, River City Jazz Orchestra, Moonlight Serenaders Big Band, Youth Performance Company, and the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company.
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.
Alan Husby, of the Barbara Meyer Trio, will be performing on his guitar today. 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 Jumping Jehosaphats, the Barbara Meyer Trio, World Beat Connection, "It's Not Too Late" (a Carole King / James Taylor tribute band), and various other joyful combinations of musician friends.
Tony Hauser's 40-year concert career spans flamenco, classical, Latin American & Brazilian guitar, & compositions in all these genres. His Concerto for Flamenco Guitar & Chamber Orchestra recently premiered with MN Sinfonia, Jay Fishman conducting. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and toured throughout the United States and he was the guitarist for Mill City Opera’s 2017 production of Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires. Laura Horn, ("La Gatita") a Minnesota native, began dancing at a very young age. It was her love of movement that led her to pursue a BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. She has trained extensively with Susana Di Palma and has performed in several Zorongo Flamenco productions as well as with Michael Hauser's flamenco group "Touch of Spain".
Pat Quinn and Peg/M.Etta Meyer perform a wide range of music, including folk rock, traditional and contemporary Irish songs, plus some pop and original material. Known for their tight harmonies and good-natured chemistry, Quinn & Meyer continue to welcome new listeners into their ever-expanding family of beloved regulars.
Jeffrey Smith has been playing music in the St. Croix Valley for 46 years. His solo show covers a broad swath of music from Coldplay to Willie Nelson to Sinatra - and a bunch of other things in between. With a pleasing mix of Pop, Country, Jazz, and Soft Rock hits, there promises to be something that will get your toes tapping and you humming along.
Classics from the vast Brazilian repertoire in a traditional format, very typical of the bossa nova and choros era in 1930 - 1970 in Rio de Janeiro - Guitar + Flute (sax) + percussion. Music by Baden Powel, Jobim, Pixinguinha, Ernesto Nazareth, Jacob do Bandolim, Tony Hauser, Ary Barroso, Egberto Gismonti.
Terry Bailey, of Jazz Savvy, and a surprise guest join us for some great music. A little jazz, a little blues, a little R&B, some Pop and little NOLA. Who knows what’s on the list? Some tunes you’ll know, some tunes you haven’t heard in a long time, others you’ve never heard. But whatever they play, you’re sure to enjoy their music and have a fun time listening.