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
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.
The band R & L consists of Andy Hermansen and Brianna Samson. They bonded through a mutual love of music, and that turned into a relationship, which eventually turned into a marriage. They have been performing together for over four years. Brianna sings main vocals, while Andy plays guitar, harmonica, and assists on backup vocals. They mainly perform covers of songs from the 60s, 70s, and beyond. Within the last year, they have begun writing their own music, which has influences of folk and rock, with a twist of early 2000s alternative.
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.
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. Ann Marie loves to bring music into people’s lives. Her jazz bands, trios, and classical ensembles are available and would love to perform at your special events. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
“Beautifully mesmerizing" “You won’t believe the amount of sound energy that comes out of one person” Ash St. John writes from a place that isn’t always easy to access. This means that songs are often elusive but all the more rewarding when it finally works out. The songs retain a Midwest humility that mirrors the viewpoint of living through seasonal change. Musically Ash St. John floats between the genres of indie-folk and pop. All the while searching beneath the surface both instrumentally and lyrically.
Becky King is a Twin Cities vocalist who specializes in performing jazz standards, pop classics and more. She provides a soothing atmosphere with her clear melodic voice. She sings with accomplished Twin Cities musicians (usually piano and bass) in coffee shops, restaurants and for private events.
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.
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.
Justin Barts of The Way Out band plays music from the sixties right into today. Whether it’s a big night at the bar or a pleasant evening on the patio the selections and stylings from him are always fun.
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.
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.
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.