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
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!
Empire Night is Tatiana Calderon and John Ryan- A Duo featuring both guitar and keyboards. We cover a very wide range of music you know, but may not hear covered from other performers- current pop folk and country, favorite 90's songs, and fun campy 60's and 70's songs everyone will enjoy. Tatiana and John have been playing music together for over 7 years, and as a duo for 4 years. Tatiana's amazing vocal range is complemented by John's polished piano talent, guitar, vocals, and tasteful rhythm tracks. Tatiana and John play regularly at area wineries, upscale restaurants, and private events.
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 & Kathryn Karg are a vocal/guitar/piano duo that cover multiple genres from the 50's on up! Andy reigns from Nashville and brings his guitar swinging chops to match Kathryn's Minnesota-homegrown piano virtuosity. Their love and mastery for tight and soaring harmonies sets them apart as a musical act.
The Chronick Trio plays jazz in the bop, swing, and funk traditions. With decades of experience among them, the group delivers power, subtlety, heart — and soul. Richard Kronick — bass, vocals Scott Ives— guitar Bruce Wintervold — vibraphone and percussion
Pat’s solo shows at Urban Olive and Vine consist of lovely fiddle tunes taken from Ireland and Scotland as well as selections from Americana and contemporary popular music. In addition, Pat plays tunes on Irish low whistle, Irish whistles and Scottish smallpipes (a smaller bagpipe for indoor listening). In a different incarnation, Pat also plays in the duo, Quinn and Meyer in which he sings and plays guitar, mandolin, and bass guitar.
Aldo (John Altenbernd) will be performing selections from his newest CD, "Note by Note".
Erin Livingston is a versatile and recognized jazz, blues and r&b singer in the Twin Cities. Her music can be enjoyed at venues all over town including Crooners, Vieux Carré, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, The Mudd Room and others. Erin shares her jazz stylings every Saturday, September thru April, in The Lobby Bar of The St. Paul Hotel.
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.
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.
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.