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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Nancy and Jim have been playing jazz together since 1976. Originally from Iowa, they performed in the Des Moines area until moving to the Twin Cities in 1994. Nancy (piano) and Jim (bass) love the opportunity to play as a duo, but each also have vast experience performing in all types of jazz ensembles. Their style can be described as post-Coltrane modern jazz. They love any song that has a beautiful melody and interesting chords, which makes their repertoire eclectic and includes a mix of jazz standards and popular songs from all eras. Both Nancy and Jim have been inducted into the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame.
Aldo (John Altenbernd) will be performing selections from his newest CD, "Note by Note".
houseboats is singer/songwriter Matthew Mitchell, based out of River Falls, WI. While often sonically somewhere between The Cure, Bon Iver, and Bruce Springsteen, houseboats draws the biggest influence from the intimate songwriting and understated, stripped-down style of artists like Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. Melodic, thoughtful, and relaxing original songs and covers for anyone kind enough to listen.
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.
Tim Lackas has a BA in Music from the University of Minnesota. He has been an educator, composer and performer in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years, as a solo artist as well as with Jazz Savvy and other jazz ensembles, R&B bands, various Twin Cities vocalists, and churches. Tim also leads the CC Septet which has played at clubs and festivals all over the Twin Cities, including the Dakota in Minneapolis, and has had music from its 4 CDs featured on KBEM jazz radio.
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.
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.
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.