“JAVI HAS A UNIQUE NATURAL APTITUDE FOR IMPROVISATION COUPLED WITH AN INSPIRING WORK ETHIC…”
Celebrate 40 years of The Current’s David Campbell being a human being on this planet! Hear a special duo performance by secret guests – masters in both country and western. Witness a one time only, collaborative, 3 for 1, round robin set and electro-pop extravaganza featuring Tiny Deaths, Pornonono, and Fort Wilson Riot. Dance the night away while DJ Jake Rudh delivers his signature blend of Transmission hits!
With a style developed by electrifying a mix of early blues, country, folk, gospel, and jazz, we aim to help bring rock music back to its roots. Expect to hear a mix of original songs, interpretations folk classics, and covers of songs by artists such as Leadbelly, Etta James, and Blind Willie Johnson.
The iNMiGRATiON site-specific installation performance series comes to Icehouse - featuring live "orchestra pit" sounds by all-star collective Sans Le Systeme (SLS) and live projections by video artist Brian Dehler aka Pixelflex, plus live performance cameos throughout the space. Featuring Martin Dosh, Devon Gray aka dVRG (Heiruspecs), JG Everest (Lateduster, WAREY), Ben Durrant (Crazy Beast, Grave Trio), Greg Shutte (Jelloslave), Truth Maze, DJ Dennis Conrad, Ben Clark (Stolyete), and more.
Critically acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, recently
relocated to Minneapolis after living in New York City and San Francisco.
The evening will be filled with her honeysuckle voice and trademark
blending of folk and blues. She will be joined on stage by her talented
band including Matt Patrick (Greycoats, John Mark Nelson), Ian Allison
(Eric Hutchinson, Verskotzi) and Zach Miller (The Brighton).
Junior Ranger is a collaborative jazz quartet based in Oberlin, OH. They have worked to explore non-traditional orchestration, firm compositional structures, and free improvisation. In 2014 Junior Ranger was awarded a grant through Oberlin Conservatory to study Dutch improvisation and develop new material, and they spent January of 2015 in residency in Amsterdam, rehearsing and performing new music. This resulting music was recorded during May of 2015, and will be released as their debut album Monster Masks.
Finally, the long awaited release of Icehouse & Elsewhere by FOTHOU (Fall of the House of Usher), a 70 minute live/studio hybrid album recorded over the last two years— featuring Greg Schutte, Chris Bates, Cole Pulice, Adrian Larkin, Chris Thompson, Chris Cunningham, Ivan Cunningham, Charlie Lincoln, Nathan Hanson, Adam Conrad, Elliott Wachs, Jon Davis, Adam Svec, and many other extremely talented musical voices that roam the sonic free-range of the Twin Cities. Additionally, this mostly live release captures the unique energy of Icehouse, one of the most progressive music venues in the US.
Presented by First Avenue. Sponsored by Radio K.
￼The Wind and The Wave consists of Dwight Baker (The Wind) and Patricia Lynn, (The Wave); best friends who employ the mantra “if it feels forced, fuck it.” After having retired as a touring musician in 2003, Baker came to find Lynn through the production of her previous project in Austin, Texas. After working together on several musical efforts, the two now describe themselves as being “cut from the same thread,” and “rarely on different pages.” This made it easy and essential for Baker and Lynn to begin writing and producing their own music, with a sound that satisfied their own ever-evolving creative spirits.
Tona, a native of Ethiopia, is known as the Twin Cities' most sought-after bassist – and with good reason. His outstanding ear for music, combined with his formal training and his love of multiple styles and genres have made Tona one of the busiest (and most likely the busiest) musicians in the area.
Coming out three years to the week of her first record 'Before I Forget' this record reflects the growth Katy has worked hard for since then as a songwriter and musician. Songs like 'Play' that are a celebration of the joy of playing music. 'Lily' and 'Heart Is In Your Hands' reflecting on motherhood and the single 'Pearl' which is a watershed songwriting moment for Katy as she leaves behind the grief and sadness of her earlier work to embrace the here and now. Grammy winning singer songwriter Kevin Bowe opens!
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Glimpse Trio (Cleveland/San Francisco) featuring Martin Dosh!
Triumphant return of one of our favorite touring groups. Mike Sopko and Hamir Atwal are touring across the land and stopping here to collaborate with our own Martin Dosh! Always a high energy show. Hamir was last at Icehouse with the great clarinet player Ben Goldberg.
Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker (Cloak Ox, Andrew Bird), Mark Erickson (Cloak Ox), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), and Jacob Hanson (Actual Wolf, Haley Bonar, All Tomorrow’s Petty), who join forces to create the psychadelic dance punk that is guaranteed to make you move. Think Blondie, Devo, and Suburban Lawns meet Dead Kennedys.
"Chastity Brown traveled down to Nashville to record her latest album Back-Road Highways, rooted in all kinds of American music. With four albums now under her belt, Brown (who plays guitar, piano, banjo and saxophone) has made a name for herself in Europe, where she’s touring again this fall." -Paste Magazine
Sounds del Mar... A 70′s rock sound. New Wave synths. Dual shredding guitars. "This is how you rock, baby.... So recommended it hurts." -Laurie Gallardo, KUTX
BB GUN... With an eye toward the carefree days of youth, BBGUN's debut album documents the anxiety and surprising joys of trading in late-night cigarettes for a kind of settling down.
"Chastity Brown is that rarity, an R&B singer not in thrall to the diva delusion. Her folk-blues style instead comes from an earthier tradition...languid slide guitar and a ghostly burr of organ underscore "House Been Burnin," while fellowship for the foreclosed and abandoned in "When We Get There" is evoked in Dylanesque harmonica and the way her voice cracks on the highest notes. Songs of return and redemption predominate." -The Independent
"Minneapolis is home to a grip of great producers, and Big Cats is quickly rising as the best of them all." - Okayplayer
"Slim Chance shifts from micro to macro observations...He expounds on the darkness of everyday life, yet manages to make light of it through optimism and inventive humor." (Grant Tillery, Minnesota Daily)
The Dollys features three of Minneapolis’ most sought after female vocalists: Joanna Jahn, Kari Shaw and Megan Shaw. Harmonizing to the music of The Trio: EmmyLou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Rondstadt and many other female country artists of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The Dollys also perfom folk and americana hits of the past, which they love to put their own spin on.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre presents Luna Lunera, a concert full of vibrant traditional flamenco dance, guitar and singing, featuring an ensemble of critically acclaimed, masterful performers.
Featuring Jose Valle "Chuscales" Spanish gypsy master guitar virtuoso, flamenco singer Vicente Griego, and the passionately dynamic dancer Jesus Muñoz, Luna Lumera is sure to inspire the spirit and energize the soul!
“scholars of sunshine pop” - Keith Cameron, Mojo
"A whirlwind of tangled acoustic and electric guitars that gets stuck in your head and continues to spin long after the tune is over" – NPR Heavy Rotation
"A warm, easy work of Americana that reflects on ideas of love and home, the record showcases Ilika’s vocal and lyrical capacity, layered with highly refined blues guitar and wailing organ and steel. The self-titled EP rings out with notes of both classic and contemporary alt-country sensibilities. It’s timeless, genre-defying, and worth a good long listen." - 89.3 The Current's Local Current Blog
"Brown is a singer-songwriter whose music is steeped in gospel and soul, country and blues. A multi-instrumentalist — guitar, piano, banjo, saxophone — she writes songs full of detail and character, songs that are never in a hurry, songs dealing with promises and dis-appointments, songs where steel guitars and harmonicas caress her throaty voice, songs that hang in your head long after they have finished. I would have called Back-Road Highways the finest debut album of recent times, but, speaking to Brown, she admits it’s album number four... [her] songs are populated with people struggling, trying to move on, hoping for better luck." -The Sunday Times (London)
“If comparisons are a must, imagine a Fleet Foxes meets Radiohead scenario. The band effectively killed it. The vocal harmonies were spot on, the songs were inventive, and their live presence even coaxed a few "woos" from the crowd during the slow jams (although it's safe to say a few pints were behind some of those audience interjections). ” -City Pages - Gimme Noise
With sounds similar to the likes of Brandi Carlile and Ed Sheeran, Elizabeth makes sure to make her shows an interesting blend of stories and sounds.
MR DR... Are You Local 2015 Standouts: "Two housemates - local songstress Stacy K and Dave Mehling of The Fontanelles - collaborate on groovy fun-pop". - Alex Nelson of Vita.MN
PaviElle is an amazing powerhouse vocalist with an equally powerful 9 piece band, playing both originals and covers. Most recently, PaviElle was voted as Minneapolis City Pages "Best R&B Vocalist of 2015, her band was named one of First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2015 and, she has just been nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on TPT's "Lowertown Line".
Math punk indie jazz noise prog post post modern contemporary instrumental pop rock, featuring Dave King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple) on drums, Erik Fratzke (Zebulon Pike, Happy Apple) on guitar, Bryan Nichols (Chicago and Minneapolis modern jazz musician/composer) on keyboards and legendary punk bassist Greg Norton (Husker Du).
Bridging the divide between jazz, rock, and funk and the growing dance music movement, Lawrence, Kansas’ electro-jam four-piece, Mouth, is poised to take the live electronic scene by storm. Locked into looping technology, the band’s drums, guitars, and bass are launched into a psychedelic swirl of synthetic and organic sounds that blur the lines between genres, and allow its sound to fill up any room.
Cure for the Common... "Montana-grown Electro Thunder Funk for your listening, jamming and dancing pleasure!"
Brothers Daniel (guitar) and Adrian Volovets (flute, tenor/soprano saxophone, violin, cello, piano, harpsichord, pipe organ) are a duo whose telepathic musical communication and varied repertoire has brought them critical acclaim. Join them for an evening of flamenco, Brazilian, jazz, and classical music at the Icehouse as they perform selections from their latest album, "Wistful Tendrils."
-Formed in 2006, BUILDINGS is a (insert label) three piece from Minneapolis. Their music is loud, aggressive, and dynamic.
-Brutally vengeful art formed in the bowls of the Twin Cities. Gay Witch Abortion’s debut album “MAVERICK” jams itself into that sort of a classification. Like a unicorn spearing it’s prey, having so little patience it completely shreads the kittens into tiny morsels of sweet bloody pulp candies.
The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their music has been featured on MTV's "The Hills," "The City"and "Laguna Beach," NBC's "Windfall"; Animal Planet's "Jockeys" and they've played such notable events as Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and CMJ.
The passing of Nelson R. Mandela [MADIBA] on December 5, 2013, was an earth-shaking event, notwithstanding his respectable age. As time keeps on, he stands tall as a beacon, an example of how one man and the story of his life can influence and change a cross-section of a people at a given time. This song (tribute) was written as a testament of this legacy.
*Winner of WCYE Jammies XV’s 2014 “Traditions!” Award*
“Billy Strings will be the biggest thing in Bluegrass” - Telluride Bluegrass Festival
The improbable child of Pantera & Doc Watson and his sidekick The Oracle of Mandolin, play EXTREME American string band music with energy levels usually associated with a box of dynamite.