The Boys N the Barrels:
From Minneapolis, MN, The Boys n’ the Barrels are a modern Bluegrass band. With influences ranging from Old-time to Jazz and Rock, the Boys appeal to both traditional and contemporary tastes.
Comprised of six members, instrumentation includes Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmonica, Upright Bass, and light Percussion. Their sound is energetic and creative. A deep, introspective message underlines the up-tempo, foot thumping melodies and hooks as The Boys explore subjects such as love, philosophy, environmentalism, booze, and death.
Specific influences range from David Grisman, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Old and in the Way, and Tony Rice, to Trampled By Turtles, Radiohead, Paul Simon, The Dead, and Steely Dan.
Many of the band members have been making music together for years, but their latest incarnation; The Boys n’ the Barrels hit the ground running 4 years ago and have been winning over crowds at venues ranging from bars, to theaters, clubs and music festivals. While beginning in, and remaining rooted in Minneapolis, they have extended their audience to towns such as Fargo, N.D., Ames, IA, and Madison, WI. Radio airplay includes: 89.3 The Current, Bluegrass Saturday Mornings on Jazz 88.5, 90.3 KFAI, 88.1 KVSC in St. Cloud, and WHYS 96.3 in Eau Claire, WI.
A promising up-and-coming talent, The Boys continue to impress and awe audiences, while introducing interest in Folk music to people of their own generation with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary sounds.
The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins:
Don’t let the name fool you! This is not a violent group of flightless aquatic birds looking for a party, but rather 5 self proclaimed gentlemen, 2 guitars, a mandolin, a bucket of fiddles, an upright bass, a banjo, and a 4 part vocal harmony that will put a tear in your beer. This quintet from Minneapolis strives to maintain the original spirit of the “string band” while continuing to explore new original music, as well as creative arrangements of traditional and untraditional cover songs. The combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the occasional stage banter will create an experience that anyone can enjoy! Don’t miss this intimate night of music at the Icehouse MPLS as the Pistol Whippin Party Penguins celebrate their 3rd studio album “Way Back Home”!!!