$15 in advance/$18 at the door
5:30pm doors/6pm showtime
Throw all genres and hyphenates together you want to describe her – indie, roots & soul, rock, blues & country – they are alright, and also not enough. Chastity Brown writes songs that are carried deep in the American psyche, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Coming from Tennessee to Minnesota, touring the country, touring Europe, she has had half her own lifetime and million lifetimes gone before her to concoct her powerful sound. She's been hailed by NPR, CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, and Paste Magazine as a songwriter to watch and recently made her UK television debut on Later..with Jools Holland.
Chastity pulls from a diverse cross-section of talent for her live shows, playing with Robert Mulrennan (guitarist/producer), Luke Enyeart (guitarist), keyboardist deVon Gray (Brother Ali), bass player Jef Sundquist, and percussionist Greg Schutte (Mickey Hart), resulting in restless, electrifying and enveloping performances. Chastity's new album is set to be released this fall.
Larry Long(born 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa) is an American singer-songwriter. His non-profit organization "Community Celebration of Place" encourages community building through music and intergenerational story-telling. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Larry Long's work is rooted in the troubadour tradition. Throughout his long career he has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community builders and history makers. He sang for Rosa Parks at the 45th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and organized the Mississippi river Revival, a decade-long campaign to clean up the Mississippi river. In 1989, he assembled the first hometown tribute to Woody Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma, which today has evolved into the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival with an array of established and upcoming artists.
Now a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Long has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the United States and world. In May, 2009, he performed at Madison Square Garden with Joan Baez and others for Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration. PBS broadcast the concert nationally as part of its Great Performances series.
It takes courage and unshakeable faith to believe that what’s on the inside of you is far greater than any obstacle before you. Tonia has them both. The Twin Cities recording artist and actress is undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest. Her vocal style is colored with melodic acrobats and elements of Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Rock and Worship. The fusion produces a delivery that is authentic, incomparable and electrifying! Tonia’s versatile ability and incomparable delivery, has afforded her the opportunity to open for various events featuring such mega gospel industry standouts as Dorinda Clark-Cole, Marvin Sapp, Jamal Bryant and Fred Hammond to name a few. Her latest release, I’m Ready Now, is uniquely different from anything that she has done to date in that it embodies all that she is vocally and spiritually. The official music video for the title track was recently released on numerous online music video sources. The CD project has garnered national exposure through influential press and radio airplay as a result of being selected in the Top Ten Independent Artist Category for GMC [Gospel Music Channel] Most Powerful Voices Competition; and Jawn Murray and EMI Gospel’s joint efforts to find the ten best unsigned artists in Gospel Music. Additionally, Tonia has garnered critical acclaim for her leading roles in musical and theatrical productions. Her credits include Encounters (2002), Southern Theater; Black Nativity (2003 – present), Penumbra Theater; Caroline or Change (2009), Guthrie Theater; Loves Covers (2010), Women’s Club of Minneapolis; Mahalia (2011), Fellowship Baptist Church; and Cinderella, The Ordway Theater (2011). Tonia’s relentless passion for impacting the world of those around her who have fallen on misfortune is evidenced by her spearheading community benefits and projects to aid homeless women to tornado victims. A music effort to aid dozens of North Minneapolis residents impacted by the 2011 May tornadoes drew support from a myriad of artists and community members. The concert, Northside: A Twin Cities Community Benefit, netted nearly $30,000 in cash and in-kind contributions valued at more than $80,000. I’m Ready Now doesn’t denote that Tonia has arrived at her destination musically, but rather celebrates her evolution over a decade of trials, triumphs and lessons learned. Her lyrics share a powerful story of hope against hope which resonates with many women and serves as a source of encouragement for people to hold fast to their greatest faith – even against all odds.
VAN NIXON: Father of Sally
Van Nixon had trained for a very different career when he was awarded the Minnesota Music Award for Acoustic Guitar in the early 1980’s. Trained in opera and music theory at Simpson College in Indianapolis, Indiana, his favorite opera is Puccini’s, La Boheme and his tenor voice soared through the classical music. But after college his name was made as a solo act singing and playing acoustic guitar, sometimes featured as the front act before famed artists Peter, Paul and Mary and his mentor Richie Havens. Richie taught him to use the large triangular guitar pick that he still uses with his guitar.
After settling with his wife Kathy in the Twin Cities, he became the lead vocalist for the reggae groups Macumba and later the Maroons. The Maroons were known as the headliner group for every MayDay, Cedarfest and other progressive event’s of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Asked how he made a living with so much of a commitment to community events, Van said “ The Maroons weren’t about making money. We wanted to bring people together spiritually awakened with the music of reggae.” Van Nixon has been a headliner in the Minnesota music scene for over thirty years.
Part of Van’s distinctive legacy includes being the voice of Treasure Island Casino’s well-known jingle. (Treasure Island Resort and Ca-SIN-o) But more importantly, Van has carried on with two fellow Maroon members, Mick Labriola and Willie Wanpach, to play in his current band Positive Vibrations with Tim Seifkus and Onesmo Kibira. His goal is still the spiritual awakening of the music. He often solos in gospel performances and, up for new challenges, is now learning banjo in the black Appalachian style.