6:30pm doors/7pm showtime
Known as one of Minneapolis' most dynamic live acts, singer/songwriter Chris Kozaregularly performs at top Twin Cities venues (First Avenue, The Fitzgerald Theater) and festivals (Basilica Block Party, MN State Fair), and have extensively toured the US, sharing the stage or supporting artists such as The Jayhawks, Andrew Bird, Lucinda Williams, Mason Jennings, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Nellie McKay, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, Tift Merrit, and others. Koza's songs have been featured on television for ABC, MTV, A&E and CBS, as well as numerous local and national commercials. His song The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in 20th Century Fox's feature film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. He continues to receive critical acclaim from both local and national press.
We Are The Willows:
We Are The Willows is an orchestral indie rock band based out of South Minneapolis. The 6-piece ensemble features songwriter/frontman Peter Miller’s unique countertenor voice and guitar, supported by Jeremiah Satterthwaite (guitar/banjo), Leah Ottman (violin/voice/keys), Hilary James (cello/voice/keys), Travis Collins (bass), and Stephen Lindquist (drums/voice). We Are The Willows craft dynamic, intimate songs with instruments and voices combining to create energetic rhythms and intricate melodies. Their heartfelt arrangements evoke shared nostalgic feelings of love and loss.
In November of 2014 the band released Picture (Portrait) Pt. 1, based off of 350 letters written by Peter’s grandfather to his grandmother while he was stationed in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Their correspondence inspired Peter to explore themes of family, separation, life, death, and identity in a time of national and personal crisis. The songs communicate complex ideas delivered with pop-sensible charm.
LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician, Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows). Classical Experimental Violin. The core inspiration for LOTT's compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi, and Owen Pallet.
LOTT was awarded "Best Acoustic Performer" in City Pages Best Of the Twin Cities 2015. "...With a looping pedal hooked up to her instrument, Ottman layers intricate melodies that combine classical beauty with an adventurous ear for contemporary experimentation not unlike Andrew Bird. Her voice, loaded with attitude and a penchant for flowing leaps, sweetens the deal..."