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Nooky Jones is a Minneapolis-based neo-soul group with influences from D’Angelo and Robert Glasper to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Since forming in 2014, the band has delivered its sound to several major venues in the Twin Cities including First Avenue, Icehouse, and The Fitzgerald Theater. Nooky Jones has also toured the Midwest performing shows in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Chicago. With their debut record set for release in the Summer of 2017, Nooky Jones is taking Soul and R&B to hip and modern heights.
Vocalist and songwriter Aby Wolf has attained broad recognition as the midwest region's premier vocal talent through stirring solo performances and collaborations too numerous to mention. Wolf continues to turn heads with her unique brand of spacious electro pop (produced by Brooklyn's Grant Cutler) both at home in the Twin Cities, and more recently, in cafes and clubs across Eastern Europe.
As the “poster child of entropy”, it’s no surprise that Eric Mayson’s music and live performance is a journey from disbelief into knowing and back again. He understands music as a way to move through space. In an aerial shot, Mayson’s wide-ranging style stretches from minimalist electropop to smooth R&B, progressive soul, and straight hip-hop, while visiting grinning pop, rock and roll, and operatic arrangements.
He builds things from the ground up. Layers are everything, details are the big ideas. To Eric, “if something feels like a full idea, it is one.” His lyrics are hints. Whether direct and considered or fragmented and esoteric, they are not meant to direct your experience or tell you about a thing – they are foundation for contemplation. The impact of his music shifts within the context it’s presented.
He’s a multi-instrumentalist, but frequents the keys. “His deft keyboard playing is only topped by the sky-high soar of his voice”(Okay Player). He has played for the likes of Lizzo, Caroline Smith, Toki Wright, Big Cats, DaNCEBUMS, and as the musical backbone of Minneapolis hip-hop group Crunchy Kids. Whether piano, cello, or bass, his playing is fully embodied; you can see the music happening in and radiating through his body. He stomps. His knees bounce. He traverses the terrain of music he creates.
Born in Corpus Christi, TX, he bounced around the US with his musical father and curator mother before finding roots in Minneapolis at age 16. He left to pursue an education in acting; but in the aftermath of a house fire, returned to Minneapolis in 2010 where he found a love for producing and playing hip-hop.
His first solo release, Detail (2015) is a 40 minute cassette tape with only one track break. “An ambitious sonic collage of psychedelic R&B grooves, experimental hip-hop and straight-up sexy pop tunes with Mayson’s smooth but piercing voice out front” (Star Tribune). He is joined by frequent musical collaborators (Chance York, Caroline Smith, Big Cats, and others). Recorded at RiverRock Studios, Detail was “produced at a quality that we rarely hear from the snowy land of 10,000 lakes”(Okay Player). Eric Mayson is back with new tunes as he prepares to release his sophomore venture with RiverRock Music Group.
DJ Sean McPherson (The Current, Heiruspecs):
Sean McPherson is a bassist, songwriter, radio host and trivia mogul based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the co-founder of Heiruspecs, a celebrated Twin Cities live hip-hop band. He plays bass for Dessa, a vocalist and member of the Doomtree crew. Sean is an on-air host on the Current from Minnesota Public Radio. McPherson is also the co-founder of Trivia Mafia, Minnesota’s largest trivia company. Sean is a proud St. Paul Central High School and University of MN alum. He is somewhere between the couch and the 5k.