$7 at the door
9:30pm doors/10pm showtime
Ingeborg von Agassiz:
Ingeborg von Agassiz has lived various lives: a songstress in bar halls, a teacher of small children, an accompanist in churches, and a painter, to name a few. In northern Minnesota, churches and bars define much of existence--where people go for answers, to celebrate life’s blessings, and to mourn life’s losses. Ingeborg’s music explores these ups and downs of life with the playfulness, curiosity, and confidence of a child. Raised as Emma Rustan near Oklee, Minnesota, a town of 400 people, she has since made her home in Duluth. The name Ingeborg von Agassiz celebrates her great grandmother for whom she was named and the massive ancient glacial Lake Agassiz region she hails from. After a life of studying music, playing piano since she was a small child, and teaching piano, voice, and guitar lessons as an adult, she began writing songs in earnest in 2012. She started recording herself with a minimal setup at home, building catchy and deceptively simple arrangements of songs influenced by songwriters as far-spanning as Sia and Moondog. Expanding her home engineering into a live one-woman band, she performs using an array of keyboards, loopers, and samplers. Her performances have turned heads in Duluth: “Seemingly out of nowhere,” wrote the Duluth Tribune, “an artist going by ‘Ingeborg von Agassiz’ started booking shows around Duluth and wowed audiences with fully formed songs and a unique stage appearance.” 2018 sees the release of her debut album, O Giver of Dreams, on March 1st, and many Ingeborg von Agassiz performances to come. - Ben Willis
Toby Thomas Churchill:
Duluth singer-songwriter / multi-media artist Toby Thomas Churchill released his acclaimed second solo record, Where Is My Rumspringa Darling?, on Chaperone Records in November 2014 to rave reviews, and a growing buzz in the Minneapolis music scene.
Churchill's dynamic live band is comprised of Danny Cosgrove, his longtime collaborator in The Alrights, along with the Grave Trio rhythm section (Roma di Luna, WAREY) consisting of James Everest (Lateduster) Ryan Lovan (Romantica) and guitarist / producer Ben Durrant (Andrew Bird, DOSH), who recorded the new TTC album at his Crazy Beast studio in Minneapolis.
from 89.3 Local Current Blog:
“the new album from Toby Thomas Churchill, Where is My Rumspringa Darling?, is one of the best I’ve heard this year… one of the most underrated songwriters in Minnesota [has] crafted an irresistible collection of psychedelic pop songs that will turn your serotonin levels all the way up and have you screaming for more.”
“There are layers upon layers to Churchill’s new record—which is the second solo album he’s recorded after spending a decade with beloved Duluth power-pop band the Alrights—and it’s hard to resist digging in and pulling out comparisons from one era of pop music or another. One minute there is the lonely garage-rock crooning of John Lennon, and it’s followed by the playful subversiveness of the Flaming Lips, the extraterrestrial synth beats of Of Montreal, and the sexy electro-funk of modern artists like Tickle Torture. But the comparisons all fall short because Churchill has also established such a strong voice of his own that the entire album sounds like it’s undeniably his.” [Andrea Swensson]
Symphonic rock band lead by songwriter/producer/mulit-instrumentalist Ranelle Johnson of Minneapolis, MN. Members include Jenessa LaSota (bass/vocals), John Acarregui (drums, and Tyler Phelps (guitar). They create music that crosses genres, blending classical training and influence with lush electronic production, 3-part harmonies, and a live rock feel. Currently recording 12-track LP to be release in 2018!