Check out some of this year’s outstanding musical offerings. For the full 2015 music schedule CLICK HERE.

Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park


 

Saturday


 

 

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Danami & the Blue

Within seconds of taking the stage, Danami hands are flying up and down, feet shuffling back and forth like James Brown, and sharing smiles and lyric lines with his band The Blue for an emotional fun to watch performance.
http://www.danamionline.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Saturday, 12:45pm

monica-laplante

Monica LaPlante

Local Minneapolis darling, Monica LaPlante, plays a style of garage rock/garage pop loaded with class and charm. Her brutally honest lyrics prove that perfection lies in the art of simplicity. LaPlante’s forthcoming album, Noir, brings a much darker side to her repertoire, fueled by guitar-driven rockers and dark synthy ballads from the heart.
https://monicalaplante.bandcamp.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Saturday, 1:45pm

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Vision the Kid & Tru

Vision the Kid & Tru are a rapper/producer duo based in Minneapolis that mix true stories of drug addiction and heart break with tracks of pure, danceable braggadocio. As a team, they strive to make their music as current as it is timeless, as personal as it is universal, and as much party as it is poetry.  They released their second full-length album, Somewhere in a Dark City through Be Easy Music in September of 2014.
http://visionthekid.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Saturday, 2:45pm

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The Ronnie Buxtons

Formed in early 2013, The Ronnie Buxtons are a Minneapolis pop band with more ex-bands between them than Liz Taylor and Liza Minnelli have ex-husbands combined. Steve Barone, formerly of Lifter Puller and The Hawaii Show, recruited other scene veterans after being reunited with his long lost Schecter guitar (which is his personal Excalibur). The debut album Getting Together, released in the spring of 2015 on their own Wooden Jetty Records, features 11 original genre-spanning songs influenced by The Cars, The Kinks, Weezer, and Cheap Trick.
https://www.facebook.com/TheRonnieBuxtons
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Saturday, 3:45pm

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Some Pulp

Hardly ones to shy away from heart-on-sleeve romanticism, Some Pulp realize the power in raw, unabashed emotions. As Graham Barton’s lovelorn wails and Dane Hoppe and Elliott Snyder’s urgent rhythms can attest, the trio continually harnesses and bottles their sound into sharp, bombastic nuggets of garage rock gold with a sense of urgency and restraint. Their songs serve as an earnest reminder of how essential direct rock and roll can and should always be.
https://somepulp.bandcamp.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Saturday, 4:45pm

Two-Harbors

Two Harbors

With a nod to early mod and mid-90s Brit-Pop with driving guitars and a wall of amps that would make Townshend blush, Two Harbors are currently supporting their latest release The Natural Order of Things available on Susstones Records.
http://www.twoharborsmusic.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Saturday, 5:45pm

katy-vernon

The Katy Vernon Band

British transplant Katy Vernon has been charming audiences in her adopted Twin Cities for more than a decade. The full band combines ukulele driven folk and pop with Americana twang! Brand new double single ‘Pearl/Lily’ available now.
http://katyvernon.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Saturday, 6:45pm

 


Sunday


 

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Good Night, Gold Dust

Good Night, Gold Dust is a Minnesota indie pop quartet that plays urgent, dynamic songs featuring male/female vocals, angular guitars, dark synthesizers and a mix of live and electronic drumming in the vein of Poliça and Alt-J. GNGD is preparing for a Summer 2015 release of their first studio EP, a self-titled effort produced by Brett Bullion and mastered by Huntley Miller. Their lyrics explore the depths of love, loss, and how we cope.
http://goodnightgolddust.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Sunday, 12:00pm

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American Scarecrows

We spend so much time dissecting music and pondering what the point in making it is that we sometimes forget that people merely create music because it brings them joy. That’s the most surprisingly pleasant thing about the Minneapolis band American Scarecrows; they do what they love without having to put any other labels on it. The trio made up of Seth Davin and Allen Maier and Matthew Broadbent has packed all of the experience of their years into music that tells a story of love loss and growth.
http://americanscarecrows.net/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Sunday, 2:05pm

What-Tyrants

What Tyrants

What Tyrants are on a mission to pack as many relentlessly paced riffs into their music as humanly possible. The power trio, made up of brothers Sean and Kyle Schultz and Garrison Grouse, have distilled touchstones from noise pop, post-punk, and surf into short, fuzzed-out sonic outbursts and freakouts that go down easy and beg repeating. In the end, What Tyrants are about letting it all hang out and having a good time.
https://whattyrants.bandcamp.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Sunday, 3:10pm

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Taj Raj

Taj Raj’s elemental and atmospheric brand of indie-folk transports the listener to a world of its own making. Ethereal guitar melodies, earthy acoustic fingerpicking, breezy vocal harmonies, classical piano, and a driving rhythm section support stories inspired by English and German folklore. Reflections on love, longing, and jealously are folded into layers of myth and set against musical textures that shimmer, like the Northern Lights, in and out of prominence.
http://www.tajraj.com/
Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park – Sunday, 4:15pm

 


 

City Pages Stage Under the Central Avenue Bridge


Saturday


 

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Bob & Lynn Dixon

Sad songs and happy tunes. Bob & Lynn Dixon bring their tight vocal harmonies and skills on guitar, fiddle, and mandolin to songs and dance tunes from America’s old-time tradition. Of course, here in the Midwest, Nordic dance tunes are part of that tradition.
http://www.bobandlynndixon.com/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Saturday, 11:15am

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Fox & Coyote

Fox & Coyote is an indie folk quartet featuring Ryan Evans (lead vocals, guitar), Jon Harms (banjo, vocals), Amy Chatelaine (cello, vocals), and Jimmy Barnett (drums, vocals). With an ear for musical detail, the group offers “soaring and haunting” vocals (KAXE Northern Community Radio), “vivid stories” (89.3 The Current), and songs with “warmth and pulse” (City Pages). Building off the success of their debut full-length (If We Stay, 2013), Fox & Coyote is releasing the Boardinghouse EP in May 2015.
http://foxandcoyote.com/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Saturday, 12:15pm

mike-munson

Mike Munson

Rooted in blues, Mike Munson fills the stage with a fluid combination of skilled finger picking and masterful slide guitar. Influenced by the likes of John Lee Hooker and Mississippi John Hurt, his songs tell raw stories of work, travel and loss.
http://www.mikemunson.net/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Saturday, 1:15pm

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Amanda Standalone

Amanda Standalone is a Minnesota based singer, storyteller, performer, and composer of original music based in the American folk tradition. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States collecting stories, songs, and instruments. With a variety of instruments (guitar, washtub) and her deep earthy voice, she brings the stories to life.
http://www.amandastandalone.com/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Saturday, 2:15pm

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David Gerald Sutton

A violinist that manipulates his instrument to sound like a cello, guitar, and a plethora of other sounds, David Gerald Sutton creates a full orchestra all on his own. Enlisting the help of former Owl City drummer Matthew Decker, the listener is given a unique perspective of the violin, blending traditional pop structure and melody with ambient instrumental undertones.
http://davidgeraldsutton.com/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Saturday, 3:15pm

peter-lochner

Peter Lochner

Peter Lochner is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. He and his band are excited to be back at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival and will be previewing songs from their forthcoming sophomore album “Ain’t No Gospel On The Jukebox.” It promises to be a hand clappin’, foot stompin’ good time!
http://www.peterlochnermusic.com/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Saturday, 4:15pm

adam-svec

Adam Svec

Adam Svec plays lo-fi midwest pop music that leans hard on lyrics and melodies. Taking advantage of the peaks and valleys of tremolo, as well as the patience of reverb, Svec makes good use of the sonic space offered through old guitars and amplifiers. Recommended if you like Low, Elliott Smith, and David Bazan.
https://adamsvec.bandcamp.com/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Saturday, 5:15pm

 


Sunday


 

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Dan Israel

Description:  Much admired and beloved by Twin Cities audiences and fellow musicians alike, Dan Israel is a multiple Minnesota Music Academy (MMA) Award-winner with 12 albums under his belt. His latest release, “Live On,” and the limited edition vinyl-only retrospective “Danthology” (a collection of 25 songs from his 12 albums), have garnered praise all around the globe, and he is putting the finishing touches on his soon-to-be-released 13th album. American Songwriter magazine called Israel a “hometown hero who can pack a local venue to the gills,” combining pop hooks with rootsy orchestration.
http://www.danisraelmusic.com/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Sunday, 2:15pm

Warehouse-Eyes

Warehouse Eyes

Warehouse Eyes is an alt-pop five-piece led by Jennie Lahlum and Christopher Williams. Inspired by the endless possibilities of sound design and by rock and roll poets like Patti Smith, John Darnielle and Bob Dylan, Warehouse Eyes crafts songs of heartbreak and hallucination powered by the subtlety and versatility of Lahlum’s voice.
http://www.warehouseeyes.com/
City Pages Stage under the Central Avenue Bridge – Sunday, 4:15pm

 


 

Star Tribune Stage in Father Hennepin Park


Saturday


 

Tortuga

Tortuga!

Tortuga! is a Minneapolis-based instrumental quartet playing original compositions with melodies and harmonic structures that blend and straddle the sounds of psychedelic rock, jazz, funk and world music.  Piano, electric bass, electric guitar, and drums all combine to invoke a musical experience that is simultaneously familiar and surprising.
http://www.tortugajazz.com
Star Tribune Stage in Father Hennepin Park – Saturday, 2:15pm

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Swallows

Twin Cities-based Swallows have been writing, recording and performing their own rootsy blend of rock, folk and blues since the summer of 2008. In the fall of 2012, Swallows released “Witching & Divining,” their second full-length album, which received strong local media support and radio play on over 160 college and public radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. Swallows are currently working on a new album scheduled to be released early 2016.
http://swallowthemusic.com/
Star Tribune Stage in Father Hennepin Park – Saturday, 3:15pm

mother-banjo

Mother Banjo

Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com. Hailed for its “finely wrought, earthy arrangements” (City Pages), her latest album The Devil Hasn’t Won was recorded with her all-star 5-piece band and produced by Steve Kaul (The Brass Kings).
http://www.motherbanjo.com/
Star Tribune Stage in Father Hennepin Park – Saturday, 5:15pm

 


Sunday


 

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The OK Factor

The OK Factor is a progressive folk duo which weaves traditional folk melodies into their original tunes and grooves, as well as experiments with genres such as bluegrass, jazz, Americana, rock, and more. Cellist Olivia Hahn, violinist Karla Dietmeyer, and multi-instrumentalist Ehler Orngard challenge their formal training with each performance, re-thinking and re-defining their classical roots for a unique sound that can be heard anywhere from cafes and house concerts to performing arts centers and important venues across the Midwest. The OK Factor “pulls the audience in with their unorthodox style of playing” (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier), joining with the audience to create meaningful, exciting musical experiences.
http://www.theokfactor.com/
Star Tribune Stage in Father Hennepin Park – Sunday, 12:15pm

 

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Northern Darling

Northern Darling is a group of five toe-tapping Minnesotans ready to rock your socks. They play a variety of fun covers to keep you dancing and also deliver retro pop originals with a jazzy flare from its electric bassoon player.
http://northerndarling.bandcamp.com/releases
Star Tribune Stage in Father Hennepin Park – Sunday, 2:15pm

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The Lowland Lakers

The Lowland Lakers are a folk trio who’ve spent the better part of the last 2 years crafting melodies, harmonies, and arrangements out of a spectrum of new riffs and ideas as well as dug up old material. With a focus on original work, the Lowland Lakers have taken lessons learned and stories lived from past bands and life experiences and transformed these truths into something new and unique. They embody a successful combination of both simple listenability and complex thought.
http://www.thelowlandlakers.com/
Star Tribune Stage in Father Hennepin Park – Sunday, 3:15pm

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