PeRt NeAr SaNdSToNe
Take old time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group of guys that like to work hard and play even harder. Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American string band music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions. Their sweat-inducing, foot-stomping live performances keep crowds begging for more all night long.
ThE LAsT REvEL
The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances," as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads. They naturally blend the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless.
ThEm CoULee BoYs
Them Coulee Boys are sure to kick down an equal dose of punk-folk calamity and Americana balladry, 4-part harmonies learned in dive bars and church basements, and a banjo stomp so infective you are sure to join with abandon.They crank out some seriously good music with such gusto and energy, it’s irresistibly fun.
They have shared stages with Charlie Parr, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, The 4onthefloor, and many more. Them Coulee Boys have also had the honor of being played on NPR’s “Simply Folk” and many other Midwest radio stations.
Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.
Schoepp shines up the well-worn clichés of singer-songwriterdom and renders them anew. Evoking a series of vivid protagonists and settings, his work variously recalls prime Prine (John, that is), the nuances of Newman (Randy, of course), and the boozy bonhomie of The Replacements.
MaTHeW PeRryMaN jOnEs
with Special Guest MOLLY PARDEN
Originally from Pennsylvania, Matthew grew up in Georgia and cut his artistic teeth in the Atlanta music scene before heading north to Nashville. His songs have been featured in dozens of film and TV placements, and tours have taken him across the U.S. and abroad to share stages with legends like Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin. The Shed is so excited to get MPJ and his band on our stage in a routing gig between Chicago and Mpls. Be there if you can!
LeE HeNKe & iRa WOlf
For the past 6 years Lee has been touring the country with Minneapolis-based folk band, The Last Revel. He released his first solo effort entitled Schema EP in September of 2015 and works toward a second solo project in 2018. With more than 40 million plays on Spotify, Ira Wolf has exploded onto the folk scene over the past four years. Hailing from the mountains of Montana, and making a home in Nashville, Wolf's music and writing connects with audiences on a deeply personal level through melancholy vocals and vulnerably honest lyrics.
A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Koskinen has been a just-under-the-radar-cornerstone of the Twin Cities music scene for going on a decade. StarTribune writer Jon Bream has called him “the state's best pure country singer/songwriter”, while lifelong Twin Cities music observer Jim Walsh, who has covered everybody from Willie Murphy to Bruce Springsteen calls him, very simply, “The Real Deal.”
Bare Bones play a ruckus blend of Honky Tonk, Country, Rock & Roll, Roots, and Americana. Bob Berg, Jack White, Mike Mullen, Rourke Conners, and Mike Haselman deliver maximum fun per square inch. Wear a helmet and fasten your safety belt. With Rebecca Macone.
Whether it's irresistible, fiddle-driven, dancing tunes or honest, heart-wrenching "songwriter" songs, Huber spans the spectrum of 'Roots' music while preferring not to stay within the boundaries of any strict genre classification. His lyricism and introspective writing style has received high acclaim from many Americana enthusiasts looking for a more substantive substitute to much of today's modern country.
The Rattlenecks are a 3-part harmony outfit from Eau Claire, WI. After spending their formative years singing and playing guitar in the rolling hills of Eleva-Strum, veterans Jim Pullman, Todd Barneson, and Gabe Koxlien mixed their old chemistry into a new batch of songs. The band was complete with the addition of youngsters Ethan Schmidt and Davy Sumner in the rhythm section.
Feeding Leroy is a four piece acoustic band from Duluth, MN. With the collaboration of songwriters Lee Martin and Sonja Bjordal, the band has layered its sound and message and delivers honest songs that feed the truth. Think Gram Parsons and Emmylou meets the Jayhawks... its country music at its core, it's fun, its original, it's Feeding LeRoy.
Barbaro is a progressive bluegrass band playing spicy instrumentals with savory harmonies. Their to-the-point songwriting creates a dynamic and captivating set for audiences of all ages and musical tastes
ThE PiSToL WhIpPiN
Straight from the Mill City comes the Pistol Whippin Party Penguins. This quintet from Minneapolis strives to maintain the original spirit of the "string band" while continuing to play new original music and creative cover songs. The combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the occasional stage banter will create an experience that anyone can enjoy!
Greg Gilbertson is a sight to behold. Effortlessly producing texturally exciting instrumental guitar pieces as vibrant as a Monet, he has continued in the tradition acoustic fingerstyle guitar made prominent by artists Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke. Communicating deep abstract emotions via his guitar he leaves enough room for your imagination to soar.
ChiCKEn WiRe EmPiRe
Named one of "Five Wisconsin Bands to Watch in 2019” Chicken Wire Empire looks to shake up the boundaries of bluegrass. Between intriguing lyrics, rich harmonies, and excellent musicianship, they bring a fun show of high energy jam grass. Chicken Wire Empire has shared the stage with renowned musicians Yonder Mountain String Band and other notable headliners at many regional festivals including Blue Ox and Boats & Bluegrass.
WINNERS of the 2016 NW String Summit Band Competition!
Ginstrings will make your soul dance with 33 interchangeable strings and vibrant vocal harmony. Based in Minneapolis, MN, this seven-man band is an acoustic, progressive string band driven by an indescribable passion for music.
MoLLy & tHe DaNgEr BAnd
Molly O returns to our stage and we couldn't be happier! You could call them a rock/country/jazz/bluegrass/Celtic band, but they are really an Americana band. The blending of different American roots music creates a unique musical cocktail. From classic covers, traditional and original music, no matter what you call it, your bound to have a good time.
With influences ranging from Paul Simon to Peter Gabriel, The Ragbirds have developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music. Hailed “Highly impressive!” by USA Today and touted as “Astounding international eclecticism” by Reveal Arts, the band has performed in over forty-five states. They have shared stages with Brandi Carlile, Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, Jeff Daniels and many others
Jason Chaffee, from Minneapolis, writes ambient and catchy pop-rock with great driving melodies and an emotionally charged sound palate. In promotional support of an album release “Carry Me,” Chaffee is joined by a seasoned line of musicians recognized from bands like Gin Blossoms, Eddie Money, and Owl City.
Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and countless others. “I love playing live,” he says. “All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment." With Luke Price, three-time national fiddle champion and Berklee graduate.
Armchair Boogie is a 4-piece Bluegrass/Folk band formed in the heart of Central Wisconsin. Conceived and brought to life by Ben Majeska (guitar/vocals) and Augie Dougherty (banjo/vocals) in the Fall of 2014. Their Main Street porch performances in Stevens Point, WI made up their first venue, and soon took on the name “Armchair Boogie”. The only thing missing was a rhythm section to drive the genre-bending sound. Eli Frieders (bass) and Dan Waterman (drums) held down the beat until Denzel Connor took over behind the kit in Spring 2017
ThE RoE fAMilY SiNGerS
The Roe Family Singers mix original music and contemporary takes on old-time, traditional, and gospel tunes into one roiling & rollicking river of fresh yet familiar American music. Every performance raises a ruckus.
NoBle SoUNd SysTeM
Noble Sound System boasts a hard working, original reggae act that relies heavily on their natural chemistry and smooth flowing vocal harmonies. Dane Hauser (Drums, Vocals) and Marlin Ledin (Bass, Vocals) had been performing together for years when they hooked up with Noble Falconer (Guitar, Vocals). The result was instant dub magic, and since their first show in the winter of 2016 they’ve been filling area venues to the brim.