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320 Maywood Avenue, Mankato, MN
The HEARTLAND MARIMBA QUARTET is an ensemble of four dynamic solo performers. The ensemble tours the nation regularly and is featured as artist-in-residence annually each summer at the Heartland Marimba Festival Academy at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The performers are accomplished and award winning solo players. The group was formed in order to provide a strong presence and public image year-round for the Heartland Marimba Festival, and to forge a path of gainful opportunities for professional marimba players.
Clever, ragtime flavored tunes and a great guitarist to boot. Great songs with witty lyrics and when he’s taking a break from a hard luck troubadour’s verse, he’s tickling our ears with fancy fingerpicking and note flying.
DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds with influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits. The Vagabonds have appeared at festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sighisoara, Romania; Sierre, Switzerland; Kemi, Finland; the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the 2013 and 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, Vache de Blues in France, and North Sea Jazz Festival.
Contact Dale Haefner at 507-389-5549 for event information.
Nooky Jones is a six-piece group from Minneapolis that blends soul, jazz, R&B, and funk to create a warm, deeply grooving sound. The band is composed of some of the most forward thinking players in Minneapolis performing some of Minnesota’s freshest music featuring sophisticated, seductive and smooth neo-soul music.
PHIL MARKOWITZ has been a talented pianist for decades. He began playing piano when he was four. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Markowitz formed a fusion group in 1973 called Petrus. Three years later he officially moved to New York City, where he worked with Joe Chambers, Toots Thielemans, Miroslav Vitous, and others. Most significant was his time as a member of the Chet Baker Quartet which resulted in four European tours and several recordings. Markowitz spent 1983-1985 with the Mel Lewis Orchestra and was part of a trio with Al DiMeola and Airto Moreira (which was later expanded to a quintet) that recorded a set for Manhattan. In 1987 Markowitz became a permanent member of the Bob Mintzer Big Band, and in 1990 he began an association with Dave Liebman resulting in a number of recordings. Quite active as a jazz educator, Markowitz has also recorded and/or worked with Phil Woods, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz and Lionel Hampton
ERIK KOSKINEN has amassed a following as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. With experience stemming from years of traveling north to south and coast-to-coast, Koskinen taps those adventures and encounters in his third album, "America Theatre." Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Erik Koskinen “…the state’s best pure country singer/songwriter ”, and Jim Walsh of MinnPost writes "The real deal: Erik Koskinen's authenticity comes through." Regional favorites CITY MOUSE will open the show.