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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Department of Music

Fall 2013 Artists

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Papa John Kolstad with Clint Hoover

Thursday, September 5, 7:30 PM

Singer-songwriter Papa John Kolstad has performed as a soloist at the Smithsonian Bicentennial Folk Life Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and others. Papa John has been Artist in Residence at Rutgers University, DeKalb University and the University of Minnesota.


One of a select group of musicians to master both the chromatic and diatonic harmonica, Clint Hoover has delved deep into the musical possibilities of the harmonica. A professional for over 30 years, Clint has lent his talents to movies, commercials, TV news themes, radio, theater, harmonica instruction books and countless CD projects for other artists.


Noah Hoehn

Sunday, September 15, 7:30 PM


A fierce performer, Noah Hoehn has earned national acclaim for his harmonica playing as a two-time winner of the McKnight Fellowship for performing musicians. Now it is his solo looping show that is truly unequaled as a winner of this prestigious award for a third time! His singular vision to unite the sounds of new blues and marimba pop is accomplished with an incomparable live looping system. Saucy harmonica and cool marimba are layered upon a foundation of acoustic grooves freeing him to sing and play at the same time--a musical style unparalleled the world over.


Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings

Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 PM


Steve Kaul and The Brass Kings play their old-time instruments in very unexpected ways. With metal-bodied resophonic guitars, washtub bass, washboard and fiddle they chart the Bermuda Triangle of old-time, middle-eastern and bluegrass music. Shifting from jug-band chugging into wild improvisational ragas they blend folk music traditions into a pulsing groove.


Alison Scott with the Okemah Prophets

Singer-songwriter Alison Scott is originality, confidence, and charisma all in one package, with all the talent to back it up. She belts out her heartfelt lyrics with both grace and style. She is the strongest new voice to come out of the Minneapolis music scene in years, delivering a unique sound that combines soulful vocals and brilliant lyrics with a keen sense of creativity and passion.


Michael Johnson

Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 PM


Michael Johnson has performed and lived more music and recorded more hits than you would imagine. His voice immediately identifies him as the man who sings "Bluer Than Blue," "Give Me Wings," "That's That," and other landmark songs. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love. When asked what he would have you know about himself, Michael says, "Tell them I'm a showman. I like to talk to people and I love to make them laugh. And, of course, I have to move them with the music. That's the whole thing. Without that, there is no reason to be on stage."
One will remember Michael as being at home with a friend.


Stephen Carlson

Thursday, October 3, 7:30 PM


A member of the Bemidji State University Music Department since 2006, Stephen Carlson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who has performed at many colleges, universities, and festivals throughout much of the U.S. and Eastern Canada. In 2005, Dr. Carlson made his New York debut as a solo recitalist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Appointed to the Performing Artist Roster of the South Carolina Arts Commission, has also performed chamber music with members of the South Carolina Philharmonic as well as the Charleston and Greenville (SC) Symphonies.


Bob Bingham & Gordon Thorne

Sunday, October 6, 7:30 PM


Bingham and Thorne deliver a powerful show by fusing their various musical styles and experiences. The duo offers the listener a fresh approach to classic acoustic blues music.


Bella Ruse

Thursday, October 17, 7:30 PM


Bella Ruse's music is a combination of airy folk and crunchy pop originals. Surrounded by a laboratory of instruments - typewriter, suitcase organ, glockenspiel, and kazoos - singer Kay Gillette's antique voice and Joseph Barker's mournful guitar twist and twirl and dip and dive and carry you into their magical musical world.


An Evening with Slaid Cleaves

Monday, October 21, 7:30 PM


Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s latest 2013 CD release, Still Fighting the War, spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ music delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. Cleaves delivers equal measures of hope and resignation throughout this release as life lessons slide subtly through side doors. Scrappy Jud Newcombe is one of Austin, Texas’ most sought-after sidemen. Newcombe has released CDs on local imprint Freedom Records. When Newcombe is not travelling with Cleaves, he can be heard weekly at numerous clubs in the downtown Austin, Texas area.


The Debbie Davies Band

Saturday, October 26, 9:30 PM


Debbie Davies is an award-winning singer, songwriter, guitar player of extraordinary talent. Debbie ranks among the top blues artists in the country. She has received ten nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 and 2010 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist. In 1984, she landed the lead guitar spot in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, an all-female band led by wife of British blues pioneer, John Mayall. In 1988 she was recruited by Albert Collins to join the Icebreakers, and for the next three years she was a featured guitarist performing behind one of the most innovative bluesmen of all time. During her tenure with Albert, Debbie was invited to perform on John Mayall’s 1990 album, A Sense of Place, and in 1991 she recorded with Albert Collins and the Icebreakers on his Grammy nominated self-titled release.