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Nov. 17: Nooky Jones Concert

Performance is at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub.

2018-11-19
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 10-16-2018

MANKATO, Minn. – Smooth, neo-soul group Nooky Jones returns to Mankato on Saturday, Nov. 17 to perform at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center), Mankato. Reggae band Irie Minds will open the show with a set starting at 7:30 p.m. 

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU - The Maverick and the Minnesota State University, Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

With Nooky Jones, lead singer Cameron Kinghorn has the opportunity to explore the types of vocals inspired by the music he's been listening to lately -- D'Angelo, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and recently Bilal. "And are you familiar with Robert Glasper?" he asks. Glasper is a Grammy-winning jazz piano player who is featured on Lamar's latest album.

Eric Best, The Journal (Minneapolis) writes, “The vibe of Nooky Jones hits like big-name artists who take jazz sounds and combine them with new school R&B, soul, and hip hop,” while 89.3 The Current says, “Plain and simple, Nooky Jones is a must-see live. Their presence, their style, and their charisma burst through at their live shows and the chemistry seen between these bandmates is the kind of thing that is only seen among a group of people who genuinely get along and love what they do.”

Nooky Jones is a place for all of the musicians involved to do something a little different with their style and sound. Most of the group is deeply embedded in the local music scene already and are participating in several other projects at the same time. Trumpet player Adam Meckler has his own 18-person orchestra and also performs with the Youngblood Brass Band, a group that tours internationally. Since forming in 2014, the band has delivered its sound to several major venues in the Twin Cities including First Avenue, Icehouse, and The Fitzgerald Theater. Nooky Jones has also toured the Midwest performing shows in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Chicago.

Concert admission is $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. Tickets are available at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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