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Oct. 22: Indie Rock Band Bad Bad Hats

Visit is part of the Minnesota Storyteller series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 10-4-2019

MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato's College of Arts and Humanities welcomes indie rock band Bad Bad Hats to the Minnesota Storyteller artist-in-residence and performance series at Minnesota State Mankato. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Bad Bad Hats hails from Minneapolis. The band consists of Kerry Alexander, Chris Hoge and Connor Davison. Named for a trouble-making character from the “Madeline” children’s books, Bad Bad Hats is defined by a balance of sweet and sour. The band’s music honors classic pop songwriting, with nods to ’90s rock simplicity and pop-punk frivolity. Through it all, Alexander’s unflinchingly sincere lyrics cut to the emotional heart of things.

“Lightning Round,” the band’s second full-length album, finds Bad Bad Hats more confident and mature than ever. The group recorded live in the studio, an approach which pushed the band outside of its comfort zone and lends many songs on the record a loose, organic feel. In this spontaneous environment, Hoge, who is known to play every instrument in the band, delivers some of his most inspired musical performances yet.

Bad Bad Hats has toured the U.S. extensively, supporting artists including Margaret Glaspy, Hippo Campus and Third Eye Blind.

General admission tickets are $15. University students are admitted free with a valid MavCARD. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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