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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fall 2015 Artists

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The Chiarina Piano Quartet

Tuesday, September 8, 7:30 PM


The Chiarina Piano Quartet is comprised of some of the Midwest's most accomplished collaborative artists. The quartet gathers for an evening of superb classical music performance. The Chiarina Piano Quartet formed in 2010 and consists of violinist Mary Horozaniecki, violist Nancy Nehring, cellist Mark Rudoff, and Minnesota State Mankato piano professor David Viscoli. Mary Horozaniecki teaches at Augsburg College, Carleton College, and Macalester College. Mark Rudoff teaches at The Ohio State University. Nancy Nehring teaches privately in the Columbus, Ohio area in addition to being the principal violist with the Central Ohio Symphony.



Blue Hazard

Sunday, September 13, 7:30 PM


Blue Hazard is a young band that recently released its third album. The Blue Hazard sound merges traditional hard driving bluegrass with popular acoustic music. Blue Hazard was on the cutting edge in merging different genres with their traditional bluegrass roots before all of the “cool kids” started doing it.

Randy Weeks Band

Monday, September 14, 7:30 PM


Randy Weeks is the consummate songwriter’s songwriter. Soundtracking the ever-present undercurrent of our popular culture, Weeks’ music can be heard on international radio stations, Grammy award winning albums, and in feature films.

Bass Brand Brass Band

Tuesday, September 22, 7:30 PM


Bass Brand Brass Band performs a unique style of upbeat, all acoustic New Orleans street music.



Tuesday, September 29, 7:30 PM


Cantus is hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) and winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America. Cantus enjoys an active performing schedule and is acknowledged around the world for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personality.p>


Sowah Mensah and Sankofa

Sunday, October 4, 7:30 PM


A “Master Drummer,” Sowah Mensah performs music from Ghana and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 as a soloist in David Fanshaw’s African Sanctus. Mensah is currently a professor at both Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where he also directs each school’s African Music Ensemble. Mensah will appear with Sankofa, a Ghanaian Folklore and Dance Ensemble.


The Dumpy Jug Bumpers

Tuesday, October 6, 7:30 PM


The Dumpy Jug Bumpers are a string band that brings back the reckless sounds of country blues, ragtime, and jug band music from the era of 78 RPM records. They transform any stage into a barrelhouse romp, performing on a menagerie of stringed instruments and hand made percussion accompaniment.


The Jillian Rae Band

Thursday, October 15, 7:30 PM


Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, gives her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives in life in the face of struggle and disappointment. The Minneapolis Star and Tribune calls Rae, “A triple treat on vocals, fiddle, and songwriting.”

The Erik Koskinen Band

Saturday, October 17, 7:30


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." Southern Minnesota favorites City Mouse will open the show.


Rob Meany and Terramara

Sunday, November 1, 7:30


Rob Meany and Terramara create original piano-based pop rock, melding smart songcraft and clever lyrics with catchy melodies, tight grooves, rich harmonies and an edgy, rock sensibility. For its third full-length release, “Dust & Fiction”, the band teamed with producer Jon Herchert to create its most sonically rich album yet. p>


The Jimmys

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 PM


Madison, Wisconsin, blues powerhouse group The Jimmys perform a sensational mixture of blues and R & B. The group’s sound features killer horns, greasy guitars, funky keys, and a dynamic “in the pocket” rhythm section.