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Nov. 19: Sonny Knight and his band to perform
Performance will be off campus at Hooligans.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 11-03-2016
Mankato, Minn. – Secret Stash recording artist Sonny Knight performs with his band, the Lakers, onSaturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center), Mankato.
The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Knight’s vast array of life experiences inform a worldview that give him a unique perspective on the song writing, expressive, and storytelling process. Along with his 7-piece powerhouse band, the Lakers, the 68 year-old retired truck driver has created a sound that extends much deeper than throwback soul.
After the band's 2014 debut album, “I'm Still Here,” which came to fruition much sooner than anyone expected, Knight and the Lakers released a live double album the following year. Now, the band’s sophomore studio set, “Sooner Or Later,” explores themes of overcoming adversity, love found, love lost and societal observation. Where their debut might be likened to steering a bike before turning the pedals, considering how they wrote and recorded it before road testing their songs and individual strengths, their latest effort sees the wheels fully in motion.
With performances across the U.S. and Europe in theaters, performing arts centers, festivals and night clubs, Knight and the band have tightened their unity and discovered what each member brings to the table that can further the collective’s playing. By doing so, the group was able to gain a greater understanding of what their best material was through performing it on the road night after night. What results on “Sooner Or Later” is a rarity by today’s recording standards. Of the 10 songs that were taken into Secret Stash’s brand new studio, all made the final cut. Rather than track a bunch of material and pick out the best parts later, Knight and the band hit the studio knowing exactly what the record would be, perfectly encapsulating a snapshot in time for the artist.
Concert admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Tickets are available at Hooligans or online at www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State University system, which comprises 31 state institutions.