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Oct. 27: Singer/Songwriter Erik Koskinen

Performance is at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub.

2018-10-29
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 10-15-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Singer-songwriter Erik Koskinen (pictured) performs with his band Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center), Mankato. Southern Minnesota favorite City Mouse 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.

The Erik Koskinen Band is currently touring in support of its latest CD release, “Cruising Paradise.” Koskinen recently was a featured artist with NoiseTrade’s Songsmith Social at the AmericanaFest in Nashville. Koskinen was joined by an embarrassment of talent, including Tommy Emmanuel, Amanda Shires, Mary Gauthier, and Pert Near Sandstone.

Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Koskinen “…the state’s best pure country singer/songwriter,” and Jim Walsh of MinnPost writes, “The real deal: Erik Koskinen’s authenticity comes through.” The Southern Minnesota Music Scene says, “Koskinen has the ability to create a song, and a sound, that feels natural, intimate and exciting all at the same time, which is something only the truly great songwriters and musicians can claim.”

Since moving to Minneapolis 10 years ago, Koskinen has amassed a following as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. His songs speak to the experiences and encounters stemming from years of traveling north to south and coast-to-coast.

The supporting act, City Mouse, is a regional music group favorite. Their folk-rock blues styled music has been appreciated in the region for over 45 years. The group remains strong today as the current band lineup has enjoyed 30 plus years of performing together. City Mouse has played thousands of gigs and was an annual staple at Mankato’s People’s Fair and the Rockin’ in the Quarry event each summer, where they performed with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. City Mouse performs annually and remains a fan favorite at the Rock Bend Folk Festival in St. Peter.

Concert admission is $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Tickets are available at Hooligans or online at www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

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