• Sat
    08
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pm

    fatteninfrogs

    Born out of love for the back roads music of America’s past, The Fattenin’ Frogs play rock & roll in its original spirit by cranking up the electricity on the music of the juke joints, hootenannies, medicine shows and tent revivals of yesteryear. The Minneapolis sextet puts their heart and soul into every song so come on out, sing, dance, and clap along!

    Gritty, soulful, and always danceable, The Fattenin’ Frogs have been described as Davina and the Vagabonds meets Howlin’ Wolf. Lead vocalists Amanda White and Chris Holm generate a freight train of emotional excitement over a landscape of multi-layered harmonies, scorching electric guitars, thundering drums, wailing harmonica, grooving bass, rollicking piano — and even a little banjo or accordion from time to time. A band in the truest sense, each member is a contributing songwriter and vocalist and injects their own personality into the music. Never safe or stamped out, they are not afraid to cap off a hot night of rock & roll with a zippy little kazoo solo because above all, rock & roll is supposed to be fun!

    http://thefatteninfrogs.com/

  • Sat
    15
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pm

    barefoot-wonderFolk/ Americana/ Rock
    T Bruce Bowers and Ric Gillman are quite a pair. With almost a century of musical experience between them, they bring a wide variety of flavors to the table. From Doc Watson guitar picking, to blazing Led Zeppelin electric violin, it’s a banquet every night. With T Bruce Bowers on electric and acoustic violin, acoustic mandolin and Ric Gillman and Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitar. It is always interesting, and sometimes down right unpredictable, each performance is an adventure.

    http://www.ricgillman.com/
    http://www.barefoot-wonder.com

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pm

    high48s-400pxwBluegrass

    Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that
    combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern
    attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond
    Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre
    created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were
    born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where
    playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of
    songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the
    “festival favorites.” They return to Oak Center for another
    entertaining, high-energy show.

    http://thehigh48s.com/

  • Sat
    05
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 pm

    dustyheartRoots, Indie, and Folk

    Rich vocal harmonies merge with intimate layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the lush sound of the recently formed duo, Dusty Heart. Barbara Jean & Molly Dean are two songwriters recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles that when combined, fuse to create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own. With a shared wanderlust and love of adventure, a passion for the open road, vast landscapes, and a mutual love for musical harmony, they join forces crafting a sound that bridges together the diverse musical worlds of roots, indie, and folk. As soon as they embarked on their collaborative journey, Dusty Heart was off to a running start, receiving an invitation to open a series of sold-out shows supporting Dave Simonett and Dave Carroll of Trampled by Turtles across Colorado.

    http://www.dustyheartmusic.com/

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 pm

    chuchsuchyOriginal and provocative folk and storytelling

    Singer/songwriter/farmer Chuck Suchy returns to the Oak Center General Store to perform his special original songs and stories. Suchy has been heralded as “One of the great American songwriters” by Rod Kennedy, founder of the Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival – the premiere songwriting festival in America. Dirty Linen Folk Magazine says of Suchy: “ Ya gotta love this guy, he writes a fine song , plays steady guitar, sings with rare confidence and lives his material!” He is the recipient of the 2015 North Dakota Governor’s Award for the Arts. Suchy raises grass fed beef on the farm he grew up on near Mandan, ND.

    http://www.chucksuchy.com/

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 pm

    erik-koskinenBlues /folk/ country/ fusion

    Best known as an ace guitarist and Producer/Engineer of Trampled By Turtles, Erik Koskinen should also be recognized as a masterful songwriter and rousing country singer. His dulcet tone and demeanor rival artists like Sting and Bon Jovi. Come experience his original brand of American music at Oak Center.

    http://www.erikkoskinen.com/

  • Sat
    26
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 pm

    jillian-raeAlt-Country
    Jillian Rae hails from the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota and has been a singer and violinist since the age of 7. She has been a heavy hitter on the Minneapolis music scene, playing in as many bands as she humanly can. Jillian formed her own band in 2013 and immediately began writing and recording. Her first album, Heartbeat was released in December 2013 and in February 2014 she was a finalist in Vita.mn's Are You Local Contest (best new bands). The band continues to tour extensively regionally and nationally and is showing no signs of slowing. One of the favorite shows each year at the OC General Store, expect a new album from Jillian Rae in the spring of 2016.

    https://www.facebook.com/jraemusic/

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    8:00 pm

    radoslav-lorkovict-bruce-bowers
    Blues, Cajun, Jazz, Zydeco& Folk
    Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorković has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style. With his great voice, incredible piano, and other worldly accordion, it just gets better every time. He is joined tonight by T. Bruce Bowers of Barefoot Wonder on electric and acoustic violin and acoustic mandolin. Together, they’ll perform an amazingly diverse and artistically performed collection of originals in all the musical genres of the planet.

    https://www.radoslavlorkovic.com/

    http://www.barefoot-wonder.com

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016
    8:00 pm

    ellen-stanley-ben-cook-feltzTraditional folk & bluegrass sounds with poetic lyrics
    Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage New Song Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com. Ubertalented pianist Ben Cook Feltz opens the show and will join Ellen on stage to share songs from their recently released holiday EP.


    http://www.motherbanjo.com/

  • Sat
    17
    Dec
    2016
    8:00 pmSOLD OUT! (with waiting list) PLEASE carpool if possible. The weather may make parking difficult. -Steven

    charlie-parrAuthentic, Northshore Blues
    Authentic gets used way too much, but when you hear Charlie you'll understand its meaning. Charlie shows up with his lived-in rasp of a voice, a National Resonator guitar, a twelve string acoustic, a banjo, a batch of his own songs, and well-traveled numbers by revered bluesmen from other times. He executes his music the way it should be with a self-taught mix of slide, finger-picking, quasi-frailing techniques, and a voice that says, "this is the blues". Charlie Parr is the real deal. We’re not pulling your leg. But don’t take our word for it... listen to his music. You’ll be glad you did. Always a sold out show at Oak Center, get your tickets early!

    http://www.charlieparr.com/

  • Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017
    8:00 pmSOLD OUT! The Pines concert is sold out…if you sent a check within this first week of January, e-mail to find out if it got to Oak Center on time. Those that sent checks earlier…we’ll see you on the 21st! We are presently putting names on a waiting list in the order that we hear from you. -Steven

    the-pinesAlt Country/ Indie-rock/ Americana
    Iowa-born, Minneapolis-based folk rock artists the The Pines have created a loyal following for their lush, layered sound and poetic lyrics inspired by the land and folklore of the American Midwest. Bridging the folk, roots and indie worlds with their modern take on American music, frontmen/songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa. The Pines' sound balance Ramsey's ethereal, somberly beautiful songs with Huckfelt's darkly romantic, cinematic tales for a sweeping sound that evokes the vastness and loneliness of the Great Plains. The intricate guitar interplay between Benson and David is layered over the atmospheric keyboard work and vocal harmonies of Alex Ramsey (Benson's brother) to form the core of The Pines' instantly recognizable sound. The Pines’ sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy – especially in the big room at Oak Center. Get tickets early!

    http://thepinesmusic.com/

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017
    8:00 pm

    reina-del-cidBlues, Folk and Rock
    Part singer songwriter group, part rock band you can find Reina del Cid and company at the intersection of lyrical storytelling, catchy riffs, and scorching solos. They return to the Oak Center General Store for an acoustic trio performance. The band's blend of folk, blues, and rock draws a mixed crowd from jam heads to college students to white-haired intelligentsia. Their latest album, The Cooling, has been featured by Paste Magazine, NPR, and 89.3 the Current.

    http://reinadelcid.com/

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Root River Jam is an acoustic group based in southeastern MN. They perform the original music of guitarist and front man Dave Wilson, as well as covers of Americana classics. In the words of music blogger Jeff Hansel, Wilson’s music will “take you into the clouds and beyond with incredible instrumentals and joyous singing that's downright fun to hear.” Songwriter/guitarist Dave Wilson says, "we put 'jam' in our name and after listening to us you'll understand why."

    (more…)

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017
    8:00 pm

    As the thirty year anniversary of my performing at Folk Forum approaches I stand humbled by the incredible people I have been lucky enough to perform for. I have never missed a year. Many years I was lucky enough to perform 3 times! I hope to someday hit the century mark. I am over halfway there.
    The real blessing is the phenomenal artists I have been paired with. Greg Brown (first show), Dave 'Snaker' Ray, Dean Magraw, Andy White, Joel Rafael, Kristina Olsen, Joe Price, Willie Murphy, Barbara Jean, Bo Ramsey and the list goes on ...

    https://www.radoslavlorkovic.com/

  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017
    8:00 pmSOLD OUT!

    World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at Oak Center General Store on February 18, 2017 at 8 pm. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.  (more…)

  • Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017
    3:00 pm

    Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

    For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday (more…)

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 pm

    A “roots and blues oddity” is a very deserving description for the Minnesota-based acoustic roots and blues musician Jeff Ray. Ray’s quartet, Jeff Ray & the Stakes materialized in the Minneapolis area over the past 6+ years with no formal rehearsals and no pre-determined musical ideas. Their first gig together was on Minnesota Public Radio’s Radio Heartland, again, with no rehearsal. The gig was quickly followed by a string of shows that started out as “get-togethers on stage” and quickly developed into full-throttle improvisations on (more…)

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Traditional Bluegrass with Roots, Jazz and Blues Led by Chris Silver,
    The Good Intentions are inspired by the sounds of Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Tony Rice, and JD. Crowe. They deliver traditional bluegrass with polish and drive and play songs from the bluegrass masters to material penned by Silver. Silver plays fiddle and mandolin with a deep appreciation for traditional bluegrass music, but it doesn’t stop there. His solos stretch beyond the boundaries of bluegrass including hints of jazz, blues, and roots music. Soulful original arrangements of their songs have already established the band in the hearts of the Midwest bluegrass community. Their success is based on the complimentary picking and singing skills of some of the best-known names in the area’s bluegrass scene. Always an Oak Center favorite.

    http://chrissilver.wix.com/thegoodintentions

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 pmThe “Pistol Whippin" Party Penguins show is SOLD OUT! E-mail if there are questions, but avoid phone calls. Checks mailed before today, March 15th, will be honored.

    Midwest-stylized, blues/country/rock/bluegrass
    Straight from the great Mill City comes the Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins. Don't let the name fool you! This is not a violent group of flightless aquatic birds looking for a party, but rather 5 self proclaimed gentlemen, 2 guitars, a mandolin, a bucket of fiddles, an upright bass, a banjo, and a 4 part vocal harmony that will make angels cry. This quintet from Minneapolis strives to maintain the original spirit of the "string band" while continuing to play new original music and creative cover songs. The combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the occasional stage banter will create an experience that anyone can enjoy! Don't miss this night of music!!!

    http://pwppmusic.com/

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  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 pm

    French Musette, vintage swing, Euro-Latino dance music
    Dan Newton, aka Daddy Squeeze and his Café Accordion Orchestra (CAO) performs an eclectic mix full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the CAO repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. The group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show. They inject their music with good humor and expressive abandon. Their highlevel of musicianship and passion for performance makes them an entertaining oncert act as well as a great dance band! Move some chairs and take a turn on the floor at Oak Center!

    http://www.cafeaccordion.com/

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Americana/ Bluegrass
    Katey grew up with a bluegrass and old-time music soundtrack playing in the background. Singing has always been very natural to her and she sing songs all day long about everything from putting on her socks, to what she’s going to eat for breakfast. She won her first music competition singing at the Boyceville, WI ‘Pickle Festival’ when she was five years old. Soon she began singing harmony with her dad Rod Bellville, a popular fixture in the Westbank Old Time Music Scene, and eventually performing on her own. She still loves the old tunes, but now mixes them up with her original songs, and those of contemporary songwriters like Gillian Welch. She released her first full-length album in 2013. It was partially recorded in Nashville, finished in Minneapolis, and has received countless amazing reviews by listeners. Fans frequently describe her songs as ‘unforgettable’ tunes, blending modern pop sensibilities with fundamental bluegrass instrumentation.

    http://www.kateybellville.com/

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017
  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Extra-terrestrial folk- jazz
    This team was one of the early duos that started folk forum off in this fabulous musical journey. Peter was well known back in those days as the best fiddle mandolin player in the country as a regular on Prairie Home Companion. He brought Dean Magraw with him for his first appearance at folk forum. Not only did Dean’s skill on guitar match and compliment the exquisite instrumentals of Peter…the combination of their two personalities and senses of humor infected all of us with unbridled laughter that still rings in memory. They are still great, they still do an exceptional show, and last time I checked…they were still gut-rippin’ funny. I think maybe they sing more and their voices have only improved with age.

    http://www.peterostroushko.com/
    http://deanmagraw.com/

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Homegrown, Get-down Blues
    Vicki and Joe Price are a husband and wife blues duo from SE Iowa. They do some dynamite blues in the old traditions as well as a good measure of high-powered originals. Vicki’s exemplary guitar playing and smooth vocals perfectly compliment Joe’s raspy voice and mean slide guitar. They have a well earned following who come again & again to see the incredible energy that comes alive on the stage in this quiet like-able guy that Greg Brown at times has called the “Buddha”. Scene Magazine says ” Vicki’s powerful bluesy voice evokes an image of a woman in a 1920’s speakeasy singing her heart out. If you like upbeat, straightforward blues, you can’t go wrong with what the Prices are laying down.” Come feel the music and shake them bones...

    http://www.joepriceblue.com/

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pm

    The Dead Pigeons have come to be known for their infectious, foot stomping sound - an original mix of upbeat barroom bluegrass and lyrically driven ballads. One day they excel at corralling a rowdy festival crowd and the next they are captivating a discerning theater audience.

    Born on the West Bank of Minneapolis, The Dead Pigeons have been touring, picking, and perfecting their americana-roots sound for the past 6 years. Constantly evolving, The Pigeons remain steady at the (more…)

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Rita Hosking’s fierce and captivating country-folk voice sings of culture clash, dishes, forest fires, black holes, and hope. Her latest of six albums, the hero’s-journey-themed “Frankie and the No-Go Road,” was praised by Maverick Magazine as having “more authenticity and integrity than you can shake a stick at.” With her stories and soul-stirring delivery, this “force of nature” (Fiddlefreak Folk Review) partners with Sean Feder on sparkling dobro and banjo to deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.”(more…)

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pm

    barefoot-wonderFolk/ Americana/ Rock
    T Bruce Bowers and Ric Gillman are quite a pair. With almost a century of musical experience between them, they bring a wide variety of flavors to the table. From Doc Watson guitar picking, to blazing Led Zeppelin electric violin, it’s a banquet every night. With T Bruce Bowers on electric and acoustic violin, acoustic mandolin and Ric Gillman and Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitar. It is always interesting, and sometimes down right unpredictable, each performance is an (more…)

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Celtic music infused with punk-rock attitude
    Since 1983, BiL have been innovators in bridging traditional music from many cultures with the sound and attitude of a rock band. A Boiled In Lead concert is a combination of darkly-tinged folk ballads and originals alongside instrumental dance music from Ireland and elsewhere. Enthusiastic, powerful, technically brilliant, playing a wealth of instruments with extreme dynamics, Boiled In Lead routinely demolishes genres with its highly-identifiable sound. An Onion A&E(more…)

  • Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pm

    ROBBY VEE & his rock-n-roll caravan of stars show

    Join us for an evening of electricity and music hosted by the Prince of Twang and Second Generation Rockabilly Hall of Famer ROBBY VEE.

    Robby is currently touring with a tradition from his family heritage, Fairs, Festivals, Casinos and Theaters with his rock n roll caravan of (more…)

  • Sat
    11
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pm

    high48s-400pxwBluegrass

    Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that
    combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern
    attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond
    Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre
    created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were
    born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where(more…)

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pm

    chuchsuchyOriginal and provocative folk and storytelling

    Singer/songwriter/farmer Chuck Suchy returns to the Oak Center General Store to perform his special original songs and stories. Suchy has been heralded as “One of the great American songwriters” by Rod Kennedy, founder of the Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival – the premiere songwriting festival in America. Dirty Linen Folk Magazine says of Suchy: “ Ya gotta love this guy, he writes a fine song , plays steady (more…)

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pm

    erik-koskinenBlues /folk/ country/ fusion
    Best known as an ace guitarist and Producer/Engineer of Trampled By Turtles, Erik Koskinen should also be recognized as a masterful songwriter and rousing country singer. His dulcet tone and demeanor rival artists like Sting and Bon Jovi. Come experience his original brand of American music at Oak Center.

    http://www.erikkoskinen.com/

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Innovative bluegrass and roots music played with virtuosic skill and soul

    "The Barley Jacks are musicians' musicians playing seriously good music. If you can sit there and listen to these guys without smiling or tapping your toe, check your pulse."
    –Ron Arsenault, Rock Bend Music Festival

    "The Barley Jacks had the crowd standing, clapping, dancing and (more…)

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pm

    Alt-Country/ Folk/ Americana/ Bluesy Roots
    If it’s possible for a band to own a town, then Molly Maher and her band of Disbelievers are as close as it gets to holding the keys. Molly is considered by some the reigning queen of the Twin Cities scene — she’s an incomparable singer and songwriter with compelling depth and soul, and has shared the stage with some of the best acts in the country, among(more…)

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pm

    radoslav-lorkovict-bruce-bowers
    Blues, Cajun, Jazz, Zydeco& Folk
    Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorković has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style. With his great voice, incredible piano, and other worldly accordion, it just gets better every time. He is joined tonight by T. Bruce Bowers of Barefoot Wonder on electric and acoustic violin and acoustic mandolin. Together, they’ll perform an amazingly diverse and artistically performed collection of originals in all the musical genres of the planet.

    https://www.radoslavlorkovic.com/

    http://www.barefoot-wonder.com

  • Fri
    22
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pm

    charlie-parrAuthentic, Northshore Blues
    Authentic gets used way too much, but when you hear Charlie you'll understand its meaning. Charlie shows up with his lived-in rasp of a voice, a National Resonator guitar, a twelve string acoustic, a banjo, a batch of his own songs, and well-traveled numbers by revered bluesmen from other times. He executes his music the way it should be with a self-taught mix of slide, finger-picking, quasi-frailing techniques, and a voice that says, "this is the blues". Charlie Parr is (more…)

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 pm Sold Out!

    the-pinesAlt Country/ Indie-rock/ Americana
    Iowa-born, Minneapolis-based folk rock artists the The Pines have created a loyal following for their lush, layered sound and poetic lyrics inspired by the land and folklore of the American Midwest. Bridging the folk, roots and indie worlds with their modern take on American music, frontmen/songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa. The Pines' sound balance Ramsey's ethereal, somberly beautiful songs with Huckfelt's darkly romantic, cinematic (more…)

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Pushing Chain is a folky-tonk duo formed in 2012 by longtime musical collaborators Boyd Blomberg on guitar and Adam Moe on fiddle that features marvelously exuberant vocal harmonies, impeccable timing and wit, and an infectious gonzo vibe that leaves audiences grinning. Folky-tonk is a term used by the duo to answer the question, "What kind of music do you play?" It's folk music with a country vibe, and vice-versa.

    Website

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pm

    The Federales: Classic country for the modern world.
    We're not from the Black Hills, the Texas Panhandle, or Appalachia. We're from the Twin Cities. Damn proud of it, too, but we play country music, because it's one of America's native languages.

    We use it to tell our stories of love, good times, Grain Belt, and friends. Some are fact. Some are fiction with the truth hiding in there somewhere. All of them are heartfelt.(more…)

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Midwest-stylized, blues/country/rock/bluegrass
    Straight from the great Mill City comes the Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins. Don't let the name fool you! This is not a violent group of flightless aquatic birds looking for a party, but rather 5 self proclaimed gentlemen, 2 guitars, a mandolin, a bucket of fiddles, an upright bass, a banjo, and a 4 part vocal harmony that will make angels cry. This quintet from Minneapolis strives to maintain the original spirit of the "string band" while continuing to play new original music and creative cover songs. The combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the (more…)

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pm

    The three members of the Hampden Rounders have been playing music for a total of 140 years. That's almost 3500 chipmunk years. Pop Wagner, Anni Spring and Adam Granger, who have been friends for about as long, started playing informally at St Paul's Hampden Park Coop and, after a couple of years, decided they'd better give themselves a proper name and actually be a band.  The Rounders guarantee a fun, often rowdy show chock-full of old-timey fiddle tunes and swing, bluegrass and folk songs, with a few originals thrown in for good measure. WARNING: The Hampden Rounders cannot guarantee that silliness and frivolity will not ensue.

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  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018
    3:00 pm

    Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

    For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday (more…)

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Dazzling audiences with precision picking and sharp harmonies developed over 8 years of playing, performing, and growing up together, the Sawtooth Brothers have created a strong musical rapport with one another, which is channeled through their infectious original material. The sound of the Sawtooth Brothers is rooted in traditional bluegrass instrumental and harmony work and is influenced by modern acoustic sounds, blending pop and indie rock sensibilities with heartfelt americana.(more…)

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Curtis & Loretta’s music comes straight from the heart.   The husband and wife duo’s extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and traditional pieces from America and the British Isles.  The current menagerie includes mandocello, folk harp, guitars, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, and mandolin, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers. Curtis’ down-home sense of humor and Loretta’s theater background engage the audience in an experience(more…)

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Traditional Bluegrass with Roots, Jazz and Blues Led by Chris Silver,
    The Good Intentions are inspired by the sounds of Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Tony Rice, and JD. Crowe. They deliver traditional bluegrass with polish and drive and play songs from the bluegrass masters to material penned by Silver. Silver plays fiddle and mandolin with a deep appreciation for traditional bluegrass music, but it doesn’t stop there. His solos stretch beyond the boundaries of (more…)

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Americana/ Bluegrass
    Katey grew up with a bluegrass and old-time music soundtrack playing in the background. Singing has always been very natural to her and she sing songs all day long about everything from putting on her socks, to what she’s going to eat for breakfast. She won her first music competition singing at the Boyceville, WI ‘Pickle Festival’ when she was five years old. Soon she began singing harmony with her dad Rod Bellville, a popular fixture in the Westbank Old Time Music Scene, and (more…)

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018
  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 pm

    A “roots and blues oddity” is a very deserving description for the Minnesota-based acoustic roots and blues musician Jeff Ray. Ray’s quartet, Jeff Ray & the Stakes materialized in the Minneapolis area over the past 6+ years with no formal rehearsals and no pre-determined musical ideas. Their first gig together was on Minnesota Public Radio’s Radio Heartland, again, with no rehearsal. The gig was quickly followed by a string of shows that started out as “get-togethers on stage” and quickly developed into full-throttle improvisations on (more…)

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 pmRESCHEDULED for Sunday April 22nd at 3:00 PM ... or you can transfer your tickets to another show via email request please!

    Peter is currently experiencing health issues that prevent him from performing.  So, the duo concert, that was originally scheduled, will now be a solo performance by Dean Magraw with proceeds going to benefit Peter's family.

    (more…)

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Rich vocal harmonies merge with intimate layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the lush sound of Dusty Heart. Barbara Jean and Molly Dean are two songwriters recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles that when combined create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own. Through their shared wanderlust and love of adventure, a passion for the open road, vast landscapes, and mutual love for musical harmony, the two decided to join forces and craft a sound that bridges together the(more…)

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    3:00 pmRESCHEDULED from April 14th due to weather

    Peter is currently experiencing health issues that prevent him from performing.  So, the duo concert, that was originally scheduled, will now be a solo performance by Dean Magraw with proceeds going to benefit Peter's family.

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  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Homegrown, Get-down Blues
    Vicki and Joe Price are a husband and wife blues duo from SE Iowa. They do some dynamite blues in the old traditions as well as a good measure of high-powered originals. Vicki’s exemplary guitar playing and smooth vocals perfectly compliment Joe’s raspy voice and mean slide guitar. They have a well earned following who come again & again to see the incredible energy that comes alive on the stage in this quiet like-able guy that Greg Brown at times has called the “Buddha”. (more…)

  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pm

    The Dead Pigeons have come to be known for their infectious, foot stomping sound - an original mix of upbeat barroom bluegrass and lyrically driven ballads. One day they excel at corralling a rowdy festival crowd and the next they are captivating a discerning theater audience.

    Born on the West Bank of Minneapolis, The Dead Pigeons have been touring, picking, and perfecting their americana-roots sound for the past 6 years. Constantly evolving, The Pigeons remain steady at the (more…)

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Chris Koza is a singer-songwriter living and working in Minneapolis. Born in rain-soaked Portland, Oregon, he discovered Minnesota by way of Northfield; earning degrees in Studio Art and Philosophy while at St. Olaf College. Since then, Koza has focused on music: writing, recording and self-releasing over a dozen albums both solo and with his band Rogue Valley. He’s performed at venues both prestigious and infamous all across the United States and internationally at the Iceland Airwaves Festival and the UK while supporting renowned artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, Stephen Kellogg, and The Jayhawks. His song The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Koza composed and produced the soundtrack to the 2014 documentary Beyond the Divide.

    Chris Koza - vocals, guitar, keys
    Peter Sieve - guitar & vocals
    Cody McKinney - bass & vocals
    Richard Medek - drums & percussion

    Long Biography

    https://www.chriskoza.com

     

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Celtic music infused with punk-rock attitude
    Since 1983, BiL have been innovators in bridging traditional music from many cultures with the sound and attitude of a rock band. A Boiled In Lead concert is a combination of darkly-tinged folk ballads and originals alongside instrumental dance music from Ireland and elsewhere. Enthusiastic, powerful, technically brilliant, playing a wealth of instruments with extreme dynamics, Boiled In Lead routinely demolishes genres with its highly-identifiable sound. An Onion A&E(more…)

  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Bluegrass

    World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at Oak Center General Store. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.

    Since the year 2000, Monroe Crossing has released 13 CDs and a live concert DVD and has made more than 1500 concert appearances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The secret to the (more…)

  • Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Americana with Rock, Ska, Blues, Rockabilly, Irish & Irony

    This Minneapolis-based band takes their name from the Minnesota State Fair's large display of farm equipment. Their original style mixes Americana with Rock, Ska, Blues, Rockabilly, Irish and touches of irony. Machinery Hill features a variety of songwriters who delve into topics from building combines to the end of the world, all solidly delivered with an upbeat attitude and 3-part harmonies. If you look up “diverse” in the dictionary, it says “see Machinery Hill.”  (more…)

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Bluegrass

    Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”(more…)

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pm

    chuchsuchyOriginal and provocative folk and storytelling

    Singer/songwriter/farmer Chuck Suchy returns to the Oak Center General Store to perform his special original songs and stories. Suchy has been heralded as “One of the great American songwriters” by Rod Kennedy, founder of the Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival – the premiere songwriting festival in America. Dirty Linen Folk Magazine says of Suchy: “ Ya gotta love this guy, he writes a fine song , plays steady guitar, sings with rare confidence and lives his material!” He is the recipient of the 2015 North Dakota Governor’s Award for the Arts. Suchy raises grass fed beef on the farm he grew up on near Mandan, ND.

    http://www.chucksuchy.com/

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pm

    AMERICANA/COUNTRY/SINGER/SONGWRITER

    "THIS LATE-BLOOMER MINNEAPOLIS COUNTRY CROONER FELL IN WITH ESTEEMED LOCAL TWANG VETS PAUL BERGEN AND ERIK KOSKINEN TO CRAFT HER DEBUT ALBUM, THAT CERTAIN ACHE. HER SMOKY BUT TENDER VOICE RECALLS JEANNIE C. RILEY WHILE HER SONGWRITING HAS A LUCINDA WILLIAMS-LIKE BALANCE OF DOWN-AND-OUT GRIT AND HOPEFUL BEAUTY, WITH STANDOUT CUTS INCLUDING THE BITTERSWEET, SLOW-WALTZING TITLE TRACK AND THE COOL-RAMBLING CAPABLE MAN. -Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune

    "PRODUCED, RECORDED, AND MASTERED BY MINNESOTA ROOTS-ROCK ALL-STARS PAUL BERGEN, ERIK KOSKINEN AND TOM GARNEAU, THAT CERTAIN ACHE IS THE SOUND OF AN ASSURED SINGER COMING INTO HER OWN, AND KAPELL LIKEWISE DISCUSSES THE UPS AND DOWNS OF HER LIFE WITH NONCHALANT JOY AND MIDLIFE WISDOM. -Jim Walsh, City Pages(more…)

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018
    8:00 pm

    erik-koskinenBlues /folk/ country/ fusion
    Best known as an ace guitarist and Producer/Engineer of Trampled By Turtles, Erik Koskinen should also be recognized as a masterful songwriter and rousing country singer. His dulcet tone and demeanor rival artists like Sting and Bon Jovi. Come experience his original brand of American music at Oak Center.

    http://www.erikkoskinen.com/

  • Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018
    8:00 pm

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    We're a group of musicians in the Twin Cities that likes to focus on the music found on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. Mikkel Beckmen--percussion, Jillian Rae--fiddle and vocals, Adam Kiesling--guitar, banjo and vocals. We're usually down at the 331 Club on the first and third Sundays of the month.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018
    8:00 pm

    Folk / Americana / Rock
    Yazmin has lived a life of music from day one, having grown up with musician parents. Her latest album The Nautilus (coming July 6, 2018) was recorded in Havana, Cuba with producers she met while living and studying music there. Over the years, Cuban music has played a big roll in her life. She spent over a decade (more…)

  • Sat
    22
    Dec
    2018
    8:00 pmTickets $18 advance

    charlie-parrAuthentic, Northshore Blues
    Authentic gets used way too much, but when you hear Charlie you'll understand its meaning. Charlie shows up with his lived-in rasp of a voice, a National Resonator guitar, a twelve string acoustic, a banjo, a batch of his own songs, and well-traveled numbers by revered bluesmen from other times. He executes his music the way it should be with a self-taught mix of slide, finger-picking, quasi-frailing techniques, and a voice that says, "this is the blues". Charlie Parr is the real deal. We’re not pulling your leg. But don’t take our word for it... listen to his music. You’ll be glad you did. Always a sold out show at Oak Center, get your tickets early!

    http://www.charlieparr.com/

  • Sun
    23
    Dec
    2018
    3:00 pmTickets $18 advance

    charlie-parrAuthentic, Northshore Blues
    Authentic gets used way too much, but when you hear Charlie you'll understand its meaning. Charlie shows up with his lived-in rasp of a voice, a National Resonator guitar, a twelve string acoustic, a banjo, a batch of his own songs, and well-traveled numbers by revered bluesmen from other times. He executes his music the way it should be with a self-taught mix of slide, finger-picking, quasi-frailing techniques, and a voice that says, "this is the blues". Charlie Parr is the real deal. We’re not pulling your leg. But don’t take our word for it... listen to his music. You’ll be glad you did. Always a sold out show at Oak Center, get your tickets early!

    http://www.charlieparr.com/