Second annual benefit to raise funds for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, night one of two. One hundred percent of net proceeds will go to Children’s Hospitals
THIS IS A TWO NIGHT EVENT, NIGHT ONE IS 12/18 AND NIGHT TWO IS 12/19, THE EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS AND CLINICS OF MINNESOTA.
A SEPERATE TICKET IS REQUIRED FOR EACH NIGHT UNLESS YOU PURCHASE ONE OF A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TWO DAY VIP PASSES. TICKET DESCRIPTIONS BELOW.
$89.30 “THE CURRENT” 2 DAY VIP***
**VIP INCLUDES BALCONY ACCESS, APPETIZER BAR AND $20 BAR TAB
***2 DAY VIP IS DISCOUNTED AND INCLUDES TWO NIGHTS OF BALCONY ACCESS, BAR TAB, APPS, AND A FREE GIFT FROM “89.3 THE CURRENT”
Elliot Bergman and his younger sister, Natalie (Belle) Bergman, have recently put the finishing touches on Isles, the first full-length album of music written and performed by the siblings under their collective band name Wild Belle. Recorded with fellow electronics wizard Bill Skibbe at Keyclub Recordings in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Isles premieres, across ten spellbinding new songs, Wild Belle’s fully-realized dream-pop-dance music.
When making Isles, Elliot felt a “push for a blend of organic and electronic elements and everything had to be sort of both. We wanted real instruments, things made of wood and metal, and then the modern sensibility of drum machines and synthesizers, balancing those two worlds. Rhythm comes first on all of these songs. Things get written to a rhythmic backing. Natalie writes catchy memorable pop hooks. My job is to find sounds that twist people’s ears a little bit.”
“Natalie and I have an interesting collaborative,” Elliot observes. “We are so close and we grew up together working on music in all these different ways. It’s funny we are on the same page about almost everything, from sounds to phrasing to instruments we’re drawn to. We don’t even really have to talk about most things. We know how each other would like something.”
Seems like a miracle to be releasing a third record. New bands! New music! Fresh love. A new wonder. Something you don’t expect. THE RUSH. That’s what we want. Everybody wants to get caught-off-guard-and-knocked-on-their-asses by something they didn’t see coming. Us too.
But for us every album’s a new band. Every time Brian and I get together, we do it again….. New Peter. New Brian. New sound. Plum Slump hit me like a
crush. BOOM. Sneaker Rock. That’s what we call it. Two dudes in the basement makin’ noise, jammin’ on some classic-type shit. Reaching for tight and smart without overthinking it. Taking it straight down the tracks, shooting shit out the window. It’s like red wagons and sparklers: American and a little dangerous.
A while back I put together an EP under a pseudonym, only to be pseudo-shelved. Brian and I got together for a show and found PWC versions in a couple of those tunes, and it lit a fire. We met up at his folks’ cabin in Minnesota. Brian engineered the whole thing with a bunch of microphones and compressors he brought on the plane and a mixing board we grabbed for $20 on Craigslist. I borrowed some mics and preamps from an old bandmate and an old roommate’s acoustic guitar. We loaded up on Crunch Berries and veggie burgers. We had a rule: a fire had to be going any time something was being recorded. We jammed every night, LOUD and LATE, flames roaring. The album changed. It felt more like love letters between friends. The vibe got happy and fun. That’s where we found Plum Slump — right on a card in Grandma D’s recipe box. After a couple more trips (Toronto, Minneapolis, Oakland) and typical hems and haws, we finally wrapped the thing up and put a slump on it.
They called you great. They called you shit. They stopped callin. F it, it’s your Plum Slump. It’s whatyou eat on the couch, in sweats. Don’t bother doing your hair, JUST LEAVE THE HOUSE. Pis n’ Moen about it all you want; it will just wear you out. None of it actually matters. But when you run into new love next, wherever it happens to be in your life, don’t be an ass and pretend you don’t see it. Don’t even ask it to dance. Just walk right up to it, lean in, and love it right up.
Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, vocalist, and songwriter. Her creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence that you won’t soon forget. Jillian’s ability to create hook-laden tunes affirm the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment. With the overarching joy she takes in all things musical, it was inevitable that Jillian should form her own band… and not too surprising that it should be in her own name. Like many of Minnesota’s finest musicians, Jillian Rae grew up in the north, on the Iron Range – an environment as open to country, folk (and yes, polka) as it is to pop, rock and blues. Growing up in a music-loving household, Jillian was hooked early when she began taking violin lessons at age 7.
From there, she began to sing, dance, perform, and has been working hard at perfecting her art ever since. Jillian has been a heavy hitter in the Minnesota music scene for years, playing with as many musicians as humanly possible. In the past, she had been known to lend her fiddle chops in the Duluth-based band Two Many Banjos, and also spent some time fronting the local pop country staple, The Killer Hayseeds. Currently, when she isn’t performing with her own band, you can still catch her playing fiddle and singing with a number of bands around town: Corpse Reviver (Early American Folk, Bluegrass), Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings (Folk Revisionist), Brian Just Band (’60’s California Pop), The Fiddle Heirs (5 fiddles and a bass), and The Blackberry Brandy Boys (Cosmic Country).
The ultimate reward for her years of musical passion and pursuit is the ability to give back. In 2011, with the help of her friend and fellow musician Josie Just, she opened The Music Lab, a music school in south Minneapolis ‘Nokomis’ neighborhood. The Music Lab is Jillian’s vehicle for passing on all she has learned- actively teaching voice, violin and viola to youth and adults with (of course) an emphasis on performance.
Old Desert Road is an indie/folk-rock band out of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Rob Phillips, Jennifer Peterson and Zach Anderson make up the trio that is often backed by lead guitarist Jeff Kruse (who originally helped form the band in 2013). The band has had the pleasure of performing with many talented musicians adding drums, cello and other instruments to the mix.
In 2014 Old Desert Road recorded and released four seasonal-themed EPs. The band is now working on new material and has plans to start on a full-length album in late 2015.
Old Desert Road
Love | Life | Live | Long