CALAMITY AND THE OWL
Brother’s Jared and Joshua Killfoil hail from the Red River Valley of northeastern North Dakota, where they were raised on the traditional Americana music of their grandfather’s Pentecostal church. Their sincere songwriting and powerful vocal harmonies define the sound of bluegrass/alt-country upstarts Calamity & The Owl.
THE LOWLAND LAKERS
Haley Rydell and Nate Case met through a mutual friend, Henry Pollan, in October of 2004 at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Lake Superior Hall. Case’s dorm complex, affectionately known as the “Ghetto in the Sky,” was home to the infant jam sessions among their freshman year hippie band, Noble Haze. The band saw minor success opening UMD’s big spring concert for national giants, Guster, and the group soon let their newly found rock stardom go completely to their heads.
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 NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com.
THE BRASS KINGS
Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings play their old-time instruments in very unexpected ways. With metal-bodied resophonic guitars, washtub bass & washboard they chart the Bermuda Triangle of old-time, middle-eastern and bluegrass music. Shifting from jug-band chugging into wild improvisational ragas they blend folk music traditions into a pulsing groove. They have been a support act for David Lindley, Trampled By Turtles, Hackensaw Boys, Blueground Undergrass, Greensky Bluegrass, The Crooked Jades, Daisy Mayhem, Boiled In Lead, The Wayword Sons and Hillstomp.
KATEY BELLVILLE & THOSE SONSABITCHES
Katey Bellville’s roots run deep in the Midwestern Music Community. Immersed with many generations of musicians, Katey was born into Minneapolis West Bank culture along the Mississippi River and grew up playing tunes in the hills of rural Wisconsin. Katey continues to blossom, developing her own unique style. Hauntingly beautiful vocals reveal her extraordinary song writing skills.