Brian Just is the leader of a Minneapolis 5 piece Psych-influenced pop group. A sunny and elaborate affair, artfully incorporating 60’s Folk Pop sounds reminiscent of Nilsson or Donovan. All cleanly laid over Just’s day dreamy, lazy-afternoon folk-rock tunes. By turns low-key and boot-stompin’, their versatile blend of folk are highlight by their signature harmonies.Brian’s songs have been featured on the the World Folk Collection, The Choo Choo Bob Show, 89.3 the Current Local Live Album, his song “Duluth” was featured in the documentary Raising Sparrows and his song “Electric” was featured on the Netflix Television show Hemlock Grove.
The Starfolk makes melody-rich chamber pop music that rocks in front man Brian Tighe’s quintessentially ethereal way. Tighe fronted power-pop darlings The Hang Ups in the 90’s, co-fronts bittersweet girl-boy poppers The Owls, and plays lead guitar with the belovedly hush-toned Jeremy Messersmith. In The Starfolk, Tighe is joined by Allison LaBonne (The Owls, Typsy Panthre) on bass, Jacqueline Ultan (Jelloslave, Saltee) on cello, and Stephen Ittner (The Hang Ups, The Owls) on drums. Their debut full length is out now on Korda Records.
The one guy who is in that other band the Poison Control Center. With that one guy who is Christopher the Conquered. With help from our friends.
DJ JEN HUGHES
Jen’s DJ roots can be traced to her childhood in Rockford, IL, where she acquired a taste for classic rock, metal, country, and AM Gold pop. That foundation—combined with the punk, post-punk and new wave artists that were the soundtrack of her adolescence—led to a lifetime of record collecting and concert going. In 2006, Jen cofounded Hot Roxx at the Hex, a DJ night that spotlighted “the best and worst of the 70s and beyond.” Hot Roxx now exists solely as a purveyor of live music showcases and standalone good times featuring favorite artists from Fleetwood Mac to Prince.
IMPROVESTRA (in the Clown Lounge)
Improvestra was formed in the fall of 2011 by composer/improviser/educator Christopher Cunningham to introduce students to the possibilities of large ensemble improvisation. The group has been performing often in the Twin Cities ever since, with a perpetually expanding roster of experienced professional improvisers from the area, college age musicians, and exceptional high school-aged student improvisers. The group is currently conducted by composer/conductor Adam Conrad.