Hailing from Minneapolis, The Nighthowlers are a four-piece ’70s inspired alternative rock band, consisting of Matthew Robert (vocals, rhythm guitars, keys), Andrew Perszyk (lead guitars), Tony Cutrone (bass), and Calvin Skinner (drums). From stoner rock to ’80s power ballads, every member brings their influences to their self-titled debut album.
Inspired by the writings of Mark Twain and the vocal harmonies of bands such as the Mamas & the Papas, ABBA and Fleetwood Mac, Minneapolis-based Sawyer’s Dream is a unique cross-blending of Americana, Pop, Rock, Country and R&B. Featuring powerhouse female lead vocals and intricate four-part harmonies, their all-original music is engaging, upbeat and earthy, offering the listener a modern take on the classic rock of the ’60s and ’70s.
Sawyer’s Dream includes visual and imaginative lyrical masterpieces focusing on themes of love, life, dreams, the natural, and the supernatural. Formatted for an audience of all ages, the songs will take you back to simpler times; a time of dreams, nature and human kindness. The band welcomes you to forget your worries and take a journey with them.
The Changeups are an Americana band who play country and rock but also dabble in indie, pop, blues, folk and bluegrass—no songs about baseball…yet. Alicia Kay wrote her first song and joined her first band over a dozen years ago. After two band experiences, she found she was hooked on singing and performing and started The Changeups in mid-2009 based on her songs.
She is joined by original member Jimmy Baker, long-time member Aaron Rosener and new member Jeff Ellington. Their various backgrounds as rock, country, R&B, folk, rockabilly and punk musicians make for a distinct sound changing the song style throughout a performance. Alicia’s emotional lyrics and twangy heartfelt singing trickled in with Jimmy’s fun pop songs charm any audience.
The Changeups released their first recording, an EP, Negative Space, in January 2014, with a release show at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis, MN, where they are based. They released their first full-length album, Unhinge the Moon, in December 2017, and had a release show at Bunkers. They have also played other venues including The Varsity Theater, Turf Club, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Kitty Cat Klub, Aster Café, the Fine Line and the 331 Club.