Join us as we celebrate Minnesota music with an intimate living show-esque concert series featuring Duluth based artists in the Amusement Room, where the Congdons used to keep all their worldly collections. Seating is first come, first serve with a 100 person capacity. Local craft brews will be available for purchase. This concert series is presented by 90.9 The Current Duluth. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Free.
March 1: Charlie Parr.
March 8: Rachael Kilgour.
March 15: Rich & Germaine.
March 22: Teague Alexy.
March 28: Coyote.
An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.
Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Telluride Troubadour Contest. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shared stages with the likes of indie artists Haley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler & Catie Curtis.
RICH & GERMAINE
Rich Mattson is a musician/songwriter and producer/engineer living in Sparta, Minnesota. He began performing in 1980 at the age of 13, and took up songwriting shortly after that. Since then he has led and played with several bands, most notably the Glenrustles (1988-1999) and national touring act Ol’ Yeller (2000-2013). In 1991 he opened his own recording studio in Uptown Minneapolis, and over the years has worked with hundreds of artists. Currently he is leading an acoustic folk-rock group called “Rich Mattson and the Northstars” and collaborating with his partner Germaine Gemberling. He also continues to record and produce music at his recording studio, Sparta Sound.
Teague Alexy's music and writing is deeply rooted in Americana after touring the country for nearly a decade with brother Ian in their foot-stomping duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. If you listen close to the swing of Teague's voice, guitar and harmonica you can hear he has not completely forgotten growing up in South Jersey an aspiring DJ and rapper. If you listen close to Teague's wordplay, you can still hear a hint of the Irish storytellers he descended from. It is an ever-expanding backdrop for an original and profound American musician, writer and storyteller.
Duluth, Minnesota band Coyote formed as a duo in 2007 with Marc Gartman (banjo, vocals) and Jerree Small (guitar, vocals). They have since taken on a third member, upright bassist Matthew Mobley. Their third album, All I Feel is Night, creates a fine balance between the stark duo recordings of their debut album with their sophomore effort recorded with a full band to create haunting folk songs.