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Rising Joy

25 Oct , 2017,
Rob Rassmussen
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December 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The R J Band Quartet is comprised of seasoned musicians who have played in shows all around the Upper Midwest.  From appearances at Grand Casino, to the Minnesota State Fair and many other popular stages, this group entertains!

They play contemporary songs from Mumford and Sons, Lady Gaga, to early jazz, like Bye Bye Blackbird, popular tunes from established artists like The Beatles, Clapton, and country music from Hank to Miranda.

We are a jazz, blues, southern rock, and country band that has been around since 2009.


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John Della Selva has won the best guitarist contest in the area several times as conducted by Guitar Center.  He studied music at Studied at Berklee College of Music and has work with many professional groups.

Brenda Moore-Mattson is a vocalist with a good and powerful range, who studied music at Penn State University, who with Mike Pinotti, was the founding member of the big band, The Rising Joy Band.

Mike Velasquez is a renowned drummer from the Twin Cities who has been professionally active since the early 1970’s and continues to play with many groups.

Mike Pinotti is bassist and guitarist who has played in several bands, including Lakewood Folk, King Strings, CrossRoads, The Rising Joy Band, and The Roseville Orchestra.