Riley & Howe are two Midwestern boys searching for a bigger sound and pushing their idea of rock music as far as they can. They met in a Chicago warehouse, and put their strong work ethic to use writing song after song. The drums are off-kilter and banging, the guitar is just as likely to be clean or effect-driven, the vocals loop and stack to create washes of sound, and music veers from one end of the dynamic range to the other. In fall 2017 they head West for their first tour~ catch them while you can.
WILKINSON JAMES have been performing their distinctive blend of blues, folk, and honky-tonk in and around the Twin Cities area since singer-songwriters Liz Wilkinson and AJ Scheiber first met up in 2008. A fan once described their original songs as “the bastard offspring of Townes Van Zandt and June Carter Cash.” Over time the simple folk duo evolved into a band, as the addition of a saxophonist and a dobro player expanded the Wilkinson James sound to include touches of swing, torch, and alt-country. Their most recent record, “Abandon,” was released on St. Paul’s House of Mercy Recordings in Fall 2016 and features a moody collection of original songs that show the growing stylistic range of the group.
Paul Harper is a Twin Cities based saxophonist and sometime composer. Paul performs regularly with a variety of different ensembles, some under his direction and some as a sideman. His bands include the Bardo Band, the Chordless Trio/Quartet, and Show and Tell. He also can be found performing with the Illicit Sextet, the Quirkestra, Charmin & Shapiro and Friends, Bossa Jazz, Spirit Jazz, the John Beach Experience, and numerous others.Paul’s musical interests cover a variety of styles and approaches including straight ahead jazz, Brazilian music, funk, R&B, and modern jazz. He mostly performs on tenor and soprano saxophones. Please check out this vibrant, active musician!
Tucker Jensen and Tim DeJonge make up Tucker and Tim, an incredibly original and inventive name for a musical duo. Bonding over their shared love for good music and the TV Show The Office, they built a friendship and began playing music together. They began an almost weekly series called Tuesdays with Tucker and Tim, where they would sing covers and mash-ups. These videos can be found on YouTube by searching “Tuesdays with Tucker and Tim”. They are a dynamic duo who play off of each other’s musical abilities to create a sound that is easy to listen to. Both list Blues, Soul, Pop, and Country music as influential genres. They are better at making music than they are at writing bios. Any day of the week can be Tuesday with Tucker and Tim