The unifying element of Debbie, Shawn, and Dawn is that they are dedicated students of Adam Granger’s. In choosing a name for the band, they wanted to recognize this connection and became Granger’s Moonshine. A definition of moonshine from the 1800s describes either: a) great ideas; or b) a bunch of nonsense—depending upon the dictionary you ask. Either way, the name fits and has stuck. The Moonshiners bring together a variety of guitar styles including fingerstyle, flat-picking, and slide for a robust acoustic sound. They play originals and covers from folk, alt country, and old time traditions, throwing in a jig here and there to spice up the mix. On occasion, Adam even joins in, adding flashy guitar leads and humor. You can hear Granger’s Moonshine at local venues around St. Paul and find each of the three playing in a range of musical configurations with friends and on their own.
Local Twin Cities Musician Steve West has been entertaining folks playing popular and classic songs for over 50 years in Wisconsin , Texas and more recently playing solo or with his band “The Northern Stars” at local Coffee Shops, Bars, Art Openings, Car Shows, Local Festivals and a number of Farmer’s Markets here in the Minneapolis area.
The 7 Cats Swing entertains audiences with the Best Jazz and Swing Standards from the 30’s to the 80’s playing familiar charts from George Gershwin, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, & Miles Davis, to name a few, and include traditional jazz, swing, Latin and blues.
Brad Cattadoris is a Twin Cities Singer/Songwriter performing original music on acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars. Hisoriginal ballad / pop music is about love and lifestyle’s better moments. His favorite chord Dmaj7 shows up in a few of his originals as well as the covers he performs. He covers a variety of pop/rock artists to ensure old and new music genres in his show. Visit Brad’s website BradCattadoris.com or his Facebook Music page. Sally Heinz has performed in duos, trios and bands celebrating folk and country songwriters with vocal lead and harmonies. She is also very comfortable playing theflute and the 12 string guitar in her shows as a solo artist or as an accompaniment.
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!
…this St. Paul singer/songwriter has come up with a diamond in the rough, well-crafted richly romantic, Jayhawks-evolving country-folk recorded with loving clarity…”
Jon Bream. Star Tribune (Mpls, MN) Jan 2009. For Sometimes
Erik Brandt has been the ringleader of the award-winning eclectic Twin Cities-based Urban Hillbilly Quartet since 1995. By night, he plays music. By day, he teaches English and Journalism at Harding High School in St. Paul. He’s played in venues all over the USA, Canada, Australia, and on various street corners throughout Europe. He’s also taught high school Shakespeare, rudimentary grammar, haikus and standardized test prep.
On stage, Erik performs mainly original material drawn from the Americana vein. Most of his original tunes can be found on the eight albums he’s recorded with the UHQ and his two solo albums: Green Eyed Alone and, his latest, Sometimes. When choosing covers, he pulls liberally from the catalogs of Bob Dylan, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Cash, and other Americana heroes. As a multi-instrumentalist, Erik switches between acoustic guitar, piano and accordion during performances.
His music has been influenced by and compared to: Americana powerhouses The Jayhawks, Gillian Welch, and Uncle Tupelo; Georgia’s Vigilantes of Love; Britain’s The Waterboys; Australia’s Paul Kelly; Canada’s Bruce Cockburn; and folk/jazz stars David Grisman, Paris Combo and Tin Hat Trio.
Though Erik mostly performs solo, he is often joined by guests from UHQ and other bands on stage. The combination of his different instruments, songwriting talent and musical guests makes his live performances dynamic and unique.