Luke LeBlanc is a singer-songwriter from the Twin Cities. At 21, the Americana/Folk artist has recorded two albums and has opened for the Rembrandts, Joey Molland’s Badfinger, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Ozark Mountain Daredevils, among others. Dwight Hobbes of the Twin Cities Daily Planet writes, “He executes rich, low-keyed vocals that always hit a note dead-on and manage to convey a world of emotion with a mere inflection. You don’t come by this caliber of singer-songwriter all the time.”
The soundscapes of Standard Deviation set a mood that is both relaxed and refined. With vocals, sax, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums; these seasoned musicians create a musical atmosphere suitable for listening or conversation. Experienced in a wide range of styles, they share an affection for the jazz standards comprising the core of their repertoire. The group’s pianist, Randy Amborn says, “These tunes have a combination of easy elegance and soulful emotion that people really connect with.
Sammy Purviance is an acoustic guitarist, singer-songwriter who has been preforming most of his life, Since moving to the Twin Cities in June Sammy, has been active in the local music scene, playing at Trotters Café and Bakery, Urban Forage, Precision Grind, House of Mercy, Riverview Café, and at many open mikes including Underground Music Café.
Sam, a native Virginian, plays a mix of folk, country, gospel and rock with a distinctive southern style. To the delight of his audiences, Sammy often punctuates his performances with unique, humorous stories from his life.
Sammy is looking forward to his first gig at the Underground Music Café.
Sammy P and friends Jeremiah Bohn, Andy Anda & Jess Fahlin at The Underground Music Cafe this coming Saturday, January 13, 7:00-9:00. Good food, drink, friends and music. Hope to see you there!
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!
Jerry Rau started playing guitar at age 30. In the 70s and 80s he traveled nationwide playing coffee shops, bars, and college concerts. Jerry was a regular guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion during this time, including their first nationwide broadcast. Jerry performed at the 1987 and 1991 Winnipeg Folk Festivals. Jerry has made a couple dozen recordings including both live and studio albums over the course of his career.
No one said “Don‘t quit your day job!” to Tom Hipps…so he went ahead and did just that. After a 20-year detour into the corporate world, Tom has come back full-time to his heart‘s desire… his gift… his passion: writing catchy folk/pop songs, making records, and entertaining audiences. With five albums and several singles to his credit, radio airplay on dozens of stations, and literally thousands of live performances under his belt, you’re bound to see a great show and have an excellent time. Tapping (or stomping) your feet, singing, and clapping along is highly encouraged!