John (aka Aldo) has been performing and recording in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for over 25 years. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from Moorhead State University, where he was introduced to the field of musical scoring, he has since scored several television shows, documentaries, and other projects. John is most proud of the Upper MidWest Emmy award he won for his work on the PBS documentary, Delafield. Other notable projects include the nationally syndicated PBS series Painting with Paulson and the theme to the popular Prairie Public Television kids’ series, Kid’s Zone. His music has been picked up by national television shows, including the Today Show, As the World Turns, Last Call with Carson Daly, NPR, and the Rosie O’Donnell Show, among others. Additionally, he served as the music director of the Black Swan Dinner Theatre in Fargo, ND for one year before moving to Minneapolis to join a friend’s band, Nero’s House Band, that played throughout the Twin Cities metro area during the 1990s. John has released six albums under his nickname, Aldo, which he got tagged with at age 15 (long story). In 2002, he released Expressions, available exclusively through Cardtunes, a locally-owned promotional company. He can also be heard on the award-winning Acoustitherapy series from Colorado Creative Music. Learn more at www.powernote.com.
John Rogers is a musician and storyteller whose repertoire includes blues, ragtime, jazz and original songs wound around the oral tradition called “roots music.” He been playing guitar ever since “the Blues grabbed me by the lapels, spun me around, slammed me down on the ground and said, ‘This is the music you gonna play’. ” John has been a semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and a soloist in folk festivals Florida, his former home. His CD Old and New, Borrowed and Blue was a semifinalist in the 2011 Blues Challenge ‘best CD’ contest.
John Rogers is a solo acoustic blues act. He focuses on the oral tradition of the blues, the storytelling side. At the heart of it all, blues is one of the most important cornerstones of folk music and Rogers knows it. He blends a style of Piedmont and Delta blues and sprinkles in some New Orleans-style rags and ballads for good measure. He’s a pretty incredible guitar player. Check him out.
– Dante Lima, music columnist, Gainesville (FL) Sun (Apr 21, 2011)
Thad Turner is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and poet. He has been performing in open mics in the Twin Cities for a number of years now. He prides in being a very mentally tough and resilient person. He was a former Golden Gloves boxer and enjoys running and working out in his spare time. He has endured some great trials and tribulations but his inspiration has helped him work through these. He has a condition known as Asperger’s disorder and has had to be resilient in a world that does not relate well to people like him.
Danny Schwarze started down a slippery slope when he first picked up a guitar. Little did he know the influence those six strings would have on his life. While he mainly plays guitar and bodhran, he’s been known to dabble in a variety of other string and percussion instruments. If it can be plucked, strummed, bowed or struck he will eagerly strive to master it. Now based out of his hometown of St. Paul, MN, Danny is an elementary school wrangler by day, guitar slinger by night with a background in rock, jazz, traditional Irish and American folk and classical music.
SHAKESPEARE INSPIRED MUSIC! ORIGINAL ACOUSTIC INDIE-FOLK AND JAZZ — BASS FIDDLE, BANJO, ACCORDION, UKULELE, GUITAR, DJEMBE — AND A HALF-BA! A Local group brings you music from their traveling, Award-Winning show, ON THE ROAD TO VERONA. Along with scripted songs, they’ll play with some musical improv — suggest a topic and they’ll create a song on the spot.
Blue Haven is not just another up and coming Jazz/Rhythm and Blues group. These University of Minnesota musicians are passionate about producing a soulful, rich sound to their songs. Vocalist Jada Brown and tenor saxophonist Sam Roberto weave their enchanting melodies before the driving rhythm section of keyboardist Siever Hanson, guitarist Mike Butts and bassist Steve Sato. Blue Haven’s musical inspirations range from a timeless range of artists, which include Billie Holiday, Maroon 5 to the now popular group, Lettuce