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 solo act is a bold narration of theatrical and preacher-esque vocals over Arco bass rhythms. The content is progressive and conceptual, inspired by the daily values and daily history informing society and shaping the future. Lyrics touch on America’s magnificent and grotesque, fairy-like dream. Its two-tone voicing is both sophisticated and intellectual, and the songs are often intriguing, powerful, beautiful, and raw, all at once. The style of music can be clumped between the veins of singer songwriter, Americana, and rock opera, and described as naked & reflective social commentary, working the oars of sound, belching deep rippling acoustics, & sparking quivering chordal groans. Throw in the occasional Rawprov saxophone interlude between sets, and friends say I play the wailing and naked note.
musician Lonnie Knight passed away on May 7, 2017
after a courageous battle with cancer. He was in the
process of preparing for a tour later in the summer
with former band mates and long-time collaborators
Barbara With and Fredy Argir.
Knight, With and Argir toured together in the mid-70s
performing their original music in the Midwest and
Texas. With and Argir will be going forward with the
Missing Man Tour and are dedicating the tour to
Lonnie’s incomparable songwriting, unparalleled
guitar playing, and a career that spans six decades.
They will be performing many of Lonnie’s songs, as well as songs of theirs that he covered,
and music they have written for and performed with him through the years.
Barbara With is a long-time Minnesota songwriter and performer who got her start on the
West Bank in the 1970s. She has earned several music awards through the years, including
Yahama Ticketmaster Best Unsigned Band contest, favorite female soloist, and a John
Lennon Songwriting Award recognition for her song Voices in the Wind. She is also the
author of six books and lives in Lake Superior on Madeline Island.
Fredy Argir was born in Hibbing, MN and has worked most of his life out of Austin, Texas.
He traveled for decades performing his original music and has recorded and released over
a dozen albums. In the mid-1990s he spent five years at Dell Computer before building his
Austin recording Studio and returning to the music industry for another decade. Fredy is
also a published author, poet, and photographer.
Special guests William Smith (harmonica), George Traugott (bass, concertina) and Richard
Grossman (percussion) will appear at select performances.
JULY 12th, 11 A.M. PETER RABBIT
Listen Dalyce Elliott Young play her violin and tell her Moonbeam Book Award-Winning story of how Ellie learns the secret to playing the violin. Children will be welcome to her small violin. Dalyce began to draw her rag doll characters when she was a small child. As a classically trained violinist, she played in the Minneapolis Youth Symphony and continues to play with jazz, folk and classical musicians. www.dalyceelliottyoung.com
Lonely Enclave is a local alternative rock band formed in 2014, with a sound heavily influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and Weezer. Its members consist of John Vermeersch (Bass and Vocals), Ethan Thomas (Guitar and Vocals), and William Ojanen (Drums).
The Jazz Standards are a jazz quartet that plays music from the American Song Book. Their repertoire consists of 100’s of songs, and as as you can probably tell –they have 100’s years of playing experience.
Come catch Optimum Trajectory in and around the Twin Cities. We create innovative, exciting renditions of jazz standards and original music. Find us at area clubs and coffee shops, or hire us to add some flair to your party.
Optimum Trajectory donates every penny we receive in tips at our gigs to area charities. Do some good, listen to something great!
For several years a group of people who love the vigorous traditional music of French-Canada, particularly Québec, have gathered for mutual learning and jamming at the Blackbird Music Store in Minneapolis. The jam is led by well-known fiddler Linda Breitag, who spent years studying and performing Québecois music and culture, and has been generously sharing her knowledge and inspiration with local musicians. The group includes musicians who play fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar, mandolin and foot tapping. We welcome musicians of all levels of experience who wish to participate in the magic of Québecois music.
Let me know if you need anything else.
The Marimba Bullies is a Twin Cities-based marimba ensemble playing upbeat, high-energy music based on the rhythmically complex music of the Zimbabwe mbira tradition. The Bullies’ repertoire consists of traditional African songs as well as arrangements of contemporary music performed in the lively, danceable, and just plain fun style that is unmistakably the Marimba Bullies.