New Century Sessions: Jeremy Messersmith
Sponsored by Park Nicollet
Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust
New Century Theatre
Sat, September 21, 2013 at 7:00pm
$19.00 to $39.00
VIP Packages are now sold out, but great seats still remain!
Lauded local singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith will launch the New Century Sessions, a new Minnesota music series giving artists a chance to not only play, but to share the evolution of their work. The series will run at the Trust’s intimate New Century Theatre in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Local bands Taj Raj and Cjell Cruze will open in separate sets.
The New Century Sessions, sponsored by Park Nicollet Health Services, will showcase six performances, including this one. “Artists and their work are at the heart of developing the Hennepin Cultural District,” commented Tom Hoch, President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “So we wanted to offer some of Minnesota’s most talented musicians the rare platform to share stories about their life and creative process in a comfortable venue like the New Century Theatre and as part of this special partnership with Park Nicollet Health Services.”
Jeremy Messersmith is a Minnesota-based independent singer/songwriter who carefully crafts songs that narrate life. With multiple recordings and national buzz to his credit, his star continues to rise with performances for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on separate occasions. Born in Charleston and raised in Washington State, Messersmith moved to Minneapolis in 1999 to attend university. He has since released what he calls a “life-cycle trilogy” of albums, with his 2006 first full-length release,“The Alcatraz Kid,” earning him a nod as the “premier under-30 songwriter in the Twin Cities” by City Pages. Messersmith then captured the attention of Semisonic/Trip Shakespeare’s Dan Wilson, also the respected songwriter for the likes of Adele and Taylor Swift, who produced his follow-up album, The Silver City. It was recognized in a press poll as the second-best album in the Twin Cities in 2008, losing only to the rising star of hip hop act, Atmosphere. In 2010, The Reluctant Graveyard bookended his trilogy of lifelong observations with songs like “Lazy Bones” and “Organ Donor,” and sonically continued on the ’60s chamber pop path. It was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2010 by NPR, Top 25 Videos of 2010 by Paste Magazine and also won the Star Tribune Critics’ Poll for Best Local Artist.
More about Jeremy Messersmith
In 2012, Jeremy embarked on a "Supper Club Tour" combining pot luck dinners with living room shows and selling out events nationwide. Local and national attention continues to grow with NPR, college and other stations around the country playing his music, supplemented by U.S. tours and sold-out shows in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis.
Messersmith has been featured on NPR, NPR's Car Talk, iTunes, NY Times, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Boing Boing, USA Today, World Cafe Live on WXPN, Independent Film Channel, MTV's “The Real World,” NBC's “Chuck,” ABC's “Ugly Betty” and Showtime's “The United States of Tara.” His songs have LAO been featured in a French film and a Norwegian commercial.“
Taj Raj loosely binds a collection of late 70’s roots-pop, tear in my beer country, and new folk rock to create a sound that is strangely familiar yet entirely their own. Their sonic pallet comfortably utilizes spacious arena rafter grandeur, as well as the warm timbres found at a bedroom drawing board. Born from the hardcore pedigrees of its founding members, Taj Raj exudes a desperate and frantic energy while on stage that calls its showgoers to active and frenetic engagement. More info at tajraj.bandcamp.com.
Tinged in lo-fi Americana with harmonies that sound straight out of the rainy Pacific Northwest, Cjell Cruze (pronounced shel-krooz) evokes a familiar sense of travel imagery and that all-to-frequent human crossroads condition. And while that could sound heavy, Cjell Cruze instead chooses to mosey along with a gentle disposition — everything’s gonna be alright and we’re gonna find our way. [Jon Schober, The Current] Now in the final stages of recording their second album (to be released later this later this fall), the St. Cloud natives are stopping home before continuing on to the great unknown. More info at cjellcruze.bandcamp.com or facebook.com/cjellcruze.
Sponsored by Park Nicollet
Music and healing go hand-in-hand. Music has the ability to comfort, connect, support and inspire. “Music nourishes the human spirit and promotes healing and comfort for our patients,” said David Abelson, MD, President, Park Nicollet HealthPartners Care Group, noting that music therapy is offered at Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Struthers Parkinson’s Center, Melrose Center and Methodist Hospital. “We are excited to be supporting local community artists, and celebrating the power of music with local artists who inspire, comfort and heal through their storytelling and music.”