New Century Sessions: Rogue Valley with The Starfolk
Sponsored by Park Nicollet
Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust
New Century Theatre
Fri, November 8 at 7:00pm
$16.00 to $36.00
A limited number of VIP Packages are available and include premium seating, a pre-show Meet & Greet with Rogue Valley and a signed New Century Sessions: Rogue Valley poster. Meet & Greet begins at 6:00pm in the theatre.
Rogue Valley, lauded local folk-rock band, is the next featured act in New Century Sessions. This new Minnesota music series gives artists a chance not only to play, but to share the evolution of their work and commune with the audience. The series runs at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s intimate New Century Theatre in downtown Minneapolis and opened in September with a sold-out Jeremy Messersmith show. Twin Cities’ band The Starfolk (Brian Tighe/Allison LaBonne) opens.
Based in Minneapolis, Rogue Valley is known as one of the Twin Cities’ most compelling live acts. Chris Koza is the lead singer/songwriter and guitarist with Luke Anderson on drums, Paul Engels on bass, Linnea Mohn on keyboards and vocals, Peter Sieve on guitar and vocals and keyboardist/composer Joey Kantor, plus a variety of string players and percussionists as regular contributors. They make music that fills a dynamic spectrum from surging electric guitar rock to woodsy finger-picking ballads. The unifying trait is the band’s soaring, lush vocal harmonies and cinematic arrangements matched with impeccable production and thoughtful songwriting.
In one recent, ambitious year, they wrote, recorded and successfully released four, full-length albums each tied to a changing season and telling a sweeping story of love, loss, regret and hope linked to American wanderlust. Rogue Valley continues to work on new songs and explore new directions for an upcoming 2014 release, delving into dueling surf guitars, bossa nova rhythms and ethereal synth while maintaining a textural layering of vocals and instruments.
As the band describes itself, "Imagine Ralph Waldo Emerson and Jeff Tweedy sharing a dugout canoe across a calm river; Jack Kerouac and My Morning Jacket sitting around a campfire; John Steinbeck and Fleet Foxes hitch-hiking along county roads and highways from coast to coast."
"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."
"Music nourishes the human spirit and promotes healing and comfort for our patients," said David Abelson, M.D., president and CEO of Park Nicollet Health Services, noting that Park Nicollet offers music therapy at its Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Struther’s Parkinson’s Center, Melrose Center for eating disorders 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."