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    Barbaro and Good Morning Bedlam converge on the Parkway

    The Parkway Theater became a sanctuary for bluegrass music last night when they hosted perennial local favorites Barbaro and Good Morning Bedlam. A simplified stage and lack of microphones trademarked an evening best focused on the dynamics and storytelling of their music. Both Barbaro and Good Morning Bedlam have had busy summers, each playing a […] More

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    [Photo Gallery] Blue Ox Music Festival 2021

    There’s simply no way to see everything that takes place over the three days at Blue Ox Music Festival. There are 3 stages with music, another stage with family activities, music workshops, fire dancers, neon hoops, bubbles, art installations, and the brand new Soul Sanctuary. Needless to say, Blue Ox is a very meaty Ox. […] More

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    Stories from Backstage at Blue Ox Music Festival

    Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin returned for its 6th reiteration this past weekend. The family run festival had some last minute cancellations but the depth of the lineup shone through with special double sets and last minute additions. Music in Minnesota wanted to share stories from unique perspectives on what the festival […] More

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    The Cedar Reopens with The Arcadian Wild

    The Cedar Cultural Center stayed busy during the pandemic by rolling out their public access channel, hosting the Mni Sota Native Music Series, and even opened up their doors for a special Music in Minnesota “One-on-One” performance with Kashimana. In true comeback fashion they had their first live music show last night with Nashville bluegrass […] More

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    Behind the Blue Ox Festival 2021

    In just 20 days, Minnesotans will be embarking to Eau Claire Wisconsin for the return of Blue Ox Music Festival. Now in it’s six year, and first one fully back from the scaled down 2020 rendition, Blue Ox is primed to once again deliver an intimate Bluegrass and Americana music experience all geared with a […] More

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    The Listening Room Shines with Barbaro and MoeDeLL

    60 miles North of the Twin Cities sits the small town of Braham. A city of roughly 1,800 residents, it’s easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. One block off Main Street, across from the Fire Station, sits Happy Productions, an online radio station with an intimate little gem. The Listening Room sits around […] More

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    One-On-One: Barbaro and Rachel Hansen

    When the phone rang and Rachel Hansen answered, her good friend asked what she was doing on January 15th. Jokingly, she responded that most likely recovering from a three-day run of shifts. Her friend had just won the contest for a private performance with the band Barbaro and immediately wanted to gift the experience. She […] More

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    One-On-One: Humbird and Jesse Peterson-Brandt

    Like many of us, Jesse Peterson-Brandt didn’t realize what he had until it was gone. He went to Grinnell College in Iowa, and looking back, saw they did a really good job bringing in unknown artists that have gone on to become established and popular. Unfortunately, he didn’t take advantage of live music then. Now […] More

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    Dressed In Roses, Barbaro Blooms at The Cedar

    Celebrating the release of a new album is no small event. For Barbaro, it’s been a long time coming. Two weeks ago saw the official drop of their album, Dressed in Roses. The Cedar Cultural Center proved to be a worthy venue for the evening of acoustic music, the stage was even done up with […] More

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    A Conversation and Album Review with Barbaro

    Like a racehorse out of the gate, Barbaro is starting off 2020 with a surge. Their first full-length album, Dressed In Roses, will be released tomorrow, and on January 24th they will celebrate that release at The Cedar with Chicken Wire Empire and local darling Humbird. An electric blend of bluegrass, country, jazz, and chamber […] More

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    Steve ‘n’ Seagulls capitalizes on strange success

    The members of Steve ‘n’ Seagulls have taken a slice of viral stardom and turned it into a full-blown, barn-dance style, foot-stompin’, retro hootenanny. The band entered to the blaring sound of the Bonanza theme song. Wearing the same overalls and crazy hillbilly hats featured in their multiple viral videos on Youtube, the Finnish rockers burst forth with fun, […] More

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    Marah In The Mainsail – Good People, Peculiar Music

    Minneapolis musicians Marah in The Mainsail don’t quite seem to fit in with most bands. Members Austin Durry, Alec Weber, Cassandra Sabol, Brady Lundy and Andy Hanna brought their own personal musical influences into the kitchen to whip an original genre in what they call folk-core punk-grass. Their interesting sound paired with old-timey getups have given audiences a reason […] More