Lineup

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Jul 25


Join us right away for our Opening Act and Summertime Fun!

First Circle at 5pm

First Circle

First Circle is a band dedicated to playing popular classic rock hits from the 60’s to the present with an emphasis on danceable rhythms to keep the party going.  Based in Sauk Rapids, First Circle has come a long way in the 3 years they’ve been together, playing in many of the local music venues in and around St. Cloud.  Their heavy electric guitar sound is built on the rhythm guitar of Jeff Martin, and the Lead guitar of Jeff Miller.  The groove is established by the pounding bass guitar of Mike Shipley and the powerful drumming of Jeff “The Animal” Schraut.  Nick Thaemert is the energetic front man who provides the talented vocals.  Whether you’re in the mood to dance or to just sit back and enjoy some fun familiar tunes, First Circle is ready to rock.  Check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FirstCircleBand/

2018 Lineup

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The Johnny Holm Band

Leader and front man of the most widely known and traveled band in America, Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The show is dedicated to the fans, and they do most of the entertaining. Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as "the pied piper" notices a lag. "Never a dull moment" was never a more true description.

Surrounding himself with the finest musicians in the Midwest, the band rocks, picks, and thunders along for 3-4 hours, almost non-stop from the first song to the last laugh.

Millions of people have seen Johnny over the years, and millions of people have been part of his fantourage. 

The band plays in most of the United States but most dates are in the 5 state upper Midwest area.

Ask anyone with a twinkle in their eye or a knowing smile about Johnny. They'll try and tell you all about the mayhem that masquerades as a rock and roll band.

Shane Martin

The title of Shane Martin’s latest album “Keepin’ The Night Alive” sums up how he keeps his music alive and loves what he does: “Livin’ every moment, hangin’ on for life” and play his powerhouse brand of country rock. A Top 5 Finalist in the Texaco Country Showdown where he competed for “Best New Act in Country Music” at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium (hosted by LeAnn Rimes), the Minnesota based singer/songwriter is now up to a breakneck pace of over 175 regional shows per year.

 Fronting his full ensemble, Martin has shared the stage with numerous national acts and performed at some of the top country music festivals with his infectious, high energy freewheeling style.

Currently one of the top live draws throughout the Midwest, Shane Martin’s unique country rock vibe is perfectly described by his longtime producer, Emmy Award winning engineer/producer Kenny Royster: “Shane is a great singer/songwriter on the teetering edge of country, pop and rock where it’s just dangerous enough to be fun!”

Justin Ploof & The Throwbacks

Behind the music is a story - the story, is the makings for a Rockumentary! Justin Ploof and The Throwbacks are the original authors of the Rockumentary, who along with performing the music of some history’s greats, bring you vintage footage and brief narration to accompany it. Not only will you "rock out" to the music, but you will have a number of "I didn’t know that" moments throughout the evening - a complete "blast from the past" concert experience!

The core group, Justin Ploof, Jason Ploof, and Dan Ploof have a multitude of years of professional music experience and have shared the stage with the likes of Soul Asylum, Bobby Vee, Joan Jett, Jessie Lang and the list goes on! Their incredible attention to detail and quality of musicianship will wow you from the first chord right on through to the rousing end. As they work to emulate the songs you love, you will be pleased to hear them the way the artists meant for them to be performed. Guest appearances will enhance the shows to the ultimate level of entertainment! 

Fred Savage & The Unbeatables

Fred Savage & The Unbeatables is Minnesota’s favorite wedding and party band!  Performing for over 16 years, FSU has spent the past decade bringing the fun and dance party to weddings, town festivals, corporate parties and everything in between.  With 9 members and some of MN’s top jazz, rock, and funk musicians, FSU has the ability to play all styles from the 50’s through today in an exciting and energetic live show.  Visit Fred Savage & The Unbeatables Wedding & Party Band at www.mnweddingband.com for your next event! 

Check out our promo video: https://www.facebook.com/mnweddingband/videos/1615573768534602/ 

Watch us perform “Purple Rain”: https://www.facebook.com/mnweddingband/videos/1620005758091403/

Davina & The Vagabonds

DAVINA SOWERS AND THE VAGABONDS have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine, hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to landing a performance on the hit BBC2 show, Later with Jools Holland.

DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original. 

Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina’s originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, the band brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sighisoara, Romania; Sierre, Switzerland; Kemi, Finland; the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival (in 2014 was asked back to play their main stage in 2014, Vache de Blues in France, and North Sea Jazz Festival. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

Matt Vee Family & Friends – Celebrate the Music of Neil Diamond I Am…He Said

A Celebration of the Music of Neil Diamond - Starring Matt Vee, nephew of 60's PopStar Bobby Vee - With songs like Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, and Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond sold over 100 million records worldwide, and produced musical hits spanning five decades. A prolific song writer in the mid 60s, he penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, I’m A Believer. Join Matt, Jeff, and Tommy Vee (nephew and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee), for a celebration of this amazing music icon. After performing to 23,000 fans at Joetown Rocks, this wonderful show is making its way to theaters and venues near you!

Free Fallin - A Tribute to Tom Petty

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are one of the biggest chart toppers in rock history, amassing dozens of hits and performing sold out shows for four decades. Free Fallin has successfully toured the country together for more than 10 years and played before thousands of fans at many festivals, fairs, venues, and major concerts. Along the way they have evolved into a complete and spectacular live music production. Their show, featuring all the best hits of Tom Petty, includes the instruments and costumes that create the authentic experience of a live Tom Petty concert. Sprinkled with a few other classic hits you know and love, this band delivers a professional and entertaining experience for any crowd or event!

Collective Unconscious

Collective Unconscious is a group of musicians who believe in making good music, whether it be their own originals or covers. CU has packed houses throughout Minnesota with their jam-based acoustic and electric music.

CU has garnered a reputation for mounting special shows including the Beatles' Abbey Road, the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Deja Vu. and The Band's Last Waltz 

Here's a YouTube Video of the band for you to enjoy: Collective Unconscious: Band on the Run video

Wild Angels

“Wild Angels – The Women of Rock, Pop & Country” features three of Minnesota’s most beloved singers – Pamela McNeill, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame recipient Mary Jane Alm and Aimée Lee performing hits by some of the greatest Female Divas the music world has ever known.  Hear songs by Adele, Madonna, Janis Joplin, Heart, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Cher, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, TLC, Pat Benatar, Pink, Tina Turner, Miranda Lambert and many, many others. A phenomenal 7-piece A-list band, “The Handsome Devils,” bring these powerful songs to life and will have you on your feet!

Hitchville

Hitchville has quickly solidified themselves among the upper echelon of regional talent.  Under the foundational leadership of dynamic lead vocalists Heidi Owens and Matthew Kneefe, the group’s trademark harmonies, down home personalities, and kinetic stage energy leads to an unforgettable live show in which the band works tirelessly to produce.

The group’s brand new, highly anticipated sophomore album “Soundtrack to Life” is now available everywhere! It includes their first iHeartRadio #1 single “Even When It’s Bad It’s Good”, as well as their newly crowned 2nd iHeartRadio #1 single “Love is the Road” which climbed the iHeartMedia charts faster than ever.  This project has been 4 years in the making, with songs written by some of Nashville’s biggest hit-makers, along with the first song ever written and recorded by members of the band.  They also recently realized another big dream of theirs: to start their own country music and camping festival…and so it began!  The First Annual Hitchville Hootenanny took place in August, 2015 with some of the region’s most sought after talent and was a resounding success!  2016’s Hootenanny finished up again with an award winning lineup and as many memories and there were country music fans in attendance, and 2017's Hootenanny artist lineup has now been announced featuring the biggest lineup yet!

 

They trekked to Nashville in 2012 to record their self-titled debut release which spawned their first hit single “Whoop It Up”.  The song has since become an anthem that proves relevant to not just the summer months, as it garnered major market radio support year round, everywhere from the upper Midwest, to Florida, Texas, and Nashville.  The group’s second single “Fly” hit radio soon afterwards, and can still be frequently heard (as well as “Whoop It Up”) in between innings at Minnesota Twins’ home games at Target Field in Minneapolis.  Hitchville’s third single, “I’ll Be Right There”, penned by two-time Grammy winner Ben Glover, also received rave reviews once it hit the air, and remains a crowd favorite at their live shows.  In their time together, Hitchville has graced the main stages of some of the region’s largest festivals, including Moondance Jammin’ Country, Country Fest, Country Jam, Ramble Jam, and 4 years straight at the biggest country music and camping festival in the nation, WE Fest.  They have been blessed to open those stages for some of the biggest superstars in country…from Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts, to Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Luke Bryan, to Big & Rich, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band, and Blake Shelton.  The band has even recently returned from their second consecutive headlining concert in the form of a huge beach party for Miller Lite and the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings at the Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun, Mexico.​

Over the past few years, fans have come to know to expect the unexpected at a Hitchville show.  There’s really only one place where the beer is always cold, the people are always friendly, the music is always world class, and the energy is always palpable…they’d like to welcome everybody home… to Hitchville.

Mick Sterling

In 2017, Mick Sterling is celebrating his 37th year in the music business.  His career, like any musician doing it as long as he has, has experienced many changes, highlights, low-lights and everything in between.  What may be of interest to all of you is that even after all of this time, Sterling is finding new musical  and theatrical challenges and more excited about being in the music business than ever before.

Within those 37 years, Sterling has transformed himself from a young and energetic lead singer of throw-together bands in to one of the most recognized names in the Twin Cities music scene.   His band he led for 17 years and recently inducted in to the Mid-West Music Hall of Fame,  MICK STERLING AND THE STUD BROTHERS, falls in the category of the other legendary Twin Cities Soul and R&B bands such as Doug Maynard, Willie and the Bees, Lamont Cranston and others.  The band ended regular performances in 2005, but have performed periodic shows at their home base of BUNKERS MUSIC BAR AND GRILL since 2011 to rave reviews by huge crowds.  See the (4) shows on the PERFORMANCE schedule of this incredible band.  

Sterling is also proud of the Corporate and Private Event project called A BAND CALLED SOUL, www.abandcalledsoul.com.  This band features some of the top musicians and singers in the Twin Cities area.   It was specifically formed to provide top entertainment for companies in need of music for their events and for families that need a memorable and terrific night of music for their loved ones.

As a producer of many shows, Mick Sterling's event production company MICK STERLING PRESENTS has been proud to produce a large array of unique and diverse theatrical shows that feature some of the legendary names and songs of multiple genres.  All of these large bands (minimum ten members per band) feature some of the top musicians in the Twin Cities.

Fabulous Armadillos

The Fabulous Armadillos have quickly become the largest drawing act in Central Minnesota. A musical group in a constant stage of metamorphosis! Every show they bring to the stage is different. They start with a core band of 5 seasoned pros and bring in guest artists to fit each "themed" show they perform. Playing "themed" shows for sellout audiences since 2006. Each theater show, a sit-down, multi-media, story telling event is a brand new theme.

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