Festivals, Concerts and More in Minneosta 2015 Before Summer

Southern Minnesota Music April May June 2015

Grieves (Benjamin Laub) performing at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. March 9, 2014, by Tony Webster

The Hooten Hallers already played their gig at the NaKato Bar & Grill but hey, there's much more to come in the Greater Mankato and southern Twin Cities region before the hot summer heat and even more exciting entertainment begins for 2015.

Here's a slick breakdown, everyone:

Sweet Adelines Head to Minneapolis for Regional Competition

Sweet Adelines Mankato

Local, vocal women celebrate four decades of four-part harmony


Chad Elliot to perform folk music at Arts Center of Saint Peter

Chad Elliot at Arts Center of Saint Peter

Visual artist and singer-songwriter Chad Elliott will perform new music from soon-to-be-released 20th album on Saturday, April 18 at the Arts Center of Saint

Elliott, a nationally renowned folk musician who is also an accomplished painter and ceramist, is a past Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner. His 19th release, So Sang the Crow, earned a spot on the 2013 Top 25 Albums on His upcoming album is a collaboration with producer/drummer Ken Coomer of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo.


The Perfect Couple, Country and Beer, at Mankato Brewery

Food, drink and music complement each other like the stars, moon and the sun. So, together they were at a country music get-down at the Mankato Brewery yesterday.


Kato Orchestra Welcomes Jewish Clarinet Master

Krukauer Clarinet Player

When MSO conductor Kenneth Freed first heard clarinetist David Krakauer play, he immediately invited Krakauer to perform with the Mankato Symphony. A true virtuoso and recent Grammy nominee, Krakauer is one of the world’s finest classical and klezmer (tradional Jewish folk music) clarinetists, praised for his astonishing ability to play across musical genres with “prodigious chops” (The New Yorker) and a “soulfulness and electrifying showiness” (The New York Times).


Playlist of the Week: The Veiny Bubbles' Dark Veins of the Moon

This is a late submission, but better late than never. This week's song of the week takes the form of a playlist by electronic artist The Veiny Bubbles from the Dark Veins of the Moon release. It is a recent release. Derek Elvebak of Minneapolis (formerly Albert Lea, Alden, Mankato, Prior Lake and Burnsville) is the mastermind behind the sounds of the Veiny Bubbles techno-mash wonderland. Elvebak is also a visual artist. Check him out on YouTube. But for now, enjoy the set that starts with "Sun on Your Knees."


Song of the Week by Morgan's Portrait

Morgan's Portrait

Morgan's Portrait | Stranger


Song of the Week: Robdusa | P&W | Weedology

Robdusa Weedology Album Cover

Robdusa Weedology Album Cover


South Central LA Rap Business Legend and Known Criminal Suge Knight Booked on Murder

Suge Knight, entrepreneur and thug behind Death Row Records, is being held on suspicion of murder for running someone over with a truck after he was attacked. South Central LA is a tough place, as embodied in the songs Knight promoted with Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and others. He also allegedly ran his friend over by accident. His friend also died. Knight claims he fled people who were attacking him. Witnesses say it looked intentional.


Mankato Music Scene Uses Social Media to Drive Collaboration and Networking Opportunities

The music scene in Mankato is a myriad of different styles that have soaked in influences from popular and underground scenes alike, along with connections to the Twin Cities. Mankato has little of an actual industry, outside college student frequented downtown bars, for music. Nonetheless veterans and newcomers alike are still grinding away at the local underground scene to breathe life into another generation of creative characters with music in their blood.