Heatbox is the alter ego of Aaron Heaton, a Minneapolis based vocal performer who mixes beatboxing and acapella with a number of looping effects to create rich and complex songs with a hip hop vibe. He talks to Will Moore about his process and lets his unique personality out.
Lila Ammons is a local jazz singer who tours widely who has received many musical influences, including some you would not expect. Lila brings her trio into Vieuxx Carre in St Paul, Thursday December 27 from 8 till 11. Recently, Lila sat down with Phil Nusbaum to talk about her jazz singing style.
This young group is made up of the children of Mahtowa band the Holy Hootenanners. They dropped by a year ago to share tunes from their first album, and have already made a second recording, Flower Crowns and Imagination, with Rich Mattson of Sparta Sound. They had a release show for the album on December 15 at Beaner’s Central in Duluth and gave us a preview when they dropped by our studios on December 13.
In the 1980’s Moore by Four was one of the hottest vocal jazz groups to hit our or any other town. The group of Sanford Moore, Ginger Commodore, Yolande Bruce, Dennis Spears and Connie Evingson reunites for 2 nights of Christmas shows at Crooners, Monday and Tuesday December 17 and 18 at 7pm. Ginger talked to Phil Nusbaum about the group.
This Duluth native, now based in Minneapolis, made her first full-length album, Ease Back with her band in a cabin north of Duluth on the banks of the Lester River. The folk/pop singer/songwriter joined us in the studio on December 7 for a preview of their release show later the same night at Blacklist Beer in Duluth.
If you have an interest in world holiday music, Stella Roma is the ticket. Stella Roma performs at Dreamland, at 677 Hamline Avenue north in St Paul, Sat December 21 at 7:30. Greg Herriges leads the group, which emphatically plays an original synthesis of multiple world traditions.
Sometimes the holiday season can feel more stressful than fun. Barbara Burns Churchill, a Master Certified Executive Coach stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with Brian about ways we can lower our stress this time of year.