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BECCA MARX: May 21st Hoot Preview

The Mad Ripple Hootenanny on 5/21 happens to land on the holiday “National Memo Day.” To honor this day I’ll write a memo regarding the Hoot’s To Do List for you:

*Enjoy a true troubadour’s return to the stage. After a musical hiatus Jonathan Delehanty performed this April with fellow singer/songwriter Luke Redfield and poet Drew Scott at The Icehouse. Critics and fans alike gave generous praise to Delehanty’s records “Golgatha” (2007) and “Songs About the Sun” (2005). He was a punk rocker before he found folk and is a talented singer/songwriter who as a guitarist plays in the manner of Richie Havens. A Java Jack’s Hoot veteran we are delighted that he will once more grace the stage. (Jonathan recently recorded a song with the working title of “Demo,” hopefully an indication of new music soon).

*Listen to the “technical guitar wizard” (credit: First Avenue blog) and singer/songwriter Steve Diedrich. Raised in St. Paul, he is one of 11 children. Steve and his sister Sara have performed together in the duo LivePoorDiedRich (love the pun on their last name). He is in the rock band Buzzrique with John Hewitt, Ryan William and Jimmy B-Reay. Their newest song/video “Beautiful Ghosts” was recorded for the “Scoops for Troops” benefit. Buzzrique also contributed the song “HEY!!! A Quiet Hello” to “The Slim Town Singles” project in 2014. The song came out of an experience in which Scott had witnessed a Hoot at Dusty’s where Slim Dunlap was in attendance. In his words: “We hope the fun nature of the track reflects how Slim makes everyone feel.”

*Prepare to be impressed by the multi-talented Elizabeth Lee Heinecke. A self-described “science lover, mom of 3, singer, painter and banjo player” she is also a published writer (“Kitchen Science Lab For Kids”) and has a successful blog: “The Kitchen Pantry Scientist” that encourages families to share and learn from “simple recipes for real science.” A monthly science contributor to Kare 11 Sunrise News, she somehow finds the time to teach microbiology to nursing students. Influenced by Joan Baez, she is a regular performer at the Edina-based Morningside After Dark Storytelling and Live Music Series.

*Get ready to be wowed by 17-year-old country phenom Anna Marie Mitchell. She can play a guitar and sing past her years with the winning combination of soaring vocals and vulnerable lyrics. She has played the Contented Cow, the Aster Café and the 318 Café with the likes of Mathew Hardy, Nolan John, Lydia Liza, Ben Thiry and Mathew McCloskey. Her debut album “Little Bird” has received a lot of attention from Nashville to her hometown of Northfield. She has been recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International as being “One to Watch” and was an honorable mention in the NSAI/ CMT song contest for her tune “Broken Glass.” She was also included in the NSAI’s “Pitch to Publisher” project. So much potential for this rising star!

Just think how it will feel to achieve the objectives on The Mad Ripple Hootenanny’s To Do List. It feels great to check them off so bring the list and we’ll do it together! See you on 5/21 at Harriet Brewing.

Becca Marx is a St. Paul-based freelance writer and critic and staff reporter for Rift Magazine.

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