July 23, 2015

BECCA MARX: July 23rd Hoot Preview

I’m shaking my head mirthfully while I write this preview because of the fact that one of the Hoot talents lined up for this Thursday was invisible on the worldwide web. I contacted Hoot boss Jim Walsh to inquire if he was testing me, and he replied, “Ha! He’s…I met …” What? Walsh promised that he’d fill me in later…in actuality there are a few question marks that I have in regards to the players this week. So, pull on your boots, and wade into the unknown with me!

John Magnuson (far right) at the Mad Ripple Fitger’s Hootenanny, summer 2010.
John Magnuson (far right) at the Mad Ripple Fitger’s Hootenanny, summer 2010.

I can tell you about John Magnuson, a folk gospel singer songwriter whose 2014 album “Love Unstayed” received critical praise. Magnuson is well known for his stint in the 1990’s alt-country band, The Carpetbaggers, who opened for Son Volt. He’s currently a member of the bluegrass band The Matchlight Briquette Boys. A favorite of The Roe Family Singers band, he performed at Quillan and Kim Roe’s wedding. Not a stranger to the Hoot, Magnuson has played Hoots at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, and at Harriet Brewing.

Quite the prolific performer, Nici Peper performs over 200 shows a year. The Wisconsin Americana/ folk singer songwriter can be found playing in Stillwater at various venues, as well as the Aster Café and Kieran’s Irish Pub. Peper and Chris Snyder formed the duo Firefly, and in 2013, released “From the Road,” a collection of songs written while on a tour from the Ozarks to Alaska. The duo has received many accolades from the Alaskan Music Awards, including: “Best Rock Artist, Best Performer and Best Songwriter”.

I’m excited to see Duetos Latidos perform at their first Hoot. The world fusion, global roots, hint of jazz and classical duo of vocalist/accordionist/percussionist Donna McKirdy, and multi-instrumentalist/composer Carlos Alberto Diaz Hincapie should be exciting just based on the description alone. The duo has performed at The Nicollet’s “Bohemian Night” as half of the Diaz Quartet.

Iris Kolodji (center) at the Mad Ripple Hootenanny, May 2014.
Iris Kolodji (center) at the Mad Ripple Hootenanny, May 2014.

Another mysterious performer who’s new to the Hoot is Iris Kolodji. The Hibbing native is a former Red House Records intern, and has performed on the Great Northern Radio Show. Kolodji is singer songwriter, who also plays the guitar, ukulele, and piano. As a music education student at the University of Minnesota, she paid it forward by donating and delivering instruments to the Underwood School band in Underwood, Minnesota.

Matthew Beach…To be determined…

Love is in the air when it comes to singer songwriter, and guitarists Mike and Kiki Lane. The married couple performs as The Lanes, and recently participated in Dan Israel’s St. Louis Park Folk Festival. The two also play in Indigroove, “A retro party band that is family friendly and full of nonstop fun!” The Lanes have performed in the “A Kinky Kristmas & Happy Hanukkah” show, The Harriet Brewing “Summer of Love Tribute” and “Senses Working Overtime 3: An All Star Tribute to XTC” at Icehouse. Watch for them to play at the Driftwood Char Bar, and share their mutual love (of music).

I cannot wait to hear from Mr. Jim Walsh about Matthew Beach, he has some ‘splaining to do! See you for some new Hoot protégés, some cold beer, and some YUM food truck treats!

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


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