June 10, 2015

BECCA MARX: June 11th Hoot Preview

The Mad Ripple Hootenanny is fond of taking performers out of their element, and putting them onstage in next to nothing. This week in particular, you might see a different side of the artists, one that may be less familiar to you than their collaborative musical projects. This Thursday night they’ll be all alone…

Jenny Kapernick is perhaps better known as one half of the sister duo: The Ericksons. The pair has been singing and playing their brand of folk indie harmonies for nearly a decade. In 2014, the La Crosse natives released their fourth album: “Bring Me Home.” The album was recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studio, and has been widely praised for its alluring beauty. The pair have done it all: music festivals, the Live Letters singer/songwriter series, a Daytrotter Session, and performed at music venues like: The Oak Grove General Store, The Cedar Cultural Center, First Avenue and Icehouse. Late last year, they recorded a version of “Silent Night” with donations going to the Children’s Home Society of Minnesota. Most recently, the sisters contributed the song “One Heart” for The CD: “VOICE: Songs for Those Who are Silenced”, for the MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign. It’ll be quite a treat to have Kapernick solo for an evening at The Hoot!

Michael Ferrier, a veteran of the Minneapolis music scene, started out with an experimental, electronic style (playing the saxophone/electronics) in the bands Fire Under Water and Electropolis. Ferrier formed Fathom Lane in 2012, inviting Ashleigh Still, Ben Glaros, Shane Akers, Brian Roessler, and Peter Hennig to join. Since then, the singer/songwriter/guitarist has been on a creative binge. In 2013, Fathom Lane’s debut album “Down By Half” came out, and in 2014, their self-titled album was released to critical acclaim. Their music is featured on the 2014 Jason Molina Tribute “Farewell Transmission,” and on the soundtrack of the film: “Among the Wild: The Arrowhead 135.” They’ve played around town at venues such as Icehouse, The Cedar Cultural Center, and First Avenue. Currently the band is working at The Library Recording Studio with Matt Patrick on a third album in as many years, let’s hope for a preview!

The musician John Fenner has been in the Minneapolis-based band Strange Friends for decades, and has been a supporter of local music even longer. The blues, rock, funk line-up has gone through several changes, at times due to unfortunate circumstances, but now is solid with Eric Hohn, John the Younger, and Pat Mavity. Fenner has created music, and created people that create music. His daughter, Marvel DeVitt is the supremely talented vocalist for Southside Desire, and his son, John DeVitt is “John the Younger,” the drummer for Strange Friends. Fenner is dedicated to playing venues that provide an intimacy between the listener and performer, places like Lee’s Liquor Lounge, and Palmer’s. He’s a frequent player at Palmers, with the likes of Cadillac Kolstad, the son of local legend Papa John Kolstad. In the past, Fenner put his brand of “comic showmanship” on display at The Hootenanny at Java Jacks, so we’re excited to see what comic relief he’ll bring to The Harriet Hoot Thursday!

An artist, who can be described as “eclectic” in her vocal stylings, enter Jourdan Myers, whether it be soulful or soaring, she can nail it. Myers, who began studying voice and piano before she could even read, has proved herself a talent to watch. Her debut album “Chasing the Sunset” was released in 2011, and earlier this year she released her celebrated follow up “Ruin Me With Love.” The new record was recorded by Matt Patrick (The Library Recording Studio), and features many notable musicians of the Twin Cities, including guitar savant Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer) and bass man extraordinaire Aaron Fabbrini. Since the end of the year Myers hasn’t sat still, playing from coast to coast, and locally on stages such as Bedlam Lowertown, 318 Café, Aster Café, Bryant-Lake Bowl and Icehouse, to name a few. This Thursday, she’ll grace The Hoot’s stage-can’t wait!

Of course, The Hoot players won’t really be alone, will they? At least, I hope not! I hope that you can make it, I know that I won’t miss it! See you there!

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


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