Jennifer Markey at The Mad Ripple Hootenanny, Java Jack’s 2008. Photo by Stacy Schwartz.

June 4, 2015

BECCA MARX: June 4th Hoot Preview

June has arrived, and each day brings more light as we reach towards the summer solstice. Soak in every sunbeam, sound and moment possible, and join us as we celebrate living in the light.

Roots singer/songwriter phenom Dan Israel is packing a lot into his summer, with solo shows, and gigs with his band the Cultivators. Israel and the band will make their mark on Music at Mears, the Como Dockside, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Folk Fest, CHS Field and the Piazza on the Mall. Since 1995, the Cultivators’ line-up has evolved, but the backbone has always been David J. Russ and Chris Bowring. With nearly a dozen records under his belt, Israel has collaborated with many elite Minnesota musicians, including members of: the Jayhawks, Son Volt, Semisonic, The Honeydogs and Zuzu’s Petals. He has also has the pleasure, and perhaps the challenge of opening for both Morrissey and The Blue Oyster Cult.

The life of James Loney reads like an intriguing novel. The musician of whom the Star Tribune called “the finest classic rock craftsman” has had his starts and stops, but through it all music has been his salvation. In the past, Loney has been a roadie for the Flamin’ Oh’s, and was a band member of The Midnight Troubadours and the House of Mirrors. His solo music has been featured in two Hollywood movies, and his newest project is Lolo’s Ghost. Their self-titled release garnered critical acclaim in 2014. Loney’s brand of rockin’ blues is accentuated by the combined talents of David Earnest Bennett III, Paul McFarland, Edie Rae, Colleen Martin Oake, Pete Christensen, and Joe Scanlan. Loney and Lolo’s Ghost play out frequently at venues including The Dakota, The Cabooze, Lee’s Liquor Lounge, and the Driftwood.

Tommy, or TD Mischke, has been a cherished part of the Minnesota music/arts scene in a variety of ways. Mischke’s a musician, a former writer for City Pages, and has been a radio talk show host (KSTP, WCCO). His work on “The Night Show,” “The Mischke Broadcast,” and “In The Stream” were game changing, and gave birth to the notion of the “format free” radio style. The mid 2000s found him releasing two roots albums of original material that harken back to an earlier era in America: “Whistle Stop” and “That Kind of Day”. He’s been a musical guest on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” and in 2014, he participated in The Mad Ripple Hootenanny.

Ohio native Jennifer Markey is a photographer and Minneapolis-based musician. Her musical life began at local watering hole The Hexagon, with her participation in “Country Jam.” Markey got her musical footing, and concentrated on mastering the songs of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. She joined the band the Dieselfitters, and in 2006, went solo. Her solo work has included collaborating with Eric Paulson, Clay Williams and Matt Steele. She has played with some of the best: Eliza Blue, Katy Vernon, Jim Walsh, Billy Bragg and Tom Morello. She is a longtime participant of The Mad Ripple Hootenanny, and is currently involved in organizing the Honky-Tonk Fest, a benefit held at Grumpy’s NE for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 27.

You are invited to soak up the rays with us at tonight the Hoot, and as our wise leader Jim Walsh says: “the sun setting over the dumpster, and soon…”

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



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