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BECCA MARX: The Hoot is ON (4/30/15) —  The Mad Ripple Hootenanny has followed nature’s rhythms and awoken once more from its hibernation. So shake off the dust and join us for a night of music and community TONIGHT (6:30-9:30, Harriet Brewing) with Jim Walsh and some other singer/songwriters who might be new to you, so let’s break it down.

Dana Thompson is a native Iron Ranger who possesses a wispy folk style and has been awarded the City Pages “Best Female Vocalist” award. She not only fronts her own band Dana Thompson and the North Coast, but has been a player in The Straw Dogs, Hot Head Fiasco, Marina Glass, and The Minor Planets.

Shawn Gibbons is a Hoot alumnus with a beautiful voice. She can mostly be heard at coffee shops and The Driftwood Café, and was a participant in the first Uke Fest. Gifted at song interpretation, she is featured on The Mad Ripple CD Her Tattoos Could Sail Ships. Shawn was also half of the duo Hank and Ruth, who were lauded as the “Best Band to Break Up in the Last 12 Months” by City Pages in 2006.

Sarah Streitz is a country-rock-soul powerhouse who has recently released her highly anticipated CD Take On. She has collaborated with some amazing artists on her CD including Brad McLemore, Greg Schutte and Nick Salisbury. The official release party is at Honey NE on May 16th. A community involved musician, she recently played piano in the Pit Orchestra in support of Edison High’s production of The Music Man.

A native Texan who now calls Minnesota home, Brad McLemore is country at its best. Owner of The Linden Hills House of Music he teaches guitar, music theory and songwriting. He is an acclaimed musician with a degree in Jazz Studies who has appeared on The Tonight Show and Austin City Limits with the recording artist Sara Hickman. Brad had a self-named trio and is a player on Sarah Steitz’s new album contributing guitar and backing vocals. He has played all over the Twin Cities from house parties to Lee’s liquor Lounge and you’ll see him soon at Honey NE for Sarah Streitz’s release party.

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

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