Pavilion Stage - Saturday, September 8, 2018

  Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra Photo by Al Fack

Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra
Photo by Al Fack

12-12:50 PM - Pavilion Stage, Saturday

Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra

A Minnesota-based quintet performing original roots music, influenced by jazz, Gypsy, tango, Irish, folk, blues, bluegrass & rock.


  Bee Balm Fields   

Bee Balm Fields
 

1-2 PM - Pavilion Stage, Saturday

bee balm fields

Americana music with Laura Karels, Pete Wallace Klug, Eric Bunde, Ben Scruggs, and Dustin Voges. From Mankato Minnesota.


  Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers   

Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers
 

2:15-3:15 PM - Pavilion Stage, Saturday

molly maher and her disbelievers

If it’s possible for a band to own a town, then Molly Maher and her band of Disbelievers are as close as it gets to holding the keys. Molly is considered by some the reigning queen of the Twin Cities scene — she’s an incomparable singer and songwriter with compelling depth and soul, and has shared the stage with some of the best acts in the country, among them Los Lobos and John Hiatt.


  Miss Myra and the Moonshiners   

Miss Myra and the Moonshiners
 

3:30-4:30 PM - Pavilion Stage, Saturday

miss myra and the moonshiners

Miss Myra and The Moonshiners are a formidable 5-piece swing band bringing a fresh female-driven perspective to traditional New Orleans and hot club jazz, playing a broad repertoire of classic tunes from the ‘20s and ‘30s and inspired originals. With powerful vocals, a smoking horn section, and sweet rhythm, they are guaranteed to lift spirits and fill the dance floor.  

 


  Bruce Davis Folk Scene Etc .  

Bruce Davis Folk Scene Etc.
 

4:35-4:55 PM - On the patio - Pavilion Stage, Saturday

Bruce Davis folk scene etc.

Bruce played at the first Rock Bend Festival in 1991, along with Bill Smith and Marcie Stoyke (Prairie Wind). In 1992 Prairie Wind debuted Bruce's composition called "The Rock Bend Song". It has been sung at every Rock Bend Festival ever since.


  Jon Cleary   Photo from New Frontier Touring

Jon Cleary
Photo from New Frontier Touring

5:10-6:25 PM - Pavilion Stage, Saturday

jon cleary

By 1989, Cleary had recorded his first album of eight including the new GoGo Juice. His increasingly high-profile performances revealed a level of proficient versatility that led to recording sessions and international touring work – in an appropriately wide stylistic range – in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Dr. John and, most notably, Bonnie Raitt. As a songwriter, he has written and co-written songs with and for Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal and the decade that he spent working with Raitt inspired her to unabashedly dub Cleary “the ninth wonder of the world.”

Cleary's album, Go Go Juice, won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album in 2016


  Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars

Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars

6:45-8:15 PM - Pavilion Stage, Saturday

pat donohue & the prairie all stars

The songs performed by GRAMMY Award-winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue and his Prairie All Stars band members, Richard Kriehn, Peter Johnson, and Gary Raynor, may take you back to their days on A Prairie Home Companion (as members of "The House Band" and “Guy’s All Star Shoe Band"). But the evening's offerings will also include much more music, in the styles of Blues, Rockabilly, Folk, Jazz, and Pat’s hilarious original parodies. With Pat at the helm and his ever-so-talented crew, this show is guaranteed to be a fantastic night out!

 

 


  The Twilight Hours   

The Twilight Hours
 

8:30-10 PM - Pavilion Stage, Saturday

The twilight hours

Matt Wilson and John Munson have been playing music together off and on for about twenty years. They started tasted some success with their psychedelic, and flowery pop band Trip Shakespeare, which also featured Matt's brother Dan (who went on to form Semisonic with John, charting a hit with the song "Closing Time") and Elaine Harris.

During the most of the nineties they tried to stay out of one another's hair but then as the decade came to a close they formed up again as The Flops, a folk duo which led them to realize that volume was their friend and they should start a rock band again: thus, The Twilight Hours.

The band features wonderful musicians, Jacques Wait on guitar, David Salmela on piano, and Steve Roehm on drums. Together the guys produce a sinuous groove, over which Matt sings his melodious poetry.

Don't take too much from the name, The Twilight Hours. These guys are fully capable of rocking your face off and nowhere near their personal twilight. They just like the mystery of that crepuscular moment, when the world hovers between day and night, wakefulness and dreams.

Joyce's North Grove Stage - Saturday, September 8, 2018

  Minnesota Zoomobile

Minnesota Zoomobile

12-12:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Saturday

minnesota zoomobile (2 shows)

Feathered and other friends, from the folks at the Minnesota Zoo. Also at 2 PM.


  Stephan Dudash, Ron Arsenault   

Stephan Dudash, Ron Arsenault
 

1-1:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Saturday

stephan dudash with ron Arsenault

Originally from Mankato, Stephan Dudash is a 5-string violist—the Big Fiddle with five strings (created by David Burgess). His music will move you, swing you to your feet, and fill your heart with romance with his own brand of gypsy violin music. Whether it's popular love songs, standards or some of Stephan’s own sizzling compositions, you'll wonder why you've never heard these songs done on a string instrument before. Playing today with his old friend and Rock Bend's own, Ron Arsenault.


  Minnesota Zoomobile    Photo from Facebook

Minnesota Zoomobile
Photo from Facebook

2-2:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Saturday

minnesota zoomobile

Feathered and other friends, from the folks at the Minnesota Zoo.


  Pete Bloedel   

Pete Bloedel
 

3-3:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Saturday

Pete Bloedel

A charismatic vaudeville entertainer with a flair for working audience members into his show, a mix of magic, juggling, music, jokes, and physical comedy enjoyed by both young and old.


  Josh Gravelin, Steve Vonderharr, Kit Kildahl   

Josh Gravelin, Steve Vonderharr, Kit Kildahl
 

4-4:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Saturday

kildahl, vonderharr, gravelin

Kildahl, Vonderharr and Gravelin is a high-energy trio playing blues-fueled original music and an eclectic selection from the blues canon. Kit Kildahl, on guitar and vocals, has a long history in Southern Minnesota, from the Dust Bowl Blues Band to the Minnesota Barking Ducks and many points in between. Steve Vonderharr on harmonica and vocals, is a Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame member, and leads his own band Boom Boom Steve V and the Knockouts, playing throughout the upper midwest. Josh Gravelin, the youngster of the group, has a deep resume. Josh has toured the world as the bassist for Cotton Mather, and later toured and recorded for Alejandro Escovedo. Josh is currently playing with the Erik Koskinen band. Expect a driving set from this trio, and don't hold your breath waiting for a slow song.....


  Charlie Roth, Erik Koskinen, Pat Donohue   

Charlie Roth, Erik Koskinen, Pat Donohue
 

5-5:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Saturday

singer songwriters stage - charlie roth, erik koskinen, and pat donohue

Erik Koskinen  |  Knowing but not didactic, Koskinen channels the ways of Whitman and reverently enters the anthology of uniquely crafted wry songs with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while speaking as plainly as your neighbor.

Charlie Roth  |  “He has an honesty to his voice, a been-there, lived-it nous that lends his tales credibility and raises his music up a notch or three”  Americana UK on Charlie Roth
“His singing style and his narrative art are a perfect blend of words and meaningful lyrics” Valsem, Rootstime Netherlands

Pat Donohue  |  Pat is one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world. As the guitarist for the “ Guys All-Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, for twenty years, Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including Sushi-Yucki and Would You Like to Play the Guitar?


  Miss Myra and The Moonshiners   

Miss Myra and The Moonshiners
 

6-6:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Saturday

miss myra and the moonshiners

Miss Myra and The Moonshiners are a formidable 5-piece swing band bringing a fresh female-driven perspective to traditional New Orleans and hot club jazz, playing a broad repertoire of classic tunes from the ‘20s and ‘30s and inspired originals. With powerful vocals, a smoking horn section, and sweet rhythm, they are guaranteed to lift spirits and fill the dance floor.

Pavilion Stage - Sunday, September 9, 2018

  The Divers   

The Divers
 

12-1 PM - Pavilion Stage, Sunday

the divers

The Divers have been performing for various events in and around Mankato since 1991. High-energy, eclectic folk with heaps of comedy on top.


  City Mouse   

City Mouse
 

1:15-2:30 PM - Pavilion Stage, Sunday

city mouse and friends

After a quarter century together, the sextet stands as a brotherhood and partnership in harmony.

 


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2:30-2:50 PM - Pavilion Stage, Sunday

Raffle

Purchase raffle tickets at the information booth ($5 suggested donation) to be entered for giveaways throughout the festival! Prizes include:

  • CD package with one CD from each artist who performed at the 2018 Festival
  • 2- $50 gift cards from Patrick’s on Third

  • 1- $25 gift certificate from Insty Prints in Mankato

  • 1- $100 gift card to Bent River Outfitters in Mankato

  • 2- rounds of Golf ($80.00 value) at Shoreland
  • 1- $85 gift certificate to Kerfoot Zipline Tour
  • 2- Free admissions to Old Town Escape

    & many other items from local businesses, food, and craft vendors

Winners must be present to win the prizes listed above (drawn Sunday at 2:30) but do not need to be present for vendor prizes given away between acts. All proceeds go to supporting the 29th Annual Rock Bend Folk Festival (September 7 & 8, 2019).


  Brass Lassie   

Brass Lassie
 

2:55-4:10 PM - Pavilion Stage, Sunday

brass lassie

Brass Lassie, a bold new band based in the Twin Cities, combines Scottish and Irish music, song and style with dazzling modern horn lines, sparking their own genre of remarkable music. 10-member strong, the ensemble features a powerful 4-piece horn section, a terrific rhythm section, fine fiddles, flutes, whistles, pipes, concertina, vocals and step-dance. Their smart, joyous arrangements have been created for Brass Lassie by top-notch jazz arrangers, and are based on traditional music, both ancient and new.


  The Bus Boys   

The Bus Boys
 

4:30-5:45 PM - Pavilion Stage, Sunday

The bus boys

Winona Acoustic Folk Funk. With Wayne Beezley - Mando, big Mando; Dedrick Benz - Bass; Mark Christensen - Guitar

Joyce's North Grove Stage - Sunday, September 9, 2018

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12-12:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Sunday

Open Stage

Sign up at the stage before noon to play.


  Laura Karels

Laura Karels

1:15-2 PM - North Grove Stage, Sunday

laura karels

Laura is a singer songwriter living in Mankato that has played with the Little Prairie Pickers and now with Bee Balm Fields. Finding inspiration from life's daily events, she puts that into song. Karels is influenced by artists, such as: Willie Nelson, Shovels & Rope, and Patsy Cline.


  The 478th Melange   Photo by Sifei Cheng

The 478th Melange
Photo by Sifei Cheng

2-2:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Sunday

the 478th Avenue melange

“The ‘478th Avenue Mélange’ first performed at Morgan Creek Vineyards, playing music of Claude Bolling, classic Tangos and selections from the American song book. Born of a collaboration between Mankato Symphony conductor and Minnesota Orchestra violist Ken Freed and jazz and classical pianist Ben Marti, the group blends together the sensibilities of classical music with the swinging groove of jazz. The quartet features the dynamic jazz drummer Chaz Draper and bassist Eric Zimmerman of the EZ Trio.”

 


  Dick Kimmel, Peter Klug, and Andrea Lynn   

Dick Kimmel, Peter Klug, and Andrea Lynn
 

3-3:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Sunday

singer songwriters stage -  dick kimmel, andrea lynn, peter klug

The influence of Dick Kimmel’s music extends far beyond the prairies, forests, and lakes of the midwest.  “The music of Dick Kimmel is firmly rooted within traditional bluegrass, old-time stringband, and folk music; genres where he excels as a performer as well as an historian, mentor, and teacher.  Dick regularly carries his music throughout North America and Europe as a solo performer and with various music collaborations including his band Dick Kimmel & Co, The Alan Munde Trio and duos with folks like Pamela Longtine, Ian Kimmel, Adam Granger, Graham Sones, and Lori Jean”…. dickkimmel.com

With roots in country and folk music, Andrea Lyn writes with a uniquely captivating sound. Having shared national and Grand Stand stages with acts such as The Marshall Tucker Band, Ronnie Dunn, Travis Tritt and others, her voice is soft yet edgy. Her lyrics resonate, melodies are memorable and concert presence is thoroughly engaging... andrealyn.com

Pete Klug was born in 1987 in southern Minnesota and has since spent little time and energy outside the realm of music.  From his roots of rock’n’roll and rap, Pete broadened his horizon of influences to include just about everything in Grandma Wallaces record collection.  He thrives on the combination of thoughtful vocals and sweet, intricate melodies”….  peterklugmusic.com

 


  Harper's Chord   

Harper's Chord
 

4-4:50 PM - North Grove Stage, Sunday

harper's chord

A modern folk and Americana music group from Central Minnesota. It's their first time at Rock Bend.

 

Banner photo by Joel Jackson.