Pavilion Stage - Saturday, September 7, 2019

Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra Photo by Al Fack

Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra
Photo by Al Fack

noon | 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.


Becky Kapell and The Fat 6

Becky Kapell and The Fat 6

1 PM | Pavilion Stage, Saturday

Becky Kapell and the fat 6

Original classic country/Americana music featuring heartbreaking vocals and ass-kicking guitar.


City Mouse

City Mouse

2 PM | Pavilion Stage, Saturday

city mouse and friends

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


Roe Family Singers

Roe Family Singers

3:30 PM | Pavilion Stage, Saturday

Roe Family Singers

The Roe Family Singers mix original music and contemporary takes on old-time, traditional, and gospel tunes into one roiling & rollicking river of fresh yet familiar American music. Every performance raises a ruckus. 


Bruce Davis Folk Scene Etc .

Bruce Davis Folk Scene Etc.

4:35 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.


Western Centuries

Western Centuries

5 PM | Pavilion Stage, Saturday

Western Centuries

Original country music, done a little different, but a little right. George Jones meets The Band meets Motown.


Aaron Kamm & The One Drops Photo by:    Crisy Miles Photography

Aaron Kamm & The One Drops Photo by: Crisy Miles Photography

7 PM | Pavilion Stage, Saturday

Aaron Kamm & The One Drops

Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. With a High energy performance and a unique sound this band is a must see.

 

 


Jaedyn James & The Hunger

Jaedyn James & The Hunger

8:45 pm | Pavilion Stage, Saturday

Jaedyn James & The Hunger

Jaedyn James is the lead of the eight piece ‘Raw Funk & Aggressive Soul’ band, The Hunger. Consumed by her passion at 23 years old, James quit her full time job and assembled a group of musicians based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. JJ‘s work ethic, energy, and music reflect the stylings of James Brown, Etta James, Lucille Ball, Marina Abromovich, and ee cummings. The combination of a powerful, modern woman using vintage sounds and attitudes is not only refreshing, but cause to celebrate.

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Minnesota Zoomobile

Minnesota Zoomobile

noon | North Grove Stage, Saturday

minnesota zoomobile (2 shows)

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


The Divers

The Divers

1 PM | North Grove Stage, Saturday

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.


Minnesota Zoomobile    Photo from Facebook

Minnesota Zoomobile
Photo from Facebook

2 PM | North Grove Stage, Saturday

minnesota zoomobile

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


Pete Bloedel

Pete Bloedel

3 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.


Kit Kildahl, Erik Koskinen, Becky Kapell

Kit Kildahl, Erik Koskinen, Becky Kapell

4 PM | North Grove Stage, Saturday

singer songwriters stage - erik koskinen, Becky Kapell, Kit Kildahl

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.

Becky Kapell  |  “This late-bloomer Minneapolis country crooner fell in with esteemed local twang vets Paul Bergen and Erik Koskinen to craft her album, That Certain Ache. Her smoky but tender voice recalls Jeannie C. Riley while her songwriting has a Lucinda Williams-like balance of down-and-out grit and hopeful beauty, with standout cuts including the bittersweet, slow-waltzing title track and the cool-rambling Capable Man.” -Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Kit Kildahl  |  Kit Kildahl is a Southern Minnesota songwriter, singer, and guitarist who has been writing songs for his various groups for forty years. Never straying too far from the blues, the songs wander into other territory including swing, country, and Americana.


Bad Liquor Management

Bad Liquor Management

5 PM | North Grove Stage, Saturday

Bad Liquor Management

Bad Liquor Management is a fluid combo that has involved many of the area’s fine musicians. The core of the group is bassist/vocalist Josh Gravelin and guitarist/vocalist Kit Kildahl. At the Rock Bend they will be joined by guitarist extraordinaire Mic McCormick. The music is an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, and roots.


Harrison Street Band

Harrison Street Band

6 PM - North Grove Stage, Saturday

harrison street band

The Harrison Street Band is a Twin Cities-based blues, roots, and rock band that adds a little sass to that “Minnesota Nice”. Every player is as genuine as they are talented creating a truly enjoyable and entertaining show. Front woman, Erin McCawley, sings each song with the same confidence, power, and authenticity as if it was the story she was born to tell.

This act is sponsored by the Minnesota Blues Society www.mnbs.org and is this year’s selection to compete at the International Blues Challenge www.blues.org/international-blues-challenge/ in Memphis.

Pavilion Stage - Sunday, September 8, 2019

Pushing Chain

Pushing Chain

noon | Pavilion Stage, Sunday

Pushing Chain (2 shows)

Pushing Chain is Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on fiddle and vocals. The duo recently celebrated 20 years of making music together, as well as the release of their new album, Sorrows Always Swim. Playing approximately 200 shows every year, Boyd and Adam have been doing what they can to spread their brand of folky-tonk roots music far and wide in venues big and small across the United States and Canada.


Zorongo - Flamenco Dance Theatre

Zorongo - Flamenco Dance Theatre

12:30 PM | Pavilion Stage, Sunday

Zorongo - Flamenco Dance Theatre (2 shows)

Having spent a lifetime studying all aspects of the art of flamenco in Spain with maestros such as Enrique “El Cojo”, Carmen Mora, Manolete, Manolo Marin, Merche Esmeralda and “new generation” dancer, Rafaela Carrasco, and dancing in “tablaos” in Madrid, festivals throughout Spain, and in dance companies such as La Singla, Rafael de Cordoba and Maria Benitez ’ Estampa Flamenca, her performance and choreographic skills have, at their core, the essence of flamenco tradition.

 


Orkestar Bez Ime

Orkestar Bez Ime

1:10 PM | Pavilion Stage, Sunday

Orkestar Bez Ime

Orkestar Bez Ime, meaning “orchestra without a name” in Bulgarian, was formed in 2002 to recreate the sounds of the village with a presentation as festive as the music itself. Focusing on Eastern Europe and music of the Rom (“Gypsy”) people, OBI’s repertoire reaches from Albania to Ukraine, with plenty of stops in between. Orkestar Bez Ime is a winner of the 2011-2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music and a recipient of a 2012 Minnesota Emerging Composers Award from the American Composers Forum.


The Heavy Set

The Heavy Set

2:15 PM | Pavilion Stage, Sunday

The Heavy Set

The Heavy Set is a Minneapolis rock band rooted in blues and alt-country, pushing Americana to its harder edges. The solid, heart-felt songwriting of Jake Ilika gets a grindstone treatment in The Heavy Set with guitar-forward echoes of Crazy Horse and Ryan Adams. Their forthcoming third record, “The Highway & The Moon”, drives their sound harder and into new expanses with a passionate, fluid genre-bending collection of eleven songs.


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3:15 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:

  • One CD from each performer at the 2019 Rock Bend

  • Full CSA Share ($550) from Dan & Jenny Kapernick, Little Big Sky Farm, Henderson

  • Alvarez Guitar ($400) from Scheitel’s Music, Mankato

  • $100 gift card to Bent River Outfitters, Mankato

  • Three $25 gift cards to Patrick's, St. Peter

  • 2 hour Private Clay Lesson with Art Center of St. Peter Studio Manager, Juana Arias

  • $60 Bicycle Tune-up from Nicollet Bike Shop, Mankato

  • $50 off Kato Escape Room

Winners must be present to win the prizes listed above (drawn Sunday at 3:15 pm) but you do not need to be present to win vendor prizes given away between acts. All proceeds go to supporting the 30th Annual Rock Bend Folk Festival (September 12 & 13, 2020).


Erik Koskinen

Erik Koskinen

3:30 PM | Pavilion Stage, Sunday

Erik Koskinen

Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Koskinen's albums are a lyrical and musical metaphor of American's theaters of war, of history, of relationships, and of the reflections in the mirror. 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.


Lush Country

Lush Country

5 PM | Pavilion Stage, Sunday

Lush Country

The seven members of Lush Country are longtime Twin Cities headliners and Prairie Home Companion veterans: Joe Savage, Richard Kriehn, Peter Johnson, Gary Raynor, Gary Rue, Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard.

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11:30 PM | North Grove Stage, Sunday

Open Stage

Sign up at the stage before 11:30 to play.


Jon Romer and Mike Tangen

Jon Romer and Mike Tangen

12:30 PM | North Grove Stage, Sunday

Classical Wind with Jon Romer and Mike Tangen

Jon Romer is an outstanding player and teacher of Native American Flutes. He enjoys performing solo and ensemble work, composing, and discovering new places  for  the  beauty  of  the  Native  American  Flute  while  honoring  its  traditional uses. After  serving  as  Professor  of  Voice and  Choral  Music  at  Gustavus Adolphus College for many years, he  moved  to  Cass  Lake,  MN,  where he was the first Director of Music  Programs  at  Bug-­‐O-­‐Nay-­‐Ge-­‐Shig School. He later taught music  at  the  Leech  Lake  Tribal  College and currently serves as instructor  of  Native  American  Flute at Bemidji University. Jon  has  performed  across  the  country and has prepared students  to  participate  in  Native  arts festivals from Washington, D.C.,  to  Alaska.  He  has  been featured on many recordings as well as documentaries and public television programs.

Mike Tangen was a teacher of music in Grand Forks, ND, and Bemidji, MN. Mid-career he taught mathematics, and then served as the Director of Technology for Bemidji Area Schools until his retirement. Tangen has performed regionally as a soloist and with many groups, including recording and performing for fifteen years with “Mike & Maggie, Music for Children”.

Romer  &  Tangen’s musical sensibilities and combined musicianship allow the Native  American  Flute  and  the  Classical  Guitar  to  express  and  share  the  intersection of nature, humanity, culture, and the spirit of the Creator that is evident  in  their  music. 


Boyd Blomberg, Joe Nolan, and Andrea Lyn

Boyd Blomberg, Joe Nolan, and Andrea Lyn

1:15 PM | North Grove Stage, Sunday

singer songwriters stage -  andrea lynn, Boyd Blomberg, Joe Nolan

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

Boyd Blomberg is a Folk, Americana Singer/Songwriter based on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Songs crafted with hand hewn simplicity, the wisdom of life experience, and a deep understanding of the human condition. He is currently in the studio and will release his first album of original songs later this year. The album title, "Hearts Ache When Hearts Break" sums it all up - Boyd doesn't see any point in complicating the truth. He's willing to give us the plain facts and somehow we feel we're hearing them for the first time.

Joe Nolan's live performance is easily remembered; through vocal howls and whispers, delicate and diverse arrangements, there's always an intimate audience connection. Joe's been performing non-stop over the past few years, building an ever-growing fan base. He has shared stages with established artists Melissa Etheridge, Wilco, Lydia Loveless, Whitehorse, Shakey Graves, The Strumbellas, Todd Snider, Colin Linden, Sam Baker, Gurf Morlix, the Guilty Women, and the legendary Peter Asher.

 


Zorongo - Flamenco Dance Theatre

Zorongo - Flamenco Dance Theatre

2:15 PM | North Grove Stage, Sunday

Zorongo - Flamenco Dance Theatre (2 shows)

Having spent a lifetime studying all aspects of the art of flamenco in Spain with maestros such as Enrique “El Cojo”, Carmen Mora, Manolete, Manolo Marin, Merche Esmeralda and “new generation” dancer, Rafaela Carrasco, and dancing in “tablaos” in Madrid, festivals throughout Spain, and in dance companies such as La Singla, Rafael de Cordoba and Maria Benitez ’ Estampa Flamenca, her performance and choreographic skills have, at their core, the essence of flamenco tradition.


Pushing Chain

Pushing Chain

3 PM | North Grove Stage, Sunday

Pushing Chain (2 shows)

Pushing Chain is Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on fiddle and vocals. The duo recently celebrated 20 years of making music together, as well as the release of their new album, Sorrows Always Swim. Playing approximately 200 shows every year, Boyd and Adam have been doing what they can to spread their brand of folky-tonk roots music far and wide in venues big and small across the United States and Canada.


Joe Nolan

Joe Nolan

4 pm | North Grove Stage, Sunday

Joe Nolan

“…Canadian Joe Nolan strode on stage and just about captured the hearts of all in attendance. An unassuming chap who has the ring of the hobo tradition along with an element of beat poetry about him, Nolan was perhaps the star of the weekend although that’s probably unfair to the rest of the acts who gave their all. Safe to say that he gained a lot of fans as he delivered the likes of the magnificent ‘Ode To Sturgeon County’ before setting down his guitar to offer some poetry which harked back to the grand old days of Kerouac and Guthrie. ~Paul Kerr, Americana (Live Review)


Kaleb Braun-Schulz

Kaleb Braun-Schulz

5 pm | North Grove Stage, Sunday

Kaleb Braun-Schulz

Acoustic singer/songwriter based in Minnesota.


Banner photo by Joel Jackson.