MANKATO — Minnesota State University's 2013-14 Performance Series will include 11 concerts featuring visiting artists during the fall semester. In addition, MSU's Department of Music will offer 12 student ensemble concerts.
The Performance Series offers contemporary and ethnically diverse music featuring state and internationally recognized artists. It also incorporates instruction through master classes, clinics and workshops for the university community and Mankato area residents.
Fall 2013 concerts include:
Sept. 5: West Bank folk scene graduate Papa John Kolstad and harmonica virtuoso Clint Hoover perform a musical blend of folk, blues, and roots music.
Sept. 15: Noah Hoehn, utilizing a live looping system, offers saucy harmonica and cool marimba layered upon a foundation of acoustic grooves, freeing him to sing and play at the same time.
Sept. 17: Steve Kaul and The Brass Kings perform with metal-bodied resophonic guitars, washtub bass, washboard and fiddle, charting the Bermuda Triangle of old-time, middle-eastern and bluegrass music.
Sept. 22: Alison Scott and the Okemah Prophets deliver a unique sound that combines soulful vocals and brilliant lyrics with a keen sense of creativity and passion.
Sept. 24: Balladeer Michael Johnson, the voice of “Bluer Than Blue”, and his distinctive tenor voice hasn't changed at all in a quarter-century, nor has his ability to find and interpret winning love songs.
Oct. 3: Pianist Stephen Carlson, a versatile soloist and chamber musician, has performed throughout much of the U.S. and Eastern Canada, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Oct. 6: Acoustic finger-style guitarists Bob Bingham and Gordon Thorne cover the work of American and Ragtime icons Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson.
Oct. 13: World-renowned Kronos Quartet cellist, Jeffrey Zeigler, is joined by Carleton College faculty pianist, Nicola Melville, in a program of avant-garde rock and aesthetic music from a variety of worldwide sources.
Oct. 17: Indie group Bella Ruse features a combination of airy folk and pop originals using a laboratory of instruments – acoustic guitar, suitcase organ, glockenspiel, typewriter, and kazoos. Oct. 21: Slaid Cleaves, one of the more underrated songwriters around, writes gritty, dirt-under-the-nails songs about factory workers, war vets, union jobs, small town life and derailed dreams. Cleaves is joined by Austin, Texas, sideman Scrappy Jud Newcombe.
Oct. 26: Blues artist Debbie Davies and band perform. In her amazing career, Debbie has received 10 nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 and 2010 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist.
Online ticketing will be available Aug. 26. Those who want more information may visit www.mnsu.edu/music.
- The Free Press