Singer-songwriter Haley Bonar is one of the staples of the Minnesota music scene, so it took a lot of people by surprise when she moved to Portland, Ore. two years ago. Well, the good news is that she's back in our wonderful state, and the better news is that she performed on our State Fair stage!
Local rapper and Doomtree collective member Sims has had an amazing year, with his sophomore album "Bad Time Zoo" earning much critical and fan attention upon its February release. The Current was proud to welcome him to our State Fair stage.
Communist Daughter, the Wisconsin-via-Minneapolis quintet formed a couple of years ago by the onetime frontman of Friends Like These, excel at the kind of mellow, catchy folk-rock that is a staple of the Twin Cities rock scene.
With his three stellar albums and excellent live shows, Jeremy Messersmith has endeared himself to The Current audience. We were thrilled to invite him to perform at our stage at the Minnesota State Fair.
Peter Wolf Crier have graced The Current studios and the MPR State Fair booth before, and their popularity among Twin Cities music fans is widespread and enduring, so it was a no-brainer for us to bring them back to our stage at the Fair for another stellar performance live on this week's Local Show with David Campbell.
When Dave Simonett, Ryan Young and Tim Saxhaug are not playing at break neck speeds in Trampled by Turtles they can be found with electric instruments in tow performing as Dead Man Winter. Joined by country blues guitarist Erik Koskinen, and drummer Noah Levy, Dead Man Winter takes the tempo down a few notches from Trampled by Turtles and adds a bit of country charm.
Mystery Palace is the local electronic project from the former 12 Rods member, Ryan Olcott, jazz bassist James Buckley and drummer Joey Van Phillips. Olcott, who also fills his time producing bands in the Twin Cities, produced their latest effort, Nervio.