From Electric Arc Productions

Guests

SPRING MUSIC


MARCH 6: SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST IS CHRIS KOZA

In 2004, Chris Koza released his debut album, EXIT PESCE. It was a homemade gem, unpolished and earnest, earning rave reviews and thrusting Koza prominently into the local Twin Cities music scene. Since then, he and his band have made three more critically acclaimed records, toured nationally, and are sprinting into 2010 with a new identity: ROGUE VALLEY.

Rogue Valley is made up of Chris Koza, Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, and Linnea Mohn. The band will be releasing four full length albums in 2010: one for each season. More info about Rogue Valley and the Spring CD release show — which takes place April 10 at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, MN — can be found here.

APRIL 3: SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST IS WORK OF SAWS

Our theme this show is reinvention and resurrection (owing to the time of year).  Work of Saws fits right in.  Back playing together for the first time in a while (with Powder Keg Band Leader, David Salmela and creative voicer and writer Kurt Froehlich).

Work of Saws was formed, inadvertently, in the Spring of 1999 out of a stockpile of loose home recordings by singer/songwriter Brock Davis. Eventually bringing in pianist/bass player Dave Salmela, guitarist Kurt Froehlich and drummer Shawn Grider, Work of Saws built a buzz with their addictive melodies, visually driven lyrics and extremely short, to-the-point songs.

AND,

Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Mary Everest, who tried to mimic every textural vocal detail in the top 40 hits crumbling out of her crappy boom box, perched in the second-story bedroom that she and her sister shared… with fuchsia carpeting. She also loved sitting next to her dad at church so that she could listen closely to all his low harmonies when it was time to sing. She began to write heart-wrenching love songs on the piano in her pre-teen years and picked up a guitar when she was sixteen. Fortunately, she eventually discovered that she likes Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone more than Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Janet Jackson, however, still kicks ass.

Visit her at www.myspace.com/maryeverestmusic

P.S. In 2007, Everest appeared as the musical guest in Electric Arc Radio’s “Hart to Hart… of Darkness” in which she managed to end up knockin’ boots with the squirrel-coat-wearing, forest-dwelling, weather-ravaged Herbach. “Be my Squirrel Queen,” he cried out “and have my many children!” In 2008, she played sensitive and earnest Jessica – one half of the avant-garde twee pop sensation “Moon Island” in Electric Arc’s fall production Don’t Crush Our Heart: a Musical Legal Thriller About a Twee Band.

COMEDIAN, HUMORIST

The hugely hilarious Mary Mack will be joining us for our spring shows.  We are psyched!  Because, we love her.

Folk humorist Mary Mack spends half her time convincing her Minnesotan mother it’s okay for her daughter to be a comedian and the other half touring the country in her sweet, 400 dollar Dodge Neon–affectionately referred to as “Street Heat.” Mack and her mandolin sing-alongs, have been featured on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, XM’s National Lampoon’s Comedy Network, and Minnesota’s Polka Spotlight.  After winning the 2005 California’s Funniest Female Contest, she went on to appear in the Vancouver Comedy Fest (2007) and HBO’s Andy Kaufman Awards (2007).

FOOD EXPERT

James Norton, founder and editor of the wonderful food blog of The Heavy Table, will join us for our May 8th show about Workers!   He, and his wife, Becca Dilley, are currently hard at work on a book about the sandwiches of Minnesota!

James  is the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, a weekly columnist for CHOW.com, and a locally acclaimed baker of scratch-made biscuits for his wife on most Tuesday mornings. Norton has written about food for Salon, Saveur.com, Minnesota Monthly, City Pages (as a weekly restaurant reviewer) and Metroblogging Minneapolis.

TRIVIA

Each show, Sean McPherson and Chuck Terhark, founding hosts of the juggernaut Trivia Mafia, will present themed-based trivia to stump, astound and eventually laud our audience members (lauding will include prizes)!  Read a great story from vita.mn about these guys here!

BRAIN GUY

On April 3, we’ll have a new neighbor in the neighborhood: the brain guy.  Dennis Cass is a writer, teacher and performer. He is the author of HEAD CASE: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain (HarperCollins) and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones and the online journal Slate. Dennis also gives writing and career advice on his blog, Dennis Cass Wants You To Be More Awesome.

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