The members of Mystery Wires are all veterans of local rock outfit Marshall Cretin, which disbanded in 2011. Mystery Wires play energetic, groove-driven rock, drawing on influences from '70s classic rock, '90s era shoegazer, and modern indie rock and hip-hop. Basically, they try to play like the bands that made them want to be in a band in the first place.
The band is working on its first EP, eyeing a late 2012 release.
Members: Ben Behrens (guitar, vocals, keys), Tony Tompkins (bass, vocals), Andy Schaff (guitar), and Andrew Michaelson (drums).
Sublevel 6 is a smokin’ rock and blues band that features tunes we all know. If you like The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, The Black Crowes, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty, Elvis, and Neil Young, you’ll love this band.
The band boasts a keyboard/vocalist, Matt Kalin, an accomplished musician and singer, composer, arranger, producer and recording engineer who has played in many Minnesota bands; appeared on several CDs; and written, recorded and produced several of his own children’s CDs.
Sublevel 6’s bass player is the renowned and esteemed Reid Papke, a professional musician who has played bass with notable local musicians, including a regular gig with the legendary Lonnie Knight.
You will be captivated by Nancy Walker’s exciting and impassioned vocals and carried away by Mark Ackart’s sometimes sweet, sometimes soaring guitar licks and solos.
If you want to sue the group for creating too much energy and excitement, the lawyer/drummer in the group, Ron Elwood, won’t be representing him. A graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and a frequent host for MJF students, Ron has never actually met his clients – his day job is advocating on behalf of Minnesota’s low-income individuals and families for all the legal services programs in the state as the Supervising Attorney at the Legal Services Advocacy Project.
The Mediocritones started as a group of mediocre musicians that wanted to play mediocre music for mediocre fans. The band was formed modestly in 2006 (in Minneapolis) and has now developed a cult-like following of average people.
Genres played: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, blues, classic rock and rock.
Members: Dan Nassif (Vocals, Bass), Pat Sheridan (Vocals, Percussion, Drums, Mandolin, Harmonica, Acoustic Guitar), John Hupp (Vocals, Drums, Saxophone), Joel Cannon (Vocals, Keyboard, Piano), Guy Smith (Acoustic and Electric Rhythm Guitar, Bass), Rod England (Lead Guitar), Stuart Noun (Vocals, Cello, Mandolin, Tambourine and Violin.)
Article XX comprises musicians from the Lommen Abdo Law Firm... and mostly from its Entertainment Law Department.
With a tasty '60s repertoire, the band members add distinctive musical flavors: Ken Abdo, Esq. centers the band with garage rock attitude and sings from the drums. Attorney Paul Bezilla is funked up on bass. Dan Satorius is of-counsel and plays an R&B infused keyboard console. Mike Keys is mother folkin' acoustic guitarist, singer and litigator. Paralegal Marc Lloyd is the happiest blues man guitarist-singer on earth. Legal assistant Rose Duffy is the saxy singing starlet and is the genuine Article. Shake it, bake it, and serve it up!
Noisy Withdrawal is: Steve Beck (guitar, vocals; Fredrikson & Byron), Laurie Hartman (vocals; F&B), Jake Holdreith (guitar; Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi), Nathan Hartshorn (keyboards; Minnesota Attorney General's Office), Sam Orbovich (violin, guitar; F&B), Chris Hunt (trumpet, guitar, vocals; F&B) Bob Rubenstein (drums; Bob is a lawyer, but is a senior v.p. at Marquette Asset Management), Charlie Broadnax (bass; not a lawyer, but a banker at US Bank), Ryan Johnson (guitar; F&B), Rochelle Pereira (vocals, keyboards; not a lawyer).
Noisy Withdrawal specializes in covers of songs that have already been covered by actual professional musicians. We feel that by slavishly copying someone else's unique interpretation of another artist's song, we are able to make the song truly our own. We also play originals, but not so many that the audience becomes unruly or begins to throw things. Our unusual lineup, featuring three guitars, two keyboards and four regular singers, along with violin, trumpet and more guitars, allows us all to stand there blandly and shrug, as if to say, "It was the other guy who screwed that up."
Our song selection is eclectic, with some old classics and some songs that we know about only because our (mostly grown) children send them to us on the computer. Our originals are built around a solid core of inside jokes, but ultimately end up both more thematically universal and more snarky. Over the years, Noisy Withdrawal (which has now been in existence longer than were the Beatles) has learned that to be a truly great band, you have to devote yourself fully to and love your fans. We do. But we are still not a truly great band. Hmmm.
Aural Argument has roots that are steeped in the hallowed halls of the law. This all-lawyer band’s musicians have disparate practices and enjoy playing varied music for diverse audiences. Its members are: Damien Riehl (vocals; Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi), Nate Dahl (drums; Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug & Bradt), Tom Sinas (guitar; Hennepin County Attorney’s Office), and Derek Patrin (bass; Meaney & Patrin).
Formed recently, Aural Argument can neither confirm nor deny that its performance will constitute assault. That decision is one for the audience, as factfinder.
The Family Feedbag
Identified as a prodigy at the age of 2, Felix Scholz was trained in the dark recesses of East Berlin until, in 1988, he escaped to West Berlin. In 1989, he wielded the hammer that struck the first blow against the Berlin Wall. Now, he wields a bass that strikes down the foes of awesomeness everywhere.
John Sadowski's life changed when, on a youthful trip of personal discovery, he looked into the bearded face of a department store Santa and realized that he was sitting on Jerry Garcia's lap. He now spreads the joy of an extended guitar jam like a jolly elf leaping from chimney to chimney.
As a pit fighter seeking honor and riches, Evan Tsai lulled opponents with the voice of an angel and crushed them with the dexterity of a Russian acrobat. He has gone on to use his powers to win minds and break hearts.
Josh Esmay is so advanced that he may be from the future. If so, he's taken an oath to never reveal our fate. Instead, he guides everyone forward with the precision and intensity of someone who has driven down this road before.
In creating the “guitar,” Tom Greenwald helped music take a monumental leap forward from the collection of witless "artists" who spent their days banging sticks on logs. Having aged remarkably well, Tom continues to take monumental artistc leaps every time he touches his instrument.
Ben Johnson plays the drums. Ben Johnson is also the 1986 gold medal winner at the Goodwill Games in the 100-meter race.
In all seriousness, the Family Feedbag is a prog/roots/blues/funk band that formed in 2008 in the wake of the financial collapse, the country’s economic recession and the impending cuts to the workforce by the State of Minnesota. The editor of Minnesota Business once called the Feedbag music “rockabilly jazz.” The Feedbag members consist mostly of current and previous members of the Ramsey County Public Defenders Office. The Family Feedbag, the name of which is still being scrutinized and debated, has played various bars and concert venues around the Twin Cities, most recently at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Suggestions for band names will be welcome. The Family Feedbag is not available for weddings.