Singer/songwriter Tony Ortiz, formerly of The Monroe’s, currently plays solo, with the Melismatics and with Tony Ortiz and the Guns of Soul.
In the early 1980s, a San Diego band was searching for a replacement lead singer. The bass player remembered a man with incredible vocals he saw at an earlier audition. Tony Ortiz was called and performed three songs for the band. By the end of the last song, The Monroes had found their man. Together, the group had a bona fide hit with “What Do All the People Know”. The Song was on the Billboard top 100 at number 52 in the summer of 1982. Alfa records came to USA from Japan and one year they signed acts, The Monroes was one of them along with Billy Vera and the Beaters….then Alfa went belly up and went back to Japan………
Eventually, the group dispersed. Ortiz moved to Minnesota where he currently resides and continues to write and perform music.
This self-taught singer/songwriter is proof that if you discover your talent and continue to cultivate it, limitations will fall away. If the opportunity happens to present itself, do not miss the chance to see Ortiz performing his best original works. Tony Ortiz will rock your world.
Under Cover is an acoustic band playing the best covers from the 60's to today, made up of long-time friends Shelly (Vocals), Erin (Vocals, slide whistle, & percussion), Ron (Guitar/Vocals), and Bob (Guitar).
They got together with a simple goal in mind: have fun & entertain...playing the cover songs they love, regardless of the genre. Furthermore, they take classic tunes and put their own unique, yet colorful, spin on your favorite songs.
Under Cover plays about once a month so don't miss your chance to see them soon! And they like beer and wine. That is all.
Bob Niemiec (One Old Raven) is a singer/songwriter from St. Paul. Bob started his musical career at 8 playing accordion, and then switching to bass guitar at 13 and on to the 12-string guitar when he was 17.
He’s played in rock bands in the Chicago area and was a vocalist and guitarist for the Growing Concern Raunch and Roll Jug Band. Bob plays 9 different instruments and enjoys all genres of music. His original compositions range from lighthearted lullabies to poignant social commentary.
Bob has been known to cover songs from artists like Hank Williams to the Moody Blues. Lately his wife, Glenda, has joined him on vocals, the flute and keyboards. Bob is the host of an Open Mic on Thursday nights at the Sail Away Café in Afton, MN, and can been seen performing at various venues in Minnesota.
This fun and energetic group of teens consists of Colin Bracewell, Jake Olson, Joseph Weckworth and Jonathon Kraemer.
They may be young but they have old souls playing music from two generations before they were born. From an era before all the technology took over the recording studios. They play music from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Journey and many more.
Singer/songwriter Oly plays acoustic rock,folk and Americana. Oly grew up in a small town on the St. Croix River (Stillwater) just outside Minneapolis, MN. Oly started playing drums at age 11, which is apparent in his rhythmic guitar playing today.
Oly began his professional singer/songwriter career in Colorado, where he founded the band Tunnel 6 in 1995. They released the album "Tunnel 6," in 1997. Oly released the solo album "Holly Would" in 2002, the Stereomaid album "The Little Things That Come Between Us" in 2008 and Stereomaid 7" in 2012.
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Singer/songwriter Andrew Spreck and percussionist Bob Colbert dig deep into classic rock, folk rock, classic country… anything with soul and passion to deliver an inspiring blend of cover songs and original material in live performances, as well as through two studio recordings.
Early in Andrew’s solo acoustic journey, he started using the phrase “keep music live” and he does just that, averaging 50 shows a year with 25 Spreck-penned songs rotating throughout their performances and more songs than they can play in one sitting, their set list changes with every show.
Spreck is in his 25th year as a performing musician. In 2011 he transitioned from lead guitarist/lead vocalist playing in rock & blues cover bands to blossom into an outstanding solo acoustic artist. Percussionist Colbert effortlessly meshes Afro-Cuban and West African hand drumming textures to the mix. The sound they create as a duo is unique and unmistakable.
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Mark Allen and his music are real. The kind of Americana music that is real for all the right reasons. Music that is created to express emotions and experiences that come from everyday living. With his acoustic guitar sounds and hard hitting harmonica Mark’s live music keeps the party rolling.
Mark’s love for music began at a young age while listening to his parents sing and play guitar. Music has been an important part of his life and music is what makes him tic. Mark learned to play the harmonica while sitting in the back seat of his grandma’s car on the way from Minnesota to North Carolina. While it may have not always been music to everyone’s ears, Mark mastered and continues to perfect his blues style harmonica playing. Writing, singing and creating songs that bring you to a place where you feel and understand the story is a driving force in his music. Each song is written with a soulful style, with an acoustic backbone that takes you to a place to which you will wish to return to again and again.
Sweet Tea has been a sweet addition to the Twin Cities' music scene since May of 2013 and is the 2015 winner of the International Blues Challenge for the state of Minnesota and will be heading to Memphis in January 2016. Founding members Nick Zwack, DT Harris and Joyann Parker wanted to create something new and exciting, a flavor-filled mix of soulful originals and familiar classics. Joined by guitarist Mark Lamoine and keyboardist Mick Zampogna in 2014 the group has deepened and widened their musical tastes and has become one of the bands to see in the Midwest. Sweet Tea has been on stage at Bunkers, The Cabooze, Whiskey Junction, Shaw's Bar and Grill, Muddy Waters Bar and Grill, Neumann's Bar, The Station Bar & Grill (formerly Manitou Station), Brookside Bar & Grill, Floyd's Bar and performed with The Butanes, The Paul Holland Band, Trent Romans, The Dee Miller Band, Boom Boom Steve V, Hurricane Harold Tremblay and more.
Marcus Lere is the singer/frontman of the local alternative rock band, Waves Collide.
He also sings for the Midwest's premier Tool tribute band, 10,000 Days. Over the years, Marcus Lere has written a multitude of originals, while dabbling in cover songs of a variety of rock, pop, blues, and country artists.
Marcus' biggest musical influences are a combination of Incubus, Deftones, Tool, John Mayer, Queen, and Bruce Springsteen.
John Cleve Richardson is a singer, songwriter and producer. He has performed all over the Twin Cities for many years as a solo artist, as well as lead vocalist for bands such as Kalahare, Dreamscape and 9 Horse Johnson. John also spent some time writing and recording at Flyte Tyme studios where he was able to work with both Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. He currently performs locally as a solo acoustic act, as well as the bassist for the Ellis Cleve Group, in which he produced the recent EP release “The Fly Away”.
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