Inspirus Records


Nooky Jones at the Triple Rock – review and slide show.


Photo and Text By Steve Peterson

Nooky Jones at the Triple Rock – if Duke Ellington were still around, instead of invoking “Sophisticated Lady”, he might have mentioned something like “Simply Sublime”..  Nooky Jones, a new sextet led by vocalist and trumpeter Cameron Kinghorn, brought new original flavors to the stage last Friday night. Crossover recipes served by Cameron, Adam Meckler, Ryan Christianson, Kevin Gastonguay, Andrew Foreman and Reid Kennedy engaged the heart, mind, body and soul.   Intimate vocals were delicate and engaging, horn arrangements were harmonically and rhythmically advanced, and rhythm was tight, focused and supportive.  Like a good merlot, Nooky Jones was a little chocolatey, with hints of soul and hip hop, deliciously danceable, and with a smooth finish.  If you were there with or without your man or woman, chances are good you stirred to music you can live and love with easily.

Full Slide Show –

Things To Do This Weekend. 8/10 – 8/12


Dana Thompson & the North Coast at the Aster Cafe
Friday, October 10th
9PM – 11PM
Come early to eat dinner!

Call 612.379.3138 for reservations.


St. Paul – Fall Art Crawl – October 10, 11 & 12. Fri – 6pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun – 12pm-5pm.

It’s best to check out their website for maps and location, but make sure to find  Matthew Rucker at The Schmidt Artist Lofts.


Twin Cities Book Festival

Saturday, October 11, 2014
10am – 5pm, Minnesota State Fairgrounds

From their website.

The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over real-live books and conversations.



Jane Wunrow Artist Reception at Foiled Again Salon 10/11 – 7pm – 9pm


Check out work from local artist Wunrow at Foiled Again Salon. Wunrow has a unique style of creating complex illustrations and then dissecting them and arranging them on unique backgrounds.

Artist Reception for Jane Wunrow.
Saturday, October 11th from 7pm-9pm
Foiled Again Salon – 2807 Johnson Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55418

Facebook Event –


Album Release – Franz Diego – “FLOAT”


Franz Diego’s new album “FLOAT”  is atmospheric and uniquely chill. Lay back, relax and let him and Enron Hubbard take you into space. Today 10/7/14  is the officially release date but a release show will be happening, Friday, October 17th at the Kitty Kat Club in SE Minneapolis.

Go check it out -


Photos: Local Photographer Steve Peterson

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Check out some great live local music photos and great descriptions of the events from local photographer Steve Peterson.

Dan Ristrom and the Big Throwdown – Mayslacks 9/13/14

Love and Happiness abides!  Dan Ristrom’s The Big Throwdown signed, sealed and delivered their A game at Mayslack’s Sat. night.  Irresistibly danceable, joyous and honest, all members brought high energy and unflagging musicianship from start to finish.  Sax machine Danny Kusz was incendiary.  Sophisticated horn arrangements, tight vocal harmonies, perfect breaks and exquisite soloing proved why the TC is the center of the musical universe.  Several players are also members of Rhythmic Circus’ Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, which may contribute to the group’s deep pocket time.  Dis is da bomb – parents hide your sons and daughters, because this band will take them away to heaven.  Do not miss.  Ever.

The Danny Kusz Band – Selby Ave. Jazz Fest 9/13/14

Funkacized! The Danny Kusz Band sliced and diced the changes at the Selby St. Jazz Fest Saturday. More notes than your college History of Music classes!

He has some more great concert photography and more at his website.

Review – The Ericksons ‘Bring Me Home’


By Becca Martin

Peering into the mirror the Ericksons have woven a sumptuous tale that is indistinguishable from their lives. ‘Bring Me Home’ is full of rich melodies and ethereal harmonies that come through in the lush arrangements and vocals of sisters Jenny Kapernick and Bethany Valentini. Recorded in the Wisconsin woods at Justin Vernon’s studio April Base with the skilled craftsmanship of Beau Sorenson (Death Cab For Cutie, Bob Mould), Sean Carey (S.Carey, Bon Iver), Shane Leonard (Field Report), and Michael Lewis (Bon Iver, Alpha Consumer) this fourth album exceeds expectations that were high to begin with after the 2013 release of ‘The Wild’. Continue reading


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