Upcoming Music & Events
Amazing Grace is seeking a personable, detail-oriented and social media savvy MUSIC DIRECTOR! This is a part time position – approximately 20 hours a week. Sound technician and WordPress website editing experience a plus. Must be available evenings and weekends. If interested, please email agbcmanager @ gmail.com with your resume.
Wes Hadrich has been writing music and playing songs in Duluth since the late 1990s. He teamed up with drum/bass player Greg Tiburzi in 2007, and late last year added guitar player Steve Isakson to his band. Inspired by the Bakersfield sound of Wynn Stewart, Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam, the trio is working on a new album of Americana and honky-tonk songs at Sparta Souund. – Duluth Homegrown Music Festival Field Guide
Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk. The unique Monsieur Bourbon is a formidable performer. He may have his roots in the blues, but he is inspired by music and song from all around the world, taking these sounds and weaving them into a performance of blues, rock, jazz, songs and melodies that defy a label, all delivered with a gravely voice. Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’. Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale, Monty Python; JS Bach and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks…. “…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK “Do you know what Medieval guitar sounds like? I didn’t either ‘til I hooked up with Claude! This is some cool stuff, and he’s French and everything!” Dolores River Brewery, Dolores, CO
“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“, The Hook, Charlottesville, USA
9/19 Pat Donahue 7 pm Blues, swing, acoustic
Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. A versatile guitarist’s guitarist, Pat enjoys entertaining fans with intricate fingerpicking, easy wit, and nimble interpretations of old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes.
9/24 Wordsmith Wednesdays Book Club/Writing Group 7 pm
On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, any interested adults can join us from 7-9pm for Wordsmith Wednesday: a new, combination book club / writing group at Amazing Grace!
Each month or so we will pick a new fiction or non-fiction book. The first half of each meeting will consist of discussion based on the chosen book. The last half of each session will be dedicated to writing… each meeting we will choose a writing prompt out of the hat and the mission (should you choose to accept it) will be to create a poem, short story, essay, song, cartoon (whatever suits you) on the topic. The next time we gather, willing individuals will share their work in a safe, non-judgmental setting.
If you can’t make every meeting, no worries! We will post updates like reading assignments, writing prompts, and discussion questions on this Facebook page to keep you in the loop! https://www.facebook.com/WordsmithWednesdays
But what if you are only passionate about reading OR writing? No worries! Since the evening is divided into two parts (7pm-8pm is the book discussion and 8pm-9pm is the writing portion), you can choose to attend only half of each meeting if you wish. However participants are obviously encouraged to stay the entire meeting!
This is the perfect group for those who say they would like to read/write more but haven’t yet made it happen!
BONUS: 1/2 bottles of wine on Wednesdays!
Michael Johnson is a masterful guitarist and songwriter who has had several Billboard-charting hits. Equally at home singing pop, country or classics from the American songbook, he remains one of the true authentic voices in contemporary music. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Alison Krauss, Suzy Bogguss, Chet Atkins and The Persuasions.
Born in Alamosa, Colorado and raised near Denver, he began playing guitar at age 13. He went to Colorado State College to study music but left after winning an international talent contest that landed him a deal with Epic Records. He then moved to Barcelona, where he attended the Liceu Conservatory to study with the classical guitar great Graciano Tarragó. Not long after returning to the States, he joined Randy Sparks in a group called the New Society, touring East Asia. After that he toured with the Chad Mitchell Trio and began co-writing and touring withJohn Denver, forming a trio called Denver, Boise & Johnson.
After spending some time as an actor, working in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, he returned to music to release some of his biggest songs, including Top 40 hits like “Bluer Than Blue,” “This Night Won’t Last Forever” and “Almost Like Being in Love.” He then enjoyed equal success in Nashville, recording #1 country songs with singers like Juice Newton and Sylvia.
Always most at home on stage with just an acoustic guitar, Michael continued to tour solo, playing about half his shows in Minnesota, where he lived from 1969 to 1985. At one of his recent shows at the Dakota Jazz Club, he met up with singer-songwriterJohn Gorka. Michael talked about wanting to return to his acoustic roots, and John connected him with his manager and his St. Paul-based label Red House Records. Very familiar with Michael’s work, Red House president Eric Peltoniemi was delighted to meet Michael and hear his new material. “I was just stunned at how great his new songs were,” he says. “It thrilled me to hear a true artist still at the top of his game.” Michael signed with Red House and got to work recording his new songs at Minneapolis’ Wild Sound Recording Studio.
Ready to return to his roots, Michael moved to Minneapolis. “It just seemed that all roads were leading me back to Minnesota–signing with Red House, working on the new album and most especially, reconnecting with my daughter who lives here.” Michael adds, “And I’m just an old hippy, and I need to be up where my people are.
10/08 Wordsmith Wednesdays 7 pm Book Club/Writing Group
When singer/songwriter John Statz isn’t at home in Denver, Colorado, he’s out traveling the world, playing shows and writing and recording in places like Budapest, Slovenia, Quebec, and Anchorage. For his new album, Old Fashioned, he is bringing it back home. Whereas the previous album (Ghost Towns) was filled with worldly influences and subject matter, Old Fashioned brings us back to the heartland: Midwestern America10/13 Pushing Chain 6 – 8 pm $510/17 Group Too 7 pm – Classic Rock Duo
Timbre Junction has been together for about twelve years now and we’ve been working hard to develop our own unique sound. For us this has meant becoming familiar with each member’s own style both personal and musical, on stage and off. The group consists of four members: Mike Regouski on banjo and dobro, Stan Chew on guitar, mando and vocals, Amy Ferman on fiddle and vocals, and Karen Radford on upright bass and vocals. Although the instrumentation is bluegrass, we like to mix it up with a variety of bluegrass, old time, classic country, and folk. Mike’s banjo gives the group it’s definitive bluegrass sound. He is a self-taught Scrugg’s style banjo player and he really has a passion to play. His love of the music comes out in his aggressive style of playing. Mike has been playing the banjo for over thirty years and his driving banjo defines the tone and style of much of the music we play. The dobro has been a more recent addition to the group, allowing for additional variety in sound and style. Mike also enjoys working up many of the instrumental arrangements for the group. Amy has been playing the fiddle for about two and one half years, but she is no stranger to the music scene. Amy has been playing music for nearly thirty years and in addition to fiddle, she plays banjo, guitar and bass. She has played in various bluegrass and country bands over the years and enjoys working in her home music studio. Amy’s lead vocals and harmony singing are a great addition to the group.Stan is the newest member of the group and is a great addition both instrumentally and vocally. Origanlly from Maryland but living in many locations both nationally and internationally, Stan has develloped a broad musical background. Stan’s relaxed and fun approach to making music reflects Timbre Junction’s style and his contributions range from bluegrass to folk, blues and western swing. Karen played the bass in elementary through senior high school and thought she’d never play again after graduation. What a surprise when her uncle called her about an opportunity to play in a band about fifteen years ago and she accepted! Even though Karen’s bass holds the beat of the music, it is the singing that she really enjoys. The variety of music the group plays allows her to try on many different vocal styles from country crooning to driving bluegrass to the cowboy yodel. What is really great about Timbre Junction is our enthusiasm for making music. When we get together to play, you can really feel the energy in each song. We thoroughly enjoy the music we make together and we hope you will too.
10/21 Music Resource Center Open Stage for Students 6
10/22 Wordsmith Wednesdays 7 pm Book Club/Writing Group
10/25 Plowboys 8 pm – Bluegrass $5
11/ 2 Randy Anderson – 8 pm – Acoustic Blues
11/08 Jess Klein – Folk/Americana/Singer-
11/09 Warm Women of the North and their Hot Men 6 pm
11/14 Jaspar Lepak 7 pm $5
Jaspar Lepak (pronounced Jasper LEE-pack) is a folk/Americana songstress whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. “Singing with the kind of Americana, lullaby ghost of a voice that listeners search for in roots music” (Twin Cities A.V. Club), Lepak is best known for her bell-like voice and introspective storytelling. A child of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Lepak started writing songs just after college while living in Minneapolis. Between 2004 and 2009, she recorded five albums, and in the fall of 2009, she left Minneapolis with her husband Kale for Durban, South Africa where they lived for two years. Her music found an enthusiastic audience, and in 2011, she recorded her sixth CD, Forgiving Wind, which Rolling Stone South Africa hailed as an album full of “beauty and original charm.” Lepak became a Seattle resident in 2012 and was honored to perform in 2013’s Northwest Folklife Festival. She tours frequently between her former homes and her new home in the Pacific Northwest.