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Friendsgiving with Jillian Rae & Andy Cook (Pop Folk/Roots) $6
Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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$6 Cover charges on the tab!
8pm Andy Cook
9pm Jillian Rae
Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment. Like many of Minnesota’s finest musicians, Jillian Rae grew up in the north, on the Iron Range – an environment as open to country, folk (and yes, polka) as it is to pop, rock and blues. Growing up in a music-loving household, Jillian was hooked early when she began taking violin lessons at age 7. From there, she began to sing, dance, perform, and has been working hard at perfecting her art ever since.
Jillian has been a heavy hitter in the Minnesota music scene for years, playing with as many musicians as humanly possible – on stage, in the studio, or both. Currently, when she isn’t performing with her own band, you can still catch her playing fiddle and singing with a number of bands around the Twin Cities: Corpse Reviver (Early American Folk, Bluegrass), Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings (Folk Revisionist), Ilika Ward & the Moonlight Riders (Acoustic Americana), The Fiddle Heirs (5 fiddles and a bass), and Adam Levy’s (The Honeydogs) solo project. In her spare time, Jillian occasionally tours with the Grammy Award winning Okee Dokee Brothers, lending her fiddle to their family-oriented folk/bluegrass performances
Andy Cook grew up not having a thing to do with music, not even listening to the radio in the car. He’s the first to say it’s pretty weird—but then again, what else can you expect from a hockey goalie? As a kid unsure of himself, the game became a place to be someone else. But the truth is, a person can’t hide behind a mask forever. After finishing college and the dreams of youth were replaced with the reality of unknown adulthood, music started to make its way in. One afternoon a song came on the radio that made Andy Cook want to make songs too. There was certainty—he had to pick up a guitar, learn to play, and begin to write. What started as an intrigued effort grew and grew, until Cook found himself immersed in the Minnesota music scene, learning from everyone he could and looking up to artists who a short time later would become teachers, producers, collaborators and bandmates. Life without music became impossible to imagine. Andy Cook’s 2017 release “In Space” pulls on a combination of melodic guitar riffs, waves of synth and percussion, and longing vocals for a record that is both modern and reminiscent. Produced by Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Haley Bonar, Alpha Consumer), “In Space” covers territory from sweeping and psychedelic to urgent and pressing, with lyrics that pit a wry cynicism against determined optimism. Andy Cook is in many ways still that unsure kid. And while dreams change, they never die—and there is only more to come from this late-comer to the music scene.