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Nici Peper with Brian Bethke (Folk) $8
Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nici Peper is an Americana singer-songwriter based loosely based in the Minnesota/ Wisconsin region. Growing up around gospel music and a family of storytellers, her lyrics reflect the soul and honesty of their influences. Her music exposes a gentle heart- one that writes of love, heartbreak, and dreams.
Peper has opened for Brett Michaels, Elvis Monroe, GB Leighton, Dan Navarro, and more. She has recorded in Nashville, toured Alaska, the Ozarks and the Midwest, has been on Twin Cities Live, Fox 9, Box of Chocolates, and done numerous radio interviews, including “Voices in the Valley” and “Northern Spirit Radio”. Peper has played every type of show from private parties, dive bars, and theaters, to the main stage of the Girdwood Forest Fair in Girdwood, Alaska, to Two Wheels on the Pig Trail at a biker/blues/BBQ festival in Eureka Springs, AR, to The Warming House, the listening room of Minneapolis, MN to Deronda Lutheran Church on Easter morning . In 2016, Nici took home the title of Minneapolis’ “Most Authentic Artist” in the contest sponsored by Wholly Guacamole and was one of 6 finalists nationwide. She has released an EP which is currently being played on several radio stations and is set to release a full length album early 2018.
“One of her songs “No Man Alive” is the first cut on the fall Wisconsin Roots Music Cooperative compilation CD. That song is the kind of song that your grandfather might have heard in a speakeasy when he came home after the great war. He heard a lot but he told you about that song more than once. Don’t miss Nici Peper.”
– Tim Eddy, 105.9 FM WKPO
With special guest Brian Bethke!
Brian Bethke is an American singer-songwriter known for his silky-smooth voice and lasting impact on the hearts of his fans and listeners. Bethke has seven self-released albums and is currentlyworking in the studio on album number eight.
Bethke’s music has been featured on radio stations around the world. He’s appeared on WPR’s “Spectrum West”, “Big River Radio Waves” and scores the quirky music for PBS’s wildly popular television show, “Around The Farm Table.” He’s also been a regular on Eau Claire’s WAXX 104.5’s morning show, and books the acts for “Park Beats,” Osseo’s summertime concert in the park series on Monday afternoons.
Annually, Bethke is voted into the top three in the “Best Folk Singer” category of “The Best of the Chippewa Valley,” organized by Volume One in Eau Claire. He has won numerous times over the past 10 years.
Early in his career he won a songwriting contest for the movie, “The Last Rites Of Ransom Pride”, starring Dwight Yoakom and Kris Kristofferson during which he gained the attention of Jon Lennon’s publicist, Bruce Replogle. Replogle said Bethke’s collaboration with Peter Phippen was, “Real Top- notch. The unmistakeable sound of cool intelligence rings through with every note.”
While Bethke is a full-time working musician, he also is the lead singer and guitar player for the grunge rock foursome, The Broken Eights, and plays mandolin and sings with the folk group, Merry Weathers.
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