RRDB 7 - After-Party with Useful Jenkins & The Brass Kings

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RRDB 7 - After-Party with Useful Jenkins & The Brass Kings

Useful Jenkins, Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings

Sat ยท July 15, 2017

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Useful Jenkins
Useful Jenkins
Useful Jenkins is a contemporary acoustic band with a bluegrass foundation. They use their grass-roots to readily tap into other genres such as folk, funk, rock, and hip hop. Their music generates emotion and sends a message to a wide range of listeners, giving them an eclectic group of followers from all walks of life. Useful Jenkins thrives on energy; they flourish in the moment and have an unmatched resonance with the crowd. The band is made up of 2 acoustic guitars (lead and rhythm), violin, cello, bass and mandolin. 4-part vocal harmonies accompany the wall of stringed instruments, leaving listeners with a strong, clean, and unique sound.
Useful Jenkins
Useful Jenkins
Useful Jenkins is a contemporary acoustic band with a bluegrass foundation. They use their grass-roots to readily tap into other genres such as folk, funk, rock, and hip hop. Their music generates emotion and sends a message to a wide range of listeners, giving them an eclectic group of followers from all walks of life. Useful Jenkins thrives on energy; they flourish in the moment and have an unmatched resonance with the crowd. The band is made up of 2 acoustic guitars (lead and rhythm), violin, cello, bass and mandolin. 4-part vocal harmonies accompany the wall of stringed instruments, leaving listeners with a strong, clean, and unique sound.
Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings
Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings
Mikkel Beckmen began playing with guitarists and singers on a case of beer bottles many years ago. He honed his skills playing with a host of great musicians including Charlie Parr and the legendary Greg Brown. His dynamic style is built on an old-time washboard approach and includes polyrhythmic riffs normally associated with tabla drums. He plays a 'Brass King' washboard, refrigerator parts, tambourine, Djembe and found objects. Mikkel also performs with other local and touring artists and has been featured on numerous recording projects.

Brad Ptacek plays his homemade washtub bass with a punk-rockers energy - coaxing notes from an instrument most people have a hard time just keeping in tune. Formerly the bass player in the Urban Guerillas, Brad brings a real sense of urgency to this old instrument and gives it a newfound sense of respect. He plays notes and scales, bends lines and summons incredibly low tones and constantly pushes the limits of what can be done with a washtub bass.

Steve Kaul plays fingerstyle on metal-bodied resonator and acoustic guitars. Using a variety of open tunings, he blends country- blues fingerpicking with world-music influences. Steve performs as a solo artist and guitarist in addition to playing with The Brass Kings. He has appeared solo at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival (CA), Newport Guitar Festival (RI), Newport Guitar Festival - Miami (FL), Intercontinental Guitar Festival (CZ), The Minnesota Resophonic Guitar Festival (2001 - 2003) and the Minnesota State Fair (2005) He has appeared in support of songwriters Jimmy Lafave, Tom Russell and Fred Eaglesmith. Steve's music has been covered by other artists and has been featured nationally on Pacifica Radio and NPR, in the score for Zenon Dance Company's 'Six Mile Road' and in the soundtrack for the documentary 'Bill's Big Pumpkins'.
Venue Information:
The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55406