Ben Cook-Feltz and... Friends?

An Evening With

Ben Cook-Feltz and... Friends?

Doug Collins, M French, Becky Kapell, Jillian Rae, Doug Otto, Mother Banjo, Jon Rodine, Ben Miller (The Federales), Nikki & Rich Rue, Art Vandalay, Niki Beverly, Haley Rydell

Thu · November 15, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

This event is 21 and over

Ben Cook-Feltz
The best way to describe Ben Cook-Feltz's music may be, "Paul Simon singing piano ballads about broken hearts, and pants, to thunderous percussion." A native of Cedar Falls IA, Cook-Feltz has spent the past decade living in Minneapolis, performing throughout the state and metro area with a variety of backing ensembles, large and small, sure and unsure, always entertaining.
Doug Collins
Called "one of the most brilliant songwriters to emerge from the Twin Cities in nearly two decades" by southernminn.com, Doug Collins's Midwest roots show in his direct, affecting songs. Back after being away from the music scene, Collins makes up for lost time with his energetic shows (both solo and with his crack band, the Receptionists), soulful singing, and hooky, emotional songs. His most recent EP, Davenport Iowa, includes the title track, which was voted finalist for "Best Song of the Year" in 2013 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, along with the song Lesbian Wedding, which was voted the same honor in 2014.
M French
Singer-songwriter M FRENCH has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French's melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French's debut full length album, Sweet Love, releases in the Fall of 2018. Sweet Love offers 10 original songs exploring the Americana landscape. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), and recorded during the long Minnesota winter of 2018, the tracks provide a sonic foundation built upon catchy guitar hooks, and the blending of pedal steel and synth lines. French unpacks universal themes of love, kindness and community with a conversational lyricism that invites the listener to find themselves in his stories. M French's audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends.
Becky Kapell
Becky Kapell
Raised in small town Minnesota, Becky moved to Portland Oregon as a young adult and began singing back-up vocals in various bands, eventually fronting her own country cover band. Along came a husband, two kids and a move back to Minnesota. “I worked full-time, raised my kids and basically forgot about music until my son started playing guitar as a teenager. After my divorce I found myself with a little more time on my hands so I picked up one of my sons guitars and began teaching myself to play for fun.” She knew only a few chords which she played repeatedly in different combinations and rhythms until much to her surprise, melodies began to emerge and then somewhat magically, lyrics attached themselves to the melodies. She recorded 12 of those songs with old friends in Portland Oregon for her first record titled For Now released in 2012.

“Even though I had been living back in Minnesota since 1996, I didn’t know much about the music scene here because I had never been a part of it so after I released For Now in 2012 I started going out to hear music to try to figure out where I fit in.” She eventually met and started playing with local guitar stalwart Paul Bergen and her song writing morphed from the folkier sound of her first record to a more guitar-driven country sound. "I've always loved country music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. I love the earnestness of the words and the deceptively simple melodies and the songs I'm writing now reflect that love. Plus I'm a sucker for the kick-ass guitar playing on so many of those old records and it's fun to be able to hear Paul add that on my own songs.”

Playing with Bergen eventually led to recording a batch of new songs in his basement resulting in Becky’s upcoming release titled That Certain Ache. “We recorded in Paul’s basement over many late nights starting with me playing acoustic guitar and singing along with a drum loop as the rhythm track. Then Paul would add bass and guitars. Eventually we took the basement tracks to Erik Koskinen’s Real Phonic Studios where I re-did some of the vocals and Erik added drums and mixed it all. The whole record is just me and Paul and Erik. I can’t wait for people to hear the end result.” The CD release show will be held May 18th, 2018 at The Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis.
Jillian Rae
Jillian Rae
Jillian Rae has been a heavy hitter in the Minnesota music scene for years, playing with as many musicians as humanly possible. In the past, she had been known to lend her fiddle chops in the Duluth-based band Two Many Banjos, and also spent some time fronting the local pop country staple, The Killer Hayseeds. 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 town: Corpse Reviver (Early American Folk, Bluegrass), Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings (Folk Revisionist), Brian Just Band ('60's California Pop), and The Blackberry Brandy Boys (Cosmic Country), and the Fiddle Heirs (four fiddles and a bass).
Mother Banjo
Mother Banjo
Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called "an outstanding poet" (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com.
Nikki & Rich Rue
Nikki & Rich Rue
Nikki Matteson (Roux) and Rich Rue are the core members of Nikki & The RueMates. Other members are a rotating cast of characters on drums, bass and back-up vocals.
Art Vandalay
Art Vandalay
Venue Information:
The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55406