Thu · August 31, 2017
This group is just shy of being considered a Lou Donaldson cover band because of all the Burt Bacharach, Ruby & The Romantics and Crusaders covers. The line up is saxophonist Peter Vircks (Moveable Feast, Rhythmic Circus), drummer Greg Schutte (Mickey Hart Band, Ryan Bingham, Chastity Brown Band), pianist & organist Brian Ziemniak (F-Deluxe, BZ3, Yohannes Tona Band), trombonist Matt Darling (Hookers and Blow, New Standards, Honeydogs) and bassist Patrick Nelson (Root City Band, Rhythmic Circus, Eric Hutchinson, New Primitives). Midnight Love features the classic tenor sax and trombone frontline, vintage keyboard sounds and a funky rare groove setting with a romantic bent.
This show is no cover but you can guarantee your seat for $10.
Brian Ziemniak is the Twin Cities’ most versatile pianist, consistently crossing musical boundaries while being true to the style and himself. In the jazz world he has performed recently with Kneebody saxophonist Ben Wendel, pyrotechnic violinist Christian Howes, and noted avant garde clarinetist Jean-Brice Godet. Brian has toured recently with star-studded funk group FDeluxe and with popular Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. He also appeared on soul legend Alexander O’Neal’s ‘Live in Minneapolis’ 2011 DVD. He appears on two recent jazz recordings: Peter Vircks’ “What You Believe is True” (Nov 2013), and Yohannes Tona’s “13” (slated for late 2014 release). He performs locally with numerous bands and a wide range of artists, including acclaimed R&B vocalist Fred Steele, Bruce Henry, rock group Vintage Raggs, and the Kevin Washington Quartet, in addition to fronting his own organ trio, BZ3.
Saxophonist Peter Vircks has established himself as a versatile artist with a uniquely rich instrumental voice. He's co-written and performs internationally with the award winning theater experience Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now, he co-founded the celebrated electric jazz unit Moveable Feast, leads the Peter Vircks Quartet and the group Midnight Love. He's been in the bands of national performers such as Cynthia Johnson (singer of Funkytown), Jennifer Holliday (Dream Girls' Grammy winning vocalist), the Horn Heads, Eric Kamau Gravatte (of Weather Report fame), Nachito Herrera and many others.
Peter has been recorded on more than 40 albums including his own 2014 release What You Believe Is True which was listed in Minnesota Public Radio's top ten “Jazz Favorites of 2014”. He also has many commercial television, independent film and theater soundtrack credits.