Sun · July 23, 2017
7:30 pmCrooners Lounge & Supper Club
$0.00 - $10.00
This show is no cover but you can guarantee your seat for $10.
Classic country songs from the 1950s and 1960s
Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for the sound of a pedal steel guitar, that high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and that Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta hear Lush Country, a new all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.
The seven members of Lush Country are an all-star group of longtime Twin Cities headliners and A Prairie Home Companion veterans: Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Richard Kriehn, Gary Raynor, Gary Rue, Pete Johnson and Joe Savage.https://croonersloungemn.ticketfly.com/event/1508071/
In recent years, her greatest focus has been on creating multi-media works for concert and theater stages that blend performance with her interests in history and literature. A play about a little-known collaborator of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht in Berlin between the wars, first produced in 2003, is being rewritten under a new title, and she and pianist Dan Chouinard have just completed a state-wide tour of their new music/history show Millers, Miners & Moonshiners: Minnesota in the 1920s. Their previous collaborations include The Golden Age of Radio, Tiptoe Through the 60s: Songs and Stories from a Revolutionary Decade, and Another Song About Paris. In 2011, she created and produced the touring show and CD A Girl Named Vincent, featuring the poetry of Edna St Vincent Millay set to music by four MN composers.
The list of regular Twin Cities colleagues includes Maria Jette, Prudence Johnson, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Kling, Ann Reed, the Rose Ensemble and Philip Brunelle and Vocalessence. He’s appeared all across the upper Midwest and turned up often on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
As a writer and host he’s often asked to create special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, the MN Historical Society, the Rose Ensemble and others. His show Civil War Homecoming played at the Fitzgerald Theater in April 2015, was broadcast statewide on MPR and continues to be shown on Twin Cities Public Television. His stage musical Steerage Song toured throughout Minnesota in 2013, a show co-authored with Peter Rothstein about the Ellis Island era of immigration to the US, as portrayed in folk songs, newspaper clippings and Tin Pan Alley tunes. In 2014 his show Cafe Europa, about bicycling with an accordion from Naples to Normandy in search of Minnesota WWII stories, was broadcast and televised statewide.
In 1994 he created an acclaimed radio series The Singer’s Voice, broadcast live Sunday nights from the Dakota Jazz Club, then in St. Paul, hosting song-spiked conversation from the piano with a different singer each week, over 200 in the six years of the show’s tenure.
His essays have been published in Minnesota Monthly, Saint John’s Magazine, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Showcase magazine and in the Minneapolis StarTribune.
He’s traveled extensively in France and Italy, with bicycle and without, and has presented French and Italian sing-alongs at the Alliance Française in Minneapolis. He spent the last months of summer 2015 working in Italy on an independent Hollywood film, Smitten!, to be released early next year.
He’s a musical consultant and concert organizer at the progressive St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in South Minneapolis, and leads monthly community sing-alongs in downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Park.
He grew up in a big musical family near Lindstrom MN, attended St. John’s University in Collegeville MN and spent four years as a teacher of French and Italian as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.
Creator and co-creator of more than 85 music theater scores with over 2000 regional, national and international performances.
Composer and vocalist for commercials like, Mall of America’s “There’s a Place For Fun In Your Life”, Paul Wellstone’s 1996 campaign theme “We Can Do Better”, Isaac Misrahi’s Target campaign “Cross Country” and Hormel Co. “Pam, Don’t Take My SPAM”.
Band leader for The Coasters, The Platters, The Marvelettes, The Shirelles. Music Director for Gene Pitney (Town Without Pity) from 1986-2006.
2010 Inductee Mid-America Music Hall of Fame and 2010 Inductee Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
He has written hundreds of jingles, songs and underscores for commercials, including composing and producing all the music for two “Sesame Street Live” shows, which toured the world.
Peter was the house band drummer for two American Public Radio weekly shows that were heard nationally: “Good Evening” and “First House on the Right,” where played with Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, and Harry Connick Jr., among many others.
Peter still exhibits his drumming versatility; in appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, he’s played Klezmer music with Doc Severinson, and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He plays often with “Synergy,” one of the elite variety bands in the Twin Cities. He is the principal percussionist with the Minnesota Sinfonia, a 26-piece chamber orchestra. He makes frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Peter has played with Michael Bolton, Sister Sledge, Freda Payne, Trisha Yearwood, Chuck Berry, David Gaines, and Donny Osmond, among many others. He also does recording sessions with local artists.
Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432