The Music and Observations of Randy Newman

Mick Sterling Presents

The Music and Observations of Randy Newman

Wed · November 28, 2018

7:30 pm

$25.00

Off Sale

On Randy's 75th Birthday!

Considered one of America's premier composers and lyricists, the songs of Randy Newman has influenced all of the great songwriters of popular music and lovers of film for decades with his unmistakable orchestral beauty and dry-witted humor and commentary.

Mick Sterling Presents THE MUSIC AND OBSERVATIONS OF RANDY NEWMAN is a special night performed on piano and lead vocals by the highly capable and talented hands of Twin Cities favorite Peter Guertin. Joining Peter will be Mick Sterling on vocals, along with special guests including Leslie Ball, Katie Gearty, Mary Jane Alm and Michelle Cassioppi.

With songs such as Baltimore, Louisiana, Marie to name a few and scores from legendary films Ragime and Toy Story, Peter Guertin will honor the influential and quintessential American songbook written and composed by the legendary Randy Newman.

Mick Sterling
Mick Sterling
Mick Sterling is celebrating his 38th year in the music business. His career, like any musician doing it as long as he has, has experienced many changes, highlights, low-lights and everything in between. What may be of interest to all of you is that even after all of this time, Sterling is finding new musical and theatrical challenges and more excited about being in the music business than ever before.
Within those 38 years, Sterling has transformed himself from a young and energetic lead singer of throw-together bands in to one of the most recognized names in the Twin Cities music scene. His band he led for 17 years and recently inducted in to the Mid-West and Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, MICK STERLING AND THE STUD BROTHERS, falls in the category of the other legendary Twin Cities Soul and R&B bands such as Doug Maynard, Willie and the Bees, Lamont Cranston and others. The band ended regular performances in 2005, but have performed periodic shows at their home base of BUNKERS MUSIC BAR AND GRILL since 2011 to rave reviews by huge crowds. Mick Sterling and his company Mick Sterling Presents produces over 20 theatrical and live music shows all around the midwest region.
Peter Guertin
Peter Guertin
Peter started with Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop in 1989, 60 comedy revues later he is still tickling the ivories for the BNW. Hes been playing improvisational piano since 1973 when he was in a junior high school improv company. His first improvisation teacher was named Ert Jones Hermerding. One of the most influential theater teacher/director hes ever had. He wasalso in a troupe in college by the name of The Altered State Players. Pete loves teaching musical improv.
Mary Jane Alm
Mary Jane Alm
Mary Jane Alm and the band have had, and are still having, a great ride. They have opened shows for countless national acts. They recorded at Paisley Park, Creation, Cookhouse and numerous other great studios in Minneapolis with Tom Tucker, Peter Johnson, Scott Malchow and some other big shot from Nashville and most recently, with Grammy award winner, Steve Hodge, who produced, engineered, mixed and mastered her newest record, "Me and the Wild Blue".

The Mary Jane Alm Band is; Boyd Lee on acoustic guitar and vocals, Gordy Johnson on bass, Scooter Nelson on percussion and vocals and Brian Peters on guitar and pedal steel. They are the absolute best!

"Of all Twin Cities performers, no one is more adored than Mary Jane Alm, a talented charmer with golden vocal chords, disarming sincerity, an impressive collection of original tunes and a hot, high-caliber band." - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Leslie Ball
Leslie Ball
Singer, producer, and writer Leslie Ball has performed on theater stages and in music clubs around the region and the country - from a summer serving as the Poet Laureate for the St. Paul Chautauqua Festival, to opening for Ellen DeGeneres at the Guthrie Theater, from singing back-up for Gene Pitney at Carnegie Hall and later for the filming of his concert for Connecticut Public Television, to co-writing and starring in the award-winning concert-play Painting It Red at Berkeley Repertory Theater and Pittsburgh's City Theater.

Leslie's first solo recording Loring Park earned her a Minnesota Music Award for best female songwriter. Many musicians, including Helen Reddy and Nick Lowe, have performed and recorded Leslie's material written as part of the critically acclaimed duo Les Rue and rock band Rue Nouveau. She currently performs with bassist Anthony Cox and guitarist Dean Magraw.

In August of 1991, Leslie launched BALLS Cabaret, a weekly experimental stage for artists of any discipline, at any level of experience. BALLS is now in its fifteenth year and continually wins awards as the best open stage in town. BALLS was cited in The New York Times as a "must-see" while in the Twin Cities and the local press often refers to Leslie as "the den mother of the Twin Cities art community." BALLS Cabaret is a welcoming, supportive community where people of all ages can enjoy a sober environment. As someone in recovery herself, Leslie spent more than a decade in the public schools teaching young people struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Colleagues described her as the "heart and soul" of their school community, and parents continue to testify to her healing impact in their children's lives. Leslie was awarded the Hawkinson Peace and Justice Award for her work as an artist and educator.

Leslie earned her MFA at New York University's Tisch Graduate School of the Arts in Writing for Music Theater. She earned a Master of Divinity (with a concentration in the arts) at United Theological Seminary. She leads a weekly spiritual circle at Hennepin Church in downtown Minneapolis where she also teaches restorative yoga (called Open Yoga) Leslie is a certified yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance; she earned her yoga teacher training at Kripalu and Corepower. She leads retreats in spiritual discernment using yoga, music, poetry and ritual.
Michelle Cassioppi
Michelle Cassioppi
Michelle is a graduate of Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN – home of the Straw Hat Players, Ralph’s Corner Bar and the enticing smell of the sugar beet refinery.

Michelle also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in London … England – home of Queen Elizabeth, Covent Gardens and the enticing smell of old oil from the fish-n-chips stands.

Michelle has performed with lots of great people in lots of great plays.Maybe you saw her one time at one of these theatres; Illusion Theatre, Old Log Theatre, History Theatre, MN Shakespeare Project, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Mystery Cafe, Jungle Theatre, The Recovery Party, Table Salt Productions, Theatre in the Round, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Theater L’Homme Dieu or Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop.
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432