DAN LAYUS with The Social Animals and Hope Country

Live Nation Presents

DAN LAYUS with The Social Animals and Hope Country

Tue, January 31, 2017

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

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN

$22 Advance / $25 Day of show

This event is all ages

This is a standing show with an open floor.

Tickets are ​only ​available​ through Live Nation​ online​ (click the "Buy Tickets" button above).

Dan Layus
Dan Layus
Dan Layus, primarily known as the frontman of the critically acclaimed band Augustana, is set to release his debut solo album, 'Dangerous Things,' out October 21, 2016 on Plated Records/ADA.

'Dangerous Things' spans influences from Hank Williams to Tom Waits, from Dwight Yoakam to Woody Guthrie. The album was recorded in Nashville at SouthxSea Studios with minimal production. The lyrics are about life's struggles and its simple joys, and harmonies are provided by Muscle Shoals' own The Secret Sisters.

Of the new music, Layus explains, "I always knew this album was out there waiting, I just had to let it come to me. That was the most challenging part of this record. It was three years of repeatedly realizing I was trying too hard to write a perfect song. It all started to make sense and feel good as soon as I stopped treating songwriting like it was songwriting. Somewhere along the way I decided that if an idea was going to turn into a song on this album, then it had to be written organically and purely. It had to be an inspired moment that was unfolding melodically, musically and lyrically, all while making me feel something. Subsequently, that's how I recorded the songs -- I played the song live a few times in front of some microphones and when I felt something real happen, we moved onto the next one. The songs and recordings on this album are inspired by other people's stories and informed by my own experiences and I've never felt more proud or comfortable sharing an album as I feel with this one."

Layus spent 12 years as the creative force behind American roots-rock band Augustana. After years of grueling touring which took them from basements to amphitheaters, the band as unit had run its course and disbanded. Layus decided to keep the name and subsequently released another album and toured twice more as Augustana. In 2013 he moved to Nashville and found an immediate home in the songwriter community, penning songs for Platinum country artists and pop artists alike. In this new endeavor he also found something even more valuable -- the new sound he had been searching for and scratching at since the inception of Augustana.
The Social Animals
The Social Animals are a full-time, van-living, beer drinking young band hailing from Duluth, MN. Having been identified as "the opposite of Toby Keith", their music is somewhere along the lines of My Morning Jacket meets Leon Bridges, in story form.

They speak through elegantly sarcastic and thoughtful lyrics splattered across a canvas of Indie-­-Rock/Americana instrumentation. You wont see back flips from these guys on the stage, nor will you see them sliding on their knees... instead, you will experience a passionate and honest performance accompanied by dry commentary that will make you look up from your phone for once. The four(4) piece band performed over 200 shows in 2015 and when not on stage, they could be found either brushing their teeth in gas station sinks, or pounding their trailer with rocks on the side of the road like cavemen to make it to a show on time...a testament to their dedication. When the guys are not on the road they are writing and recording.

Having recently finished both an EP and Album, recorded by Steve Berlin (LosLobos, Deer Tick)at the prestigious Ice Cream Party Studios in Portland, OR (Modest Mouse), set to be released Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 respectively, the boys will be back on the road touring in support of both projects.
Hope Country
I believe that with love and encouragement we can change the worst of atmospheres," says Brent Johnson. His desire to create an environment and place of hope led him to start Hope Country in 2011.

Born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Brent had a desire to see the world and travel at an early age. He began playing in bands at 17 and has since toured in over 40 states as well as all over Canada.

Hope Country entered the studio in 2014 to record what would be come "Water, Land & Sky". With an emphasis on strong songwriting and storytelling lyrics, Hope Country has developed into a prime example of modern-day Americana. The record features two songs co-written with Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional, Twin Forks), was mixed by Jonathan Clark of Twin Forks, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Richard Dodd (The Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, The Lone Bellow). The record was released in August 2014, and hit number 8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart on its release day, and the video for "On Our Own" was featured on CMT Edge. Hope Country closed out 2014 with a run of sold out dates supporting Judah & The Lion.

"Water, Land & Sky" is more than just a record, its purpose is to bring hope to our whole world everywhere the music goes.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
http://www.thecedar.org/

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  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
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  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
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