The Cedar Presents
STEEP CANYON RANGERS with Calamity and the Owl
Thu, May 11, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
Cedar Cultural Center
$30 General Admission / $40 Center Section
This event is all ages
This is a seated show, with a center section of seats located directly in front of the stage.
General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and at The Cedar during shows.
Center Section tickets are available online, by phone, and at The Cedar during shows.
Members Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit) are also known for collaborations with actor/comedian and respected banjo player Steve Martin and esteemed singer-songwriter Edie Brickell.
The Steep Canyon Rangers' RADIO was produced by fourteen-time GRAMMY® winner, Jerry Douglas (John Oates, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury Band) and recorded at Asheville, NC's Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The album's twelve all-original bluegrass/ Americana tracks were written by Sharp, Humphrey, Platt and Guggino in varying degrees, including a few co-writes with fellow musicians such as Phil Barker of the Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain.
RADIO follows Steep Canyon Rangers' 2013 release, Tell the Ones I Love, which Bluegrass Today praised as "…a great mixture of today's bluegrass styles, excellent harmonies, and a few surprises…an excellent album…"
Brothers Josh and Jared Killfoil have been making music together in some form or another since they were children. Growing up in their family's Pentecostal church, they were deeply influenced by the hymns and harmonies they heard there.
As teenagers, Jared and Josh met percussionist Raquel Sidie-Wagner, and quickly became inseparable. Even then creating music together was a vital part of their relationship. If only recordings existed of their two, entirely made up bands, The Schelmptchyns and The Pink Dressies. Maybe not if only...
All three of them moved from Grand Forks, North Dakota, where they were raised, to Minneapolis, Minnesota shortly after high school, where the desire to create music that could be taken a bit more seriously grew stronger. Jared and Josh began writing a lot of music together, and initially played as a duo under the name "The Campbell Brothers," for the street on which they grew up.
In late 2009/early 2010, Jared and Josh decided to expand this idea, renamed themselves Calamity and The Owl for two infamous outlaws, and looked to form a full band. They asked Raquel to come on board for percussion, and sought out other instrumentalists via ads. The original members, Andy Carroll on upright bass and Josh Misner on fiddle, along with Jared, Josh, and Raquel, all played their first show together in April of 2010 at Honey in Northeast Minneapolis.
For nearly two years Calamity played weekly at the Nomad World Pub with the Union Suits and Cadillac Kolstad. Later they would play a monthly residency for 2 years at Hell's Kitchen as well. In fall of 2016, The Handsome Family, an indie band best known for the theme song to the first season of True Detective, chose Calamity to open for them at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
Jon Olson came in on upright bass in early 2015. Razz Russell took over on fiddle for many years, having to retire in 2015. Jac Cornelius stepped in on pedal steel and electric guitar until his move to Chicago in 2015, and now Dustin Kleingartner as filled that role.
Ever-changing and always growing. Calamity and The Owl hopes to continue making music sounds that people's ears enjoy for many years to come.
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454