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JON STICKLEY TRIO with Root River Jam

  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The Cedar and KFAI Present

JON STICKLEY TRIO with Root River Jam

Monday, August 20, 2018 / Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm

All Ages

$15 General Admission

This is a seated show. Tickets are available online, by phone, and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

An instrumental band that showcases great musicianship, high level improvisation, and tight arrangements
— No Depression

Jon Stickley Trio

Jon Stickley Trio returns to The Cedar following on their debut performance in 2016. Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio whose deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.

Jon Stickley Trio announces a change in lineup beginning in January 2018 with new drummer, Hunter Deacon, who is both classically trained and boasts heavy jazz influences. Hailing from the ever-hip Knoxville, Tennessee, Hunter studied with drummer Keith Brown and received a BM in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee. Deacon then went on to complete a six month residency at a jazz club in Hangzhou, China where he performed seven nights a week. Since his return, he’s played with Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, toured the country with Sam Lewis, and performs with guitarist Mike Baggetta.

Dave King (of The Bad Plus) joined forces with Jon Stickley Trio to produce 2017’s Maybe Believe and 2015’s Lost At Last (which The New York Times called “both respectful and free”) in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the esteemed Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The Trio slipped a self-produced 5-track EP, Triangular, into the mix in December of 2016.

“In a time when a lot of instrumental music feels more like math than art, Jon Stickley Trio reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music,” says Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.


Root River Jam

Root River Jam is a cross genre "Americana" group based in SE MN. Their original music includes styles from folk, country, rock, blues, Celtic, and jazz.

Singer / guitarist Dave Wilson melds his life experiences into song. Growing up the son of a veterinarian on a farm near Preston, MN. He has helped out on many farms throughout the region. His mother taught Dave and his siblings to play piano, and to sing melody and harmony. He started writing music during his middle school years and composing songs with an ear for nontraditional chord voicing's and melodies.

Listeners instantly connect with expressive melodies, improvisation, and interaction while recalling the "jams" of the past and renewing the dreams of the future! 

Root River Jam released their debut album in March, 2017. After a wildly successful release party in Rochester, MN, they have been traveling to new destinations promoting their music. 2017 proved to be a breakout year and one of transition. While still playing their favorites places, they are seeking to play new shows at festivals and music events.

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