February 1, 2012 – Northfield music favorites Meredith Fierke, Steve McKinstry and Dylan McKinstry will play a concert in tandem with Twin Cities legend-in-the-making Chris Koza for a night of intimate, acoustic, atmospheric pop-folk music at the Northfield Arts Guild on Friday, February 10 at 8pm.
Fierke and the McKinstrys will be previewing material from their highly anticipated new album which will be released this spring. “This is by far the best music I’ve ever made,” says Fierke. “Steve and Dylan each bring something unique to the table, and together we’re creating something that I’m very excited about. I can’t wait for people to hear these songs.”
Fierke’s previous album, 2008’s The Procession, garnered so much attention that Minneapolis radio station Cities 97 placed her song Train’s Song on the prestigious Cities Sampler. Later that year, she was named Northfield’s best performing musician by the Northfield Entertainment Guide. The extra amount of time she and the McKinstrys have taken in recording their new album has created a lot of conversation amongst the Northfield music scene. “People have been wondering what they’re up to,” said local music promoter Rich Larson. “I’ve had a chance to hear most of the new album. The extra time and work really shows. Every song is a knock out. It’s going to be a real treat to hear this music in a great room like the one at the NAG.”
The show at the NAG is the second of a month-long tour of small coffee houses and arts venues that Koza is making throughout Minnesota. This comes fast on the heels of a two month West Coast tour with his band Rogue Valley. “I love seeing road warrior performers like Chris,” said Larson. “The best time to catch a singer/songwriter is in the middle of a long touring cycle like the one he’s in right now. He’s had some opportunity to flesh out his music in front of a lot of different audiences, which is really the best way to develop a song. This is going to be a very good night of music.”
“The thing that really strikes me is the $10 ticket price,” said Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “You’d pay $25-$30 for this exact show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis or the Fitzgerald in St. Paul. And, frankly, the NAG is a far more intimate setting. For fans of good music, this isn’t bargain. It’s a steal.”
The Northfield Arts Guild is located at 304 Division Street South. Doors will open at 7:30, and the music will start at 8:00. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.left-handedentertainment.com or at the door the night of the show. For more information, contact the Northfield Arts Guild at (507) 645-8877 or Rich Larson at (612)756-0490.
I got this email from Dylan McKinstry earlier this week:
Hi Griff, I wanted to let you know about a cool event that we’re putting on next week. I’m performing alongside Meredith Fierke and Steve McKinstry at the new Carleton Weitz Center Theater on Sunday, November 13th at 7 pm.
We are the first local artists to have a significant spotlight in the new space, and we, along with Carleton, are hoping to use it as an invitation to the community to come see the new building, and see local musicians play.
For details on the free 7 pm performance on Sunday Nov. 13, see Jessica Paxton’s well-written blog post on Northfield.org: Meredith Fierke & The McKinstrys to Perform in Concert at Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity.
Ryan Heinritz, the new Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, stopped by my table at GBM yesterday and asked if I was attending Meredith Fierke’s concert on Friday at the Paradise. Yah.
But this reminded me that I hadn’t put up my photos from a month ago when Robbie and I and more than a few other Northfielders attended the Willow Brae concert at the Paradise, featuring former Northfielder Laura MacKenzie and Andrea Stern.
We got an email from Scott Kelly yesterday: "I just got my monthly Cities97 newsletter and while checking out the new Cities Sampler discovered that Meredith will be included on the upcoming volume."
Local musicians Meredith Fierke, Steve and Dylan Mckinstry, and photographer Dan Iverson are arriving in Austin, Texas today to participate in the South by Southwest music and film festival. Fierke is performing at the Touche bar on Saturday and will play “Train’s Song,” a song inspired by the trains traveling through Northfield, Minn. Below are video interviews with Fierke and Iverson shot in Fierke’s home on Monday.