Our Music Committee searches far and wide to invite unique and talented musicians to perform at ArtStart on the indoor or outdoor stages.
Past performers include: Drew Peterson, The Lowest Pair, Robert "One Man" Johnson, Charlie Parr, Brothers Burn Mountain, Lee Henke and Ira Wolf, J.E. Sunde, Shoestring Joe and the Star Thief, Humbird, Joe and Vicki Price, Scott Kirby, and Boat Patrol.
We are fortunate in who has performed at ArtStart in the past. As a non-profit, we cannot afford most of them, which is why we suggest a $10 admission donation. All concert admission donations pay the musicians.
A beer and wine cash bar is open during all evening concerts.
Co-hosted by WXPR, Local. Public. Radio
Thursday, April 11, 7-9 p.m.
Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kilgour's music is influenced by her life experiences including relationships, parenthood, divorce, and sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy.
Thursday, May 9, 7-9 p.m.
Say the name Howard “Guitar” Luedtke, and little more needs to be said. Howard is a staple in the Blues scene and with good reason. He has 40 plus years of playing guitar in both the Midwest and on the international stage.
In 1964 he got his first guitar and today, when he picks up his Les Paul, he will transport you into the world of the blues. He in incredibly talented and his passion and love for what he does shows.
He can also be seen performing solo, as a duo with his wife Deb Klossner on bass, or with his full band Blue Max, that also includes a talented line up of drummers.
Howard’s guitar playing is hard, fast and immaculate. He’s truly one of those players who lives in harmony with his instrument. That connection only comes with experience and an undying need to share this sound, which runs deep in your soul. ~ Scott Morfitt
Thursday, July 18, 7-9 p.m.
Victoria Vox is an ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Vox has lived in France, England, Nashville, Baltimore, and now resides in Costa Mesa, CA. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10, she studied at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and in 2003, she took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment.
Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006, Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene (Ukulele Magazine, front cover + feature article). However, she straddles into the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.
A stage name can be a becoming thing. "Vox" (in latin) means voice, and along with her care for the environment (1% for the Planet Member), she has written and donated songs to the American Aspergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation.
On a lighter note, she also has perfected the Mouth-Trumpet which, to some, is considered a form of "beat-boxing". Vox takes improvisational solos echoing the tones of trumpet genius, Chet Baker, solely with her voice. This odd and quirky talent, nonetheless, landed her on the Jay Leno Show (2009) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (2015).
Thursday, August 8, 7-9 p.m.
They may be a blur of motion when they perform live, but on their new release, "When You Crave a Sweetness," The Brothers Burn Mountain show that they're also inventive songwriters whose musical panorama extends beyond simple, athletic energy.
Recorded [in part] at Sparta Sound Studios in Sparta, Minn., with Rich Mattson at the helm, the new disc shows it's impossible to pin this duo - brothers Jesse and Ryan Dermody - down to any definitive sound or style, as they simply career from track to track with the abandon of a rabid dog in a vigorous mash-up of sensibilities.
Even the word eclectic comes up short describing the brothers Dermody.
What "When You Crave a Sweetness" brings to light is that they're talented musicians whose palette of aural shades and hues is so varied that they really are unclassifiable." - John Ziegler, The Duluth News Tribune
Outdoor Concert and Film Series
Friday, June 14, 6-9 p.m.
Boat Patrol began creating music in the Fall of 2017 in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Built on an improvisational base, the trio uses a trove of influences and techniques from genres like jazz, funk and electronic to create extensive musical landscapes and textures. Avoiding simple categorization, Boat Patrol explores every nook and cranny of the musical palate with each live performance serving as a unique portrait of the band.
"One of the Northwood's best and busiest musicians" is how the Northwoods Live Music Calendar describes Scott Kirby, an alternative blues rock singer/songwriter living in northern Wisconsin. Don Burnstick describes what Kirby has simply as "mojo". It's that mojo that is Kirby's signature sound.
Kirby has been exploring guitar and writing songs since the age of twelve. Kirby's wide range of influences helped hone his individual voice in songwriting. He notes his larger inspirations to be Bob Dylan, Neil Young, REM, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, and Johnny Cash. Band Camp Diaries says, "He has a unique approach to blending melody and attitude that makes me think of modern artists such as The Fray or Daughtry, just to mention a few."
Eat To The Beat: Lunchtime Concert Series
August 2 - Phyl Wickham
August 9 - Brett Schwartz
August 16 - Michael J. Fox
August 23 - Boat Patrol & Friends
August 30 - Brian McLaughlin
September 6 - Scott Kirby
September 13 - Nate Sheppard
September 20 - Stovepipe Stephens
ArtStart's outdoor stage. The perfect break on a sunny
summer Friday afternoon. All are welcome!
If it rains, we will use ArtStart's indoor stage.Bring your own chair or use one of ours. Don't forget sunscreen or a hat!
Sponsored by Associated Bank.