In the fall of 2017, David Huckfelt left behind the familiar—the comfort of his home in Minneapolis; the camaraderie of his critically acclaimed band, The Pines; the luxuries of heat, hot water, and electricity—and relocated to Isle Royale, America’s most remote and least visited national park in mighty Lake Superior. Six hours by boat off the Michigan coast, Isle Royale is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater lake, an isolated stretch of wilderness seemingly forgotten by the 20th century (to say nothing of the 21st). There, as an Artist In Residence selected by the National Park Service, Huckfelt spent ten hours a day for two straight weeks writing in solitude, channeling the mysterious and lonesome island’s spirits into his stunning debut solo album, Stranger Angels, slated to release Feb 22nd, 2019.
“The island is surrounded by 300 smaller islands, decrepit lighthouses and abandoned mines, lined with shipwrecks, ghosts, and the stories of the northern Ojibway, fisherman, and early settlers,” Huckfelt reflects. “I brought a mountain of notebooks and poetry and history books with me”, says Huckfelt, “and for the first time in nearly a decade, I found the solitude, depth, range, danger, beauty, and inspiration to go all kinds of places in my writing that I hadn't had the space to visit before. With a sense of place so strong, it was less like an anchor and more like a launching pad to free up and access all kinds of places from throughout my life. It’s easy to travel anywhere in your mind in that kind of solitude, your whole experience rises up from the deep.”
Indeed, the music is both transportive and reflective, focused inwards even as it draws on an abundance of outside influence. Hypnotic banjo and gentle acoustic guitar meet trippy public domain samples and shimmering soundscapes underneath Huckfelt’s stark, raw vocals as he wrestles with questions of fate and faith, responsibility and independence, connection and loss. A thread of deep ecology runs through these songs, but not the cute bumper sticker kind, the gritty, “what-comes-next-if-we-don’t-change-our-ways” kind. “Isle Royale used to have fifty wolves in five packs…” Huckfelt says, “now there’s only one left. Cycles are cycles but it’s the height of pride to think we (humans) aren’t the major player.” The title track “Stranger Angels” brings this point home strongest, with the narrator longing for a place “where (he) won’t make the greedy richer”, and the fierce grip of climate change manifests in lyrics like “Wild mustangs starve in the hills outside Las Vegas… and the West is burning like a lake of fire.”
As the son of Italian immigrants living in the midwest, it is surprising that a banjo found its way into the hands of Michael Rossetto. As a self taught banjoist and guitarist, Rossetto moved from Wisconsin to the Twin Cities in ‘97 and began writing and recording instrumental music with his quartet, Spaghetti Western String Co. After four records, two MN Music Awards (2005, 2006) and a handful of silent film score performances, the group disbanded in 2010.
He spent the last several years working as a sideman for The Pines, David Huckfelt, Pieta Brown, Frankie Lee, Erik Koskinen and Buffalo Gospel.
In 2015 he began recording what would become Intermodal Blues, a collection of instrumental music that is a homage to the global music well that Rossetto draws inspiration from. Intermodal Blues was produced by Twin Cities drummer/percussionist, JT Bates along with Chris Bates (bass) and Jim Anton (doshpuluur). The collection of songs are heavily influenced by Rossetto's travels to his parents’ villages in Italy, the deserts of north western India and the winter back roads in the Midwest. Intermodal Blues will be released on Minneapolis jazz/improv label, Shifting Paradigm Records in February 2019.
Dave Simonett sings, plays guitar and writes songs for the acoustic band Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter is his electric rock & roll band featuring a cast of talented musicians that happen to be dear friends. Simonett will open the evening with a short, acoustic, solo set.ticket link Add to calendar
Living legends The Drug Budget are a ten-piece garage orchestra fronted by fraternal step-brothers David W. Gibson and Linus Kangas. Formed in 2009, they have worked consistently to become the Midwest’s must-see live performance, described by The Current’s Dave Campbell as “my favorite band” and by Brother Ali as “better than me.”ticket link Add to calendar
The 1st Annual Funky Brew Medina Beer Festival will be held in our Ballroom event space on Saturday, April 20th 2019 from 1-4 PM.
We will have beer samplings from 20+ breweries!
During the event time there will be live music and other activities to occupy your time!!
Food from Robert's Bar & Restaurant will be available for purchase.
We will also have concessions available in the Ballroom space. Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea, so having a bite to eat before and during is a must! No outside food or drinks will be permitted.
Advance Tickets: $30 plus tax/fees.
Designated Driver Tickets: $10 plus tax/fees.
Day of Event Tickets: $35 plus tax/fees.
This is a 21+ event, all ticket holders must provide a valid form of
Free overnight parking is available on site, so plan accordingly.
We are also offering a special Beer Fest rate at our Medina Inn across the parking lot. Just mention the Funky Brew Medina Beer fest to get the rate of $69.95 + tax. Call today to reserve your room!
For more information contact Brent Neumann @ 763-478-6661 or via email: email@example.com
It's gonna be a busy Saturday so let's go!! Come join Riess from Fulton for the 1st of 2 free in-store tastings from 1-4p.m. He will be pouring all your Fulton favorites from 300 to Lonely Blonde including our limited Grapefruit Lonely Blonde as well.Check out Hennepin Lake Liquor Add to calendar
Want to try your luck at winning something great to cook for Easter brunch or dinner? Then head down to our taproom between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.
There will be 5 chances to win every half hour starting at 2:00pm and sponsored by Peterson Meats. If you wear your Fulton Meat Raffle T-shirt, you'll get extra chances to win!
MEAT MEAT MEAT!!!!Check out Peterson Meats Add to calendar
Early music for the early birds | Even more music + karaoke for the night owls.
Proceeds benefit Minneapolis' own Sexual Violence Center.
Join us for live local music featuring The Remembers, The_Miami_Dolphins (minneapolis, mn), Lion Around, Soft Topics, Prathloons, and The Hand!
21+ / $5 — plus opportunities to give a little $ extra $ directly to SVC. $1 of every Fulton Beer sold goes to SVC
More about Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM): https://www.nsvrc.org/saam #IASK
More about the Sexual Violence Center (SVC): https://www.sexualviolencecenter.org/
The Hand — http://www.the-hand.net
Prathloons — https://prathloons.bandcamp.com
Soft Topics — https://softtopics.bandcamp.com
Lion Around — https://www.facebook.com/LionAroundMN
The Miami Dolphins — https://themiamidolphins.bandcamp.com
The Remembers — http://www.remembersmpls.com