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Mark Koenig


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Load the Cannon

local jammers Yam Cannon releases sophomore album

Mark Koenig

Ka-BLYAMMO!! You just got shot with a Yam Cannon! You are now fully injected with tuber rock from a three-piece outfit that place themselves among the kin of Crazy Horse and Talking Heads.

Chippewa Valley cremation services

post-mortem pet care

Mark Koenig

We all look with heartache to the day our precious pet turns in its “best friend badge” and “snuggle card” and heads for that catnip patch or Beggin’ Strip oasis in the sky.

Phil Cook & His Feat

one third of Megafaun releases 'Hungry Mother Blues'

Mark Koenig

“This whole project happened during the middle of the busiest time in my life,” Phil Cook said, referring to his latest solo release, Phil Cook & His Feat.

Something In the Air

the glory and tradition of air guitar competitions

Mark Koenig

“Expect the unexpected, unless I do something you’d totally expect just to fool you.” – Magic Cyclops, air guitar rival to champion Romeo dance Cheetah

Willy Porter Comes Back

the Heyde books one the Valley’s favorite folksters

Mark Koenig

Willy Porter performances have been called “dazzling,” his recordings exhibit a “genre-defying maverick,” and he has been pinned a “master.” He is an accomplished finger-style acoustic ...

The Last Waltz

stage production immortalizes The Band’s farewell show

Mark Koenig

John Prine

State Theatre scores major show with folk superstar

Mark Koenig

Dylan called his songs “Midwestern mind trips to the Nth degree.” His lyrics have been covered by Johnny Cash, George Straight, and 10,000 Maniacs.

Guess Who + Rick Springfield

Northern WI State Fair main stage will classically rock

Mark Koenig

The main stage at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair will be cowboy-bootin’ and hit parading with Phil Vassar, The Guess Who, Chris Young, and the man who has been yearning for Jessie’s Girl since 1981, Rick Springfield.

2010 MSPIFF Features Animation Workshops

Mark Koenig

The 28th Annual Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival will be showing more than 145 films from over 60 countries over a two-week period at the St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis.

It's Gallagher!

the 80s comedy icon comes to Ramada ready to smash stuff

Mark Koenig

Raincoats, garbage bags, sunglasses with windshield wipers, and an endurance for food squandering are necessary carry-ons for a Gallagher show.

Releasing Wookiefoot

Minneapolis‘s psychedelic explosion to release album

Mark Koenig

Wookiefoot, the Minneapolis band, the psychedelic circus, the artist collective and globe-trekking bliss junkies are currently on a CD release tour for their latest album.

Your Golden Ticket

Infamous Chocolate Factory Coming to the State Theatre

Mark Koenig, photos by Marisa Wojcik

Let me ask a question, “Who can take a sunrise / Sprinkle it with dew / Cover it in chocolate / And a miracle or two?”

Debauchery Downtown

‘Carnivalé of Debauchery’ slinks into the Stones Throw

Mark Koenig

Titillating, provoking, awakening, and enamoring. Such is the Carnivalé of Debauchery and Deviance.

Second City Is Back for Seconds

Chicago’s Second City Touring Company to bring the funny

Mark Koenig

“... like a cross between wisecracking super delegates and an alcoholic uncle …"

Everyone Orchestra

campfire party band is everything but predictable

Mark Koenig

The Everyone Orchestra will be improvising their genre-gaping talents at the Mabel Tainter.

Standing Eau-vation

music teacher composes the original soundtrack to Eau Claire's life

Mark Koenig, photos by Andrea Paulseth

We are the ones local composer Dennis Luginbill is observing and applauding in his composition.

Mason Jennings

singer/songwriter gets even deeper with new album, tour

Mark Koenig

Mason Jennings is a playful singer, an entangler of melody and lyric ...


Latino dance band at Heyde Center

Mark Koenig

Strung Up North

The New North String Band hitting some high notes

Mark Koenig

Strung Up North

Mark Koenig

Eau Claire bluegrass outfit The New North String Band hits some high notes

Doing Their Best Jagger

Rolling Stones tribute act ‘Satisfaction’ at The State

Mark Koenig

Satisfaction, a nationally celebrated Stones cover band is coming to The State Theatre.

Trampled by Turtles

Duluth’s bluegrass gods head to Menomonie

Mark Koenig

The Mabel Tainter Theater will play host to Trampled by Turtles’ latest trod through the area.

Winter ‘Blue’ Grass Festival

Mabel Tainter pulls in some of Midwest’s best bluegrass

Mark Koenig

Liberate yourself from the seasonal mix of cabin fever and slush-socks ...

You Tubing Carnegie

Mark Koenig

If you have some talent and a camera, you have the opportunity to play the historic hall.

Pert Near Perfect

Twin Cities bluegrass band a high-energy hootenanny

Mark Koenig

The Pert gents revert one’s psyche to back country waterside jams

A Trio of Duos

Hymn for Her, The Sidekicks side-by-side for two shows

Mark Koenig

Both Jeff White and James Ignacio are accomplished singer-songwriters who share ...


Iowa band spans more genres than its name has vowels

Mark Koenig

Calypso, bluegrass, reggae, samba, Afrobeat, Afro-Cuba and funk ...

Mike Mangione

Chicago singer-songwriter comes to the House of Rock

Mark Koenig

éA definite must have for any fan of folk and Indie music genres."

Fat Fest Still Phat

Mark Koenig

Fat Fest is furiously forthcoming once again with more great bands, camping, and good vibes.