WINONArts and East Side Productions will be presenting a series of concerts called the Great Minnesota Music Series to highlight and celebrate the breadth and impeccable quality of our state’s musical heritage. The inaugural concert on Saturday April 11th at 7pm will feature two of the finest contemporary musicians in thestate, both appearing together on the same bill: Erik Koskinen and Corey Medina (and Brothers Band).
This concert’sproceeds will go to the next phases of renovation of the former Masonic Theatre, 251 Main Street, (where the event will be held) acoustically one of the most exciting rooms in the region beloved by musicians.
Corey Medina (and Brothers band)
There are few voices quite as powerful, as soulful as Corey Medina’s. Listen to four notes of just one of his originalsongs and you will agree. Corey is a Native American Blues Artist from Shiprock, NM. Shiprock is on the Navajo Tribal Nation where Corey was born and raised. He moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 and collaborated with Incepticons Entertainment. Through Incepticons Entertainment Corey released his debut album “Old Dog Crying” in May of 2015, produced by Garlic Brown Beats. Corey now plays, writes and produces with the Incepticons team full time and also travels with his band known as “The Brothers”, hence Corey Medina & Brothers. Corey refers to the Brothers as a representation of the relationship he likes to keep with his fellow band mates. Currently the Brothers band consist of Eric Sundeen of Bemidji, MN on Drums and Gary Broste also from Bemidji, on upright bass. They set out to spread light to dark, and hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage presence.
His latest single Home, can be heard here
Sprouted from a blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, raised in Northern
Michigan and upper New York state, then living in urban Minneapolis and now, rural Minnesota, Koskinen grew up with the rhythms of weather, factory towns, and farmlands. Koskinen worked in construction for years as he developed his music career, and he now resides on a farm near where he owns a recording studio in Cleveland, Minnesota, population 717. The Minnesota songsmith most recently announced the release of Burning The Deal featuring Amelia Fleetwood (daughter of Mick). Koskinen’s albums are a lyrical and musical metaphor of America’stheaters of war, history, relationships, and reflections in the mirror.
Tickets are available at Eventbrite, and are for general admission- first come first served. Cash bar available. Get your tickets here!