The Americana Showcase concert series unveiled its spring lineup of musical performers and bands this week. The accent will be on connecting Rochester audiences to the Midwest musical scene by featuring both new and familiar acts to the area.
The season will resonate with various themes: couples and Cupid in February, female-driven bands in March and wind up with Six Mile Grove and Reina Del Cid, fronted by a talented folk rock artist out of Minneapolis, in May. All concerts take place at Rochester Civic Theatre.
The series begins:
Feb. 17. Romance will be in the air at the February concert, featuring at least two couples-based groups. The headliner will be Chicago singers Michael McDermott and his wife, Heather Horton.
Dana Cooper, a Nashville singer-songwriter well-known to the Americana audience, and Sally Barris, a Minnesota native who now lives in Nashville, also will perform. The concert also will feature the Dovetailers, the husband-and-wife team of Brandon Sampson and Heather Sampson.
March 16. Voices of Women will spotlight two female-led bands from Minneapolis. Chastity Brown, dubbed by critics as a “rocking, rolling encyclopedia of roots music,” and her band will perform, as well Molly Maher and the Disbelievers. Brown has performed at the showcase before but never with her band.
April 20 will feature Jason Ringenberg, frontman for Jason and the Scorchers, bringing his raucous, rockabilly-style of music to Rochester. Ringenberg will headline the concert with Brandon Sampson, Six Mile Grove guitarist John Wheeler and Hayward Williams opening.
May 18. The season will wind up with Minneapolis-based Reina Del Cid, which will open for the season’s final performance, followed by headliner Six Mile Grove and its five-piece alternative country band. Tentative plans are for Six Mile Grove to release a new CD at the concert, Wheeler said.
“Our plan is over the course of January, February, March and April to nail down our existing new songs, finish up ones that haven’t been performed and get recorded professionally with a product to have on the table,” Wheeler said.
Tickets cost $19 in advance and $24 at the door. Season passes cost $70 and are good for every show in the 2016 spring season.