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Stillwater Community Shapes Thrift Store Sonata’s New Album, ‘Old Wood & Kerosene’

If you get out and about in Stillwater, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Thrift Store Sonata at Summer Tuesdays, Log Jam, Lift Bridge Brewery and other music venues around town. This weekend, Thrift Store Sonata will release the band’s first album, “Old Wood and Kerosene” at Lift Bridge Brewery, playing with their friends The Cactus Blossoms (duo) and The Roe Family Singers. Tickets are $5, and available online here. The album is $10. Thrift Store Sonata — Chris Brown on guitar, Tuke Weston on bass, Dan Gerber on washboard and Alissa Jacobsen on fiddle — first started playing together a few years back. Continue Reading →

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ArtReach St. Croix Announces Full List of Events for ‘The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley’

ArtReach St. Croix has a bunch of events happening this spring as part of “The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley.” Events and book discussions centered around themes found in “Love Medicine” by Minnesota author Louise Erdrich will take place in April and May at venues across the valley. The Big Read’s events  include art exhibitions, an original theatre production, film screenings, guided nature hikes, performances and book discussions. Continue Reading →

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Hounds of Finn ‘Park the Bus’ at the Water Street Inn St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and the Hounds Of Finn want you to join them Mar. 13-15  at the Water Street Inn for their “Park the Bus Tour.” Of course, it’s not really a tour, but after spending last St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland touring through Celtic Journeys, they’re more than happy to be in one place this year. “It’s almost like we’re on tour for three days but just in one place,” Pete McCauley explained. Continue Reading →

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Captain Crash Bash 4 is March 1 at Water Street Inn

The annual Captain Crash Bash fundraiser is happening Sunday, March 1 at the Water Street Inn. The fourth annual Lakeview Hospice Fundraiser features 13 bands for $15 with a silent auction, raffle and food and drink specials. Music starts at 1 p.m.

Here’s the lineup:

Graphic by Paul Barber~Stillwater Live Music

Captain Crash Bash began in 2012 in memory of Jeff “Crash” Carter. So far, Captain Crash Bash has raised $25,000 for the Lakeview Hospice Program.

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ArtReach St. Croix Holiday Pop-Up Shop Open Through Dec. 28

ArtReach St. Croix’s pop-up gallery in downtown Stillwater will remain open until Sunday, Dec. 28. If you’re looking to add a little creativity to your holiday shopping this year, check out ArtReach St. Croix’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop that features original artwork by more than 45 local artists including jewelry, pottery, photography and more. The shop provides artists who do not normally sell through retail galleries with the opportunity to reach shoppers during the holiday shopping season. This year’s pop-up shop was made possible by building owner Mike Lynsky’s donation. Continue Reading →

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ArtReach St. Croix’s Pop-Up Gallery Will Open On Black Friday in Downtown Stillwater

ArtReach St. Croix’s pop-up holiday gift gallery will open at 10 a.m. Friday in downtown Stillwater. The pop-up gallery will open for five weeks, featuring paintings, pottery, post cards, glass, sculptures, textiles and jewelry created by more than 35 local artists, ArtReach St. Croix’s Executive Director Heather Rutledge said. The pop-up gallery will be located in the front half of the currently vacant space next door to QuickFire Pizza at 122 South Main St., Rutledge said. Continue Reading →

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Not Done Loving – A Documentary Film Screened By The Marine Film Society

Join us for a screening of NOT DONE LOVING. This is the third in a series of six documentary films presented by the Marine Community Library and the Marine Film Society.* Each film is FREE and will be screened the first Thursday of each month, October through March. The filmmaker will be present for a discussion after the film. A “wild Greek” moves into Marine on St. Croix and a special bond is formed between her and the town. Continue Reading →

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ST. CROIX BALLET: The 24th Annual Stillwater Nutcracker

St. Croix Ballet’s annual Nutcracker, directed by Susan Hovey, will be held at Stillwater Area High School on Thanksgiving weekend November 28th, 29th and 30th. Ms. Hovey, who took over as director of St. Croix Ballet last year after the retirement of founder Karla Sweeney, who stepped down due to a gallant 15-year battle with late stage breast cancer, said that a unique signature of St. Croix Ballet’s beloved seasonal classic is the half dozen young men that have grown up at the studio and now are highly talented dancers. Continue Reading →

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Oakdale Recreation Department Hosts ‘The Nature of Art’ Oct. 11

The Oakdale Recreation Department will be hosting its Annual Art Discovery Fair “The Nature of Art” on Saturday October 11 (9 am – 5 pm) and Sunday, October 12 (11 am – 4 pm) at the Discovery Center in the picturesque Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4444 Hadley Avenue North, Oakdale. Local artists and artisans will be displaying and selling their hand-crafted work which consists of paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, and more! This event is open to the public free of charge. Continue Reading →

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Valley Chamber Chorale, Music Saint Croix & the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra to Perform Free Concert Saturday

The Valley Chamber Chorale, Music Saint Croix and the St. Croix Jazz Concert will perform a free concert on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church. After a day in Stillwater at the Fall Colors Fine Art & Jazz Fest, head to Trinity Lutheran for an evening of music. Three of the Valley’s finest musical arts groups will perform separately, and together, for ”If Music be the Food of Love – Play and Sing On.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m at Trinity Lutheran Church (115 North 4th Street). Continue Reading →

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Fused Glass Candle Screen Class

Check out the new FUSED GLASS CLASSES at in Stillwater. Our next class is Friday August 8 6-8pm Fused Glass Candle Screen. Bring a picnic and get ready for a fun evening! 651-808-8603 Continue Reading →

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Attention Shutterbugs: Stillwater CVB Hosts Photography Contest

The Stillwater Visitors Bureau is hosting a photography contest. The Stillwater CVB invites photographers or people with a love for capturing great shots to submit their best Stillwater images by Sept. 14 for the chance to win up to $300 or a Stillwater Getaway. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Popular Vote winners who will all also receive recognition on the website, showcase in the 2015 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide and social media. The CVB encourages images from all four seasons. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Log Jam: 12 Questions with Ruben

With Log Jam right around the corner, Stillwater Current reached out to local band, Ruben, to answer a few questions before they hit the main stage on Friday, July 18. Ruben will play from 5:45-6:30 p.m. on the Freight House Music Stage in north Lowell Park. Ruben has recently released their EP “The Orchard.”

You can take a listen here. Without further adieu, here’s a bit about Ruben:

Briefly describe Ruben’s history. How did the band come to be? Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Community Theatre’s Presentation of ‘Peter Pan’ Opens Thursday

Stillwater Community Theatre’s presentation of “Peter Pan” opens tonight at Stillwater Area High School. More than 100 cast members will join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael and John in the high-flying Broadway musical July 10-13. “It’s amazing how so many different aged performers can come together in ‘Peter Pan,’ Director Haeri Tollefson said. “The kids are cute, the tunes are catchy, the cast sounds great and everyone is talented. What more could you ask for?” Continue Reading →

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3rd Annual Stillwater Live Music Days is June 26-29

The third annual Stillwater Live Music Days is happening this weekend in downtown. Live music will fill 8 venues in downtown Stillwater with 30 Bands through Sunday, June 29,

Here’s the lowdown:

Live music will be happening at the Water Street Inn, The Freight House, Brines, The Green Room, Pub 112, Madcapper, Shanghai Bistro & Luna Rossa. There is no cover. Here is the full lineup:

List of Artists/Bands

The Tommy Bentz Band

Paisley Road

Thistle & Rose

Sons of Soul

Eric Olson

Two Right Brains

The J.B. Stone Band

Josh Lassi

Jen Wanovich

Critical Mass

Bad Girlfriend

Steve Daly

Dave Bettie

High & Mighty

The Kurt Jorgensen Band

Andrea Jeitz

Michael Zimmerman

The Modern Era

Missing Letters

The SoupBones

Waves Collide

Ali Washington

Soul Mates

Trandy Blue

Tumblin’ Dice

Kurt Jorgensen (solo)

Marcus Lere

The event is presented by Bam Productions. Want more local stuff? Continue Reading →

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Sign Up for St. Croix Battle of the Bands Contest in Lake Elmo

The St. Croix Battle of the Bands is back and will take place during the 38th annual Huff’n Puff softball tournament in Lake Elmo. The city of Lake Elmo is looking for 6 to 8 bands to compete by playing a 15-minute, 3-song set of covers or originals tunes. The bands will be judged on overall performance, technique, stage presence and crowd interaction and appearance/image. Submit a demo here or mail MP3 or CD format to City of Lake Elmo, Battle of the Bands, 3800 Laverne Ave. Continue Reading →

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ArtReach Receives 15K Grant for The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley

ArtReach St. Croix was one of 77 organizations nationwide to recently receive a $15,000 grant to host to host The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Continue Reading →

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PD Pappy’s Opens Friday with Music by Good for Gary and Vintage Raggs

PD Pappy’s is opening for the season this weekend. Pappy’s will open on Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m. Good for Gary and Vintage Raggs will kick off the season of live music starting at 9 p.m.

Here’s a list of musicians who will be playing Pappy’s this summer:

Kurt Jorgensen Band

Uncle Chunk

G.B. Leighton

High & Mighty

Good, Bad & the Funky

Vintage Raggs

Face First

Good for Gary


Root City Band

Free Fallin

Sell Out Stereo

Saving Starz

Critical Mass

Jeff Loven

Dave Burkart

Mark Stary


Shirtz & Skinz

Dirty Word

Devon Worley Band

Brat Pack Radio

Inglorious Hellcats

Make sure to head over to PD Pappy’s website for up to date band listings and show times. Pappy’s has live music Thursdays through Sundays in the summer, and there’s never a cover charge. Check out the band calendar. Want more local stuff? Continue Reading →

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Take a Peek at ArtReach St. Croix’s Birdhouse Auction

From ArtReach St. Croix:

What happens when you ask 50 St. Croix Valley artists to take a blank birdhouse and create a unique piece of art? An opportunity to help the arts soar!The ArtReach St. Croix Birdhouse Auction will feature a silent auction, a live auction with auctioneer Lee Ann Vande Kamp, music by The Barley Jacks trio, scrumptious hors d’ouevres and more. Continue Reading →

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Shhhh…. City Council Says ArtReach Can Have Outdoor Music, So Long As It’s Not Amplified


If musicians play outdoors during ArtReach St. Croix’s Front Porch Series this year, they will have to unplug—literally. The Stillwater City Council on Tuesday approved a special use permit allowing outdoor events at ArtReach Alliance, but with a particularly unique twist: outdoor music cannot be amplified. ArtReach St. Croix requested the outdoor permit to host live music in the yard during the nonprofit’s Front Porch Series, Children’s Art Fair and a couple other small events. Continue Reading →

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Summer Set Music and Camping Festival Includes Wu-Tang Clan, Disco Biscuits, Yonder Mountain, Chance the Rapper and More


Somerset Amphitheater has announced a phase 1 of their line-up for Summer Set 2014 Camping and Music Festival that includes the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, the Disco Biscuits, Yonder Mountain String Band, BassNectar, the Big Gigantic and Chance the Rapper. “It’s time to go big Summer Set fans, as SSMF proudly announces Phase 1 of the 2014 lineup,” the Summer Set 2014 website reads. “Following through with our commitment to diverse sounds, we bring you the big boom sounds of Bassnectar, hip-hop masterminds Schoolboy Q and Chance the Rapper, purveyors of EDM funk Big Gigantic, jam band The Disco Biscuits, indy dance legends Chromeo, plus a host of others including Datsik, RL Grime, Yonder Mountain, Cedric Gervais, and much more.” More than 40 additional artists will be announced soon. Pre-sale tickets for the three-day music and camping festival are on sale now. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Community Theater Casting for Summer Production of ‘Peter Pan’


Stillwater Community Theatre will be casting community members for the summer theater production of “Peter Pan.”

Directors are looking to cast third-graders to adult in roles including the Darling family, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and many more favorites.  Peter Pan is a musical based on the play by Sir. J.M. Barrie. Auditions are open to the public and will be held April 14 – 16 from 4-9 p.m. in the auditorium at Stillwater Area High School. Interested individuals can sign up for audition times by emailing Haeri Tollefson, Director, at The email should list the day and suggested time range you are available. You will receive a return email with your scheduled time and day. Continue Reading →

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Brooklyn Rider to Play with Béla Fleck at the Minnesota Zoo this Summer


We first got a taste of Béla Fleck playing with Brooklyn Rider two years ago with a couple of intimate shows at the Washington County Historical Courthouse during the Stillwater Music Festival. This summer, Brooklyn Rider and Béla Fleck are taking the stage at the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo on July 3. Tickets are $42. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brooklyn Rider, they have been putting on the Stillwater Music Festival since 2006 as a way to unveil new material and collaborations. The Stillwater Music Festival generally has shows at the Stillwater Public Library, a small show at the Daily Grind, the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater and the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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Four Orchestras from Stillwater and Oak-Land Junior High Schools to Perform at Orchestra Hall


Four orchestras from Oak-Land and Stillwater junior high schools have been invited to play at Orchestra Hall next week. The Camerata and Novella orchestras from Stillwater Junior High under the direction of Kent Musser and the Spiritoso and Scherzando orchestras from Oak-Land Junior High under the direction of Julie Vanderstappen from Oak-Land Junior High each received “Superior with Distinction” ratings during the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association Middle Level Orchestra Festival. All four orchestras have been invited to perform at Orchestra Hall on March 31. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

This is the 10th consecutive year Stillwater Area School District’s orchestra program has been recognized with this honor. In all, 9 grades junior high school orchestras from around the state received ‘Superior with Distinction’ ratings. Continue Reading →

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‘Clouds’ Over SXSW: A Firm Handshake to Play Cause Rocker Party in Austin, Texas


A Firm Handshake has some exciting things happening this spring. This Friday, Zach Sobiech’s bandmates Sammy Brown and Reed Redmond will play the Cause Rockers Party at SXSW Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas—sharing the stage with the likes of fellow Minnesotans Actual Wolf, War Poets and Nicholas David and The Feeling. If you’re going down to SXSW this weekend, A Firm Handshake plays from 3:30 – 4 p.m. Friday, March 14 at Liberty Bar East. Before Brown and Redmond take the stage, there will be a panel discussion on cause-driven music releases with Children’s Cancer Research Fund with Laura Sobiech others behind Zach’s song, “Clouds.”



Post by A Firm Handshake.  

Rock the Cause this week announced a May 6 release of A Firm Handshake’s “Fix Me Up: Deluxe Edition” set that includes videos, a new acoustic version of “Clouds,” Sammy Brown’s song “Going to Confession,” and more. Continue Reading →

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Captain Crash Bash 3 is Sunday at Mallards on the St. Croix: 10 Bands for $10


Captain Crash Bash 3 is happening Sunday at Mallards on the St. Croix. The third annual Lakeview Hospice Fundraiser features 10 bands for $10 with a silent auction, food and Captain Morgan drink specials all day. Music starts at 1 p.m.

Captain Crash Bash began in 2012 in memory of Jeff “Crash” Carter. All proceeds benefit the Lakeview Hospice Program. Here’s the band lineup for the acoustic stage:

And the lineup for the electric stage:


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Widespread Panic, Galactic & More Announce June 21 Show at Somerset Amphitheater June 21


Widespread Panic is bringing their friends Galactic, Jerry Joseph and Conspirator to Somerset, Wis. June 21 for a show at Somerset Amphitheater. Pre-sale tickets go on sale March 5. Tickets are open to the public on March 7 at 10 a.m. Central. Tickets are $54.50 for the Pit, $44.50 for reserved seats and $29.50 for the lawn. Continue Reading →

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