Rochester Thaw Music Festival Lineup

Full Lineup

3:00 P.M. Performances

Audrey Robinson

Venue: Art Heads
Genre(s): Sarcastic Folk

A newer Rochester local. Finding her footing in a new city, and newly found adulthood. You will laugh. You might cry. You might cringe. But darn it you’ll have a nice time!

The Walking Beat

Venue: Bleu Duck Kitchen
Genre(s): Americana

The Walking Beat is a band based in Rochester, Minnesota. Fusing thoughtful, well-written songs with male/female vocal harmonies, old time country twang, vintage keys, banjo, accordion and even a little punk rock energy and ethic, the Walking Beat harkens back to a mythical musical past and toward an open and free future.

With the fresh album in hand and a new lineup assembled, the Walking Beat are hitting the ground running with a series of scheduled shows and festival appearances in 2023.

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Carriage House

Venue: LC’s Venue
Genre(s): Folk

Carriage House is a husband & wife Folk/Americana duo living in Red Wing, MN. Combining their strengths they picked up the guitar and banjo and started sharing songs about love and longing. They released their first album ‘Further From Our Youth’ on the eve of their Spring 2021 tour.

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3:45 P.M. Performances

Pat Egan

Venue: Cafe Steam
Genre(s): Acoustic Songwriter

Pat Egan is a Songwriter whose music is personable and relatable with heart and humor.

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Clay Fulton & the Lost Forty

Venue: Chateau
Genre(s): Roots Rock

Clay Fulton & The Lost Forty are a roots rock band based out of Rochester, MN. They recently released their sophomore album entitled, Positive Numbers. Clay draws his inspiration from classic American folk singers up to modern indie rock bands. The lineup is: Clay Fulton on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Carly Hornstine on vocal harmonies, Allan Palmer on bass guitar, Mike Bentele on lead guitar, Peter Laack on keyboards and Nick Novotny on drums.

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Comatose

Venue: Treedome
Genre(s): Atmospheric Rock / Grungegaze

COMATOSE was forged in the winter of 2019/2020 with a group of musicians — Jacob Carlson (Fail to Decay), Daren Menz (Fail To Decay, Chrome Waves-live), Adam Carroll (Fail to Decay, Lion Sight, The Boy Will Die), and James Benson (Amiensus, Chrome Waves, Fail To Decay) — who previously worked together for several years experiencing the true life and daily grind of the touring musician, gathering their shared experiences of long drives, cheap beer, and muff pedals to manifest a hazy, grungy, post-metal mix of audio paradise. Says Benson of the name, “‘Comatose’ was chosen as the name of the band as a result of being a part of ‘the lost generation.’ Faced with multiple major global economic crises, domestic racism and terrorism, a pandemic, and climate change, it only felt right to choose something that reflected the mental health of an entire generation.”

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4:30 P.M. Performances

Loud Mouth Brass ft Jae Havoc

Venue: Art Heads
Genre(s): Brass Band, Hip Hop, Pop

Loud Mouth Brass and Jae Havoc have been collaborating for several years appearing at local festivals like the 2022 Mid West Music Fest in LaCrosse and at Thesis Beer project. Loud Mouth Brass plays a unique mix of original pop and New Orleans-inspired brass band music as well as unique versions of covers. Loud Mouth Brass released the record “Louder” in 2020 and are currently have another record set to be released in early 2023 that includes a track with Jae Havoc. Jae Havoc brings his original hip-hop style and rapping to the mix. Jae Havoc released his album Mortals in 2020. He’s currently working on new material.

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JoJo Green

Venue: Bleu Duck Kitchen
Genre(s): Jazz / Blues / Pop / Funk / Roots

St Paul Indie jazz pop fusion quintet, JoJo Green, is a well-oiled machine that boasts a big, energetic, uniquely authentic face-smacking sound.

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Jeremy Jewell & the Co-Dependents

Venue: LC’s Venue
Genre(s): Americana / Folk

Jeremy Jewell is a happy guy who likes to sing sad songs. Pretty guitar chords, a weathered yet charming voice and honest lyrics are what you’ll see at one of his shows. Jeremy Jewell loves you.

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5:15 P.M. Performances

Jerrika Mighelle

Venue: Cafe Steam
Genre(s): Folk Americana

From Eau Claire, WI, Jerrika Mighelle (she/they) has been performing since her first gig with her sisters in their band QuinnElizabeth in 2004. Jerrika is a proud non-binary, queer human who has released their first single from their upcoming third solo album, “My Greatness” which marks the first song where she sings about queer love.

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Loreweavers

Venue: Chateau
Genre(s): Inter-Dimensional Fantasy Party Music

Loreweavers, Bards of the Modern Age, focus their efforts on bringing tavern and fantasy soundtracks to a wider audience. Inspired by the tavern music represented in games such as The Witcher and Skyrim, as well as traditional Irish tunes and sea shanties, Loreweavers seek to immerse their audience in a world of wonder and adventure. Showcasing a wide variety of musical talents ranging from traditional Irish instruments such as uilleann pipes and bodhrán to guitar, accordion, and mandolin, Loreweavers are sure to grab the attention of any crowd and pull them in to ensure an experience they’ll never forget

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Nyasia

Venue: Treedome
Genre(s): R&B / Pop

Nyasia is a multifaceted artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. With “her R&B-smooth vocals” (The Current) and unapologetic writing style, she’s described as a “pretty darn impressive rising star.” (The Scroll) Nyasia has performed all over the Twin Cities, as a solo act and as a background singer, and has even opened for national acts. Exercising her skills as a producer and raw lyricist, in 2019, she released her long awaited debut project TABOO.

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6:00 P.M. Performances

Ginny & the Fizz

Venue: Art Heads
Genre(s): Alt Rock

One part queer. Two parts alt rock. Garnished with a 90s twist.

Ginny & The Fizz is a five-piece band crafted by Michael Shannon (He/Him) and Mat Lochner (He/Him) on guitar, Jarod Schiebout (He/Him) on drums, Cedar Commission Winner Maddie Thies (She/Her) on bass, and the one and only Eric LeBlanc (He/ They) on effervescent, power vocals.

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RLGDPPL

Venue: Bleu Duck Kitchen
Genre(s): R&B Rock

RLGDPPL (Real Good People if you shell out for a few vowels) is an R&B-rooted rock combo from Minneapolis, MN. Like Joe Cocker? Us too. Spoon? Ditto. Bill Withers? Yep. Broken Bells? Mmmhmm! The Meters? How quickly do you think we can get bunk beds? We’ve shared the stage with the likes of local acts The 4ontheFloor, The Bad Man, Jillian Rae, Black Market Brass, General B and The Wiz and many others. We will be releasing multiple new songs in 2023 and our EP, “Super Volcano”, is available through all major digital music distributors.

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Mr Softheart

Venue: LC’s Venue
Genre(s): Post punk / Dance Punk / Experimental

Mr. Softheart is an American 3-piece from Des Moines/Cedar Falls, IA. Formed in 2021 by brothers John and Nick Fisher, alongside their long-time creative partner Charlie Patterson, Mr. Softheart’s sound fits most closely within a post-punk ethos — albeit one that favors minimalism and intimacy over more conventional iterations of the genre. This new project arrives on the heels of the trio’s previous group, Hex Girls, a 5-piece glam punk staple of Iowa’s most notable festivals, appearing at Hinterland Music Festival in 2021, 80/35 in 2018 and 2019, and Max Ames in 2019.

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6:45 P.M. Performances

Split Pine

Venue: Cafe Steam
Genre(s): Indie / Heartland Rock

Split Pine was formed in Rochester, MN by singer-songwriter Sam Butterfass. Their heartland rock sound is a reimagining of summers past and an answer to the strange times we continuously find ourselves in. Split Pine released their first EP, “Locked Out,” and debuted live in the summer of 2022.

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The Immaculate Beings

Venue: Chateau
Genre(s): Genre

The Immaculate Beings is a queer, psychedelic, indie band focused on the importance of self-love, care, and validation through music and performance.

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Luke Hendrickson & The Crop Circles

Venue: Treedome
Genre(s): Country

In 2017, after years of playing in bands on weekends, Luke Hendrickson began nurturing a career as a full-time gigging musician and songwriter. In the time since, he has performed in 30+ states and Canada, releasing 2 full-length albums and an EP, earning him 4 nominations from the Midwest Country Music Organization, for awards such as “Songwriter of the Year” and “Album of the Year”. The songs within these recordings find inspiration in common experiences such as wanderlust, trauma, love, fear, hope, and at times…fun. Having emerged from the farmlands of rural southeast Minnesota, Luke is occasionally joined by his backing band, The Crop Circles. Cosmic. Cornfed.

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7:30 P.M. Performances

Amateur

Venue: Art Heads
Genre(s): Indie Soul Rock

Amateur is an Indie soul rock band out of Rochester MN who like to make big and small amounts of noise. They draw influences from bands like Bahamas, Dawes, Queens of the Stone Age, Alabama Shakes, and many more.

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Burly Bluffs

Venue: Bleu Duck Kitchen
Genre(s): Burlesque (18+)

Queer-centered, body-positive, anti-oppressive burlesque in Driftless regions of Minnesota & beyond.

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Sheep For Wheat

Venue: LC’s Venue
Genre(s): Genre

We are Sheep For Wheat, an independent folk-rock band out of southeast Minnesota!

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8:15 P.M. Performances

Bad Bad Hats

Venue: Chateau
Genre(s): Indie Rock

Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge met while attending Macalester College and formed the band in 2012. In the 10 years of BBH, they have toured the country several times in their trusty minivan, sampling the best local cuisine along the way. BBH has toured with The Beths, Margaret Glaspy, The Front Bottoms, Hippo Campus, and Michelle Branch, among many others. Their latest album Walkman was released September 17th, 2021 on Don Giovanni Records.

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Annie and the Bang Bang

Venue: Treedome
Genre(s): Rock / Indie-Rock / Alternative

Annie and the Bang Bang are a mood ring of music. We deliver energetic performances fueled by our love of music, one another, and the feedback loop with the audience. Genre hopping from a grunge-meets-classic rock vibe to psychedelia to swampy southern grooves, we’re guitar forward and lyrically potent.

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9:00 P.M. Performances

Ruben

Venue: Art Heads
Genre(s): Rock n Roll

Ruben is a rock n roll band out of the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota. Evoking influences of the Band, The Beach Boys and Rolling Stones, their music is song-oriented and features riffing guitars, occasional horns and distinct 4 part harmonies.

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Faith Boblett

Venue: Bleu Duck Kitchen
Genre(s): Grungy Sheryl Crow

Minneapolis based singer-songwriter, Faith Boblett, was named one of 2018’s Best New Bands by First Avenue. Faith was raised in a musical household and has been persistent in finding her own voice through songwriting and performing her own brand of pop, rock, and alt-country.

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Seasaw

Venue: LC’s Venue
Genre(s): Indie Rock / Indie-Pop

Seasaw, a duo based in Madison, WI, is Meg Golz (drums, synth, vocals) and Eve Wilczewski (guitar, vocals). Seasaw’s music is the product of two best friends continually exploring all of the ways they can construct a singular, sarcastic indie rock sound.

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9:45 P.M. Performances

Jaedyn James

Venue: Chateau
Genre(s): Soul / R&B

Jaedyn James is a powerhouse singer, songwriter, bandleader, and master of the stage. Her songwriting draws from the styles of Janis Joplin, Prince, Amy Winehouse, and Sharon Jones. Jaedyn’s sound can be best described as Midwest Soul. She touts a hot band, a big attitude, and tunes to match. Audiences everywhere are touched by Jaedyn’s story and wowed by her talent. Don’t miss a Jaedyn James show.

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Hiahli

Venue: Treedome
Genre(s): Hip Hop

Hiahli is a Fargo-based, live hip-hop band that plays rock n roll instruments. The high-octane MC, Cold Sweat, delivers his Golden-Age Hip-Hop lyrics over a variety of musical stylings. In addition to the usual fatback rhythms, you may hear some undercurrents of outlaw country, disco, and grungy rock.

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10:30 P.M. Performances

Push & Turn

Venue: Art Heads
Genre(s): Reggae Fusion

Push & Turn is an energetic Reggae Fusion band from Rochester Minnesota that continues to explore new harmonies while adding funk, blues, and jam feels to their Reggae music.

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WHY NOT

Venue: Bleu Duck Kitchen
Genre(s): Pop

WHY NOT is the Minneapolis trio’s self-titled mission statement. Fueled by the tension and uncertainty of the time and the changes in the band’s personal lives and colored by the joy of creating with each other and feeling inspiration in dark times.

Henry Breen, Isaac Dell, and Joshua MacGregor met playing in a middle school music class at Great River School in St. Paul, MN. The trio formed WHY NOT in early 2016 as Breen and MacGregor enrolled in high school at nearby St Paul Conservatory of Performing Artists while Dell continued at Great River. Before any band member could drive, they had released their first album and booked their first tour—relying on Isaac’s dad, Irve, for transportation to their shows.

WHY NOT was born on retreats to Dell’s family farm in Viroqua, WI in early 2020. Holed up with no cell service, the band spent most of their days set up in the living room, demoing songs, reading books, and taking walks around the property. When an idea would hit, they would chase the initial feeling, sometimes going through dozens of evolutions, building the original core demos into the album in its final form over time.

The band enlisted Minneapolis producer and brother of MacGregor, Caleb Hinz (Hippo Campus, Samia, Miloe) to produce and finished the tracking in a couple weeks interspersed through eight months. The result is a virtuosic, genre-fluid statement from a young band just beginning to harness the heights of their craft.

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