Co Founder | Social Media Manager & Copywriter | Shower Singer
"I want MTMM to be the catalyst that sets in motion a new, inspired energy in our city, bringing music lovers together to help support, showcase, and celebrate our local talent. I also want to focus that energy on establishing Rochester as a place larger acts want to perform, not just pass through as they head to other states. This town wants and deserves to having music bursting from its seams."
Location: Rochester, MN
Bekkie spent the first years of her life in Barrett, a small town in west-central Minnesota. At the age of 9, her family moved to Verndale, another tiny rural town in central Minnesota (although most people think of it as “up North”). She is the daughter of two fabulous parents, the (much) younger sister of two pretty cool brothers, and aunt to five incredible kids (four nieces and one nephew).
In the summer of 2008, Bekkie graduated as a Medical Laboratory Technician, got married, accepted a job at Mayo Clinic, and moved to Rochester. She lives in a quiet neighborhood with her husband Dustin, son Archer, and dog Finnegan. When she’s not in the lab, she enjoys music, singing, playing with her son, books, quality time with family and friends, and spending lazy days at her family’s lake cabin. She also loves hugs, naps, laughing, fluffy blankets, and Diet Pepsi. When she needs time alone to de-stress, no one gets her like her pal Netflix.
“Music is everything. It’s amazing to me how a single chord has the power to transport us to a different place or time. Music connects people who might otherwise have nothing in common. It helps us celebrate, it helps us mourn, and everything in between. It allows us express things we can’t say on our own. Music has the power to elicit feelings in us we didn’t know existed. It’s woven into every aspect of my life.”
What do you like best about Rochester?
I really enjoy that Rochester is big enough to have most everything I need. The neighborhoods have a small-town feel, but you can go downtown and get that city experience. Growing up in tiny, rural communities, I found being in larger cities always gave me an energy I didn’t feel anywhere else. For me, Rochester is a nice balance of both.
I have trouble pinning down my musical tastes. They tend to fluctuate and change along with my mood, situation, and location. I don’t care for the term “music snob”, as I feel it’s the equivalent of musical narrow-mindedness. There are songs I like in genres I would normally say I have little to no interest in, so I always try to keep myself open to anything.
Bands / Artists:
Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Alt-J, The Black Keys, jeremy messersmith, Jason Mraz, Prince, Atmosphere, Dawes, The Avett Brothers, Mayer Hawthorne, Phoenix, Tycho, Wild Belle, Father John Misty, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, J Roddy Walston And The Business, Arctic Monkeys, Joseph, Lucius, Dan Wilson, Brandi Carlile, Bad Bad Hats, Cold War Kids, Phantogram, Pentatonix, Glass Animals, The Everly Brothers, The Band, Lady Gaga, Jain, Queen, The Decemberists, Alabama Shakes, Lissie, Michael Jackson, Jack White, Fiona Apple, They Might Be Giants, The Beatles, and, yes, Backstreet Boys. I’m kind of all over the place, and this is just a fraction of what I love…
I couldn’t possibly choose. Can I interest you in a mile-long list?
Guilty pleasure artist:
For the last couple years, it’s been BØRNS.
When you can’t decide on music, who is your go-to artist?
BØRNS Dopamine, Arctic Monkeys AM, or anything Mraz.
Random Facts About Bekkie:
Favorite movie/TV show:
I love all kinds of food. But if it’s fried, cheesy, or otherwise unhealthy, I probably have a penchant for it.
“The opposite of war isn’t peace…it’s creation!” Jonathan Larson, Rent
What always makes you laugh?
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Marathon streaming TV binge. And, to be honest, probably sleep.
What fictional place would you most like to go?
Get me to Hogwarts!
What item tops your Bucket List?
Skydiving. Or singing with Jason Mraz.
What is the best single day on the calendar?
My birthday, duh.
What is something you’ve had to unlearn?
Over the years, I have had to unlearn that life is black and white. Everything is varying shades of grey. In general, I feel we as a people need to be less reactive and more open to context.
What stereotype do you completely live up to?
The one that girls have messy cars. I’m a car slob.
What’s the best compliment you’ve received?
Most recently, I was out for lunch with my son. A woman approached us and told me she really enjoyed and respected how I interacted with him. That made me feel pretty great.
When do you feel truly alive?
Put me in a crowd surrounded by elated music lovers, crank up the tunes, and let me throw my hands in the sky, sing at the top of my lungs, and dance the night away. There is no comparable feeling. That is my element.
What bends your mind every time you think about it?
My mind shatters when I think of myself relative to the entire universe. Also, people who can neatly fold a fitted sheet. That’s some black magic, right there.