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The Listening Room Fall 2016

We are pleased to announce our Fall 2016 Concert Series for the Listening Room!

Saturday, August 20- Jack Hotel;       folk / americana from Lincoln, NE

Jack Hotel contains multitudes. A listen to the band’s sophomore release, Voices from the Moon, reveals a range that encompasses Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, Mississippi John Hurt and Etta Baker–but this band is no mere product of its influences. Since their start in 2012, Jack Hotel has proven itself one of the best, and most original, folk/Americana acts in the midwest. A storyteller’s sensibility prevails in their songs. Bandleader Günter Voelker writes with a novelist’s powers of observation and a poet’s ear for language. Instrumentation–typically a violin, a mandolin, an upright bass, and a dobro–meets the same standard. Each addition serves the song, advances the story, or drives home the emotion. Jack Hotel has earned respect on both regional and national stages, performing alongside such acts as Darrell Scott, J.D. McPherson, Pert’ Near Sandstone, Frontier Ruckus, and Charlie Parr. In 2014 they opened for Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Nebraska’s Harvest the Hope concert. Following the success of their first record, Good Sons and Daughters (which landed a #3 spot on Hear Nebraska’s Favorite Albums of 2014), Voices from the Moon was released on May 13th of 2016.


Saturday, September 16- The Talbott Brothers                    grassroots rolk / folk from Portland, OR

The Talbott Brothers are an Americana Folk/Rock band from Nebraska, currently based in Portland, Oregon. Nick and Tyler Talbott form a unique sound that balance vocal harmonies with their instrumental ensemble of guitars, mandolin, harmonicas and percussion. Their entertaining effect on stage is embraced by multiple generations and are known for fun, energetic shows that blend singer-songwriter styles with folk and rock.

Their sophomore album — ’Places’ focuses on the lighter side of the journey, in comparison to the raw, acoustic-driven sound of their previous album — ‘The Road.’ Offering catchy melodies and rhythmic writing, songs like ‘Running Man’ and ‘Hold On’ lend hand to heart-warming and eerie harmonies only close siblings could share. For Nick and Tyler, the album title isn’t about physically going somewhere, but rather a metaphor for the different places one goes within relationships, beliefs and ultimately oneself.

“It’s not easy to go below the surface and become vulnerable in front of others, but for us that’s been the best way to truly connect with another person whether you’re on stage, in line at the grocery store or on the phone with a friend,” says Tyler. “There’s a depth you can’t be afraid to go to, otherwise that relationship might not ever reach its full potential; that’s the direction our songwriting is headed.”

Check them out on their website !!

Sunday, October 9- The Mulligan Brothers             southern roots/ folk rock from Mobile, AL

The Mulligan Brothers are based out of Mobile, Alabama. Since they were last here, they have a new sister, Melody Duncan, and a new single, “Divine Design”.

The songwriting and warm, honest, straight-to-the heart voice of lead singer of Ross Newell draws listeners into the group’s signature sound, where the harmonies of Greg DeLuca, Ben Leininger and Melody Duncan make the songs soar or haunt from the shadows. De Luca plays drums and Leininger is on the suitcase bass — which Newell made out of two suitcases, a smoke alarm and his grandmother’s walking stick. Fiddler Melody Duncan recently joined the band, bringing a female voice and perspective.

“We have to make music that stays true to ourselves, ”says Newell.

The Mulligan Brothers have released two albums, The Mulligan Brothers and Via Portland (recorded in Portland with Grammy-winning producer Steve Berlin) and will soon begin working on their next album.

Find out more about them on their  website.


Saturday, December 10- Kelley Hunt & friends;        roots/ R&B from Kansas City, MO

In some ways Roots R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist KELLEY HUNT is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry’s penchant for easy artist definitions — a woman who has muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues/roots/gospel traditions and a refreshing originality. She makes music with it’s righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences — artists like Ruth Brown, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Ann Peebles, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Charles Brown, Wanda Jackson and a crossection of the New Orleans/St. Louis/KC piano traditions of Professor Longhair, Toots Washington, Johnnie Johnson and Kansas City masters Jay McShann and Mary Lou Williams among others. Her career path so far has been a story of fierce independence, incredible will, unassailable cred as a blistering live performer and hard-won accomplishment. That narrative includes 1500+ performances with appearances on a long list of premier North American and International festival stages, six times on American Public Media’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’,150,000+ indie units sold on her own label and critical praise reflecting her conviction from the outset to make her path in the roots music world not just as a performer, but as a forward-thinking songwriter as well.

For more info, check out her website 

And thank you for 25 years of support for LIVE music in Hastings !!!


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