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NEWS

BOOM! Momentous Records artist Bjorn Berg will be performing with his band Blue Collar 40 at Country Boom this summer. The two-day music festival is set for July 13-14 in West Salem, Wis. Check the Country Boom Facebook for the full lineup and latest news. Meantime, don't forget to check out Eyes of My Mind, Bjorn's first album of original songs on Momentous Records.


BLUEGRASS UNDER THE STARS: Momentous Records artists String Ties are the headline act at Moon Tunes on Thursday, July 12. The show starts at 5:30 at the Riverside Park bandshell in La Crosse. Wayne, Dan, Tom and Larry will also be playing at the new Dash Park Music Series in Onalaska on Tuesday, July 10. And if you haven't heard it yet, don't miss hearing their smokin' hot debut album on Momentous Records.


WE GOT A CURE FOR THE SUMMERTIME BLUES! Momentous Records artists The Mayer Brothers Band kick off a busy summer with a show at Saxon Hall in Brownsville, Minn. on June 9. Next day they go downriver for an afternoon show at The Other Place (O.P.) in Lansing, Iowa. Back in La Crosse for Moon Tunes at Riverside Park on June 14. Hans Mayer and Terry Nirva will also be at this year's Moon Tunes kickoff concert backing Bill Miller on June 7. Check out the Mayer Brothers Band website for more summer gigs.


BEHIND THE MUSIC: The Momentous video team interviewed Kit Mayer for this short video promoting The Mayer Brothers Band. Thanks to T.J. Peterslie for opening up the Grand Ballroom in downtown La Crosse for our interviews with the band members! Keep your eye on this space for more interviews with other band members and other Momentous artists.


WATER OF LOVE: The Momentous video team just shot a new live performance video for the song "Water" by Lynn BIddick. The studio version of the song is on Lynn's album Ghost in the Bed on Momentous Records.


photo: Jim Lund
A JAZZ-PACKED MAY: Momentous Records artist Karyn Quinn and her bass are all over the La Crosse area this month. On May 4, she backs Tom Wopat at Leo and Leona’s. May 5 she's with the Don Scott Blues Band at Piggy’s Blues Lounge. There's a May 6 afternoon show with the 3rd Relation Jazz Quartet at the La Crosse Public Library, and two days later at the Root Note. She's back at the Root Note with the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra May 15, then with the La Crosse Jazz4tet at the Charmont Hotel May 25 and Safe Passage at the Starlite Lounge May 26. For times, check her artist website event calendar.


THEY'RE WITH THE BAND: You can hear two members of The Mayer Brothers Band on the latest music video from Nashville-based artist Bill Miller. Hans Mayer plays bass and Terry Nirva is on drums on the song "Underneath a Blue Sky," recorded at Actual Sound Studio in La Crosse, Wis. Hans and Terry have a long working relationship with Bill and are featured on Raven in the Snow and other studio albums.


A TRIBUTE TO SOME OF OUR MUSICAL HEROES: Terry NIrva and Hans Mayer of Momentous Records artists The Mayer Brothers Band will be part of a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute band doing a fundraiser concert for the La Crosse Area Family YMCA on Friday, April 27 at Piggy's Ballroom. Songwriter Eddie Allen opens. More info on the musicians playing is on the Mayer Brothers Facebook


MID WEST MUSIC FEST! Momentous Records artists The Mayer Brothers Band make their first appearance at the Upper Midwest's premiere music festival. They play Saturday, April 14 at 8:30 at the Court on Main in La Crosse. Click on the pic above to get the full schedule for this year's fest.


photo: Jim Lund
MOMENTOUS SONGWRITER AT COULEE REGION SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: Kit Mayer of the Mayer Brothers Band steps out Friday, March 30 for a songwriter showcase at the Court Above Main in La Crosse. Also on the bill: Mark Joseph, Matt Mahlum, Mike Caucutt and event organizer Gregg Hall. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Kit will be backed by bandmates Tom Gibbons and Mark Davini. The full band gets together for a show at the Trempealeau Hotel at 8 pm on Saturday, March 31.

JAZZ FROM THE VAULT: Here's a clip of Momentous Records artist Tom Gullion live at at the Brink Lounge in Madison, Wis. on Nov. 25, 2014. Tom's latest Momentous release is Time It Is.

BILL'S BAND: For his next La Crosse area gig, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Bill Miller is tapping into the talent of several Momentous Records artists. Dan Sebranek of String Ties and Hans Mayer and Terry Nirva of the Mayer Brothers Band will hit the stage with Bill at Leo & Leona's Tavern & Dancehall in Newburg Corners, Wis. on Saturday, Feb 24. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Get more details and directions on Leo & Leona's website. Bill is currently touring in support of Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, a collaborative effort in which Bill sings the title track. Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle and Kris Kristopherson are among the other artists featured on the Joe Henry-produced disc.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON! Momentous Records artist Ariane Lydon will sit in on vocals for a few tunes with the John Paulson Big Band at their concert at the Winona State University PAC Main Stage. Show starts at 3 pm on Jan. 21. This is a free show! Get more details about the band at Paulson's official website, paulsonjazz.com.

SATURDAY NIGHT! Powerhouse singer Irene Keenan Jr. (above) is on the bill with Momentous Records artists the Mayer Brothers Band at the Grand Hotel Ballroom in downtown La Crosse on Jan. 20. Show starts at 7:30. Expect to hear plenty from the album Stay Out of the Rain in the Mayer Brothers' part of the show. And remember, the band's live gigs are stiill the only place to buy their new CD!

THE TIES THAT BIND: Momentous Records artists String Ties played a role in the new album Ginkgo by singer-songwriter Johnsmith. String Ties’ Larry Dalton is featured on upright bass and Dan Sebranek contributed harmony vocals. That’s Larry above with Texas-based producer Tom Prasada-Rao during the recording sessions at Sound Strations in La Crosse. Check out some samples at johnsmith.com. Gingko is the eighth solo album by the Trempealeau, Wis.-based singer-songwriter.


RAIN, SNOW OR COLD, Momentous Records artist Karyn Quinn will be laying down the bass at a number of live shows in La Crosse this month. She'll be performing with the 3rd Relation Jazz Trio at the Root Note on Jan. 9, 23 and 30. Shows run from 7:30-10 pm.

On Jan. 26, catch Karyn with the Safe Passage Jazz Quartet at the Starlight Lounge from 8 pm til midnight.

At 7 pm on Jan. 27, she'll be playing with the Greg Balfany Jazz Quartet for a Juvenile Diabetes Fundraising Gala at the Cargill Room.

And if you haven't already heard it, now is a great time to check out Great Days, the excellent trio album she recorded with pianist Wayne Hawkins and drummer Todd Strait for Momentous Records.

JIM'S JAZZY JANUARY: Momentous Records artist Jim Piela has a busy start to 2018. He'll be playing with Michael Sarian and the Big Chabones on Monday, Jan. 8 at Club Bonifide in New York (map). Watch Jim in a preview of Sarian's new album in the video above. Also in January, you can catch Jim with:

  • Brazil Trio +1: Sunday, January 7 & 21, 5-8 pm, Cafe Argentino in Brooklyn map
  • Planetary People: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7:30-8:30 pm, The Groove in New York map

In the meantime, check out Jim's two Momentous Records releases Non Fiction and Space Cadet at his website jimpiela.com.

JOY TO YOUR WORLD! Looking for last-minute stocking stuffers? How about a CD by one of your favorite Momentous Records artists? Head on over to our Merchandise page for a complete list of our releases and links to where you can buy 'em. Happy holidays from all of us at Momentous!

HOLIDAY GRASS! Celebrate the season with Momentous Records artists String Ties: Tom Pfaff (banjo), Larry Dalton (bass), Dan Sebranel (guitar) and Wayne Beezley (mandolin) bring their annual holiday shows to the Pump House  Regional Arts Center in La Crosse on Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. See the Pump House website for ticket info. And don't forget, you can also bring a little bluegrass Christmas cheer into your own home with the String Ties Yuleties album.

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SATURDAY NIGHT! Momentous Records artist Tom Gullion will be performing with the Rodrigo Villanueva Conroy Quartet this weekend in Milwaukee. Tom will be playing sax with the drummer's quartet at the Jazz Estate starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Can't make the show? Check out Tom's two most recent recordings on his Momentous Records artist page.
CATCH KARYN: Momentous Records artist Karyn Quinn has a busy December schedule. She'll be playing bass with the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Swingin' Yuletide concert at UW-La Crosse. On Sunday, Dec. 3, she'll be at Leo and Leona’s in Newburg Corners with singer-guitarist Tom Wopat and pianist Jeremy Kahn. That show starts at 5 p.m. And, there will be a La Crosse Jazz Orchestra Reading Session at the Root Note in La Crosse from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

In the meantime, you can hear Karyn on the Momentous release Great Days.

SATURDAY NIGHT! A Night of Dylan and the Dead at the Court on Main in La Crosse featuring Momentous Records artists The Mayer Brothers Band doing a tribute set to Bob Dylan songs. They'll be joined by Greg "Cheech" Hall and his Deece is Dead band doing a Grateful Dead set. Tickets available at Deaf Ear Records, Tree Huggers Co-op, Pearl Street Brewery, Instrument Repair of La Crosse, Old Town Strings and online at dylandead.bpt.me.

JAZZ AT THE ARK: For all of you jazz lovers who weren't able to catch the show, here's a video of Momentous Records artists Tom Gullion and Karyn Quinn (with drummer Keith Leinart) and their rendition of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" recorded live at The Ark in Viroqua, Wisconsin on Oct 7, 2017.


THE BROTHERS BACKSTORY: Randy Erickson wrote a nice article about Hans and Kit Mayer for the Nov. 17 edition of the La Crosse Tribune.


SATURDAY NIGHT! Join Momentous Records artists The Mayer Brothers Band as they celebrate the release of their new album Stay Out of the Rain at Leo & Leona's in Newburg Corners. The fun starts Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ​
MOMENTOUS RECORDS WELCOMES THE MAYER BROTHERS BAND! The group's first video, produced by the Momentous video team, debuted Nov. 14 on YouTube. It's a live performance of Hans Mayer's song "Goin' Home," recorded at the Pump House Regional Arts Center on Oct. 14, 2017.