CenterStage MN: Romantica

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The CenterStage MN series, presented in partnership with KAXE Northern Community Radio and The Reif Center, is about bringing Minnesota-based bands to greater Minnesota. Not only is it good exposure for the bands, but for Reif and KAXE patrons, it’s an opportunity to hear fresh, original music coming out of our own great state.

Kari Hedlund, Music Director for KAXE, who curates the series, said ‘the warm Americana vibes of Romantica will be showcased intimately in the Ives Theater, a perfect venue for the band.’ The band is releasing a new album, Outlaws, on June 8, which includes songs written years ago, never before released, though performed live many times over and have become fan (and band) favorites. The album also features a live performance with famed singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. Romantica will be debuting many of the songs on May 17.

The group’s lineup has evolved over the years, though it’s been consistently led by Ben Kyle’s vision, vocals and songwriting. Kyle recently had a two year battle with a life-altering, almost life-halting battle with Lyme Disease that forced him to temporarily say goodbye to music. He is now on the mend, and has found a new appreciation for the gift of songs and wants to celebrate the ones recorded but never released. Outlaws contains those songs which he calls ‘the best of the rest’.

The current lineup for Romantica includes Ben Kyle (vocals, guitar, piano), Tony Zaccardi (bass, vocals), Ryan Lovan (drums), Dave Strahan (guitar) and Aaron Fabbrini (pedal steel guitar).