Triple Espresso tells the story of three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell, and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. Butternut is a musician, a vulnerable soul with a lounge lizard smile; Maxwell is an uncertain magician with an attitude; and Bean is an irrepressible, all-over-the-map entertainer with big dreams.
This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Mnnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance.
Sponsored by: Katy Johnson – In Memory of Darrel Johnson
Native American singer/songwriter Annie Humphrey was born and raised on an Ojibwe Indian reservation in Minnesota, the daughter of author Anne Dunn. Her father taught her to play the guitar when she was in the first grade, and two years after that she taught herself piano and began writing songs; Singer-lyricist David Huckfelt is a founding member of Minneapolis’ Transcendental Folk band “The Pines.”
Have you ever been away from home for Christmas? Did it change your life? In this show, a soldier finds pure Christmas peace in the middle of a battlefield. Another soldier dresses as Santa, and 30 years later is a hero in Europe for it. Here in Minnesota, a furry green cartoon character finds magic in a Mayo Clinic hospital visit. All three true stories come to life in this funny, heart-warming story of light appearing from the darkness. Sometimes what we really want is found where we least expect it. Or so says the members of the “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas Club.” Strange and wonderful things happen out on the road, including the first Christmas!
Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and continue to deliver amazing, high-energy performances. Chart topping songs like “Fadeaway,” “Only Love,” and “Dreams” won them Rolling Stone‘s readers’ poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and they were part of a small contingent of bands that inspired a new radio format known as Adult Alternative, Album Rock-Triple A.
The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santa’s Circus with an interactive show including everything that you love about Christmas. Enjoy a brand new, 90 minute show of spectacular Christmas themed circus production. From breathtaking stunts to amazing skills, take a trip through magic and illusions, comedy and the unexpected, and most importantly – family fun! This Christmas themed circus show will leave you amazed!
Recreated from the classical ballet by Tchaikovsky, and performed by superb Reif Dancers, The Nutcracker tells the enchanting story of young Clara who dreams that her nutcracker doll is transformed into a valiant prince. After defeating the evil Mouse King and his army, they are transported to the fantastical Land of Sweets where they are welcomed by a host of delectable characters. A Reif holiday tradition.
Foxy. Funky. An all-around good time. The young lads of Early Eyes launched their Indie-pop band in 2016 on a Minneapolis college campus with a popup show “for fun” and have not looked back. Their captivating sound is soulful and catchy well beyond their years.
Rock & Roll Christmas is a Las Vegascaliber, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an 8-piece band with music, comedy, parodies and even a game show! Join an all-star cast of musicians as they rock their way through timeless holiday classics and bring new takes on hit songs you didn’t even know were holiday classics.