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imPulse Happy Hour featuring Jillian Rae and Corpse Reviver
The annual imPulse Happy Hour concert travels across the river to Urban Growler Brewing in St. Paul for two performances with local folk artist Jillian Rae and Corpse Reviver, a locally acclaimed band and past MPLS (imPulse) collaborator. Fans of folk, pop, and choral music will appreciate this performance, featuring original songs by Jillian Rae and covers of classic American murder ballads. Past imPulse Happy Hour concerts have sold out fast--advance tickets are highly recommended.
Dates and times: January 24 & 25, 7:30pm
Location: Urban Growler Brewing Co.
Prices: $40 Preferred Seating; $20 General Admission; $10 Standing
Parking: Lot connected to venue
Accessibility: Accessible seating available. Additional accessibility needs will be honored with advanced request. Please email us at email@example.com or reach us by phone at 319-830-3021.
Urban Growler Brewing Co.
2325 Endicott St
St. Paul, MN 55114
Meet our collaborators:
Having cultivated a reputation as the go-to violin accompanist for dozens of bluegrass, rock, and pop bands, Jillian Rae planted her own flag in the musical landscape with the 2013 release of Heartbeat, a confident pop record with subtle nods to her bluegrass and classical pedigrees. Her songs are full of heartache, truth, and often a beguiling sense of playfulness. Rae's songwriting is not easily pigeonholed, and neither is her playing. You can find her playing country fiddle on one tune, rock guitar on the next, or driving her violin through synthy guitar effects on another.
As engaging as her arrangements can be, the real show stopper of her records or live performances is always her effortlessly powerful voice. When Jillian Rae sings, you believe her.
Corpse Reviver is a Twin Cities-based trio that pays homage to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. First compiled and released in 1952 by Folkways Records, the Anthology offers a glimpse into the world of vernacular American music that was recorded in the 1920s and captured on rare 78 rpm records. Reissued on CD in 1996 and consisting of 84 tracks spread over six discs, the music runs the gamut of musical styles, and includes early blues and jug bands, old-time country, cowboy songs, Cajun tunes, fiddle breakdowns, and a wide range of sacred music.
Corpse Reviver (who takes their name from a mid 19th century "hair of the dog" cocktail from New Orleans) likes to play the old songs, but strives to put their own stamp on the music while maintaining respect for the older styles. They've been playing together for over five years, and have recently finished their fifth year of Sunday afternoon residencies at the 331 Club.
Mikkel Beckmen (washboard, djembe, and stomp box) has been a fixture on the local scene for a number of years; some of the folks he's played with include the Brass Kings, Charlie Parr, and Lonesome Dan Kase and the Crush Collision Trio, among others.
Jillian Rae (fiddle, vocals) grew up on the Iron Range and started playing violin at an early age. She helps run a music school (known as the Music Lab) and plays with a number of local groups (the Brass Kings, the Blackberry Brandy Boys, and the Brian Just Band), and also leads her own group, the Jillian Rae Band.
Adam Kiesling (guitar, banjo, and vocals) got his start playing old-time and jug band music back in the late 90s at the Viking Bar on the West Bank. He played music for local clogging group, The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, for a number of years, and this led to the Mill City Grinders, a trio that played old-time string band music. He spent four years as an upright bass player for Pert Near Sandstone, and also lends a hand to a wide variety of local Cajun and old-time string bands around town.