Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring Concerts

Beth Wood Mar 10th

We are excited to have Beth back for the 3rd time to our series.  Yes for our 10th Anniversary we wanted some old friends back as well as continuing to bring new voices and songs to the Bluff View.  Beth is so talented and it's been over 3 years since she came to visit us with David Stoddard.  That night was a hoot, and David just had a conflict to get both back.  Recently Lori and I attended a house concert in Winona with Beth, and oh my I remember why we love this woman.  Be prepared to get pumped up with the passion that music can bring to your soul.  The night's booking up nicely, remember to reach out to me for a reservation, new email is dave@luckydog.band  or go to our Facebook page event-- Beth Wood

Sunday, January 28, 2018


This is one of the reasons that I love to host concerts where the artist gets 100% of the door; these recordings are priceless to me.

Bluff View History

Bluff View history is one where I step back and say wow, then I say... boy that wasn’t enough fun. Should have booked more! Really wondering if I missed a 2011 concert. None were duds, all were special. Feel free to post a comment on how many you’ve made. Guess on how many accordion or fiddle players we’ve hosted. Anyone know who picked up my bouzouki and played it smoothly? Which concert started outside for the first set and inside for the second? What night was so hot the air conditioning just couldn’t keep up? Which was your first? This blog was helpful in the past, but I do find myself leaning on the Facebook page for current posts.
Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin
Heather Waters & Rich McCulley
Mike & Amy Finders
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Oct 18th
Norah Rendell & Brian Miller March 8th
Allison Sattinger & Matt Coleman May 27th
Becky Schlegel July 17th
Heather Waters & Chuck Lee Bramlett Oct
The Pines
Tori Sparks (cancelled lost voice)
Clay Riness (Saturday & Sunday shows)
Seth Horan
David Stoddard & David Glaser
Mary Mack Dec 10th
Dana & Sue Robinson
Doug Spears (canceled Easter)
Two Tap Trio - Norah Rendell, Brian Miller, Nathan Gourley
Beth Wood May 5th
Evie Laden & Keith Terry Jun 23rd
Lindsey Lou & Flatbellys Nov 16th
Beth Wood & David Stoddard Mar 15th
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt Apr 27th
Prairie Smoke Fest Fundraiser Jun 29th
Mary Mack & Tim Harmston Sep 27th
WhiskeyBelles Nov 2nd
Norah Rendell & Brian Miller Feb 7th
Drew Nelson Apr 25th
Barbara Jean & Erik Koskinen Sep 13th
Pigtown Fling Stringband Nov 8th
Bill Staines Mar 6th
Natalie Gelman Apr 10th
Kelly McRae & Matt Castleline Sep 18th
WhiskeyBelles Oct 23rd
Michael Johnson (canceled)
Barbara Jean & Erik Koskinen Mar 19th
Jillian Rae & Eric Martin Oct 7th
Brian Miller & Randy Gosa Nov 4th (Norah was ill)
Bill Staines March 3rd
Emily Earle w/Jessie McDonald May 5th
Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers Sep 29th
Chicago Farmer Nov 9 & 10th
Siri Undlin of Humbird & Luke Callen Feb 9th
Beth Wood Mar 10th
Caitlin Jemma Apr 13th
Pigtown Fling Stringband May 5th

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bill Staines & Emily Earle

What a great Spring line up and it kicks off on March 3rd with Bill Staines, the folk legend.  Emily Earle makes her way up from Nashville for a Friday May 5th concert.

Remember house concerts are the best way to appreciate live music.  Ours is a BYOB and starts at 7:30, suggested donations are $15 each and there is a basket at the door.  Make sure you get reservations.  Call Dave at 608.526.9051 or email dave@theroseriverband.com

And you know you have a pretty good house concert when you are the gig after the Bluebird Cafe.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Barbara Jean & Erik Koskinen pic

I always have to thank my photographer audience friends, because mine are always garbage from the back of the room where I'm running sound.  This concert Mike Monsoor is to the thank.  Plus I never make it easy on the photographers with just mood lighting by the musicians.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Erik Koskinen and Barbara Jean March 19th

Can you feel how excited we are to get Erik and Barbara back the house concert?  Well let's start off with a little groove from Erik.

Erik last time played back up to Barbara, but we told him this time it's a shared gig so we're looking forward to his great voice and songs.

Then there is one of our favorites, Barbara Jean

Don't listen only to us, here's what people say about her:

“Minnesota’s answer to Emmylou Harris.” Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Barbara Jean has a subtle, seductive voice, she writes understated songs with a bit of north woods mystery in them and she totally charms an audience. Do not overlook her." Larry Groce, Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage

"When listening I hear the sound of middle America; the kind that runs from deep in Texas over to the Mississippi River, and up through the plains to the flat lands of Iowa and the icy cold snow and winters of Minnesota." Easy Ed, No Depression

“Packed with a radiant story and haunting voice, The Great Escape perfectly balances the heartbreak in her voice with the resonance of her band.” Youa Vang, City Pages Gimme Noise

And if you haven't seen her video from her last CD, it's awesome.

You know the routine, reserve yourself a spot.  Space is limited call in advance, we'll do our best to make sure you have room for you.  608.526.9051

Better yet, follow us on Facebook and respond to the Event https://www.facebook.com/events/511152695731941/

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanks for 2015, eye on 2016

Oh my what a great year for our house concert series.  All performances were either sold out or nearly sold out.  The legend Bill Staines, the playful Natalie Gelman, Kelley McRae with her big hairy guy Matthew, and then to top it off the return of the The Whiskeybelles.

Next year has all four spots committed.  Barbara Jean & Erik Koskinen are coming back in February with the agreement it's a shared set.  We love Barbara yet want to hear more of Erik stuff too.  Another legend, Michael Johnson is coming in April and he is such an entertainer.  Fall brings a shot of energy from Jillian Rae, and we've committed to Norah Rendell coming back this year with Brian Miller and Randy Gosa; who tour under the name Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty.

Here are a few favorite videos of the upcoming line up:

Erik with his rockabilly sound:

Love Barbara's video with the train shots near the Mississippi, and Erik produced it with his guitar work in the background:

Now Michael has many more songs than Bluer, but I had to include it so you can warm up your pipes for the concert:

Yes Jillian promises to rock us out with her energy:

And Norah will bring such a delightful close to the year with her smooth vocals and warm personality:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Kelley will be inside on Friday.

 It's definitely worth holding on to the reservation and make it to the concert.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fall line up set!

We're going to be a little rural country this fall...We'll welcome Kelley McRae who has a sound like Gillian Welch and has written my most favorite tribute song to Johnny Cash; and then we'll be welcoming back my three favorite belles, the WHISKEYBELLES; the best Wisconsin trio from Milwaukee who rocked out a night to remember back in 2013, about time they come back!

More to follow... enjoy the summer and don't forget to stop out at the Great River Folk Fest and say hi to me, I'll be walking around as the Fest Master again... ha.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Back to Back Sell outs

I feel great for the artists, we're now in airplane mode and overbooking to a waiting list.  Don't be shy to get your name on the list, stuff comes up and people shift their plans.  At least with Natalie, you can drive over the Elmaro Vineyard on Saturday afternoon and listen to her.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Newsletter update

Hey peeps! Happy Day Light Savings Day! Fresh off of a PACKED house concert for Bill Staines and a good 14 new emails to the list I thought I should send out a little newsletter.

First up Bill Staines wrap up:

Oh my to host a legend in real.  Bill is not a spring chicken anymore at 68 but his voice and his stories are not waning at all.  His fingers are what he finds that slow him down a bit, but truly at 68 I wish I could still play that well.  The road warrior brought songs that touched all corners of his travels and his life as a dad and a lover of his dog.... but really that's Bill.  Lori and I have known is music as long as we've known each other, and his song, "All of me" was sung at our wedding.  I would gladly share an LP import of that song and one cut from the concert, just ask.  I'm not one to fill up people's in boxes.  (Heck I email this list maybe 6 times a year)

Next up Natalie Gelman:

I am notorious for booking pretty women, but I rationalize my choice this time with the fact that Lori and I both agree that Natalie is such fun and a good soul to be around.  We've seen her twice, and last time we hosted her overnight after she played the Elmaro.  While Bill was working coffee shops in the 60's in Boston, Natalie was born to classical musicians in Greenwich Village in mid-80's.  Classically trained in Opera at Univ of Miami, this girl has some set of vocal chords, but it's her writing that got my attention.  Really many a pretty artist I run into I would book in a flash, but their music sometimes is boring.  Natalie will mix in some pop hits and covers that range from Gnarls Barkley to Joni Mitchell.  What she's really good at though is making conversation with the audience, you will leave this concert knowing you have just met a new friend.  Natalie will give you Seven Free songs if you sign up for her email list:  http://nataliegelman.com/  With a few reserved regulars and some newbies already on the list, we're at 24 of 45 spots filled.  Here's a Facebook event that you could join https://www.facebook.com/events/643549412434810/,

Fall is taking shape:
Yes BOTH spots for fall are filled.  Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein have kept in touch with me over the last two years, and I really like their sound.  Paste Magazine is a magazine that was first to promote the Civil Wars gives Kelley FOUR Stars our of four, and if you like Gillian Welch with David Rollins, you'll think this is one of the better house concerts I've booked.  Matt's guitar leads are smooth and tasteful, harmonies are top notch, and if Kelley's piercing eyes don't touch you her lyrics and singing will.  Kelley will give you a great free song if you sign up for her email list.  http://kelleymcrae.com/

The Whiskeybelles have pretty much agreed to come back too, October or November... still working out the details.  Sara's has cabin in Ferryville so maybe we'll see the husband's this time and maybe not.  Rockin good time was had last time in the fall of 2013, we just had to do this again.  Funny a regular of mine said, "I wasn't too sure about the Whiskeybelles when you booked them, but they are now my favorite of all your house concerts." http://www.whiskeybelles.com

I normally do take the summer off... there are plenty of great place to hear good music.  I love the fact that I have a bigger audience network, and I might take a flyer mid-week if the artist is really special.  I've already tossed out to SHEL and Kristin Andreassen that they are welcome any day they pass thru; heck for SHEL I'd pay them $100 just to be in the audience of our little house concert.
Finally ... two personal gigs... Lynn and I are backing up Melissa McCarthy at the Acoustic Cafe in Winona Friday March 27th, and on Wednesday May 27th I'd like to invite you down to the Wine Guyz and have a glass of wine... tips and a percentage of the wine sales go to the Great River Folk Fest.  Anyone want to book Lucky Dog just give me a howl.

I leave you with a video from the next three concert artists:

Bill Staines was wonderful..

I have to thank Bill for a great night of music and conversation afterward... such a memory that guy has; even better than my wife's.  I'm going to remember the stories and the gentleman almost more than the concert.  Did get a good taping of Bill, who knows some day I might slice it into songs.

Oh and thanks for helping draw a full house, now more people know how to find the place and know that we're not big scary strangers.

One couple left me a bottle of wine and another knitted a hot pad for us during the concert.... all unnecessary but appreciated.