2015 Bands are; June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30



Opening Night of Marketfest
June 18, 2015


Ride
Kowalski's
Gazebo Stage
Intermission
White Bear Dance Center

Ride is a blues and r & b band that's been performing mainly around the NE Metro area for close to twenty years. The five member band is made up of two guitars, bass guitar, drums, and the lead singer plays trumpet and harmonica. They've been one of the main house bands at Washington Square Bar and Grill since 2000 and have headlined the Worthington Unvarnished Music Festival five times. Ride's drummer studied in New Orleans and brings a New Orleans beat to a number of tunes. Most band members also play in other groups bringing fresh energy to the band's sound. The band's motto is, "You can't stop the wave, but you can learn to Ride It!". It speaks to the tremendous healing power of the blues. As Otis Span once said, the blues is the greatest doctor. Ride recognizes the power of energy, that we're all energy, and aims to raise the level of energy using the power of songs that are foundation to blues and r & b. Musical influences come from Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Paul Butterfield, The Grateful Dead, Michael Franti, Freddie King, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, just to name a few.

Opening Night of Marketfest
June 18, 2015

Drama Queen
Drama Queen
White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
Intermission
Brio Brass

Boasting former members of some of the Twin Cities' best bands, Drama Queen takes the music of artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Adele, P!nk and BonJovi, and weaves them into a night of great party and dance music!

Joan: Lead vocals, Percussion
Steve: Guitar, Vocals
Polo: Keyboards, Vocals
Ted: Bass, Vocals
John: Drums, Vocals


June 25, 2015

Scottie Miller
Kowalski's
Gazebo Stage
Intermission
Richter Piano Studio


Scottie Miller, (also known as Scottie "Bones" Miller) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His musical style is a combination of blues, soul, funk and jazz. "Sounds like Dr. John meets The Band at Bruce Springsteen's house. Highly recommended." Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine. (Quite the comparison, and he backs it up with high energy performance, creative song writing, dramatic lyrics and impeccable piano playing.)

He performs worldwide as a solo-artist, or with the incredibly funky "SMB" (Scottie Miller Band), (which features drummer Mark O'Day, guitarist Patrick Allen, and bassist Dik Shopteau). Recent theater performances find Scottie adding string quartet to the mix, further breaking the boundaries of style and genre. This "blues-pianist" shows again and again how versatile his music can be with blues, jazz, classical, funk and soul influences that blend together seamlessly.

June 25, 2015

Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band
White Bear MitsubishI
3rd Street Stage
Intermission
Shoreview Nothern Lights Variety Band Ensemble
The Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band is a community band headquartered in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Shoreview, Minnesota. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for musicians over the age of 16 to gather for the purpose of having fun making music together, developing musical talents, promoting musical and social exchange, and performing at community events. The Band's philosophy is that playing in an instrumental music ensemble should be a rewarding, lifelong experience, and not one that simply ends after graduation from school.

July 2, 2015
Barley Jacks
Kowalski's
Gazebo Stage
Intermission
Music by Cougath
The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun. They are masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass and drum who meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new.

Front-man and fiddler Brian Wicklund is joined by Joe Cruz-guitar, Kevin Rowe-bass, and Joel Arpin-percussion. Their recordings "Either Side of Night" and "The Lighthouse" has been met with great praise by review.

Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique.
July 2, 2015

Amy & Adams
White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
Intermission
Cravin' Pie, Pie Eating Contest.
Proceeds will go to Second Harvest.
Amy & Adams share their inspiring upbeat music with folks in the Twin Cities, Outstate, Midwest, and beyond.

For nearly 2 decades they've touched audiences of all ages at Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Wine Bars, Wineries, Schools, Churches, Libraries, City Concert Series, Ski Resorts, Casino, Art Fairs, Elder Care Facilities, and Weddings. Amy & Adams has been featured live on WCCO AM as well as other radio and TV stations throughout Minnesota, and Iowa.

July 9, 2015
 Soulmates
Soul Mates
Kowalski's
Gazebo Stage
Intermission
Just for Kix

Hailing from Minnesota, Texas and Mississippi, these four gentlemen blended their talents in 1992 to form this dynamic new blues/rock group. With their unique and exceptional style, Soulmates have delighted and impassioned audiences at the Fine Line Music Cafe, Glam Slam, the Cabooze, Whiskey Junction, and other top blues/rock venues in the Twin Cities area.

Johnny O, Guitar
Tom Donahue, Drums
Wilbur Cole, Keyboard
Bill Pullitier, Bass

July 9, 2015

Wildcat Combo
White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
Intermission
White Bear Lake Area High School Drum Line

WildCat Combo (Former Members of Ole and Raggs) have played in the White Bear Lake area for years.

Todd is a White Bear Lake graduate and members of the band are involed in the community. Some of the local establishments they have played at include Kellerman's Event Center, Holihans, Washington Square, and Manito Station. Classic Rock for all ages


Todd Olson, Vovals, Guitar, Sax, Flute, Harmonica
Chris Lamers, Vocals, Base Guitar
Mike (Curly) Smith, Drums
John Kaziol, Keyboard
Jay Jaques, Vocals, Guitar


July 16, 2015
Inside Straight
Inside Straight Blues Band
Kowalski's
Gazebo Stage
Intermission
Sun YI's Academy - Tae Kwon Do
Inside Straight Blues Band, a popular band with Twin Cities and regional club audiences, plays blues and blues-rock in the Chicago, Texas, Memphis, Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans traditions. Tempered with solid jazz, funk and R&B influences, the result is a sound that is unique to Inside Straight; a sound that is truly a collection of its member's backgrounds and experiences.

The band's founder and leader, Kurt Koehler (Lead Vocals & Guitar) was born in Chicago in 1952. Kurt has been singing and playing the blues for over 40 years, from smooth uptown styles to contemporary rock-edged Texas styles to the down & dirty sounds of the Southside and Westside of Chicago.

Mark Zmuda has been playing the bass since the mid-1960s. Greg Mans on drums has a long history of work with many Twin Cities bands. "Brother" Bill Swanson on keys and vocals.

Kurt Koehler, Guitar,Vocals
Bill Swanson, Keys, Vocals
Mark Zmuda, Bass
Mike Fitch, Drums
Brian (Zoot) Simonds, Sax
July 16, 2015

Tim and the Pickups
White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
Intermission
RefitLife Demo

Tim and The Pickups is a Twin Cities variety act specializing in playing hits from the golden era of Rock, R&B and Soul. Our only goal when we hit the stage is to get you to have as much fun as us. We can't wait to sing and dance with you at Marketfest!

Tim Walen, Vocals
Adam Dodge, Bass
Seth Duin Guitar
Mark Ostlund, Guitar
Adam Ragheb, Sax/Percussion
Jacob Muhle, Drums

July 23, 2015

Mary Jane Alm
Kowalski's
Gazebo Stage
Intermission
Michael Ray and The Nasty Notes

"Of all Twin Cities performers, no one is more adored than Mary Jane Alm, a talented charmer with golden vocal chords, disarming sincerity, an impressive collection of original tunes and a hot, high-caliber band." - St. Paul Pioneer Press

Members: Mary Jane Alm- Vocals Scooter Nelson on drums, percussion and vocals Boyd Lee on acoustic guitar and vocals Brian C. Peters on electric guitars and pedal steel Gordy Johnson on bass.
July 23, 2015

Funktion Junction
White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
Intermission
Lake Country Chorus
We are a band that specializes in recreating the sounds of the 60's, 70's and 80's. Everything from smooth blues of B King to the hot summer nights of Motown, the disco of Gloria Gaynor and soulful sounds of Aretha Franklin. We have a wide R&B, classic radio hit selections that also allows us to ramp up with popular dance music of the same era. We have out on great shows all over Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding areas. We have a stellar show that is friendly, fun and energetic and will have you dancing from the first note to the last!

Yolanda Roth, Vocalist
Gary Hodges, Vocalist
Bob Breu, Guitar
Bill "Club" Snyder, Bass
Ralph Hale, Drums
Big Mike Mothershed, Vocalist
Pierre Lewis, Keyboard
Stephen Reichel, Saxaphone

July 30, 2015 (Last Marketfest of 2015)

Armadillo Jump
Kowalski's
Gazebo Stage
Intermission
Megan Yang, Local Musician

Armadillo Jump is a Twin Cities/Minnesota based Rockin Rhythm and Blues band that has taken the music they love --rockin blues-- and cranked it up. The passion, excitement and energy they pour into the music comes across as something that's fresh and crispy. Mix in a little Texas-style rockin' blues attitude, slather it with moppin' sauce and a generous splash of the hot stuff and my friends, you have a recipe for a show that's unmistakably jumpin'.

Members: John Coburn - Guitar/Vocals Monica Louise - Vocals/Guitar Mike Brisson - Bass/Vocals Rose Duffy - Sax Jim Meier - Drums

July 30, 2015 (Last Marketfest of 2015)

Hot Dish Band
White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
Intermission
Radio Players, Lakeshore Community Theatre
Tim, Andy and Dan are White Bear natives and graduates of WBL High School. They have played Marketfest for 17 years running, including many city functions and charity events in the area. They describe themselves as a bunch of old friends playing music they love, Mostly 70's classic rock, you'll hear some favorites form the 60's and 90's thrown in there too. It's fun energetic music!

Band members are:
Tim Cheesebrow, Vocals, Guitar
Andy Semling, Drums
Dan Ratte, Bass
Ben Roselius, Guitar

Thank You to our 2015 Entertainment Sponsors!


Kowalskis Markets White Bear Lake Mitsubishi The Station