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ARTIST NEWS

Ariane Sitting in with the John Paulson Big Band
SUNDAY AFTERNOON! Momentous Records artist Ariane Lydon will sit in on vocals for a few tunes with the John Paulson Big Band at their concert at the Winona State University PAC Main Stage. Show starts at 3 pm on Jan. 21. This is a free show! Get more details about the band at Paulson's official website, paulsonjazz.com.

Mayer Brothers In Concert with Irene Keenan Jr.
SATURDAY NIGHT! Powerhouse singer Irene Keenan Jr. (above) is on the bill with Momentous Records artists the Mayer Brothers Band at the Grand Hotel Ballroom in downtown La Crosse on Jan. 20. Show starts at 7:30. Expect to hear plenty from the album Stay Out of the Rain in the Mayer Brothers' part of the show. And remember, the band's live gigs are stiill the only place to buy their new CD!

String Ties Guys Featured on the New Johnsmith Album
Momentous Records artists String Ties played a role in the new album Ginkgo by singer-songwriter Johnsmith. String Ties’ Larry Dalton is featured on upright bass and Dan Sebranek contributed harmony vocals. That’s Larry above with Texas-based producer Tom Prasada-Rao during the recording sessions at Sound Strations in La Crosse. Check out some samples at johnsmith.com. Gingko is the eighth solo album by the Trempealeau, Wis.-based singer-songwriter.


Keeping Up with Karyn
Rain, snow or cold, Momentous Records artist Karyn Quinn will be laying down the bass at a number of live shows in La Crosse this month. She'll be performing with the 3rd Relation Jazz Trio at the Root Note on Jan. 9, 23 and 30. Shows run from 7:30-10 pm.

On Jan. 26, catch Karyn with the Safe Passage Jazz Quartet at the Starlight Lounge from 8 pm til midnight.

At 7 pm on Jan. 27, she'll be playing with the Greg Balfany Jazz Quartet for a Juvenile Diabetes Fundraising Gala at the Cargill Room.

And if you haven't already heard it, now is a great time to check out Great Days, the excellent trio album she recorded with pianist Wayne Hawkins and drummer Todd Strait for Momentous Records.

Jim's Jazzy January!
Momentous Records artist Jim Piela has a busy start to 2018. He'll be playing with Michael Sarian and the Big Chabones on Monday, Jan. 8 at Club Bonifide in New York (map). Watch Jim in a preview of Sarian's new album in the video above. Also in January, you can catch Jim with:

  • Brazil Trio +1: Sunday, January 7 & 21, 5-8 pm, Cafe Argentino in Brooklyn map
  • Planetary People: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7:30-8:30 pm, The Groove in New York map

In the meantime, check out Jim's two Momentous Records releases Non Fiction and Space Cadet at his website jimpiela.com.


Give the Gift of Music!
Looking for last-minute stocking stuffers? How about a CD by one of your favorite Momentous Records artists? Head on over to our Merchandise page for a complete list of our releases and links to where you can buy 'em. Happy holidays from all of us at Momentous!


Celebrate the Holidays with String Ties!
HOLIDAY GRASS! Celebrate the season with Momentous Records artists String Ties: Tom Pfaff (banjo), Larry Dalton (bass), Dan Sebranel (guitar) and Wayne Beezley (mandolin) bring their annual holiday shows to the Pump House  Regional Arts Center in La Crosse on Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. See the Pump House website for ticket info. And don't forget, you can also bring a little bluegrass Christmas cheer into your own home with the String Ties Yuleties album.


Saxman Tom Gullion Live at the Jazz Estate
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SATURDAY NIGHT! Momentous Records artist Tom Gullion will be performing with the Rodrigo Villanueva Conroy Quartet this weekend in Milwaukee. Tom will be playing sax with the drummer's quartet at the Jazz Estate starting at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9.


Can't make the show? Check out Tom's two most recent recordings on his Momentous Records artist page.

Catch Karyn Quinn Live!
Momentous Records artist Karyn Quinn has a busy December schedule. She'll be playing bass with the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Swingin' Yuletide concert at UW-La Crosse. On Sunday, Dec. 3, she'll be at Leo and Leona’s in Newburg Corners with singer-guitarist Tom Wopat and pianist Jeremy Kahn. That show starts at 5 p.m. And, there will be a La Crosse Jazz Orchestra Reading Session at the Root Note in La Crosse from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

In the meantime, you can hear Karyn on the Momentous release Great Days.

Kinda Sorta Just Like a Rolling Stone
SATURDAY NIGHT! A Night of Dylan and the Dead at the Court on Main in La Crosse featuring Momentous Records artists The Mayer Brothers Band doing a tribute set to Bob Dylan songs. They'll be joined by Greg "Cheech" Hall and his Deece is Dead band doing a Grateful Dead set. Tickets available at Deaf Ear Records, Tree Huggers Co-op, Pearl Street Brewery, Instrument Repair of La Crosse, Old Town Strings and online at dylandead.bpt.me.

Jazz at The Ark
For all of you jazz lovers who weren't able to catch the show, here's a video of Momentous Records artists Tom Gullion and Karyn Quinn (with drummer Keith Leinart) and their rendition of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" recorded live at The Ark in Viroqua, Wisconsin on Oct 7, 2017.



The Backstory: The La Crosse Tribune on the New Mayer Brothers Album
Randy Erickson wrote a nice story about Hans and Kit Mayer for the Nov. 17 edition of the La Crosse Tribune.



Stay Out of the Rain CD Release Party
SATURDAY NIGHT! Join Momentous Records artists The Mayer Brothers Band as they celebrate the release of their new album Stay Out of the Rain at Leo & Leona's in Newburg Corners. The fun starts Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. 

The Mayer Brothers Band's first video debuted Nov. 14 on YouTube. It's a live performance of Hans Mayer's song "Goin' Home," recorded at the Pump House Regional Arts Center on Oct. 14, 2017.

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