Musical Returns

Darlings! We just heard some great news on the local music front!

Last night, dear Chris Reimenschneider broke the news: The Jah-hawks will return to First Avenue on Feb. 28 as (wait for it…) The Jahskinens for the Real-Phonic 8th Commandment Revival benefit for guitarist/producer Erik Koskinen.

From Reimenschneider’s post on his StarTribune blog:

After their secret debut during the Best New Bands showcase last month, the all-star band temporarily known as the Jah-hawks will return Feb. 28 to First Avenue as the Jahskinens, part of a benefit for Erik Koskinen. The local twang-guitar ace and producer recently had his truck stolen along with a lot of important gear. “Our office,” is how bandmate Molly Maher referred to the truck. Koskinen’s insurance did not cover the theft, so friends are lining up to play in his honor/benefit and calling it the Real-phonic 8th Commantment Revival (“thou shall not steal”), including Maher, Charlie Parr, Dead Man Winter and one pretty obvious big-name act that can’t yet be named due to contractual obligations (hint: it’s playing somewhere close to town next weekend). As for the Jahskinens, the band will once again feature the ace rhythm section of JT Bates and James Buckley along with guitarist Jacob Hanson (Halloween, Alaska) and singer Zach Coulter (Solid Gold). They will be playing — you guessed it — dub versions of some of Koskinen’s tunes. Click here for ticket info.

In other local show announcements, we just heard that Rogue Valley (Chris Koza‘s side project) will release the new CD (which is part of their seasons cycle) at The Varsity Theater on Apr. 1.  Tickets go on-sale Friday.


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