Two Trains Music & Arts Festival

Black Market Brass

Founded in Minneapolis during the spring of 2012, BMB came together when two guitar players discovered each other's almost identical craigslist ads aimed at starting a funk band influenced by among other things, the sounds of Fela Kuti, K Frimpong, and King Sunny Ade.


Over the next 3 years the band would relentlessly rehearse, fine tune, and develop their deeply powerful sound. What started as a funk band playing obscure covers eventually blossomed into a creative collective of musicians writing, arranging, and performing original music that builds on the sound of Nigerian Afrobeat by tastefully blending it with other styles. As time went on, the band cycled through players and material before arriving at what would become the permanent lineup and their signature sound.

In 2013 Secret Stash Records released BMB’s debut single to critical acclaim within the collector and DJ communities. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved “This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the globe while BMB slang copies from the stage after shows throughout the Midwest.

Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, BMB finally tracked their debut album at Secret Stash’s new recording studio in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Cut live in one room over the course of 3 days, the recordings jump out of the speakers with an energy reminiscent of the band’s celebrated live shows. About the process, guitarist Hans Kruger says, “This music needs to be recorded live. Everytime we play there are these little connections that are being made between a couple of the musicians. The bass and drums might lock into something that the horn players don’t consciously know about. But while that’s happening, the horn players might find their way to some new interpretation of their parts. You would lose some of that if you went in and tracked everything one at a time. There needs to be room for collective improvisation.” The incredible thing about recorded music is its ability to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries. The story of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat. Recorded in 2015 by the 12 piece instrumental band, it is heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long ago.

New Sound Underground

Marked by their high-energy, all-instrumental performances, New Sound Underground has become a must-see band in the Minneapolis music scene. The band stands out with all original songs, engaging arrangements and exhilarating live shows. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, rock, soul, R&B, and gospel, the band released its debut self-titled album in 2013, a year in which they also went on to play the Telluride Jazz Festival. This success has allowed the band to perform at prominent venues including First Avenue (Minneapolis), The Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis), The Twin Cities Jazz Festival ('13,'16), and Prince's renowned "Paisley Park: After Dark" series.

In 2014, New Sound Underground partnered with the legendary venue First Avenue in Minneapolis to start a new concert series called "Funk on First" and held well attended shows that included great local bands from the up-and-coming funk/fusion/jazz scene in the Twin Cities. New Sound Underground was voted "Best Jam Band of 2015" by the Twin Cities local paper City Pages. In March of 2016, the band partnered with Last Triumph's annual Take Off Tour to SXSW in Austin, TX.

Cole DeGenova

Somewhere between a soul pop concert, South Side jazz club, slam poetry reading, and punk rock dive bar, lives the music of Cole DeGenova... As a pianist, vocalist, and composer Cole DeGenova has spent most of his life crafting his eclectic artistic voice, beginning his career at age 16 as a jazz pianist around his native Chicago. As a bandleader, he started his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he released his first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. A few years later, DeGenova released his second album ANOTHER COUNTRY. Now based in Chicago and Los Angeles, he is both an in demand studio musician as well as a touring performer around the globe. He has worked with Lupe Fiasco, Brett Dennen, Chance the Rapper, Gallant, Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz, Meshell N'Degeocello, Paula Cole, James Carter, engineer Eddie Kramer, Hey Champ, Dave Shaw, as well as funk group The Heard and experimental jazz trio Hanging Hearts. DeGenova is also a co-founder and organizer for the Chicago artist collective The Gala. His song “Hollywood Girl” was chosen as a Finalist in the 2015 American Songwriting Awards.

Spare Parts

using a mix of funk, rock, jazz, and more, Spare Parts is a Chicago based group rapidly gaining international acclaim. They are one of the newest artist signed to Ropeadope Records based in Philadelphia (Snarky Puppy, Philadelphia Experiment, Charlie Hunter.) An eclectic list of influences ranging from Weather Report to The Beatles fuel the creative engines of Spare Parts, both live and in the studio. Their newest release on Ropeadop "Warehaus West Sessions: Vol. 1" captures their sound in the comforts of the band's own studio. They invited world renowned musicians Fareed Haque (guitar), Bill Dickens (7 String Bass), and Rajiv Halim (Sax) to join them on several of the tracks bringing in a collaborative spirit to the recording process. They breathe new life into Led Zeppelin's "Four Sticks" and their new live video of that tune has gone viral seeing over twenty thousand plays in its first week online. The band has played at festivals from Wakarusa and Summer Camp, to the international Festival de Jazz in Lima, Peru to name a few. Spare Parts is sought after in diverse markets, pleasing the discerning ears of music aficionados and new listeners alike.

The band’s broad musical scope has landed them opening spots for acts such as George Clinton, Victor Wooten, Snoop Dogg, Wayne Krantz, Garage a Trois, Liquid Soul, Fareed Haque, Marco Benevento and more. Spare Parts has backed up and performed with artists including bassist Victor Wooten, SNL/Tower of Power saxophonist Lenny Picket, Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals, Umphrey's McGee Members, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band drummer Terrence Higgins

Spare Parts remains focused on expanding musical boundaries while attracting new listeners from all walks of life, leaving them thirsty for more. See you at the next show!

Hipshaker

Heavy Funk and Rare Soul Dance Party. Original Vinyl 45s! Since 2002. DJ Brian Engel

"With their sophomore release two, the rising PHO use funk as a vehicle to explore their “Minneapolis sound” influences with torch in hand. Intimate and soulful, intense and highly energetic, the new album comes sprinkled with psychedelia and hip-hop, while maintaining the tight arrangements of funk tradition. The thirteen tracks, which were produced by John Davis, feature Kirk Johnson of Prince’s New Power Generation on percussion. Recorded in Cannon Falls, Minnesota at the legendary Pachyderm Studio(‘Nirvana-In-Utero’), there was no shortage of vintage vibe amidst a playground of old ‘70s synths and classic guitars, all articulated in the expansive array of musical colors ever-present throughout the mix.

The youthful PHO has been proving their funky prowess to the national music scene with a powerful live show that leaves crowds in awe. They’ve achieved this stature alongside big names in the business, including The Motet, Dopapod, Dumpstaphunk and many more.

PHO has been acquiring new fans with each appearance, but in the winter of 2016 they attracted a truly unexpected fan when Prince caught a live performance from their YouTube page, which prompted an invite to open for Larry Graham (Graham Central Station) at the iconic Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN. That performance triggered another Prince Tweet: “Come back anytime. Just Holla.” Having the blessing of “The Purple One” before his untimely death has pushed PHO to continue cultivating the Minneapolis sound’s legacy, and with the release of two, PHO promises to bring a new and exciting brand of funk to the world."

Alec Lehrman

Alec Lehrman makes music for head and the heart. The songwriter and guitarist creates a uniquely cerebral, yet still emotional pop music - what you'd expect from a man who, by 21, had finished up a mathematics major while simultaneously touring at a national level. He's shared the stage with Isaiah Sharkey (of D'angelo), Charles Bradley, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, amongst many others. His debut album "Nurture," featuring Gabriel Wallace of Gorillaz, Sam Trump of Sidewalk Chalk, and Matthew Skillz of Lili K is set to be released in 2017.

The Denver-based power trio, Cycles, comprised of Patrick Harvey (guitar), Michael Wood (drums), and Tucker McClung (bass/vocals) are on a musical mission to melt your mind. Self-described as “psychedelic rock fusion”, Cycles effortlessly blends rock, jazz, hip-hop, soul, and much more creating a versatile soundscape that makes each live show different than the last.
Striving for variety in each set, Cycles carefully construct a show designed to thrill. Each member brings a special set of skills and influences to the table. Living in the same house together and practicing hours upon hours each day has created a profound chemistry between the band members that truly shines through in the live setting. Tucker McClung is a powerful commander of the bass who never shies away from applying the melodic nature of the instrument all the while leading the show with powerfull vocals. Michael Wood, with his tight and jazzy drum beats, works tirelessly to keep the band on track through intricate tempo changes and wide-open space. Patrick Harvey’s dominating guitar shred is what completes the band’s sound and often drives them to take the jams into outer space. The songs are written by all members of the band which adds yet another element of diversity to the end product. With humorous, relatable, and illustrative lyrics, Cycles reaches out and touches their audience in a way that produces a feeling of harmony and community.
Throughout the last year, Cycles has picked up some serious steam around Colorado. Every show Cycles plays garners new fans. In January of 2016, the band released their first EP, “Loads Of Fun” which showcases their one-of-a-kind sound. This summer will see Cycles embark on their first nation-wide tour. With runs of shows ranging from Chicago to Portland, the rest of the country will soon get to experience first-hand what all their friends have been talking about.

Tomorrow People

6-piece instrumental hip-hop/soul collective based out of Chicago, IL

Hustle Rose

Hustle Rose is an American soul and funk band with horns, synth, bass and drums led by singer-songwriter David Glen on lead guitar and talk box.

Casey Russell's Soul Shack

Funk - Soul - R&B led by Keyboardist and Vocalist Casey Russell of The Magic Beans, featuring a rotating cast of Colorado based Musicians

$10.00 - $35.00

Tickets

Join us for the innagural Two Trains Music and Arts Festival, taking place in Northeast Minneapolis' Art District, on August 25th and 26th. TTMAF will be two days of live music, curated by Nate Milstein of The Funktion on Jazz88, art vendors, delicious food, and adult beverages served ice cold by Bunny's NE. A portion of our proceeds will go to support the 30-Days Foundation, a local nonprofit that helps families in need.

This is an all-ages event you will not want to miss! Buy your tickets now at the early-bird pricing before they increase!

You must have a VIP ticket to attend late night performances.

Thanks to our sponsors Jazz88, Bunny's NE, and Travail Kitchen and Amusements!

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