Music By Lovers: Feat. Lisa Wenger, Jennifer Grimm, Deb Brown - Crooners Lounge & Supper Club6161 Hwy 65 NE Minneapolis,MN
02/15/2018 7:30 PM - 02/15/2018 9:30 PM
Lisa Wenger has performed as a beloved staple of the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene, delighting audiences with her sweet-yet gritty vocals and captivating mix of North Dakota roots paired with and affinity for the soulful sound of the Deep South.
The honest and soulful Wenger has also brought her funked-up, stripped-down, wall shakin’ blend of blues-based American roots music to audiences across the nation. Her appeal is broad enough to entertain a variety of crowds, and Wenger wins them all over, be it at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the famous Surf Ballroom , the Bitter End in NYC, the Hard Rock in Vegas, or at BB Kings in Orlando on the blues circuit.
Born to musical parents, (the locals deemed her Father “Old Golden Throat” and her Mother sings in the church choir to this day) her early training came in the form of the “Grease” Soundtrack. But all things changed once Wenger studied classical, rock, jazz, and blues music.
Lisa and the Lisa Wenger Band have sealed their reputation as a crowd pleasing outfit. The set list can range from rocking blues classics including Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams, to reworked rockabilly rave-ups, contemporary soul and New Orleans R & B.
Wenger has shared the stage with celebrities like Jim Belushi, Robert Cray, Leon Russel, and Pinetop Perkins, as well has recorded back-up vocals for many artists, including singer/ songwriter Bruce McCabe (Jonny Lang).
She enjoys performing for community events and festivals all over the world. She leads the way for other female singers with a variety of “Woman who Rock” and “Chick Singer Night” concerts.
Wenger’s self released albums include “Can’t Stop the Girl” (2008),“Publicly” Raw (2010), and "Simple As That" (2014). Wenger is in the studio recording her upcoming Christmas album and EP of her Original songs.
Growing up on the road was fun for Jennifer as she danced and sang her way across the country with her family's variety act for the first thirteen years of her life. After settling down in the Twin Cities in her teens, she attended public school for the first time and kept performing with her mother, Colleen Raye, in various venues including the Mall of America, Treasure Island Casino and Mystic Lake Casino.
While earning her degree in Mathematics from Augsburg College, Jennifer continued singing in clubs with 10-piece funk bands, in various cabaret and theater venues with theater companies, and in convention halls and churches as a featured vocalist with Augsburg College's Gospel Praise.
Soon after college, Jennifer ventured into her solo career, appearing on stages locally with such names as Garrison Keillor and Debbie Duncan, and in New York City, Europe and the Caribbean. With radio and recording success in local areas and overseas, Jennifer continues to base herself at home in the Twin Cities.
Some of Jennifer’s credits include performing at Carnegie Hall; Johnny Mercer Songbook Series at the Ordway; Steerage Song at the Fitzgerald Theater; earning the #2 spot on Aruba's year-end top 100 countdown; performing in New York City with shining press in The Village Voice; opening up for Oleta Adams at the St. Vincent Blues Festival; performing on Garrison Keillor's (creator of A Prairie Home Companion) Rhubarb Show; sharing performance events with Huey Lewis and The News, Michael Buble, and Martina McBride; starring in the Ordway's production of My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra; being the voice of the World Figure Skating Champions Tour theme song; and singing as a featured artist on many albums including Gene Adams' Jazz Anthology, Power of 10, The Minnesota Boychoir, Century Big Band, New York's Jonathan Rayson, Norah Long, Theater Latte Da, Girl Singers of the Hit Parade, Mark Croft, Tim Patrick and the Blue Eyes Band, Gourmet Jazz and LA's Holly Long.
Jennifer has a career as a voiceover artist as well, being selected as the singing/speaking voice for Target, OfficeMax, HealthPartners, virtuwell.com, Levaquil, KMart, Only Deals, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Glucerna, RightSize Smoothies, Doctors Say Yes, Maplewood Toyota, Roseville Midway Ford, CreditAnswers, FIG, PerfectMatch.com, Papa Murphy's, QuitPlan, Bremer Bank and many more.
Recently, a few original song placements in SHOWTIME's House Of Lies, NBC's Parenthood (Seasons 1 & 2), USA's Suits, TLC's Sarah Palin's Alaska, and NBC's Sing Off have been exciting and have led to more opportunities writing for SONY and being published by UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING. Jennifer's music can now be found on
Joe Cruz is regarded as one of the most versatile and energetic multi-stringed instrumentalists on the Twin Cities music scene today. Throughout his 30-year career, this passionate musician has been involved with numerous groups and recording projects, developing a vast array of styles. On any given night he can be found playing anything from solo acoustic guitar to screaming electric, swinging with a jazz combo, picking mandolin in a bluegrass band or exploring Latin music on Cuban trés and Puerto Rican cuatro. Also a composer, Joe has an extensive repertoire of original song and instrumental compositions. In addition to his musical talents, Joe is an accomplished wood turner and furniture builder. He currently performs solo, as well as with his trio, Scenic Roots. He also plays regularly with fiddler Brian Wicklund &The Barley Jacks and with blues piano man Scottie “Bones” Miller.
Deb Brown performs around the Twin Cities area and beyond at many venues and events. Her flexible vocal style has allowed her to sing with a variety of live bands and on numerous recording projects. She has recorded and/or sung live with The Butanes Soul Revue, Willie Walker and the Butanes, Tina and the B-Sides, Cynthia Johnson ('Funkytown'), The Modd Squad, The Bruce Henry Band, The Oddfathers, Soul Tight Committee, The Paul Holland Band, Pop Luxe, The Sevilles, and numerous others, including her own band. She toured as a backup singer with 'Straighten Up & Fly Right--a Tribute to Nat King Cole' in the spring of 2013. Deb was the lead female vocalist for Collide Dance Theatre's production of 'Class of '85' in October 2014, which received rave reviews. She has received airplay on radio stations throughout the U.S. and Europe as a lead and backup singer. Deb has lent her speaking and singing voice to radio/TV commercials for Best Buy, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mervyn's, numerous local businesses, and for an online commercial for popular NBC TV reality show, 'America's Got Talent.' She has also appeared in local TV commercials. Some other career highlights include opening for legendary singer Al Green at the Orpheum Theater, opening for Tower of Power and for The Suburbs at First Avenue Nightclub, singing the National Anthem at a Minnesota Twins game for several thousand people, and being a Minnesota Music Award recipient and nominee for several years in a row, one category being “Best Female Vocalist.” Deb has released two CD's: 'Blonde Faith' and 'Beautiful Disaster,' both of which include some of her original songs, have received favorable press reviews, and are receiving airplay around the world. She is currently producing and performing in a shows she created: 'River...a tribute to the music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell & Carly Simon' which is receiving rave reviews, and Almost Paradise-1984 Prom Night, which is also gaining popularity.
Brian Ziemniak is the Twin Cities’ most versatile pianist, consistently crossing musical boundaries while being true to the style and himself. In the jazz world he has performed recently with Kneebody saxophonist Ben Wendel, pyrotechnic violinist Christian Howes, and noted avant garde clarinetist Jean-Brice Godet. Brian has toured recently with star-studded funk group FDeluxe and with popular Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. He also appeared on soul legend Alexander O’Neal’s ‘Live in Minneapolis’ 2011 DVD. He appears on two recent jazz recordings: Peter Vircks’ “What You Believe is True” (Nov 2013), and Yohannes Tona’s “13” (slated for late 2014 release). He performs locally with numerous bands and a wide range of artists, including acclaimed R&B vocalist Fred Steele, Bruce Henry, rock group Vintage Raggs, and the Kevin Washington Quartet, in addition to fronting his own organ trio, BZ3.
Billy is the heart and soul of Vintage Raggs. He lays down the rhythm and holds people in the loving embrace that is ROCK 'N ROLL. Growing up in the east side of St. Paul, he learned early on the virtues of the "Chug" rhythm method. Chuck Berry to Keith Richards to Billy himself all know how important it is to lay down the groove. A Fender telecaster, an old Fender amp and you have the tools that make Mr. Larson a coveted player. He was born to rock and Billy delivers it in a huge way. Hail hail Rock 'n Roll...