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17 Feb

Fairytales: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Willie Murphy - The Cabooze

917 Cedar Ave Minneapolis,MN
02/17/2019 4:00 PM - 02/17/2019 6:00 PM

2019-02-17 16:00:00 2019-02-17 18:00:00 America/Detroit Fairytales: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Willie Murphy The Cabooze info@wamza.com


Spider John Koerner

Koerner grew up in Rochester, New York, and after a brief military service attended the University of Minnesota. He intended to major in engineering, but soon became involved in the local music scene where he met Dave Ray and Tony Glover. They formed a loose-knit trio, releasing albums under the name Koerner, Ray & Glover. The group gained notoriety with Blues, Rags and Hollers originally released by Audiophile in 1963 and then re-released by Elektra Records.[1][2]

Koerner was an early influence on Bob Dylan and is mentioned in his autobiography Chronicles. Of that time period, Koerner later said, "We were all goofy, you know. We were thinkers and drinkers and artists and players, and Dylan was one of us. He was another guy."[3]

In 1965, Koerner recorded his first solo album, Spider Blues, for Elektra and appeared at the Newport Folk Festival accompanied by Glover. He continued playing on the folk circuit and joined with Willie Murphy to record Running, Jumping, Standing Still in 1969.[4] The duo eventually split up and Koerner pursued an unsuccessful career in film-making, retiring from music and moving to Copenhagen, Denmark.[5] He later returned to music in the traditional folk music genre and continued to perform and release new albums from time to time.[1] He now lives in Minneapolis and has two sons and a daughter.

On Sunday March 11, 2012, Koerner reported, in an interview with WLRN-FM's Michael Stock, that he will soon be returning to the Newport Folk Festival.

Ipso Facto

Paul Metsa

Virginia, Minnesota, migrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota
guitar, vocals, songwriter

Phil Heywood

American singer, songwriter and guitarist

Tim Sparks


Curtiss A

Prominent Minneapolis rocker/shouter from the mid-Seventies to present. Guitarist and singer/songwriter, AKA "The Dean of Scream." Occasionally lists himself on the performance credits of related projects under the alias Buzz Barker.

When performing live the bill usually reflects "Curtiss A and (a band)...", as in "Curtiss A and The Jerks Of Fate," but none of his Twin/Tone LPs reflect a backing band by name and all are attributed to the all-encompassing artist name "Curtiss A."

Bobby Vandell

Drummer, percussionist and singer from Twin Cities. He is also a founding member and leader of the Minnesota band, The TC Jammers and was the original drummer in Dr. Mambos Combo. Locally, he has worked with Lamont Cranston, The Steeles, The Doug Maynard Band, The Hoopsnakes, Stockcar Named Desire, Root City and Mick Sterling, and the Stud Brothers among others. He is currently active with The Bobby Vandell Band, performing regularly on Sunday night jams at The Whiskey Junction in Minneapolis.

On the national and international level, he has played drums with The Time, Jesse Johnson’s Revue, Bonnie Raitt, Bobby Lyle, Roy Buchanan, Curtis Salgado, Chuck Berry, Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold, The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, Johnathon, Al Wilson, Otis Day and The Knights, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Bruce Conte of Tower Of Power, Lipps Inc., and Soupy Sales.

Bobby spent 1988 on the road playing drums on a world tour with Alexander O’Neal as the supporting act of Gladys Knight And The Pips. Highlights of that tour include performances at festivals with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross and Earth Wind and Fire, with shows at the Wembly Arena in London, as well as a performance at the Apollo Theater in New York.

National and international television appearances include The Soul Train television show with Jesse Johnson’s Revue, opening the Soul Train Music Awards show with Alexander O’Neal, performing on Rick Dee’s "Into The Night" television show with Roseanne Barr, a concert on BBC in London England with Alexander O’Neal, a popular music show in Mexico City with Lipps Inc., the video “Be Your Man” with Jesse Johnson’s Revue as well as an acting appearance in the 1982 movie “Purple Haze.”

Recording sessions include Jesse Johnson’s Revue on A&M Records and four albums for Lipps Inc. on Polygram Records as well as playing drums and being featured on lead vocals of The Minneapolis All Stars live CD for Ben Sidran’s “Go Jazz” label. Bobby also produced and arranged the music for Roseanne Barr’s comedy album for Hollywood Records, and has been inducted various times into the Midwest Music Hall Of Fame, and he received with his TC Jammers band various Minnesota Music Awards.