Landmark Center presents “Landmark LIVE” in the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium. Presented with support from the Minnesota Music Coalition, KFAI Radio, and the Pioneer Press these concerts begin at 8 pm and are preceded by a cocktail hour at 7 pm, giving audiences an opportunity to enjoy complimentary refreshments and a cash bar.
Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door and $70 for full season tickets. Tickets include admission to the cocktail hour from 7-8 pm.
7pm – Cocktail hour // 7:30 pm – seating opens // 8 pm – Concert
September 6: The Small Glories
Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories could almost make you believe in fate.
The material of a Small Glories concert is welcoming in terms of subject, folk-pop melody and instrumentation — songs of love, loss, and environment, delivered with soaring, interwoven vocals on various combinations of stomping clawhammer banjo, guitar and harmonica.
The band’s debut album, 2016’s “Wondrous Traveler” was praised in Pitchfork by legendary American rock critic Greil Marcus, who wrote, “…in moments (The Small Glories) find the darkening chord change the best bluegrass — from the Stanley Brothers to Be Good Tanyas — has always hidden in the sweet slide of the rhythm, the tiny shift where the person telling the story suddenly understands it.”
The Small Glories duplicate and reinforce each other’s many strengths and yet allow their distinct personalities to shine through, resulting in a live show that is as heartwarming as it is hilarious, as finger-picking proficient as it is relatable, and as Canadian as, well… it’s very Canadian. But that hasn’t stopped them from winning over audiences from Nashville to the Australian outback. Their highly anticipated sophomore album “Assiniboine & the Red” was released June 28 on Compass/Red House Records.
October 11: Eliza Gilkyson
Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in folk, roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year. Gilkyson’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”
Gilkyson’s 2018 release is “SECULARIA,” a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs but challenge us to respect all life and be accountable for our actions in such perilous times.
On stage, Gilkyson presents a vibrant spontaneous mix of storytelling with self-effacing humor and tenderness, within a wide-ranging spectrum of human experience, from intimate love songs to political diatribe, accompanied by some of the best support players in the world.
November 15: The OK Factor
Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of the new-classical crossover duo, The OK Factor, have one word to describe their musical connection: lucky. Organic and genuine, their original compositions feel both comfortingly familiar and uniquely fresh, and have been described as “genre-bending” (Julie Amacher, MPR) and “pure magic” (Wausau Pilot & Review). The ease with which they write and perform has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work, bringing them success on stages such as The Cedar Cultural Center and as frequent featured artists with Minnesota Public Radio. Their distinct compositional and performance style awarded them the honor of being finalists for the prestigious McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018.
Within their six years of writing, performing, and regional touring, The OK Factor has been in residence with Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes Artists program (’16), at The Grand Theater in Wausau (’17), College of Saint Benedict (’17), and Luther College (’18), sharing their intimate performances, outreach activities, and educational workshops with these communities.
Diercks and Colahan are also sought-after collaborators, having partnered with numerous Minnesota composers and musicians including singer-songwriters Ellis Delaney and Lynn O’Brien, percussionists Jenny Klukken and Krissy Bergmark, and composer and Boston Ballet Music Director, Mischa Santora, among others. They have produced three studio albums of original pieces and arrangements: “Water Street” (’14), “That’s Enough of That” (’16), “Have Yourself an OK Christmas” (’17), and “Love, The OK Factor, Lullabies & Love Songs,” released in January of 2019.
Carrie Elkin is one of those rare artists with a tidal wave singing voice, and a stage whisper writing voice that brings you to the edge of your seat, emotionally. Like Patty Griffin or Brandi Carlile, she straddles the Americana, Folk, and Indie Rock worlds, where meaningful songs meet the fierce-yet- fragile voices of powerful women. Like these other seminal artists, Elkin has the gift of projecting very personal intimate moments into transcendent universal experiences that move us all.
The voice, the stories, the images, the grace and infectious enthusiasm, it’s a complete package. But it’s the power of her live performances that really have been creating an incredible buzz around this young artist.
“The Penny Collector” is Elkin’s seventh record and is the long awaited solo release since her acclaimed “Call It My Garden” album was released in 2011 on venerable roots label, Red House Records. Written in a year that was bookended by the birth of Elkin’s first child and the process of caretaking her father through the dying process, “The Penny Collector” is a poet’s momentous stroll full circle around the human lifecycle in one single year. It’s a journey that is beautifully told, fragile and heartbreaking at times, joyous and raucous in others. And Elkin once again delivers the powerhouse vocal performance that people have come to expect, with delicate waves of intimacy that build to astonishing crests and crashes of intensity.