Rockin' it Local

Friday, April 2, 2010

Twilight Hours pic

The Twilight Hours headline �Rockin� it Local: A Minnesota Music Showcase,� at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30 in the Ritsche Auditorium.

Twilight Hours pic Roma di Luna pic 

“Rockin’ it Local: A Minnesota Music Showcase,” presented by St. Cloud State University radio station, KVSC 88.1FM, is 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30 in the Ritsche Auditorium. The free concert is headlined by The Twilight Hours with special guests Roma di Luna.

Springing from a 25-year musical friendship, Minneapolis musicians John Munson and Matt Wilson are now together as The Twilight Hours. The duo’s new 10-track album “Stereo Night” was released nationally in January. The new album is described as having lavish harmonies with emotional lyrics.

Munson and Wilson began their musical pairing in the late 1980s with Trip Shakespeare, and continued off and on forming such bands as Time-Torn, The Flops and The New Standards. The two later went their own ways – Wilson going solo and Munson forming Semisonic with Wilson’s brother Dan and produced the No. 1 hit “Closing Time” and a platinum-selling album.

The musicians have a strong relationship with KVSC by way of live performances and acclaimed airplay, in various forms throughout their career.

This free concert is paid for with support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  The Legacy Amendment dedicates monies to preserve Minnesota arts and cultural heritage.

“I think it’s very fitting to present The Twilight Hours as our first concert through the Minnesota Legacy supported fund,” Jo McMullen-Boyer, KVSC station manager, said. “At one time, KVSC was one of only a handful of stations playing new cutting edge music by our state’s homegrown musicians, including these artists.”     

Opening the concert is the modern folk and storytelling group Roma di Luna. Together since 2004, the group now has two full-length albums and two EPs. The group started out with the wife-husband duet Channy (vocals, violin) and Alexei Casselle (guitar, vocals) as street musicians in downtown Minneapolis. Roma di Luna now has several principal players including Ben Durrant, James Everest, Ryan Lovan, Jessi Prusha and Michael Rossetto.

Roma di Luna’s music is traditional folk meets modern tone. Their music has been described as “edgy country/folk music.” 

Tickets are needed to attend this concert and are available online. All are invited to attend. 

KVSC 88.1FM, the Voice of St. Cloud since 1967, offers listeners an alternative format without commercials. KVSC features a diverse variety of music as well as news coverage and community events. The staff of KVSC 88.1FM is comprised of students and community volunteers.

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