Date: Friday, August 21, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Zephyr Theatre Outdoor Stage, 601 Main Street North, Stillwater
Advance or Walk-up Reservations Required
- Purchase tickets online until 3:00 p.m. on August 21
- Walk-up ticket sales begin 5:00 p.m. on August 21
The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun. They are masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass and drum who meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new. Front–man and fiddler Brian Wicklund is joined by Mike Cramer–guitar, Keith Yanes–bass, and Joel Arpin–percussion. Their 2010 debut recording Either Side of Night and 2011 recording The Lighthouse have been met with great praise by reviewers.
Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. Audiences are struck with how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform. These Minnesota-based veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids!
“The Barley Jacks are musicians’ musicians playing seriously good music. If you can sit there and listen to these guys without smiling or tapping your toe, check your pulse.” –Ron Arsenault, Rock Bend Music Festival”
“The Barley Jacks had the crowd standing, clapping, dancing and shouting for almost the entire final hour. They are one finely tuned machine. An absolute treat to listen to!” –Greg Schmitz, Sioux River Folk Festival”
“I LOVED the band… lot’s of good feedback. The Barley Jacks are dynamic, exciting and just plain fun!” –Mary Doub, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival”
BRIAN WICKLUND– fiddle/mandolin
has been an integral part of the acoustic music scene for decades. As a teenager, he won dozens of fiddle contests and has toured internationally with bands Stoney Lonesome, Judith Edelman Band, Kathy Kallick Band, Chris Stuart Band, and with Brother Mule. He is a busy studio musician and producer with dozens of projects to his credit. Brian wrote the bestselling, American Fiddle Method published by Mel Bay and is in constant demand as a teacher worldwide.
Mike Cramer– guitar
is a champion flat picker and jazz phenom.
Keith Yanes – bass
is as comfortable in a bebop combo or a bluegrass band.
grooves on cajon and trap set.
Together they are synergy.
Bluegrass Unlimited says–“A double threat…This exceptional fiddler also proves to be an able composer and appealing singer.”
Indie-Music.com says–“Wicklund’s fiddling rings in pristine tonality… Superb originals.”
Inside Bluegrass says “Wonderful original tunes, gorgeous harmonies and a level of musicianship that few in the region can dream of matching.” City Pages “They raise the notch by performing interactive bluegrass, engaging the audience and making every performance unique.”