August 7, 2014

After the successful spring tour with performances in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK, Scandinavia, and Italy (with the Rolling Stones), Doug Pettibone is hitting the road again as a member of John Mayor´s band.

John Mayor has added three more dates to his touring schedule, bringing them to the US cities of Atlanta (9/19), Los Angeles (8/31), and Highland Park (9/20).

Full details and ticket links at

Written by Megabien
July 22, 2014

Minnesota saxophone legend Irv Williams will turn 95 next month and is celebrating together with Legends Rock bassist Billy Peterson and guitarist Steve Blons the release of a new record.

The new tunes of "Then Was Then, Now is Now” give jazz aficionados a chance to hear a fresh, regenerative, and unbeatable musical artistry of an exceptional jazz trio, with each of them having deep Twin Cities connections as well as international standings in the world jazz scene and far beyond.

The album release will be celebrated at the The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) located in South Minneapolis on Saturday, 26th of July 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tickets are $35 ($25 for TMORA members), and can be purchased online at and may be available at the door (limited seating).

Written by Megabien
June  24, 2014

Once again Billy Peterson is performing at the renowned Montreal International Jazz Festival that runs from June 26th to July 6th, 2014. The festival holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival. This year´s festival line up includes such notable acts like Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Ben Harper, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, Earth,Wind&Fire, Charlie Musselwhite, or Emmylou Harris.

Among them is also Ben Sidran´s "Don´t Cry For No Hipster Band" with Billy Peterson on bass. Further band members besides Ben Sidran himself (piano) include Leo Sidran (drums) and Will Bernard (guitar). Shows are scheduled for July 2nd at 7:00pm, July 2nd at 9:45pm, July 3rd at 7:00pm, and July 3rd at 9:45pm. For further information on tickets and location click here.

Written by Megabien
June 23, 2014

It’s about time! Having been working together for some 35 years or even more, it was time to finally get this started!

Billy and Ricky together with their Brother Paul and Nephew Jason have begun to record the “Peterson Brothers” Record! Along with Ben Sidran crackin’ the whip and making it all come together!

So stay tuned, keeping you up to date on the Brothers´ progress.

Written by Megabien
June  11, 2014

It has been a while since Peru native guitarist/composer Andres Prado has been sharishing the Twin Cities music scene with his touching Peruvian sounds. Now he is back in town for a couple of weeks to perform a few gigs with a dynamic quintet of Twin Cities’ all-stars, including Peter Schimke (keys), Kevin Washington (drums), Pete Whitman (sax), and Jeff Bailey (bass). The jazz ensemble is also known under the name "Mississippi", a symbol for pulsating energy and natural power.

The quintet kicks off with a performance on "new music" night at Minneapolis´s Jazz Central (June 18th). The group will also hit the stage at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in St. Paul (June 27th), or the IceHouse in Minneapolis (June 30th). Music stlyes are ranging from Coltrane to Peruvian folk themes to explorative original compositions of each of the band members.

Written by Megabien