The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center continues its Cultural Arts Series season with Rogue Valley, a Minneapolis Americana band, on Friday October 6. The group’s performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Rogue Valley takes its name from a valley countryside nestled between the Southern Oregon Coast range, the Pacific Coastal Range, the Cascades and Siskiyous. It is a place that has known the serenity of pristine wilderness, the madness of a gold rush, and hidden sanctuary for outsiders and outlaws
The band’s music is rich in tone and texture in ways inspired by the landscape and history of the region. Crater Lake was the first of four albums self-released by the band. Songwriter/Composer Chris Koza wrote the album as an ode to Spring – and to be the first in a four-part series of full-length albums navigating the terrain of love, loss, and wanderlust, and each marked by the changing Seasons.
Following Crater Lake, Rogue Valley recorded and released three more full-length albums; all in the span of a single year. With Summer came The Bookseller’s House; with Autumn: Geese in the Flyway. And with Winter the band completed their concept-album-cycle with False Floors. The band released a 12-song vinyl compilation of a few tracks from each seasons-album in 2012.
Since that time, Rogue Valley has toured regionally and nationally, mainly through the Midwest and West Coast, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska. They have shared the stage and played festivals alongside The Jayhawks and Spoon. Their music has found its way onto television series and feature film. Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opened the door for listeners all over the world to discover the band as Stiller hand-picked the song The Wolves and The Ravens for his passion project and subsequent soundtrack. ‘Paste’ magazine has determined the band to be “One of Minnesota’s best unknown groups.”
Currently, the band is comprised of songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Chris Koza, drummer Luke Anderson, keyboardist/vocalist Linnea Mohn, guitarist/vocalist Peter Sieve and bassist/vocalist Paul Engels. Occasionally percussionist/drummer Bobby Maher joins the band for regional tour dates. Their newest album, ‘Radiate/Dissolve,’ goes beyond the seasons and known landscapes. It references surf guitar, samples, and the vast South West; where Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada converge in a single point of rocky desert dust.
Tickets for Rogue Valley are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at (218) 855-8199, and can also be purchased online at www.clcmn.edu/arts
The show is sponsored by the Holiday Inn Express of Baxter. The entire CLC Performing Arts Center season is made possible in part by an operating grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.