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Variety of Student Talent Showcased at O’Gara’s August 3 as Part of McNally Smith College of Music’s Continuing Venue Night Series

Get your club scene on! An eclectic mix of young bands from McNally Smith College of Music will be showcasing their jazz, pop, metal, rhythm and blues and art-rock chops August 3, 2009, at O’Gara’s Bar & Grillin St. Paul (164 Snelling Avenue North), starting at 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by McNally Smith College of Music — the Midwest’s premier contemporary music school — the night of up-and-coming new talent is part of the college’s continuing Venue Night series. And it’s a great opportunity for the students’ friends, teachers, parents of the band and the public to see and hear a variety of promising new players. The event will also mark the debut of MSCM’s new Director of Ensembles, Steve Jennings.

“The McNally Smith Summer Semester Student Venue Night at O’Gara’s promised to be a lot of fun,” notes Chris Osgood, Vice President of Organizational Development at the music college. “It’s a nice, big room with a professionally-run sound system, a large well-lit stage and plenty of space for the student ensembles to sound and look good. Parents and fans often get a bite to eat in the main restaurant and bring supper back into the performance space, which is handy and makes for a complete night out!”

Starting at 6PM, each group will have roughly 30 minutes with a 10-minute turn around. The official set list of groups for the August 3rd Venue Night Summer 2009 includes:

6:00 pm Corrupt Jazz And The Couple Ketchup (jazz)
Kristin Sponcia

6:40 pm Heather Graham Crackers (pop)
Erin Schwab

7:20 pm The Airport Dream (art rock)
Wes Jones

8:00 pm Bonejar (rock ensemble)
Steve Faison

8:40 pm On the One (rhythm and blues)
Charles Fletcher

9:20 pm 1.21 Jiggawatts (rock)
Charles Fletcher

10:00 pm The Meshuggah Power Trio! (metal)
Tim Lyles

10:40 pm OH BEE WON  (blues)
Steve Faison

In addition to the student showcase, the school’s new Director of Ensembles, Steve Jennings, will be introduced. Fellow McNally Smith Ensemble faculty member and leader of the Oh Bee One blues group and the Bonejar rock ensemble, Steve Faison, will serve as the night’s genial host. He makes everyone feel great and looks after the students, onstage and off.  With the summer racing by, here’s your chance to slow it down with an evening of varied music by a group of the college’s latest, putting on their best at one of the best nightclubs for live music in Minnesota.