The Twin City Playboys are currently based in Minneapolis and combine native Minnesotans John Tallaksen on Cajun accordion, Eric Paulson on the bull fiddle, Al Epp on the trap kit and Bill Quinn on pedal steel. The Twin City Playboys seamlessly combine genre classics such as “Jolie Blon” & “Fraulein” along with original material with a distinct shuffle reminiscent of Texas & SW Louisiana dancehalls.
At the end of September, 2006, Jon released his latest album: SHORT CIRCUIT. This time Jon goes electric, and decidedly back to his rock roots. No saxophones, no upright bass or mandolin. "Short Circuit" features Jon on his primary instrument, guitar. This is not just any old electric guitar, though. Jon takes his acoustic, slaps on a magnetic pickup, feeds it through tubes, distortion, JangleBox compression, Lex 'verb, and then rides that wild little animal, bringing forth something distinct, alive and original.
A two man team in the studio, Glorious Monster is Danny Burke (electronic musician / pianist) and Brian Casey (vocalist / guitarist), who met while studying music at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the spring of 2005 they formed their music production company, Skeptic Music, and started making a name for themselves as the production team, The Skeptics. They have written and produced music used in national TV ads for brands such as BMW and Coke, the movie trailers for Rescue Dawn and The Curse of the Golden Flower, and the theme to MTV's Parental Control. They have also worked on scores for several short and feature length films. Recently, Glorious Monster's music has been featured on episodes of MTV's The Hills and Real World.
Winning tracks from each contest are selected by panelists from within the music industry. Each week a three-song playlist from the winning submissions will be featured on the mnartists.org and Summit Brewery web sites. Quarterly listening parties at area venues will take place and a compilation CD of music from the yearlong contest will be produced.
Submission Specifications and Entry Process Any and all types of music accepted; only three tracks per musician will be reviewed for possible inclusion on the CD. Tracks can be uploaded to artist pages on mnartists.org, and a URL of the page can then be e-mailed to email@example.com. Submissions must come from mnartists.org members. To sign up for membership, visit www.mnartists.org/join.do?action=join. For assistance with registration or with uploading music tracks, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612.375.7611.