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Mid-July Update

Thank you for supporting local music (and I’m not just talking about me). A lot is said about making sure local places get your business, and the same is true for music. Not only did I receive a lot of encouragement from you, including a few people saying “I didn’t know you were a musician”, I also received some notes stating “hey, I have a friend who is also a local musician. You should check him/her out” and I loved it. The music community here in the greater Minneapolis area is quite vibrant.

Over the last couple of weeks I have seen wonderful local music ranging from the soft and sweet ukulele tones of Savannah Smith to the communal rhythm and dance of OSO along with Twin Cities Bomba. It makes me truly appreciate Minneapolis all that much more to see these artists working alongside each other and collaborating towards inventive outcomes.

Among so many who I’ll mention in upcoming newsletters, one such artist who is providing this opportunity is Geoffrey Fischbein, a local performer who seems to have a knack for bringing artists together to perform every single week at “Open Every Monday”, hosted at Acadia Cafe in West Bank. If you read my last newsletter, you’re probably saying “a-ha, that’s the West Bank show to which John was mysteriously referring!” and you’d be right. I’m fortunate enough to be playing a 50-minute set there starting at 8PM (come slightly early for tasty food and a great drink selection) and you should make it a point to etch into your brain this fact: I can go to the Acadia every Monday to see fantastic local artists. And you should.

Finally, I’ve been asked so many times when I’ll have an album out. Trust me, I’ve heard all of these and every time I respond with “it’s in the works” I just ask myself why it’s not done. I have what I feel are great songs and I’m working on putting them down in a fully-arranged format for your enjoyment, but…it’s still not done. What I do have to offer you while you continue to patiently wait is a three-song E.P. that you can get from me at shows. It’s very basic and consists of one-take versions of three of my songs. Just me and my acoustic guitar and a little bit of reverb and chorus, nothing more. “My 3 Songs” will be available for you at any of my performances or via request.

May your days be great and full of wonderful music!

Sincerely,

John

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Summer Heat!

With how hot it’s been lately, it’s impossible to deny that summer is firmly here. It’s a special time of year for many, full of cookouts and gatherings of all sorts. I’m happy to be among my family in Ashland during the first part of this month and I’m very excited for all things musical to come in the busy weeks ahead.

Here in Northern Wisconsin, I’ll be playing a Tuesday evening show on the 3rd at the town’s bandshell, right on Lake Superior. I’ll be returning after the holiday to Minneapolis, where I’ll be performing at the Hopkins Dunn Bros on Saturday, July 7th. Tuesday, the 10th I’ll pop in to The Depot Coffee House in Hopkins. July 16th I’ll be in Saint Paul at Groundswell. I’m trying to iron out the details for a July 30th set on the West Bank and will share the details of that once it’s confirmed. Stay very tuned.

I wish you well and hope to see you at a show soon!

John

P.S. As always, check my web site at http://jlampson.com for the latest schedule and information. Grazie!