CARPET BOOTH SIDE STAGE

JUNE 14-15 // 6:00 - 11:00PM

ROCHESTER CIVIC THEATER LOBBY

INTIMATE PERFORMANCES DURING BOTH NIGHT 1 and night 2 SHOWCASES.


KEVIN & THE KEEPSAKES

ROCHESTER, MN // OPENING CEREMONIES (NIGHT 1&2)

@KEVYANDREWS

Born entertainer and the co-founder and emcee of ROCKchester, Kevin Andrews will be playing with his big band to open up the festival both nights. With Vegas-level grandeur, Andrews and company put their spin on contemporary and big band classics. Come early for all the dancing, all the fun, and a couple of surprises along the way.

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MIKE KOTA

MINNEAPOLIS, MN // NIGHT 2 (TWO SETS)

@MIKE_KOTA

Frontwoman of ROCKchester alumni, Good Luck Finding Iris, and a co-founder of the Ffake Ffriends Collective, Mike Kota is one of the most unique voices you will ever hear. Smooth and serene, Kota’s voice floats above the track of her first release, “Wasted Time”. The rain is the backdrop for contemplation. The rest is for us to decide.

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VILD

ROCHESTER, MN // NIGHT 1

@ITSVILD

VILD is the creative project of ROCKchester’s own Emily Nelson. Driven by fluidity, malleability, and freedom of expression, Nelson’s songwriting is spiritual—calling on us to chant and contemplate. With the help of producer Zach Zurn at Carpet Booth Studios, Nelson released “Why/Fall” in 2018 to regional acclaim. Since then, she has played a number of shows around Minnesota with a rotating cast of musicians including opening for Hippo Campus at the Super Big Block Party in Duluth and Con Davison of Bad Bad Hats in Rochester.

 
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THE GOODNIGHT SEQUENCE

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN // NIGHT 2

@THEGOODNIGHTSEQUENCE

The Goodnight Sequence is the solo project of Why Not’s Henry Breen. His first release under the moniker is a genre-fluid test trial, breaking all traditional songwriting norms and finding freedom in experimentation. For fans of folk and pitch shifting.

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SON OF MICHEL

AUSTIN, MN // NIGHT 1

@shaunmichelcase

Son of Michel’s bio reads, “I am the son of Michel. Michel is the son of Cyril.” Lineage is something us Midwesterners find valuable; family tradition is key. We all have something to pass down. “Entering the X Site” is Shaun Case’s (aka Son of Michel) futuristic, unorthodox low-fi hip hop / electronic offering to the next generation.

 
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gemini season

ROCHESTER, MN // NIGHT 1

@SARAHEHUTCHISON

Soundcloud queen gemini season (Sarah Hutchison) has been a yearly performer since the festival’s beginning. The growth we have seen and have yet to see is a testimony to the empowerment felt when giving kids a stage to share their art. gemini season is a time typically characterized by drama and general peculiarity. However, Hutchison is steadily creating and improving—finding her voice amidst the chaos.

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JACK HILLIKER

ROCHESTER, MN // NIGHT 1

@Jhilliker1

Heavily influenced by shoegaze and post-rock groups such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine, Jack Hilliker blends his punk intuitions with his solo singer/songwriter sensibilities, creating a vulnerable and deeply personal live set. His most recent release, “locusts”, meanders through themes of self-doubt and comes out the other end relieved of (some of) the internal tensions. Sometimes songwriting is the ultimate form of release.

 
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LEVI HENRY

ST. CLOUD, MN // NIGHT 2

@LEVI_HENRY

Minneapolis singer/songwriter Levi Henry has found the grit of Minnesota folk forefathers Mike Munson and Charlie Parr and given it a modern, emotional twist. Midwestern folk in itself is a different breed of music—it is formed in snow and dirt and hardened in ice. Henry’s most recent release, “I’m Okay", opens up that cold struggle and speaks plainly about love, loss, and surviving.

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NIKOLA HAMILTON

ROCHESTER, MN // NIGHT 2

@NIKOLA.HAMILTON

Nikola Hamilton aka Nik aka Summer Nik aka Nuk is a solo singer/songwriter, intern at Carpet Booth Studios, and barista at Café Steam. He is going to play some songs for you. That is all.

 
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TESSA STITES

BYRON, MN // NIGHT 1

@TESSASTITES

Tessa Stites is a country pop singer/songwriter and a Pure Rock Studios student. With a variety of open mics and shows under her belt, Tessa played ROCKchester’s Emerging Artist Showcase last year and will be joining us again this year. She is currently recording at Carpet Booth Studios and hopes to have music out soon.

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