Mary Bue The Current Minneapolis Instant Band

July Newsletter: Minneapolis love & sail the unsalted sea with me

 

Hiya friends,

Hope you’re full up of summer loving,  good tunes,  dips in lakes and seas,  and going easy on yourselves.  It’s all manic or go home in Minnesota.  We burn ourselves out in these warm months like crazy bears gorging out on berries and then we can hibernate during the winter and long for the hot summer days.  Don’t I know it!!!

Been an exciting time around here!  Last month I did this crazy thing with 89.3 The Current called “The Current Instant Band” where we were basically puppets to a live facebook audience,  telling us what to sing,  what genres to play,  when to take a solo.  Little do you know that I am terrified of improvisation.  Every since my first piano lessons,  ever since being in 6th grade jazz band and then freezing like a deer in headlights at the concert during my “Hang on Sloopy” solo time.  Ask any bandmate.  So this was a crazy leap for me.  Very fun, though,  i surprised myself.  It’s only taken me 20 years of performing to get there. HA!
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Nashville, Dylan & a broken wing – end of March update

Hello lovely!

I hope the end of March is inspiring some roaring in YOU like the lion it is running out with! It’s been one helluva month and I hope yours was awesome, and a little less crazy than mine!  This was my email newsletter to my subscribers – thought I’d update the rest of you, too 🙂 Please sign up to never miss a beat!

Gonna keep this update quick because I’m typing with one hand!  After playing the super fun & fantastic Dulutsen festival last weekend,  I took advantage of one of the perks – free lift ticket!  I tried snowboarding for the first time,  did an awesome cartwheel,  crashed down on my right shoulder and now it’s in a sling.  Bad rotator cuff sprain and a bit of fractured humerus.  Can’t lift my arm for 6 weeks!  Just in time to record in Nashville (April 3 – 10) and open my yoga studio in Minneapolis (get the keys April 1,  grand opening June 11th thankfully).

Doesn’t life have fabulous timing??? I don’t find it very humerus … get it??? Humerus instead of humorous???? Bwaaaa haa haaa

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What it feels like to go on TV

In 40 minutes,  me and my fancy new band will go on TV.

Actually,  the segment was filmed in December and it airs tonight,  Feb. 19th at 9 pm on a very fabulous PBS show called The Playlist,  all about the arts in Northern Minnesota.  Host Karen Sunderman made everyone feel at home,  and the crew was SUPER DUPER including pro sound by Jake Larson.  The band is Kyle MacLean,  Scott Millis & Heather Millis.  They rock my socks off.  After today,  it will be shown again on WDSE / PBS North on 2/20 at 8 pm and 2/22 at 3:30 pm.

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Fighting Fish and The Arrowhead Story

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The Arrowhead Story is a collective of earth lovers based in Duluth, MN who are choosing music as a medium for change.  Their Facebook page describes it further: “Last year, a group of musicians came together in Duluth to record a compilation album titled ‘Industry. Peace. Environment.’ to raise awareness about sulfide mining and the permanent changes that upcoming decisions will have on the landscape they love. This year, the movement gains ground by drawing together even more artists and activists to collaborate on an unprecedented series of events that will serve as a forum for a chorus of voices on this issue being raised and heard.”

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Staying healthy during Homegrown: Hippie Tips

Raw Lavender Cupcake from Natalia KW's "Cupcake Heaven"

Raw Lavender Cupcake
from Natalia KW’s “Cupcake Heaven”

The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is upon us like a beacon,  like an anvil,  like an empty bottle. The description from the website duluthhomegrown.org says it’s “Duluth’s annual showcase of rawk and/or roll devil music.”  180 venues,  150 bands, 8 days.

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