Levy and Campbell Host SOUTHERN SONGBOOK Valentine's Show


A very special Valentines-themed Southern Songbook concert, Desire and Death: Love songs on yearning and loss, will be hosted by Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy and the Local Show's Dave Campbell on Monday, February 14 at 7:30pm. Music director dVRG and house band Heiruspecs will be joined by guest musicians John Munson, Aby Wolf, Darren Jackson, Alicia Wiley, Holly Newsom, Alexei Casselle, Chastity Brown, Minor Kingdom (Kristian Melom), Grant Cutler and Ryan Paul. The concert is presented by The Southern Theater and by Invisible Button Entertainment.

Southern Songbook explores the history, culture and art of popular song through performances and conversations with Twin Cities songwriters. In each uniquely themed show, accomplished musicians and emerging artists offer fresh interpretations of song standards and premiere new material. Heiruspecs serves as the house band throughout the series.

"The famous songwriter Jimmy Webb once said 'song ideas are the most intense longings of the soul and its deepest regrets,'" quotEd Levy. "Most of the history of popular song in the last century has involved songs celebrating eros and romantic love or some kind of loss and mourning. This St. Valentine's Day-themed installment of Southern Songbook features artists singing and talking about the most powerful of human emotions-love and grief-and their relationship with the creative process."

The Southern Theater box office is at 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454. Tickets are $22-25. Call 612.340.1725 or visit www.southerntheater.com.

Southern Songbook 2010/11 concludes April 14, 2011 with The Rites of String: The intersection of song, songwriter and strings, hosted by Chris Koza and featuring Adam Levy, Dessa, Chan Poling, Martin Devaney, Mississippi Peace, Anders Ponders, and Eliza Blue.

The art of songwriting continues to find home in the music of Adam Levy. The former McKnight Grant recipient is known best for his pop-rock craftsmanship that's guided The Honeydogs through 10 acclaimed releases, and more recently for the whimsical kid's rock band Bunny Clogs featuring his two pre-teen daughters. Levy has also embarked on several new projects including Liminal Phase, an experimental group featuring members of Mystery Palace and Heiruspecs that combines unusual acoustic and electronic instrumentation and explores a sonic template that touches on psychedelia, jazz, folk, world, and avant garde musical traditions. Now a staple in the local live music scene, the band recorded with world-renowned tabla player Suphala and will perform with her at the Cedar in spring 2011 as part of a Jerome Foundation 416 Club Commission Grant. As if that weren't enough, Levy has begun collaborating with Tony-nominated musical arranger Robert Elhai (Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Sixth Sense) and members of the MN Opera Orchestra on a yet another new project- And the Professors, an indie rock group with a string quartet sharing fractured pop songs about love.

In addition to time and love spent on The Honeydogs and additional projects, Adam teaches popular music history, songwriting, audio engineering and mentors students at the Institute of Production and Recording, where he hosts DIY 360, a weekly industry roundtable connecting students to information and resources needed for developing careers in the music business. For fun Adam heads up the ambitious 9 piece soul cover band, Hookers $ Blow.

Dave Campbell is host of "Radio Free Current," Saturdays 7-11 p.m. and "The Local Show," Sundays 6-8 p.m. on MPR's The Current 89.3. Campbell is a long-time veteran of the Twin Cities scene. A fan, musician, record store clerk, record label staffer, and a 10-year staffer of KQRS and Drive 105's "Homegrown."

As part of the burgeoning Midwestern hip-hop scene, Heiruspecs first made inroads with its self-released 2002 album Small Steps, which earned critical praise in national and regional outlets ("Exceptional ... the rhythm that rocks the spot" - URB), and set the band off on a never-ending touring schedule. Heiruspecs has also been tapped to perform as the backing band for such acts as Atmosphere, Oddjobs, Aesop Rock, Sage Francis and others, establishing it as one of the premiere live hip-hop bands in the nation.

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