Mike Cramer is a stylistically versatile multi-instrumentalist, an award-winning performer, and educator. He began playing guitar at the age of 7 and performing publicly at 10. His first musical love was acoustic blues and the Quad Cities, near his hometown of LeClaire, Iowa, provided the opportunity for him to learn from local blues players—as well as the many national blues artists as they came through town. By the time he was in high school his musical interests expanded to include jazz and by his senior year he was gigging two nights a week playing jazz.
Cramer studied music at the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a BA in Music with a minor in jazz studies in 2000. After moving to the Twin Cities in 2003 he began seriously digging into flatpicking guitar. In 2012 Mike won the Minnesota State Flatpicking Championship after several years placing in the top five.
An active performer, Mike is an in-demand guitarist and mandolin player in the Twin Cities. He has shared the stage with or opened for John Hartford, Steve Kaufman, B.B. King, Tommy Castro, Chris Duarte, Gordon Goodwin, and Terell Stafford.
“An Illinois native who grew up in northern Minnesota, Josh Granowski began playing the contrabass at age 11, soon followed by bass guitar. As a teen he studied with a classical cellist and played punk/thrash/rock music as well as jazz. Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2004, Josh has played festivals and local gigs, and has been very active in the local improvisation and experimental music community. He performs with Large Marge, Bookhouse Trio, Baby Demons Trio, Painted Saints, Aby Wolf, Amethyst Three, Merciless Ghost, and others.” – Andrea Canter