If you haven't heard, the Twin Cities music scene is one of the best in the world. At Copperwing, we love live music and we're lucky to have many different singers and songwriters visit us for Free Music Wednesdays. Our cocktail room has the perfect ambiance for music that will feed your soul. Seriously. It will stop you in your tracks, grab your face, and hold your attention. Bring your date, bring your friends, bring yourself and get up close and personal with these musicians as they draw out all of your emotions. We're thrilled to host these gifted performers - and many others - and wanted to give you a closer look at who they are.
Chris Koza is a singer-songwriter living and working in Minneapolis. Born in rain-soaked Portland, Oregon, he discovered Minnesota by way of Northfield; earning degrees in Studio Art and Philosophy while at St. Olaf College. Since then, Koza has focused on music: writing, recording and self-releasing over a dozen albums both solo and with his band Rogue Valley. He’s performed at venues both prestigious and infamous all across the United States and internationally at the Iceland Airwaves Festival and the UK while supporting renowned artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, The Jayhawks and Stephen Kellogg. His song The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Koza composed and produced the soundtrack to the 2014 documentary Beyond the Divide.
The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded Koza with Arts Touring and Arts Learning Grants which brings him and his collaborators into contact with students and communities for creative workshops primarily in smaller and rural cities throughout greater Minnesota. Last year, Koza premiered new choral works commissioned by the Prairie Fire Lady Choir and introduced a new body of electro-pop music under the moniker Nobody Kid. 2018 looks to be another year of diverse artistic exploration, as Koza will be composing music for the Source Song Festival (McPhail), is collaborating on a musical and spending time in the recording studio working on a new solo album scheduled to release in the autumn. When he’s not working on his own music, Koza moonlights with The New Standards at various holiday shows and dance parties, supplies guitar and attitude with the garage-pop band Little Fevers, and last summer made his Twin Cities theatrical debut as ‘Harold’ in Jungle Theater’s production of Fly By Night.
Dan Israel is a longtime fixture on the Minneapolis music scene. He was the first guest on 89.3 The Current’s “The Local Show” and has been called “the hardest working singer-songwriter in Minnesota.” He won Song of the Year (for “Come to Me”) in the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards and Songwriter of the Year in the 2006 MMA’s. He formed Dan Israel and The Cultivators in 1996 and has released 13 critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, 2015’s “Dan.” He received a 4-star review from the UK’s “Uncut” magazine for his 2007 album “Turning.”
Preston Gunderson is a singer songwriter based out of Minneapolis, MN. With his powerful voice, and catchy melodies, Gunderson's songs have been bringing in listeners of all ages and capturing major attention. Originally hailing from Virginia, Minnesota's "Iron Range," Preston made the move to better pursue his passion and career of music. He has since been playing hundreds of shows each year, and performing for thousands annually.
While still in college in Duluth, MN, Preston's full length album "While I was Gone" cracked the top #200 on the iTunes pop charts. Roughly a year later, his sophomore record "The Recluse - EP" peaked at #25 in the world on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts, just behind The Civil Wars, and ahead of legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. He also had a stint as a casting finalist on NBC's "The Voice" and more recently Fox's "American Idol." He has since released multiple albums such as, "Getting Good at Starting Over," due to an incredible Kickstarter campaign, and "Face Yourself, Then The World." Preston has since toured in the Midwest, and overseas (2011) making a name for himself. Opening up for acts such as Brandi Carlile, The Guess Who, Jeremy Messersmith, Trampled by Turtles, Nicholas David, Live, Sister Hazel, and Everclear.
Free music Wednesdays happen every week from 7:30 - 9:30. And guess what? There's never a cover.