The Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra
The Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra is a Gypsy Jazz outfit out of Minneapolis &The Fargo/Moorhead area. Our goal is to play jazz in the similar vain as Django Reinhardt. Their music is first and foremost meant to make you dance, secondary is hopefully be able to just listen and enjoy their playing, or used as background music to make you feel like your in a Woody Allen film.
D Mills & the Thrills
D Mills & The Thrills are a 7-piece original hip hop band from MINNEAPOLIS & Fargo-Moorhead. With just bass, drums, guitar, synth and vocals, The Thrills create hard-pumping, head-bobbing, knee-knocking grooves, while D Mills busts thick raps about commonsense nonsense.
The band has shared the stage with Dessa, Caroline Smith, More Than Lights, Carnage the Executioner, Desdamona, Twinkie Jiggle Broken Orchestra, Todd Clouser and more.
Johnson Family Band
The Johnson Family Band is a collection of musicians from the Fargo Moorhead area that came together from a variety of musical backgrounds to celebrate a common love of folk music. We met in bars and classes we took together in college, and have spent the past few years playing small town bars, barn dances, parties, venues, and festivals. The music is rooted in a traditional mountain feeling, but draws influence from jazz and rock-and-roll as well. We have had the honor of sharing the stage with such artist as the Hackensaw Boys, Charlie Parr, Trampled by Turtles, The White Iron Band, Pert’ Near Sandstone, and Head For the Hills. We have been fortunate enough to play extensively in the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as South Dakota Wisconsin, and Colorado. This Summer, we had the opportunity to perform in the Mishiwaka Ampatheatre, the Aggie Theater, and the streets and bars of Telluride Colorado. We have been fortunate enough to perform at such festivals as the New Earth Festival, Log Jam, Bella Soul, Flow Jam, Soul Patch, Project Earth, and the 10,000 lakes festival. Our first studio album "Old Ruby" was released May 21st, 2007, recorded locally at Video Arts studio. The line up consists of Tom Johnson on dobro, Eddie Velo on Banjo, Mark Reitan on mandolin, Pete Hoffman on guitar, and Haley Rydell on Fiddle.
Tom Johnson other groups that he founded or was a regular member include: John Thomas Trio, Werewolf Bar Mitz Vah, Diane Miller & The Silver Daggers, Haley E. & the Rydells, People's People and The Max Johnk Septet.
Groups That he has Performed or recorded with include: Pert' Near Sandstone, The Hobo Newphews of Uncle Frank, Inside Out Strings, The Pat Lenertz Band, Black River Revue, Lenz & Frenz, The Legionnaires, Andra Suchy, and many others.