Rogue Valley, The Perennials

Early Show

Rogue Valley

The Perennials

Thu, January 5, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Rogue Valley - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
Rogue Valley
Known as one of Minneapolis' most dynamic live acts, Rogue Valley - led by singer/songwriter Chris Koza - is an internationally-recognized band that has previously released four albums. They perform regularly at top Twin Cities venues (First Avenue, The Fitzgerald Theater) and festivals (Basilica Block Party, MN State Fair), and have extensively toured the US, sharing the stage or supporting artists such as The Jayhawks, Andrew Bird, Lucinda Williams, Mason Jennings, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Nellie McKay, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, Tift Merrit, and others. Koza's songs have been featured on television for ABC, MTV, A&E and CBS, as well as numerous local and national commercials. Rogue Valley's song The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in 20th Century Fox's feature film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Paste Magazine calls Rogue Valley on of Minnesota's best bands; they continue to receive critical acclaim from both local and national press.

"The indie music world is too small to confine a band with this potential for much longer, so get in on the ground floor." - No Depression (radiate/dissolve 9 of 10 stars)

"As with most of Rogue Valley’s best tracks, this song (Transference - radiate/dissolve) is like the most in-demand antique furniture: simple, well-designed, and perennial in its charm. Petals waft over water like Koza’s voice over the downbeat, and the video effects carry the air of an unfixed Joseph Cornell collage." - Minnesota Public Radio

"For a moment it was almost difficult to take everything in - the scale of the stage set-up, the band's beautiful and flawless harmonies, the perfectly mixed sound - and it only got better as the night wore on." - 89.3 The Current
The Perennials - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
The Perennials
The Perennials are the young married couple of Pete & Amanda Wells. Like most bands from Brooklyn, they met at a bible school in the Italian countryside. But more on that in a moment.

Pete Wells was born in 1991 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn - not the hippest part of the borough, now or then. His dad was a Navy Seal turned plumber, his mother a nurse turned housewife. He is the third of six kids. At age 5, Pete's family moved to Florida so his father could go to seminary.

In their new town, the kids were homeschooled, including all the home school cliches: TV time was doled out in 30 minute daily increments. Pete's musical education consisted of learning the recorder, singing in church and Christian radio. Eventually top 40 country was permitted, having been deemed "morally acceptable." Via that seemingly harmless loosening of regulations, greatest hits cassettes by Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan made their way into the house, serving as a gateway drug to Real Music.

Amanda was born in 1990 in Spokane, Washington. Following a drive-by shooting in her hometown, her parents decided they'd had enough of the big city. Living on unspoiled lands an hour north, Amanda grew up in a constantly-under-construction cabin deep in an evergreen forest.

Both of them are also children of the 90s - growing up at time when Dylan & Simon & Cash were canonical, part of ancient history - but both of them also have a sensibility shot through with an eerie sense of tradition & traditionalism for "people their age." Pete and Amanda were 19 & 20 (respectively) when they married and are - as of this writing - still working through the confusions of being twentysomething.

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How they met is like something out of a modern day Fellini film, or a career rebooting Woody Allen production.

As teenagers, both Pete and Amanda ended up in San Lorenzo di Arzine: population 300 - most of that population either 90-year olds or vineyards. Pete's family had moved to a small city in the northeastern corner of Italy, where his parents worked on planting seeds for their evangelical church & making converts. San Lorenzo di Arzine was an hour's drive south.

Pete traveled there to attend bible school in an old farm house. Through a family connection, Amanda ended up at the school over two spring sessions, volunteering in the kitchen, more drawn by a sense of adventure than a commitment to faith.

The school functioned like a contemporary monastery. Residents were segregated by gender into two dorm buildings, separated by a courtyard with a common classroom and dining hall.

Pete had picked up guitar while, en route to Italy, his family made a one year stopover in the NYC burrough of Staten Island, where he was mostly teenaged and bored. Amanda hadn't grown up playing music. So, there in Italy - between class schedules, cleaning duties & prayer times - The Perennials began.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com