Calendar of Events

One way The Friends invests in the Library is by connecting people to libraries through a range of cultural programs. For more than 25 years, we have offered programs that entertain, enrich, and nourish curious minds.

Our events are always open to the public and most are free. You can make an investment in the library simply by joining us at one of our upcoming programs.

Full Calendar of Events

Ongoing Series

Behind The Curtain with Park Square Theatre

Periodically throughout the year, The Friends and Park Square Theatre present an evening in conversation with cast members from the latest Park Square Theatre production. Attendees of the program can purchase half-priced tickets to see the Park Square production.

Visit our secure registration page to reserve your spot at the program. Receive a special reservation code and call Park Square Theatre at 651-291-7005 for standard half-price tickets (subject to availability). Meet the artistic team at the Library for a “Behind the Curtain” discussion and pick up your tickets to the show. Must attend library program to receive discount.

Friends members always receive a $5 discount on Park Square Theatre tickets.

Feb
23
Fri
Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza @ George Latimer Central Library
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

HEADLINER:
J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music, choosing Minnesota largely due to his adoration of native Bob Dylan. Other songwriters who have had great influence on him are Neil Young, Ray Lamontagne, Noah Gundersen, and Damien Rice. Ondara is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows around the country.

OPENER:
Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza Hoglund first garnered attention in the Twin Cities music scene as the spirited and confessional vocalist of folk/rock outfit Bomba de Luz. She has since gone on to establish herself as a solo performer and has collaborated with a wide array of local artists including Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, P.O.S, Dem AtlaS, Jeremy Messersmith, and many more.

In 2016, Lydia and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time MagazinePeople Magazine, Billboard, and FOX News, to name a few. They donated all proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

Mar
9
Fri
Loud at the Library: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American @ George Latimer Central Library
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Fathom Lane, with Almighty American | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

Fathom Lane
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s Asilomar, 2013’s Fathom Laneand 2012’s Down By Half) Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson’s Cosmic American Music, and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier’s steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still’s more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

“Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions on Asilomar, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean.” ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

“On Fathom Lane’’s new album, Asilomar, it’s clear that Farrier’’s patience paid off. The album is one that’’s worth sitting quietly and listening to, with the songs taking listeners on a journey through a wide range of life experiences.” 89.3 THE CURRENT

“It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent.” SEVEN MAGAZINE

“With two gorgeous albums in two years, Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities…Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality, as on single “’Sugardown”’ or their breathtaking (and prescient) cover of Lou Reed’’s ‘Perfect Day’,” released just weeks before his death.” Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current

Fathom Lane is Michael Ferrier: vocals, guitar, Rhodes, percussion; with Ashleigh Still: vocals and piano; Matt Patrick: electric guitar; Shane Akers: lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett bass; and Alex Young: drums and percussion.

Almighty American
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.

Apr
6
Fri
Loud at the Library: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore @ George Latimer Central Library
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.
Get tickets below!

Jessica Manning
Jessica Manning is an electro-R&B artist based in the Twin Cities.  Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden with a soul-singing father, Jessica grew to love music and performing through her father’s passion for being on stage. She draws influence from pop, soul, and electronic music by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Kevin Garrett. Her sound incorporates electronic drums and synthesizers to create an atmosphere that her soulful melodies, rich vocals, and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.

“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere […] weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)

Mina Moore
Mina Moore is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Her music draws from that of her upbringing, leaning heavily on soul, R&B, and inevitably, pop. Like so many of us, Mina’s pallet is ever growing, and her live performances aim to educate as much as entertain.

Human Rights Film Series

The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights present thought-provoking and enlightening films followed by moderated discussions throughout the fall and spring. Films in the series cover a broad range of human rights issues that affect people all across the globe.

Feb
23
Fri
Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza @ George Latimer Central Library
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

HEADLINER:
J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music, choosing Minnesota largely due to his adoration of native Bob Dylan. Other songwriters who have had great influence on him are Neil Young, Ray Lamontagne, Noah Gundersen, and Damien Rice. Ondara is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows around the country.

OPENER:
Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza Hoglund first garnered attention in the Twin Cities music scene as the spirited and confessional vocalist of folk/rock outfit Bomba de Luz. She has since gone on to establish herself as a solo performer and has collaborated with a wide array of local artists including Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, P.O.S, Dem AtlaS, Jeremy Messersmith, and many more.

In 2016, Lydia and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time MagazinePeople Magazine, Billboard, and FOX News, to name a few. They donated all proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

Mar
9
Fri
Loud at the Library: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American @ George Latimer Central Library
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Fathom Lane, with Almighty American | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

Fathom Lane
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s Asilomar, 2013’s Fathom Laneand 2012’s Down By Half) Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson’s Cosmic American Music, and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier’s steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still’s more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

“Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions on Asilomar, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean.” ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

“On Fathom Lane’’s new album, Asilomar, it’s clear that Farrier’’s patience paid off. The album is one that’’s worth sitting quietly and listening to, with the songs taking listeners on a journey through a wide range of life experiences.” 89.3 THE CURRENT

“It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent.” SEVEN MAGAZINE

“With two gorgeous albums in two years, Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities…Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality, as on single “’Sugardown”’ or their breathtaking (and prescient) cover of Lou Reed’’s ‘Perfect Day’,” released just weeks before his death.” Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current

Fathom Lane is Michael Ferrier: vocals, guitar, Rhodes, percussion; with Ashleigh Still: vocals and piano; Matt Patrick: electric guitar; Shane Akers: lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett bass; and Alex Young: drums and percussion.

Almighty American
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.

Apr
6
Fri
Loud at the Library: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore @ George Latimer Central Library
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.
Get tickets below!

Jessica Manning
Jessica Manning is an electro-R&B artist based in the Twin Cities.  Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden with a soul-singing father, Jessica grew to love music and performing through her father’s passion for being on stage. She draws influence from pop, soul, and electronic music by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Kevin Garrett. Her sound incorporates electronic drums and synthesizers to create an atmosphere that her soulful melodies, rich vocals, and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.

“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere […] weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)

Mina Moore
Mina Moore is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Her music draws from that of her upbringing, leaning heavily on soul, R&B, and inevitably, pop. Like so many of us, Mina’s pallet is ever growing, and her live performances aim to educate as much as entertain.

The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble is a renowned vocal music group that produces inspiring performances and educational programs with the goal of connecting individuals to compelling stories of human culture and spirituality from around the world. The Friends partners with the Rose Ensemble throughout the year to bring educational programs, lecture demonstrations, and sing-a- longs in libraries. To learn more about The Rose Ensemble, visit their website.

When you attend one of the library programs, you can enjoy a free ticket upgrade with purchase for most Rose Ensemble performances throughout the Twin Cities. Mention that you are a Friends member when ordering (not available with website purchases) by calling The Rose Ensemble at 651-225- 4340.

Feb
23
Fri
Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza @ George Latimer Central Library
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

HEADLINER:
J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music, choosing Minnesota largely due to his adoration of native Bob Dylan. Other songwriters who have had great influence on him are Neil Young, Ray Lamontagne, Noah Gundersen, and Damien Rice. Ondara is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows around the country.

OPENER:
Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza Hoglund first garnered attention in the Twin Cities music scene as the spirited and confessional vocalist of folk/rock outfit Bomba de Luz. She has since gone on to establish herself as a solo performer and has collaborated with a wide array of local artists including Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, P.O.S, Dem AtlaS, Jeremy Messersmith, and many more.

In 2016, Lydia and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time MagazinePeople Magazine, Billboard, and FOX News, to name a few. They donated all proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

Mar
9
Fri
Loud at the Library: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American @ George Latimer Central Library
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Fathom Lane, with Almighty American | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

Fathom Lane
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s Asilomar, 2013’s Fathom Laneand 2012’s Down By Half) Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson’s Cosmic American Music, and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier’s steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still’s more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

“Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions on Asilomar, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean.” ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

“On Fathom Lane’’s new album, Asilomar, it’s clear that Farrier’’s patience paid off. The album is one that’’s worth sitting quietly and listening to, with the songs taking listeners on a journey through a wide range of life experiences.” 89.3 THE CURRENT

“It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent.” SEVEN MAGAZINE

“With two gorgeous albums in two years, Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities…Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality, as on single “’Sugardown”’ or their breathtaking (and prescient) cover of Lou Reed’’s ‘Perfect Day’,” released just weeks before his death.” Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current

Fathom Lane is Michael Ferrier: vocals, guitar, Rhodes, percussion; with Ashleigh Still: vocals and piano; Matt Patrick: electric guitar; Shane Akers: lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett bass; and Alex Young: drums and percussion.

Almighty American
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.

Apr
6
Fri
Loud at the Library: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore @ George Latimer Central Library
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.
Get tickets below!

Jessica Manning
Jessica Manning is an electro-R&B artist based in the Twin Cities.  Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden with a soul-singing father, Jessica grew to love music and performing through her father’s passion for being on stage. She draws influence from pop, soul, and electronic music by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Kevin Garrett. Her sound incorporates electronic drums and synthesizers to create an atmosphere that her soulful melodies, rich vocals, and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.

“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere […] weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)

Mina Moore
Mina Moore is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Her music draws from that of her upbringing, leaning heavily on soul, R&B, and inevitably, pop. Like so many of us, Mina’s pallet is ever growing, and her live performances aim to educate as much as entertain.

Women's History Lecture Series

The Friends and Professor Jill Zahniser present a series of lectures on women’s history that shines a light on influential women who have made important contributions to our society and paved the way for future generations.

Jill Zahniser is an independent scholar who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Zahniser is the co-author of the book, Alice Paul: Claiming Power, and also authored the And Then She Said series of quotations by women. She sits on the steering committee planning the nationwide 2020 commemoration of women winning the vote. She resides on the West Side of Saint Paul.

Feb
23
Fri
Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza @ George Latimer Central Library
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

HEADLINER:
J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music, choosing Minnesota largely due to his adoration of native Bob Dylan. Other songwriters who have had great influence on him are Neil Young, Ray Lamontagne, Noah Gundersen, and Damien Rice. Ondara is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows around the country.

OPENER:
Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza Hoglund first garnered attention in the Twin Cities music scene as the spirited and confessional vocalist of folk/rock outfit Bomba de Luz. She has since gone on to establish herself as a solo performer and has collaborated with a wide array of local artists including Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, P.O.S, Dem AtlaS, Jeremy Messersmith, and many more.

In 2016, Lydia and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time MagazinePeople Magazine, Billboard, and FOX News, to name a few. They donated all proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

Mar
9
Fri
Loud at the Library: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American @ George Latimer Central Library
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Fathom Lane, with Almighty American | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

Fathom Lane
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s Asilomar, 2013’s Fathom Laneand 2012’s Down By Half) Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson’s Cosmic American Music, and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier’s steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still’s more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

“Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions on Asilomar, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean.” ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

“On Fathom Lane’’s new album, Asilomar, it’s clear that Farrier’’s patience paid off. The album is one that’’s worth sitting quietly and listening to, with the songs taking listeners on a journey through a wide range of life experiences.” 89.3 THE CURRENT

“It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent.” SEVEN MAGAZINE

“With two gorgeous albums in two years, Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities…Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality, as on single “’Sugardown”’ or their breathtaking (and prescient) cover of Lou Reed’’s ‘Perfect Day’,” released just weeks before his death.” Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current

Fathom Lane is Michael Ferrier: vocals, guitar, Rhodes, percussion; with Ashleigh Still: vocals and piano; Matt Patrick: electric guitar; Shane Akers: lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett bass; and Alex Young: drums and percussion.

Almighty American
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.

Apr
6
Fri
Loud at the Library: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore @ George Latimer Central Library
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.
Get tickets below!

Jessica Manning
Jessica Manning is an electro-R&B artist based in the Twin Cities.  Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden with a soul-singing father, Jessica grew to love music and performing through her father’s passion for being on stage. She draws influence from pop, soul, and electronic music by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Kevin Garrett. Her sound incorporates electronic drums and synthesizers to create an atmosphere that her soulful melodies, rich vocals, and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.

“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere […] weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)

Mina Moore
Mina Moore is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Her music draws from that of her upbringing, leaning heavily on soul, R&B, and inevitably, pop. Like so many of us, Mina’s pallet is ever growing, and her live performances aim to educate as much as entertain.

Books & Bars

With The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, moderator Jeff Kamin brings his unique take on a public book club show to Saint Paul every first Tuesday of the month.

Kamin has taken the suburban book club tradition and put it in a public bar where opinions flow freely with a little “liquid courage.” Even if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this moderated reinvention of the book club.

Feb
23
Fri
Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza @ George Latimer Central Library
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

HEADLINER:
J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music, choosing Minnesota largely due to his adoration of native Bob Dylan. Other songwriters who have had great influence on him are Neil Young, Ray Lamontagne, Noah Gundersen, and Damien Rice. Ondara is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows around the country.

OPENER:
Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza Hoglund first garnered attention in the Twin Cities music scene as the spirited and confessional vocalist of folk/rock outfit Bomba de Luz. She has since gone on to establish herself as a solo performer and has collaborated with a wide array of local artists including Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, P.O.S, Dem AtlaS, Jeremy Messersmith, and many more.

In 2016, Lydia and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time MagazinePeople Magazine, Billboard, and FOX News, to name a few. They donated all proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

Mar
9
Fri
Loud at the Library: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American @ George Latimer Central Library
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Fathom Lane, with Almighty American | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

Fathom Lane
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s Asilomar, 2013’s Fathom Laneand 2012’s Down By Half) Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson’s Cosmic American Music, and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier’s steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still’s more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

“Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions on Asilomar, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean.” ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

“On Fathom Lane’’s new album, Asilomar, it’s clear that Farrier’’s patience paid off. The album is one that’’s worth sitting quietly and listening to, with the songs taking listeners on a journey through a wide range of life experiences.” 89.3 THE CURRENT

“It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent.” SEVEN MAGAZINE

“With two gorgeous albums in two years, Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities…Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality, as on single “’Sugardown”’ or their breathtaking (and prescient) cover of Lou Reed’’s ‘Perfect Day’,” released just weeks before his death.” Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current

Fathom Lane is Michael Ferrier: vocals, guitar, Rhodes, percussion; with Ashleigh Still: vocals and piano; Matt Patrick: electric guitar; Shane Akers: lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett bass; and Alex Young: drums and percussion.

Almighty American
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.

Apr
6
Fri
Loud at the Library: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore @ George Latimer Central Library
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.
Get tickets below!

Jessica Manning
Jessica Manning is an electro-R&B artist based in the Twin Cities.  Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden with a soul-singing father, Jessica grew to love music and performing through her father’s passion for being on stage. She draws influence from pop, soul, and electronic music by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Kevin Garrett. Her sound incorporates electronic drums and synthesizers to create an atmosphere that her soulful melodies, rich vocals, and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.

“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere […] weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)

Mina Moore
Mina Moore is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Her music draws from that of her upbringing, leaning heavily on soul, R&B, and inevitably, pop. Like so many of us, Mina’s pallet is ever growing, and her live performances aim to educate as much as entertain.

Loud at the Library

You can do amazing things at the library - like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

Feb 23: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza  TICKETS HERE
Mar 9: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American  TICKETS HERE
Apr 6: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore  TICKETS HERE

   

Feb
23
Fri
Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza @ George Latimer Central Library
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

HEADLINER:
J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music, choosing Minnesota largely due to his adoration of native Bob Dylan. Other songwriters who have had great influence on him are Neil Young, Ray Lamontagne, Noah Gundersen, and Damien Rice. Ondara is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows around the country.

OPENER:
Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza Hoglund first garnered attention in the Twin Cities music scene as the spirited and confessional vocalist of folk/rock outfit Bomba de Luz. She has since gone on to establish herself as a solo performer and has collaborated with a wide array of local artists including Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, P.O.S, Dem AtlaS, Jeremy Messersmith, and many more.

In 2016, Lydia and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time MagazinePeople Magazine, Billboard, and FOX News, to name a few. They donated all proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

Mar
9
Fri
Loud at the Library: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American @ George Latimer Central Library
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Fathom Lane, with Almighty American | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

Fathom Lane
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s Asilomar, 2013’s Fathom Laneand 2012’s Down By Half) Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson’s Cosmic American Music, and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier’s steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still’s more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

“Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions on Asilomar, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean.” ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

“On Fathom Lane’’s new album, Asilomar, it’s clear that Farrier’’s patience paid off. The album is one that’’s worth sitting quietly and listening to, with the songs taking listeners on a journey through a wide range of life experiences.” 89.3 THE CURRENT

“It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent.” SEVEN MAGAZINE

“With two gorgeous albums in two years, Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities…Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality, as on single “’Sugardown”’ or their breathtaking (and prescient) cover of Lou Reed’’s ‘Perfect Day’,” released just weeks before his death.” Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current

Fathom Lane is Michael Ferrier: vocals, guitar, Rhodes, percussion; with Ashleigh Still: vocals and piano; Matt Patrick: electric guitar; Shane Akers: lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett bass; and Alex Young: drums and percussion.

Almighty American
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.

Apr
6
Fri
Loud at the Library: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore @ George Latimer Central Library
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.
Get tickets below!

Jessica Manning
Jessica Manning is an electro-R&B artist based in the Twin Cities.  Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden with a soul-singing father, Jessica grew to love music and performing through her father’s passion for being on stage. She draws influence from pop, soul, and electronic music by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Kevin Garrett. Her sound incorporates electronic drums and synthesizers to create an atmosphere that her soulful melodies, rich vocals, and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.

“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere […] weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)

Mina Moore
Mina Moore is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Her music draws from that of her upbringing, leaning heavily on soul, R&B, and inevitably, pop. Like so many of us, Mina’s pallet is ever growing, and her live performances aim to educate as much as entertain.

Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. All events are free and open to the public.

Feb
23
Fri
Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza @ George Latimer Central Library
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

HEADLINER:
J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music, choosing Minnesota largely due to his adoration of native Bob Dylan. Other songwriters who have had great influence on him are Neil Young, Ray Lamontagne, Noah Gundersen, and Damien Rice. Ondara is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows around the country.

OPENER:
Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza Hoglund first garnered attention in the Twin Cities music scene as the spirited and confessional vocalist of folk/rock outfit Bomba de Luz. She has since gone on to establish herself as a solo performer and has collaborated with a wide array of local artists including Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, P.O.S, Dem AtlaS, Jeremy Messersmith, and many more.

In 2016, Lydia and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time MagazinePeople Magazine, Billboard, and FOX News, to name a few. They donated all proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

Mar
9
Fri
Loud at the Library: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American @ George Latimer Central Library
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Fathom Lane, with Almighty American | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

Fathom Lane
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s Asilomar, 2013’s Fathom Laneand 2012’s Down By Half) Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson’s Cosmic American Music, and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier’s steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still’s more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

“Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions on Asilomar, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean.” ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

“On Fathom Lane’’s new album, Asilomar, it’s clear that Farrier’’s patience paid off. The album is one that’’s worth sitting quietly and listening to, with the songs taking listeners on a journey through a wide range of life experiences.” 89.3 THE CURRENT

“It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent.” SEVEN MAGAZINE

“With two gorgeous albums in two years, Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities…Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality, as on single “’Sugardown”’ or their breathtaking (and prescient) cover of Lou Reed’’s ‘Perfect Day’,” released just weeks before his death.” Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current

Fathom Lane is Michael Ferrier: vocals, guitar, Rhodes, percussion; with Ashleigh Still: vocals and piano; Matt Patrick: electric guitar; Shane Akers: lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett bass; and Alex Young: drums and percussion.

Almighty American
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.

Apr
6
Fri
Loud at the Library: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore @ George Latimer Central Library
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.
Get tickets below!

Jessica Manning
Jessica Manning is an electro-R&B artist based in the Twin Cities.  Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden with a soul-singing father, Jessica grew to love music and performing through her father’s passion for being on stage. She draws influence from pop, soul, and electronic music by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Kevin Garrett. Her sound incorporates electronic drums and synthesizers to create an atmosphere that her soulful melodies, rich vocals, and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.

“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere […] weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)

Mina Moore
Mina Moore is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Her music draws from that of her upbringing, leaning heavily on soul, R&B, and inevitably, pop. Like so many of us, Mina’s pallet is ever growing, and her live performances aim to educate as much as entertain.

Fireside Reading Series

With cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, cozy up to the fire for six weeks of free readings. Gearing up for its 24th season, the Fireside Reading Series is one of The Friends’ oldest and most popular events. The series annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year.

Below is the full 2018 line-up. Click on a listing to view full event.
1/24 | Miriam Karmel
1/31 | Bao Phi
2/7 | Marcie R. Rendon
2/14 | Carolyn Porter
2/21 | Jon Lurie
2/28 | Kaethe Schwehn

List of podcasts from previous years>>

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

  

 

Feb
23
Fri
Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza @ George Latimer Central Library
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

HEADLINER:
J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music, choosing Minnesota largely due to his adoration of native Bob Dylan. Other songwriters who have had great influence on him are Neil Young, Ray Lamontagne, Noah Gundersen, and Damien Rice. Ondara is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows around the country.

OPENER:
Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza Hoglund first garnered attention in the Twin Cities music scene as the spirited and confessional vocalist of folk/rock outfit Bomba de Luz. She has since gone on to establish herself as a solo performer and has collaborated with a wide array of local artists including Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, P.O.S, Dem AtlaS, Jeremy Messersmith, and many more.

In 2016, Lydia and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time MagazinePeople Magazine, Billboard, and FOX News, to name a few. They donated all proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

Mar
9
Fri
Loud at the Library: Fathom Lane, with Almighty American @ George Latimer Central Library
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Fathom Lane, with Almighty American | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.

Get tickets below!

Fathom Lane
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s Asilomar, 2013’s Fathom Laneand 2012’s Down By Half) Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson’s Cosmic American Music, and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier’s steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still’s more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

“Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions on Asilomar, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean.” ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

“On Fathom Lane’’s new album, Asilomar, it’s clear that Farrier’’s patience paid off. The album is one that’’s worth sitting quietly and listening to, with the songs taking listeners on a journey through a wide range of life experiences.” 89.3 THE CURRENT

“It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent.” SEVEN MAGAZINE

“With two gorgeous albums in two years, Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities…Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality, as on single “’Sugardown”’ or their breathtaking (and prescient) cover of Lou Reed’’s ‘Perfect Day’,” released just weeks before his death.” Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current

Fathom Lane is Michael Ferrier: vocals, guitar, Rhodes, percussion; with Ashleigh Still: vocals and piano; Matt Patrick: electric guitar; Shane Akers: lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett bass; and Alex Young: drums and percussion.

Almighty American
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.

Apr
6
Fri
Loud at the Library: Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore @ George Latimer Central Library
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Manning, with Mina Moore | Tickets $10
Doors Open – 7:00 | Music Starts – 7:30

You can do amazing things at the library – like enjoy live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. Come get LOUD at the Library this winter in downtown Saint Paul with local bands and local brews. Tickets help support all the amazing things you can do at the library.

All attendees over 21 who bring a current library card from any system will receive one free beer, courtesy of sponsor Summit Brewing.
Get tickets below!

Jessica Manning
Jessica Manning is an electro-R&B artist based in the Twin Cities.  Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden with a soul-singing father, Jessica grew to love music and performing through her father’s passion for being on stage. She draws influence from pop, soul, and electronic music by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Kevin Garrett. Her sound incorporates electronic drums and synthesizers to create an atmosphere that her soulful melodies, rich vocals, and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.

“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere […] weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)

Mina Moore
Mina Moore is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Her music draws from that of her upbringing, leaning heavily on soul, R&B, and inevitably, pop. Like so many of us, Mina’s pallet is ever growing, and her live performances aim to educate as much as entertain.

The need for a strong library is greater than ever.