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Live Music is BACK

And we’re pretty excited about its return!

This Saturday, July 17th we’ll be welcoming back live music to TCS and to celebrate that we’ve asked the three fantastic bands playing to give us a little background. Read on below to learn more about Fenestra Funk, Onion Bun, and Confucisaurus.

TCS PRESENTS: Fenestra Funk, Onion Bun, and Confusicaurus

Saturday, July 17th – 8PM | $10 at the Door | 21+

Fenestra Funk

>>Who’s all in the band?

FF: Adam Wambeke – guitar and vocals; Michael Schell – guitar, saxophone, vocals; Kyle Autio – Bass; and Nate Fowler – drums

>>How did y’all meet/form your band?

FF: I’ve (Adam) known and played music with Michael Schell for over a decade, and Kyle for about 6 years. The three of us went to see the solar eclipse in Missouri in 2017 and a couple of girls from the Duluth area who we’d never met happened to be at the same ranch we camped at. They heard the three of us playing music a few times and invited us to play their small Minnesota music festival. We explained that we didn’t have a drummer but we exchanged info and they told us if we had a band and original music by the next August, we would be able to play the event. 

A few months later we met a local Duluth drummer who’s previous band, Lord Montague, had just split up a few months prior. We jammed with him a few times and remembered the open invitation we had received. We wrote just one song before deciding to commit to the show in August with the promise of having 1 hour of original music. Seven months later we played our first show, at a festival we’d been invited to when we didn’t have a band or original music, and we played an hour of songs we wrote ourselves. The reaction we received from our hosts and the crowd – and even uninvited guests from across the lake who hopped in boats when they heard us – was enough to realize we needed to stick together and continue making music. We’ve played a number of shows at Duluth venues and were invited to play Homegrown last year, but we all know what happened to that!

>>How did y’all decide on the band name?

FF: The story of our name is a bit of a secret that we only tell friends and, sometimes, extra inquisitive fans who ask us after a show. So if you wanna know, we’ll see you at the after party 😉

>>Favorite live performance that you’ve attended as a fan?

AW: Some of the most mind-blowing shows I’ve ever seen came from that one guy. No really.. his stage name is That 1 Guy. He plays festivals in Minnesota almost every year and they are not something to be missed.

Onion Bun

>>Who’s all in the band?

OB: Zach Sproles- Guitar; Alex Anderson- Bass; and Topher Fleming- Drums

>>How did y’all meet/form your band?

OB: Topher and Zach met right after high school and met Alex when he and Zach worked at a local venue called The What’s Up Lounge together. We all separated to do other other things but in 2017 Topher and Zach started jamming again and  later added Alex when he found out we were looking for a bassist.

>>How did y’all decide on the band name?

OB: I ( Zach) picked the name because we couldn’t come up with a name and someone called us for a gig and I chose what we were called on the flier. The other two hated it at first but now we all love it.

>>Favorite live performance that you’ve attended as a fan?

OB: We all saw “Toe” together in 2018 and it was absolutely magical. They are titans in the math rock community and being from Japan we all assumed we would never see them.

Confucisaurus

>>Who’s all in the band?

C: Bryce Tuitt – Guitar/Vocals; Sammy Strings – Guitar/Vocals; Pat Freaner – Bass; and Rob Erdmann – Drums

>>How did y’all meet/form your band?

C: This project started in 2016 with Bryce Tuitt and Sam Barba as a folk duo playing a mix of covers and originals. After a few years we got together with drummer Rob Erdmann and then cycled through a few different bass players before landing on Pat Freaner. In 2019, after many long deliberations and multiple name changes, we landed on the name Confucisaurus.

>>How did y’all decide on the band name?

C: The name came from a mishap where a friend of Pat’s misheard the name of a species of dinosaur on TV from the other room and incorrectly pronounced the name of the dinosaur as “Confucisaurus” – which is not the correct name or spelling of any real dinosaur. Being that we like ancient Chinese philosophy and we really like dinosaurs, it was the perfect fit. Earlier in 2021, we released our Debut EP “Transpecies” and it is available now on all streaming platforms.

>>Favorite live performance that you’ve attended as a fan?

C: We are music fans here at Confucisaurus and some favorite shows that we have been to over the years include the likes of The Ghost Inside and Betrayal at a house show after cops shut down the venue – or Green Day, Ziggy Marley, and Slipknot in stadium/large venue settings. We saw Mason Jennings play at Papa Charlies in Lutsen. Plus, music festivals at Harmony Park in southern Minnesota have been a hub for bands that we have loved seeing live, like Primus or Dopapod.

Catch all three bands live together tomorrow (7/17) at The Caddy Shack!

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