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Described as “a little lounge, a little punk, a little rock, and a whole lot of cool,” this trio featuring piano, stand-up bass, and vibraphone reinvents their favorite songs with panache. John Munson (bass/vocals) was an original member of Trip Shakespeare, and then moved on to become part of the double-platinum group Semisonic. Chan Poling (piano/vocals) founded the punk-rock group The Suburbs and continues to write for theater, TV, and film. Steve Roehm (vibes) started his career with the Texas group Billygoat and was a member of the jazz/funk fusion group Electropolis. These three world-class musicians come together as The New Standards, a jazz-inspired, unlikely soul-filled group who command the stage with virtuosity, style, and a wicked sense of humor.
The New Standards’ Holiday Show has long been a Minnesota institution. Audiences have come to expect a show that combines swinging renditions of classic holiday tunes with a smattering of irreverence, inebriation, and spectacle. But it’s the surprises that delight: the special rock star guests, a touching poem or story, dances and comic bits, or a show-stopping version of “Snow Days”— that sweet ode to Minnesota winter— like you’ve never heard it before.
Featuring Nellie McKay, Rhett Miller (Old 97’s), Mike Doughty, Craig Finn (Hold Steady) and more!