Wicked Garden has been entertaining grunge fans with full sets of songs from the the 90’s grunge era since February of 2010. We strive to bring only the best to our fans. This year we have expanded both in members of the band and the artists that we cover. Wicked Garden has grown from a four piece to a five piece band, our newest members are Ryan Gaskill on lead vocals, Jamie Norman on guitar/backing vocals, & John Gensmer on drums. This allows us to be versatile and expand vocally from two harmony backing vocalists to four. We are also expanding each set list to include many new songs and artists.
Our goal is to bring people back to the sounds that defined the musical revolution of the early 90’s. A time when radio stations worldwide began to play songs from bands that were willing to shake things up from the status quo, such as, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. Wicked Garden covers the grunge power songs that filled the top 100 charts, such as Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, Soundgarden’s “Outshined”, Stone Temple Pilot’s “Plush”, & Alice In Chains’ “Man In The Box”. We also performs songs from several grunge influenced bands from today, such as Tool’s “Sober”, Foo Fighter’s “All My Life”, and Queens Of The Stone Age’s “Little Sister”. Every time we perform it is done with the same great intensity as the iconic bands that we cover.
Smokescreen brings a variety of rock, country, and pop music with crowd interaction to audiences throughout the upper Midwest. On lead vocals, guitar, piano and fiddle is Dwight Holmbo. Also singing lead and playing guitar is Chris Kerber, a sensational guitarist and vocalist. Donavon Skinner, known for his outstanding musicianship, plays an amazing bass guitar. Laying down Smokescreen’s solid and recognizable drum beat is Jesse Bohnsack, a stand out musician.
Hitchville has quickly solidified themselves among the upper echelon of regional talent. Under the leadership of dynamic lead vocalists Heidi Owens and Matthew Kneefe, the group’s trademark harmonies, down home personalities, and kinetic stage energy leads to an unforgettable live show in which the band has worked tirelessly to produce.
Shirts and Skins
Shirts & Skins is one of the most dynamic touring bands in the upper Midwest. Their musicianship, exceptional training and dynamic show will have you captivated from the very first note. With a diverse song list, Shirts & Skins hits all genres and musical tastes. This is a band that brings passion, excitement, and positive energy to audiences all across the United States.
Comprised of seasoned veteran performers from some of the most popular bands throughout Twin Cities and the Midwest, Shirts & Skins represents the utmost in musicianship and professionalism. The band features a rotating set of two dynamic female lead singers, backed by a very solid core of talented musicians on drums, bass, and guitar, as well as electric fiddle and keyboard. Their broad instrumentation produces a versatile, full sound. Additionally, because every member of the band also sings, they are able to incorporate rich vocal harmonies and seamlessly transition between musical styles.
Six to Midnight
Through genre-bending mashups and juxtaposing styles, Junk FM delivers an infectious, high energy show by a crack team of musician-performers who just wanna see how ridiculous the dance floor can get over the course of the night. From Garth Brooks to Lady Gaga in one slamming step, simultaneous Eminem and Green Day, Cee Lo Green meets Rod Stewart all while stealing your drink. Junk FM doesn’t care what your idea of a great night is – they’re gonna show you how ridiculous your party can be!
IV Play introduced themselves in 1999. This premier rock band will have you on the dance floor in no time! Based out of Mankato, Minnesota, you may have seen the name playing most of their dates in the upper mid-west, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. IV Play can take you from the arena rock and hair metal of the 80’s, to the down and dirty grunge rock of the 90’s, to the hot pop and country hits of today! Oh yeah, and everywhere in-between!
GOOD FOR GARY
Good for Gary is a Twin Cities cover band that specializes in playing current and past dance hits, focusing on the newest Top 40 songs. With a 7-piece line-up, there’s no hip-hop, pop, or dance song they can’t cover. You will hear some Iggy Azalea, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Macklemore and old school jams at every show. Check out the rest of the songlist and you will get a taste of what Good for Gary is capable of.
The members of Good for Gary had been playing in Minnesota clubs for years in other bands and noticed that people love to dance to the music that the DJ plays during the set breaks. Most bands leave that stuff to the DJs, but Good for Gary is bringing dance music directly to the stage. With six years of playing nearly every weekend, Good for Gary has built a devoted local following and an electrifying live show.
Being a seven-piece band stocked with accomplished musicians, Good for Gary plays every note live with no backing tracks. The band’s humor and enthusiasm shines through in their bar-rocking, stage-jumping performances. Their devotion to getting people moving and staying current with today’s top hits is making Good for Gary one of the most exciting and sought-after cover bands in the Twin Cities.
SLAPSHOT is a cover rock band that plays rock’s greatest music from the 80’s, 90’s and very current! Energy and participation is what this band is all about! SLAPSHOTsees to it the crowd is not just watching! Not only do these guys bring some serious talent, they also have a blast at what they’re doing and make sure you do too! SLAPSHOT has been entertaining crowds throughout the Twin Cities for over 9 years.