Mick Sterling headlines Fall Colors fest

Gypsy Mania Hot Club, CRANKSHAFT, RAMM, also perform

Gypsy Mania Hot Club
Mick Sterling







The popular Mick Sterling headlines the music acts at this year’s Fall Colors Fine Art and Music Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Joining Sterling at the 29th annual Stillwater riverfront event Oct. 5-6 are RAMM with Paul Mayasich, CRANKSHAFT and Gypsy Mania Hot Club, according to Dolly Parker, event manager for the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.

“We have a well-rounded and outstanding lineup of talent coming to the festival,” she said. “All four bands are amazing and offer a range of musical talent and style. We tried to cater this event to music lovers and I think with these bands we accomplished our goal.”

The four bands have performed at music festivals across the Midwest, and together have been performing music for a combined 50-plus years.

Mick Sterling celebrates his 33rd year in the music business this year. Sterling has transformed himself from a young lead singer to one of the most recognized names in the Twin Cities music scene and his group has quickly gained the reputation as one of the “must-see bands in the region.”

CRANKSHAFT has been writing and performing music as a traditional one-man band for a five straight years. Since launching his music career in 2008, CRANKSHAFT has risen to the top of the Twin Cities music scene and is consistently described as “one of the best and most interesting roots, rock and blues acts playing around town these days.”

RAMM with Paul Mayasich has been described as “the perfect mix of American music in all its shapes and forms,” including classic, Motown, R&B, funk, rock-and-roll, Americana and blues. The trio has been playing together locally for more than 10 years and makes a lasting impression every set.

Gypsy Mania Hot Club Quartet is the creation of long-time bandleader and guitar stylists Glen Helgeson, known for pulling together the “stars of the Minnesota music scene.” The ensemble includes jazz violinist Gary Schulte, guitarists Reynold Philipsek and Helgeson and bass work from Matt Senjem. Together, Gypsy Mania features an exceptional stylistic dimension of music with prodigious improvisation- a group not to be missed.

The festival is free and pet-friendly. Besides live music performances, the two-day festival features more than 70 artisans featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted art.