Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kazyak announces CD release show:

1.5.13 @ the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis

Kazyak is thrilled to announce a CD release show. The band will release See the Forest, See the Trees on January 5, 2013 at the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis.

Kazyak is excited to share the stage with fellow Minneapolis-bred musicians and friends Very Small Animal, Moscowitz and Oak Ribbons.

Pre-order the physical album @ the Kazyak Store.

Check out the event page here.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Family Trade CD Release Show 12/15/2012

Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade will be hosting their Wiskey With Goliath CD Release Party in Granite Falls on December 15, 2012 @ the Awesome Church Space.

Get a preview of the album here.

For more info check out the event on Facebook.

Yoga Sol: 2012 Winter Schedule!

We are proud to reveal the NEW schedule for winter 2012-2013! This schedule was made possible by all our amazing yogis and instructors who contribute to and support Yoga Sol. Come celebrate this new schedule with us at our Open House on Friday, 12/7 at 5:30pm. This schedule will be in effect on Saturday, 12/8.

Download the schedule here.

Yoga Sol Open House: Friday, December 7!

Come celebrate Yoga Sol's 6 month birthday with a FREE yoga class and birthday treats! We've experienced huge growth the past six months and want to thank you for your support. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to meet our new teachers and help us kick off the new winter 2012-2013 schedule!

5:30pm Meet and greet
6:00pm Yoga class- 1/2 hour vinyasa, 1/2 hour sculpt
7:00pm Reception and treats

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2nd Annual TerrapinFest this w/e!

Join us in Nevis, MN on 11.10.12 for Terrapin Station's 2nd annual TerrapinFest!

Activities include:

Facepainting with Sara Lowry
Reiki with Becky Steinhoff
DiscoveryHorse with Sara Sherman
Reflexology with Big John


1pm Songwriting Workshop with Brian Laidlaw
2pm Laughing Meditation with Cynthia Ekron
2:45pm Contact Exercise with Sara Sherman
3pm Yoga Sol with Flor and Peter Frey
4pm Drumming and Improvisational Dance with Gaia Sophia
5pm Stone Soup (what we like to call "Potluck")


Foxy Morons
Oak Ribbons
Brian Laidlaw

Yes! Let's Collective will be helping with many aspects of the day!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

TODAY = Kazyak announces CD release!!

Kazyak is happy to announce See the Forest, See the Trees.

    Download the album One Sheet        |         Download the liner notes, lyrics & credits.

Kazyak announces CD release show

1.5.13 @ the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis

Kazyak is thrilled to announce a CD release show. The band will release See the Forest, See the Trees on January 5, 2013 at the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!!

Pre-order the physical album now @ the Kazyak Store.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Paper Darts Magazine: Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade

Check out this very very neat write up by Paper Darts Magazine writer LINDSAY LELIVELT on Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade. Thanks Lindsay! So Cool!

Mark you calendars for their big release party for their new EP, "Whiskey With Goliath," at Icehouse on Friday, January 25, 2013 with Chasity Brown.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Granite Falls: A Meandering River Walk

The 9th Annual Meander Upper Minnesota River Arts Crawl celebrated its Opening Night on Friday October 5th with two performances of a special outdoor “walking theater” play highlighting the 11,000 year history of the Minnesota River in 45 minutes through the voices of local actors and musicians.

Two performances of the play Granite Falls: A Meandering River Walk were held at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Main Street Granite Falls. The audience followed the actors as they walked along the river, told stories, danced and sang songs. The event was free and open to the public and was an opening ceremony for the Meander Weekend, showcasing the entire Upper Minnesota River Valley and all the art, culture and natural beauty it has to offer.

Volunteers from the Montevideo and Granite Falls area were the actors for the play written, directed and produced by Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord, who based the play on interviews with local people about the history of Granite Falls and the cast of characters who have lived along the Minnesota River which runs through the heart of downtown. 

In all there are more than 30 characters and musicians who comprised the cast. “It is an amazing collaboration between the small towns of the Upper Minnesota River Region and creative people from the Twin Cities,” stated Patrick Moore, Executive Director of Clean Up the River Environment (CURE), which has raised funds to put on the production. Moore added, “This is an exceptional show you will not want to miss – the talent and the story line are coming together for a once in a lifetime event.”

Dustys Rock!

(Most of) The Dusty Porch Sisters took the mic in an impromptu set in Granite Falls last weekend. YAY!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yoga Sol featured in Twin Cities Daily Planet!

Pay-what-you-can yoga classes at Minneapolis yoga studio draw variety of students


September 24, 2012

"Pay-what-you-can" yoga classes try to go back to the roots of yoga: no Westernization, no capitalism, no pressure.

Flor Frey, who founded the Yoga Sol studio with four other yoga instructors, thinks that, “Yoga is no good that can be traded.”  Yoga should be more than just a workout for your body, mind or heart, she said. Yoga Sol wants to build a community and Flor and the other teachers want to share their experience with their students. Every person is welcome at this yoga studio, since there is no age or body type limitation to practicing yoga.

A lot of students and artists are attending the classes but also retired peoples and business people from the nearby companies – everybody who is dynamic, passionate or just curious about yoga.

The classes have a varying attendance, from courses with just three students to classes with 25 participants. Since there is no monthly fee or contract, the Yoga Sol studio is a great opportunity for those who want to get in touch with the whole philosophy.  Since they started in May, more and more people are coming with every month.

The studio lives from the donations by the students. Everybody can pay anonymously what he/she would like to pay. The suggested donation is $10 but sometimes people pay nothing or a lot more. However, the average amount of donation is $9.36, according to Frey. The students pay as they come, which means that they can slip in the money in a small wooden box or they can even pay by credit card – still anonymously.

“We try to keep it as simple as possible,” said Flor, so people can feel welcomed and not bothered with money issues. Stephanie Dalager , a yoga teacher who offers classes three times a week agrees: “ The people feel very comfortable with the open environment.” The students are thankful for the hours at the Yoga-Sol studio because it offers them a community and a safe place, where they can quiet their minds.

This Friday, September 28 , the Yoga Sol studio will celebrate an Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Open House is an opportunity to meet with the teachers and to get in touch with the donation-based yoga model. Free classes, some drinks and a warm atmosphere are waiting for everyone who is interested and curious about yoga.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Namaste for Pay-What-You-Can Yoga

Donation-based Yoga Studio Hosts Open House and Launches Fall Schedule

Minneapolis (I-Newswire) September 14, 2012 - Yoga Sol, the first yoga studio of its kind in Minneapolis, is hosting an Open House to kick off their new fall schedule on September 28. The schedule features nine teachers, guiding 13 weekly classes in styles varying from Vinyasa Flow to Yoga Sculpt. The Open House provides an opportunity to sample the studio with a complimentary class and celebrate National Yoga Month.

Yoga Sol opened its doors on May 1 with a mission to make yoga accessible to all. Though the studio is the first of its kind here in Minneapolis, it is connected to a larger movement of studios across the country that offer yoga on a pay-what-you-can basis. Yoga is a $27 billion a year industry, and with rates often as high as $20 per class, money can be a barrier. Yoga Sol aims to change this, and is funded entirely through student donations.

“I think a valid criticism of the westernization of yoga is that it has such an intensely commercial aspect to it. It can be exclusive and intimidating in an odd way,” says yoga student and local musician, Brian Laidlaw. “It means a lot to me to be a part of a studio that tries to move away from that model and mentality.”

Event Details
WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 21 5th Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Event Schedule

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Meet & Greet

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Complimentary Vinyasa Flow class

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Yoga Sculpt class

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Mix & Mingle

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Internet Cat Video Film Fest 8.30.12!

While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, our unofficial cat-lady-in-residence invites you to come gather together on the field and LOL in the presence of others as your favorite silly cat videos are projected larger-than-life one after the other. Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Participate in this experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line event as we attempt to gather in physical space and real time to enjoy one of the internet’s most popular phenomena.

The night's festivities start at 4 pm with Death Metal Drawing Club with, and "_____________ is what we make together" Open Field letterpress poster printing with Lunalux, at 6 pm The Big String will be happening on the upper deck, and live music from Brain Laidlaw and the Family Trade starts at 7 pm!

Our community partners, Feline Rescue, Animal Humane Society, and The Wildcat Sanctuary, will also have a presence at the event.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Muskie Days!!

Keeping it real at after the Yes!Lets Collective set at Muskie Days 2012 in Nevis, MN. Thanks to Red Daughters, Brian Laidlaw and Kazyak for the tunes.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Very Small Animal - One Propeller (6/2/2012)

Very Small Animal performs One Propeller at Kitty Cat Klub on June 2nd. 

Videography by Colin Kopp. 
Audio and video edited by Peter Frey, GroundUp Productions.

Monday, July 2, 2012

BGGBz - Glorious Divorce

Performed by Becky Gaunt and Greg Byers at the Kitty Cat Klub in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 9, 2012.

Video shot by Colin Kopp
Audio & video edited by Peter Frey

Monday, June 18, 2012

Casey Peterson & Brian Laidlaw featured in Paper Darts!

Yes!Lets writers Casey Peterson and Brian Laidlaw made it into Captured Dreams, a book by Paper Darts. The book was composed over the course of the 2012 Norther Spark Festival. 

Click here to view the Paper Darts blog article. 

Click here to download the e-magazine. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yes!Lets @ Stone Arch Bridge Fest (6.16.12)

Come see Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade (5:15PM) and Very Small Animal (2:15PM) this Saturday @ The Stone Arch Bridge Festival!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wolf Wolf Wolf Reunion Show 6.13.2012

In this rare convergence of paths, the quartet that played on Brian Laidlaw's album "Wolf Wolf Wolf" will reunite this Wednesday for a rocking set in the Clown Lounge, downstairs at the Turf Club!

Doors @ 8. Music @ 9.

Check out the event on Facebook

Friday, May 18, 2012

Call Your Old Friends

Brian Laidlaw's heartfelt song performed by 60 high school students in Norwood Young America, beautifully arranged by Choir Director, Kelli Hanson.

Monday, May 14, 2012

OUR STORY from 7:7:7

Once upon a time there was a dragon and he flew far far away. But then the dragon stopped to look for the person who lived behind a really sexy female dragon who was busy eating onions who had an accent and really bad breath but that didn’t stop him. The Dotson came out from his kennel and came out from his kennel and cam. Reared up on his hind legs. A lullaby to his friend.

He sand about the stars, but then he woke up and realized he was a dragon. But then he thanked his mother anyways because he loved her so much. But then he said to himself seize the day. Then he said, that’s so cliché. But that’s okay so he turned around and he saw a giant schnoodle. The schnoodle continued to sing a song to the dragon who breathed flame on him?? HE ATE A WAFFLE!!! And everybody stopped to take a breath. Jk. Lol. (laughter)

He said WOW this is sum good maple surple. But still… Wasn’t there a lady dragon? At this here waffle huis? I have to go find that lady dragon, maybe she’s in the bathroom. I could show off my recipes! But what if she’s lactose intolerant. Should I shave my legs? Scales don’t shave well. But I wax anyway.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

7:7:7 a Storytelling Event at BLB (5/13)

"7:7:7" 7 Stories, 7 Minutes, 7 Turning Points: an Unlikely Storytelling Event is only 4 days away! On Sunday, May 13, we’ll be piling into the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater to hear/watch some fantastic storytellers, and we hope you’ll join us. Tickets are going fast, so get yours today!

This event is indoors, so it’s happening regardless of the weather! This would be a way to wind down and have a brew after the outdoor craziness of the May Day parade (we'll have puppets, too!). Bryant Lake Bowl’s excellent food and drinks are available to order form inside the theater, which means you could turn the whole event into a Mother’s Day dinner, complete with entertainment!

Dance by Poetry In Motion
Music by Brian Laidlaw
Live Painting by Zach Koss
Short Story by Casey Peterson
Puppet show by Reed Ellis Aubin performing The Pollen Road
Traditional Storytelling by Beverly Cottman
Improv by Matt Johnson

We all tell stories, every day, as an integral part of our lives, through Facebook status updates, Twitter feeds, conversations, and body language. The Yes!Lets Collective has invited a varied cast of writers, dancers, visual artists, musicians, and (even) puppeteers, to explore how we use sight, sound, and movement to convey the stories that shape our shared experiences.

Please join us this Sunday, May 13 at Bryant Lake Bowl (810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis / 612-825-8949). Tickets are $7-12, pay what you can, and can be purchased in advance online at Doors at 6:30p.m. Show at 7p.m. sharp.

RSVP at our Facebook page.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Land Stewardship Project Promotes Urban Agriculture

Land Stewardship Project organizer and YLC member Anna Cioffi discusses the importance of sustainable farming and urban agriculture with KFAI's Flor Trevino and Mike Fischbein. Check out more on the KFAI website.

Join Anna at the Red Stag Supper Club on Friday April 20th between 7-11AM, where all proceeds go to benefit the Land Stewardship Project.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Light/Dark Photos

"It was profound beyond words, so I'm not even going to try, except to say that I hope that's what heaven is like."
-Anna Cioffi

Brian Laidlaw receives arts grant to record

Yes!Lets member Brian Laidlaw has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to record his next album.

Laidlaw will collaborate with instrumentalist and Hibbing native, Danny Vitali, to research and produce the album "Echolalia." This multimedia music project will incorporate interviews with current Hibbing residents around issues of land use, mining, and urban expansion. A weeklong tour of towns on the Iron Range will follow the album's release in Hibbing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

City Pages Features: Light / Dark: Isolating the Senses (March 17)

Check out the recent City Pages feature on YLC's Light / Dark: Isolating the Senses

Date: March 17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm; Followed by open reception

Location:The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis) Cost: $5-10 Suggested Donation; Refreshments served

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yes!Lets Collective presents “Light / Dark Show: Isolating the Senses” (March 17)

Yes!Lets Collective presents “Light / Dark Show: Isolating the Senses” on March 17 at The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis).

Time: 7:00-9:00pm; Followed by open reception Cost: $5-10 Suggested Donation; Refreshments served

Yes!Lets Collective, in partnership with The Third Place Gallery, is teaming up with an array of local visual artists, including Colin Kopp, Alfonso Fernandez, Ali Rogers, and Bridget Blatzheim. In a time when we are constantly over stimulated by lights and sounds, images and advertisement, the Yes!Lets Collective invites you to this rare opportunity to isolate your senses for an evening of visual and audio art, themed Light / Dark.

The event kicks off in complete silence, with the audience using only their eyes to soak in the visual art. Next, the audience will be guided into complete darkness, using only their ears to soak in the music. The event will culminate in a discussion with the artists.

Check out the feature by the City Pages.
Check out the L'etoile Magazine listing.
Check out the SouthwestMinneapolisPatch listing.

Friday, March 9, 2012

City Pages Feature: VSA EP Release (March 10)

Very Small Animal CD-Release Show By Erik Thompson The local roots-folk quartet Very Small Animal are finally set to give their fans something tangible to connect with at the record-release show for their debut EP, Starlings. The earnest young group have slowly been cultivating quite a devoted following in the Twin Cities due to their impassioned, stirring live shows, which feature stark, affecting arrangements and genuine lyrics. This evening should be an enjoyable one, with the band not only having their EP on offer, but also providing crayons and limited-edition coloring books inspired by their lyrics available so everyone can "channel your creative inner child." It's a free, full night featuring a bill composed solely of talented local acts, so come early and stay late to celebrate with all the bands. With Sleeping in the Aviary, Brian Just Band, and Oak Ribbons. View it here.

Check out the post-event feature by 89.3 The Current.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Casey Peterson published in Little Fiction's LISTERATURE

YLC member Casey Peterson was featured in Listerature, Volume 1, a publication by the digital short story publisher Little Fiction. Listerature is an anthology of stories told through lists (shopping lists, song titles, itineraries, etc). Casey's story, "Headlines," is told through news headlines.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Very Small Animal EP Release 3.10.12

Very Small Animal will be celebrating the release of their debut EP Starlings on Saturday, March 10 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall with Sleeping in the Aviary, Brian Just Band, and fellow Yes!Lets duo Oak Ribbons. Event sponsors Rage to Order, and music blog MPLSSTPL will provide limited edition coloring book pages inspired by the imaginative, often dark lyrics of Starlings, which concertgoers will be invited to color and show off. Starlings is a set of dreamy, beguiling folk songs that reflect the expansive imagination of a man no longer encumbered by the walls of his cubicle. Listen to a few cuts off the disc here.

Check out the event page!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jehra Patrick's New Museal explores behind the scenes of the art world

Jehra Patrick’s New Museal was the perfect show to stumble on during a quiet Sunday walk. Soo VAC was silent as we entered, setting the tone for a show that highlights the quiet contemplation in gallery spaces.

Patrick’s expansive canvasses are dreamy and serene, inviting you to imagine the impending interactions in the spaces she paints. Our echoing footsteps were a fitting compliment to Patrick’s work, which featured empty art galleries, half prepared for a show that is never revealed.

Patrick refers to this peek into the preparation of exhibition spaces as “banal… ‘non-art’ moments “, but her images suggest otherwise. New Museal’s attention to the art of behind-the-scenes labor that goes into creating the atmosphere for a show is transportative. Her rooms beg for you to run through with Sharpies and draw all over the walls.

New Museal will be running at Soo VAC until March 25th. Hours and details can be found on Soo VAC’s website. Also check out New Museal: A conversation with Jehra Patrick and Jill Vuchetich On February 22nd at 7PM at Soo VAC for “a candid discussion about the role of archives within a contemporary art museum and how diachronic documentation of museums and art have influenced Patrick’s work.”