Armatage is about to get another touch of local stardom.
Minneapolis singer-songwriter extrodrinaire Chris Koza is scheduled to play on Tuesday, April 3. Considered one of the most well-versed and dexterous singer-songwriters in the Twin Cities, Koza's work is reminiscent of an earlier generation of musicians like Paul Simon. As CityPages' Bob Longmore put in his review of Koza's 2008 album, A Dark, Delirious Morning:
At the heart of each song is a simple melody, but like a latter-day Elliot Smith, Koza layers on instruments and sounds, creating mood and intensity. From the title track's Wilco-like introduction to the Tom Waits style of telling stories within the songs, Koza takes classic pop songs and twists them just enough that they sound familiar, yet fresh.
In 2010, Koza ditched the single life to form Rogue Valley with three other local musicians. The band was named CityPages' Best New Band.
Later this week, Koza will be followed by Sean Carey, drummer and supporting vocalist of the local, Grammy Award-winning indie-folk band Bon Iver.