Nick Alexander Stage: Ryan Van Slooten
Across the four days of Lost Evenings 3 there are seven acts appearing each day of the festival and that’s BEFORE Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls headline.
Leading up to the festival the Solo Armada will be highlighting some of the supports and who they are, particularly those that are appearing on the Nick Alexander Stage. Some bands/artists you may already be familiar with but some might be a complete mystery.
Hopefully by the time we have published the last article you will not only have discovered new music but also have a clearer idea of who you definitely want to see on the Nick Alexander Stage at Lost Evenings 3.
The Solo Armada will be there throughout welcoming those that have travelled to the festival alone and who would like some company to laugh, dance and sing. However ANYONE is welcome to join us, it’s about having as good a time as possible!
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Minneapolis based artist Ryan Van Slooten is what you might call the ultimate independent DIY musician. After releasing his third solo album in 2013, the award winning “Victory March” (2013 Album of the Year, PerfectDuluthDay.com), he was unsure what the next step would be. Having relocated from Duluth to the Twin Cities after 16 years there, that same year, he decided it was time to finally take over all recording and producing duties in his home studio. Van Slooten released “The Trouble With Flight” EP in the fall of 2017, the flagship effort from the studio he’d spent 3 years putting together, and most recently, his new singles “Get Me High” and “Between the Stones”.
Van Slooten’s music has been described as “expertly written and recorded stuff that fans of the Goo Goo Dolls and John Mayer might enjoy.” He is equal parts rock n’ roller and crooner, blending a mix of rock and pop while still maintaining a singer-songwriter charm. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays nearly all the instruments on his recordings.
Personally, as a stay-at-home dad for the past 11 years, Van Slooten put a lot of his musical ambitions on the back burner, a decision he says he wouldn’t change for anything. Now at a place to expand upon what he’s already accomplished, Van Slooten is ambitiously looking forward with great optimism. “It’s not picking up where I left off, it’s the start of something totally new, and I couldn’t be more excited about that.”
Ryan continues to tour regionally, playing everywhere from bars, tap rooms, and listening rooms, to house concerts and even online shows. Ambitious as ever, Van Slooten is hungry to spread his music to as many people he can, with plans to play more national shows this year.
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