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Hilary Thavis & Gaia Groove / Press

“MANKATO — From Rome, to “A Prairie Home Companion” to Pub 500 in Mankato. Seems an odd progression for any band. But maybe not for Hilary Thavis and Gaia Groove, Italy’s decidedly Delta blues group. Hilary Thavis is John Thavis’ daughter. The latter is a Mankato native that moved to Rome in the 1980s to cover the Vatican. After a 30-year career -- and a forthcoming book, “The Vatican Diaries,” due out February 2013 -- John has retired and returned to the United States. Meanwhile, Hilary formed a blues band with three other Italian musicians. By 2005, the band had won Italy’s Cassino Birra Live Music Festival and, in 2007, opened for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for their concert in Rome. The group subsequently embarked on two separate United States tours and made its first appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” in 2010. More accolades followed in 2011 when the band won the Pistoai Blues’ Obiettivo BluesIn, Italy’s most important”

“Keillor’s cowboy baritone rang out pure through the misty night, complemented by Suchy’s wispy soprano; a rose wrapped ‘round a briar. Suchy, with a flower perched romantically above one ear, wasn’t the only pretty lady to accompany Keillor at Tanglewood. Hilary Thavis, the Italian-born (to Minnesotan parents, as Keillor noted many times) lead vocalist for the blues band Gaia Groove, also lent her powerful voice to the broadcast. The diminutive, almost mousy Thavis, clad in a bright sundress, strapped out classic blues chords set to modern issues, singing “Facebook Blues,” an original piece about suspicious wall posts, as well as “Many Loves,” a number set to Allen Ginsberg’s poem of the same title. The audience craned, nearly tearful, as Thavis crooned about “many loves I never found” and “many loves have said goodbye.””

“Hilary Thavis & Gaia Groove Live Tuesday, Oct 2 9:00p at Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St Paul, MN”

“Garrison Keillor and Hilary Thavis & Gaia Groove Venue Fitzgerald Theater 10 East Exchange Street 55101 St. Paul, MN, US Garrison Keillor Hilary Thavis & Gaia Groove http://www.gaiagroove.it ”