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Beacon James

Beacon James

Folk / Alternative / Folk Funk Minneapolis, MN  US
Chief Richard Drane
Chief Richard Drane
If You Stay
If You Stay
A Collection of American Short Stories
A Collection of American Short Stories
Move On
Move On


If You Stay - Recording the Choir


  • 2014

    Aug 1

    Saint Paul, MN, US | 5:00pm

    Beacon James performs at 5:30pm. We will be playing outside the stadium and then performing the National Anthem for y'all.

  • 2014

    Jul 25

    Eau Claire, WI, US | 6:00pm

    Showtime: 7pm-10pm

  • 2014

    Jul 23

    Excelsior, MN, US | 7:00pm

    Showtime: 8pm-10pm Beacon James performs at 9pm.

  • 2014

    Jul 18

    Minneapolis, MN, US | 7:00pm

    Skittish 10:30 - 11:30 Casual Confusion 9:30 - 10:10 Blue Voodoo 8:30 - 9:10 Beacon James 7:30 - 8:10

  • 2014

    May 17

    Minneapolis, MN, US | 9:00pm



Britta Gilbertson


Joe Tierney


Zach Brawford


Nels Urtel

Acoustic Guitar


Sounds Like: Carole King, Dave Matthews Band, Sly & The Family Stone, The Swell Season Official, The Rescues

Bio: If the women who sang backup vocals for Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" started a bluegrass band but accidentally hired funk musicians, there's the realm of Beacon James.

Brought together by our mysterious and shy songwriter, Jameson the Elephant, Beacon James is a band dedicated to story t...See Full Bio

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“Dotted with nods to blue-eyed soul, gospel, folk and good natured rock n' roll, Beacon James has wowed audiences consistently while sharing stages with the likes of The Future Laureates, These United States, Bailiff, and Evergreen Grass Band among others. With ties to Chicago, Minneapolis and northwestern Wisconsin, the band shines both with peppy, crowd-moving jams ("Chief Richard Dane," "A Collection of American Short Stories") as well as swelling ballads. The mood of "If You Stay" is set immediately by Tierney's smoky tenor and, eventually, Urtel's lush strumming. Later, all voices hit the rafters in a stirring tale of abuse, love and redemption and its a moment that could give a skeleton goosebumps.”

— Jim Hanke, Forest Bride PR

Recent Blogs

That was a $1,500 mic.
Apr 10, 2012

And THAT was a $1,500 burp. - Tim

the other beacons are just not getting on board with this blogging thing.
Apr 3, 2012

but our time in the studio yesterday was super. excited for lp? --jmac


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