FROM THE ST. CLOUD TIMES, SEPT. 19, 2002
Jam out of your mind Earth Mother Mind Jam 13 comes to the St. Cloud area with national and local talent, specialty acts and artists, and a children’s activity area By Marty Sundvall email@example.com
Vince Welnick first heard of the Earth Mother Mind Jam through word of mouth. The former drummer for the Grateful Dead was in Phoenix, and ralo was in town organizing yet another Mind Jam. “I was checking out a band and the manager of the band knew ralo. We started talking about acts that were going to be playing and she referred her to me,” Welnick said. “I heard just by word of mouth, real organic.” Ralo enlisted the talents of Welnick for the festival in Arizona this past winter, and he proved to be a major highlight of the show. Saturday, Welnick, also a drummer for the Tubes, Todd Rungren and others, will be perhaps the biggest name on a long list of performers for the Earth Mother Mind Jam 13. It starts at 11 a.m. at Powder Ridge Ski Area, just north of Kimball, and goes until 1 a.m. “(The festival) is very hip. I love it,” Welnick said. “I’ve always enjoyed the sea of humanity — a lot of like-minded people that just come together to jam. But even more so, it’s just being in a world-class company of good folks.” Welnick will be joined on the bill by two-time Grammy winner Odell Brown, Chico Chism, a drummer who has played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and other blues legends, and Robin “Adnan” Anders of Boiled in Lead. In addition, the list of performers is a veritable who’s who of Minnesota talent. “There is a lot going on. It’s a definite joining of all cultures,” said Welnick, who added that he may be on stage with as many as 15 or 20 different musicians during the show. Starting small The first Earth Mother Mind Jam in 1989 was one stage with a blue tarp over the top to protect the performers. In front of the stage about 300 people jumped and danced and got into the music. It was a small start as far as numbers went but a success in the most important way. “They all had fun. They were all like ‘Are you going to do this again next year?’,” said ralo, Mind Jam promoter, about that first try in Arizona. Ralo, who as Lora Elizabeth Heiniemi graduated from St. Cloud Apollo in 1980 (hence her dubbed name “ralo apollo”). She was left with a small quandary after the first Mind Jam, yet she said she always knew her vision was clear as to what she wanted to do with her project. “I first thought, if I dropped the festival I could concentrate on being a musician full time. But the festival is so much more than my own music,” ralo added. “I have a lot of passion for bringing together music and art and people into a community.” From that small start in Arizona, the festival returns to Minnesota for its 13th go-around. (It played in St. Cloud in 1999.) ralo moved to Arizona in the 1980s and first got the idea of staging a festival after meeting a man who turned her on to films of the Monterrey International Pop Music Festival, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and a few others. But it wasn’t until a trip north in 1988 when she decided to put the wheels in motion. “I went to the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1988, just before I started doing this, and that is what started it. I was living in Uptown (Minneapolis) and I was just going to somehow to put together a festival,” ralo said. “So I moved back to Phoenix and was just determined to do it.” One stage, a blue tarp and 300 people were all it took to convince her to move forward. “I see all this stress in the world. We’re all so disconnected. We all need to come together and blend into a community. That’s what I’ve envisioned,” ralo said. Return home The community comes back to Minnesota after a much smaller two-day festival was run over Labor Day weekend in 1999 at the Whitney complex. Local bluesman “Sweet Papa” Dave Hart went to Arizona last year and took part in the Mind Jam 12. He and his band The Private Reserve, along with a scheduled sit-in from Carey Slade, have a prime slot in this year’s festival. “I was like ‘Why couldn’t this last a few more days?’ ” Hart said. “It was amazing. You would be at one stage and someone would say ‘You’ve gotta check out what’s over on the other stage.’ There is just so much to see and hear..” Hart said he and his band plan “to rip some good blues” and that Chico Chism may sit in with his band also. Chism has been around the block a few times. He’s played with some great bluesmen, including Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King. Hart calls him an “amazing” drummer. “Ralo is doing a wonderful thing. There’s something entertaining for every age group,” said Chism, whose new CD is titled “Raw As Hell.” “I get to do a lot of things, but coming to Minnesota is what I really like.” Health permitting, Chism also conducts drumming workshops. “I just be me,” Chism said, laughing. “I love to teach young ones how to play. That is very, very neat for me. And this is a festival where everyone can enjoy themselves. I’ve played all over the world and the people at this festival are more professional than at many places I’ve been.” Hart said he went to Arizona for Mind Jam 12 without his band and that ralo set him up with a few musicians to back his bluesinfused voice. “We played for maybe an hour, just a pre-jam practice before the show. The thing is, everyone at the festival is very good, they are all professional and it doesn’t take anyone very long to pick up on what you want to do,” Hart said. Homegrown talent The Earth Mother Mind Jam not only features national acts, but will be a showcase for St. Cloud area and Minnesota musicians. Among the acts scheduled to perform are Collective Unconscious, the 420 All-Stars, Velveteen, WookieFoot, Charlie Roth, Ring of Kerry, the Hoolies, Preston and Paulzine, the Stearns County Pachanga Society and many more. As an added bonus, many times musicians will mix it up on stage and play with different acts. “ralo is exceptional like that, being that she is a musician herself,” Welnick said. “She has a great gift for knowing who might sound really good together. I think at one time I had 15 different people on stage and it just worked.” Ralo said Mark Hasbrouck of the Hoolies, Powderfinger and the Pachanga Society, and Rena Haus may be in a quasi-competition as who may appear on the most stages. The Mind Jam also will showcase new talent. Among the acts is 15-year-old Tim Thole, a Technical High School student who is scheduled to play a set. Thole is From Page 13 Jam thought to be the second-youngest to play the Red Carpet Nightclub next to Jonny Lang. Thole started playing piano when he was about 7 and took up the guitar two and a half years ago, he said, adding that he has already written 15 or 20 songs. “I was playing at Bo Diddley’s and ralo played right before me. That’s how I got to the Mind Jam,” Thole said. “I knew the Hoolies were playing, but when I went to the Web site and saw some of the acts, I had no idea this was this big.” More than Music The Mind Jam 13 will be a hodgepodge of performances. Not only is there music galore, but many specialty acts and artists: n Twin Cities resident Frank Heidelberg will put on a display of iron pouring and molding. He will use temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Farenheit to melt iron and then pour it into casts. Anyone can create a mold, but they must be completed by 1 p.m. and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $25 for materials. n A plethora of dancers will be performing, including the SCSU Global Dancers, Reena and Nataraj and a water dance by Fefe. n Fellini’s Lounge will be showing films by Fellini, Michael Moore and other independent filmmakers as well as video clips from Mind Jams past. n ralo said there is a “90 percent” chance that tether rides will be staged. n Vendors will include displays of food, clothing and fun stuff from tye-die artists, henna tattooists, Tarot readers and glass blowers. Several others, such as Rockhouse Studios, Alternatives to War, NORML and Infinity Toys will also have displays. n Food will be vended from places like the Tavern on Germain and Powder Ridge, among others. Organic produce will be available. n The show is all-ages, but beer and wine also will be sold. Wrist bands will be used to denote those 21 and over. Children’s activity area The Mind Jam isn’t only for adults. The children’s area will feature abundant activities where parents can take a respite with the young ones. The area will feature California artists Marti and Carl Bernal of Rodondo Beach They will be doing instruction with air-dry clay and mask making. “She knows hands-on arts and has done crafts forever, she is just talented when working with kids, even big kids,” said Michelle Joiner, children’s area coordinator. “We want a multi-cultural feel to it. Plus the projects are free, hopefully that will bring the families out.” Projects will be done according to the music schedule to cut down on the noise level. The Mind Jam will also be having a free play/parent respite area with a PlayDoh table for an all-day play activity. Among the creations will be finger puppets, decorating paper people and creating cards. The activities themselves are supervised, but parents are encouraged to attend and watch out for their own. “They are supervised to point where there will be help with the projects, not just a babysitting service,” Joiner said. “We’d like parents to help and be part of the projects. And we worked it so you can see the stage from that area.” The setup The 13th Earth Mother Mind Jam will feature: n The Yang Stage which will be the main stage outside. n The Yin Stage which will be indoors. n Patanjalis Podium, which also is inside and designed for poetry, readings and other art forms. n The Sarasvatis Playground, which will house the children’s area, dozens of vendors. If you go ... What: Earth Mother Mind Jam 13. Where: Powder Ridge Ski Area. When: 11 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. To get there: Take Highway 15 south. Turn right on Powder Ridge Road, 1.5 miles north of Kimball. Cost: Tickets are $20 in advance at many area businesses, including the Electric Fetus; $25 at the door. Overnight camping is $25. On Web: www.themindjam.com. Photo courtesy of Dave Hart Vince Welnick (left) mugs with Tony Redhouse at the 12th Earth Mother Mind Jam last winter in Arizona. Welnick played for five years with the Grateful Dead. Saturday, Welnick will be a featured performer at Earth Mother Mind Jam 13. Photo courtesy of Peggy Chevalier Local bluesman “Sweet Papa” Dave Hart gets down during a song at the 12th Earth Mother Mind Jam last winter in Arizona. He will be a headlining act, along with his band, The Private Reserve, at the 13th Jam on Saturday at Powder Ridge. Times photo by Joaquin Siopack firstname.lastname@example.org Earth Mother Mind Jam creator and promoter ralo performs with her new band Mantra Truck during an Aug. 27 performance at the Red Carpet Nightclub. In addition to organizing and promoting the festival, ralo also will be performing with Mantra Truck. Times photo by Joaquin Siopack email@example.com Cellist Jonas Dubin accompanies Mark Hasbrouck during a Grateful Dead song Aug. 27 at the Red Carpet Nightclub. Dubin is scheduled to sit in with Hasbrouck and the Hoolies on Saturday at the Earth Mother Mind Jam at Powder Ridge. Photo courtesy of Peggy Chevalier Singers Jimmy Servino (left) and Rena Haus perform at the 12th Earth Mother Mind Jam last winter in Arizona. Haus has been with the festival since almost the beginning and is scheduled to perform Saturday at Power Ridge Ski Area. Photo courtesy of Peggy Chevalier Rena Haus performs at the 12th Earth Mother Mind Jam last winter in Arizona. She may appear on as many as three stages Saturday. Photo courtesy of Dave Hart Chico Chism has drummed with blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, among others. Saturday, the veteran brings his talent and teaching skills to the Earth Mother Mind Jam. Times photo by Joaquin Siopack, firstname.lastname@example.org The Stearns County Pachanga Society plays from 5:15-6 p.m. on the Yin Stage Saturday at the Earth Mother Mind Jam.
Schedule of events Yang Stage: (outside) 11-11:11 a.m.: Body Prayers. 11:11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Devon Evans (Bob Marley and the Wailers). 12:20-12:50 p.m.: Screaming Gypsies. 1-1:45 p.m.: Collective Unconscious. 1:45-1:55 p.m.: SCSU Global Dancers. 2-2:30 p.m.: The Earthtones. 2:30-2:40 p.m.: Body Prayers (front of stage). 2:45-3:15 p.m.: Overtone Orchestra. 3:15-3:30 p.m.: Amigos De Musica Cubana. 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Gloria Rivera with Robin “Adnan” Anders and drummers. 4:15-4:25 p.m.: Susu Jeffrey. 4:25-4:45 p.m.: SCSU Global Dancers. 4:45-5:05 p.m.: T. Gordon Anderson. 5:05-5:35 p.m.: Reena and Nataraj. 5:45-6:30 p.m.: WookieFoot. 6:30-6:50 p.m.: Maureen Skelly with Body Prayers. 6:55-7:35 p.m.: Ring of Kerry. 7:35-7:45 p.m.: Body Prayers. 7:45-8 p.m.: Omaur Bliss. 8-9 p.m.: Intergalactic Photon Band with special guests. 9:10-10:30 p.m.: Vince Welnick with Jeff Cierniak, Jim Anton, Robin “Adnan” Anders, Rena Haus, Jimmy Severino and Mike Weinberg. 10:30-10:40 p.m.: Roy McBride. 10:40-10:55 p.m.: Odell Brown. 11-Midnight: The Hoolies. Yin Stage 11:30 a.m.-Noon: Blue River. 12:15-12:45 p.m.: Sivatic. 1-1:30 p.m.: Likwid Blue. 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Powderfinger. 2:45-2:55 p.m.: Maxine Hughes. 3-3:45 p.m.: Candy. 3:45-3:55 p.m.: Maren Hinderlie. 4-5 p.m.: 420 All-Stars. 5-5:10 p.m.: Solara An. 5:15-6 p.m.: Stearns County Pachanga Society. 6-6:10 p.m.: Fefe (water dance). 6:15-7 p.m.: Sweet Papa Dave and the Private Reserve with Chico Chism and Carey Slade. 7-7:10 p.m.: Susu Jeffrey. 7:15-8 p.m.: Mantra Truck featuring ralo. 8-8:10 p.m.: Roy McBride. 8:15-9 p.m.: Coarse Music Club. 9-9:10 p.m.: Maureen Skelly. 9:15-10 p.m.: Simplicia. 10:15-11 p.m.: Velveteen. 11-Midnight: Big Sky. 12:15-1:15 a.m.: Edu-Poetic-Enterbrainment. Patanjali’s Podium Noon-12:30 p.m.: Rebecca Heidelberg. 12:45-1:15 p.m.: Peggy Larsen. 1:30-2 p.m.: Charlie Roth. 2:15-2:45 p.m.: Rena Haus. 3-3:30 p.m.: DB Curtis. 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Preston and Paulzine. 4:30-5 p.m.: John “Doc” Smith, Sarge Lintecum, Odell Brown. 5:15-5:45 p.m.: Ian Hilmer. 6-6:30 p.m.: Brian Mackey. 6:45-7:15 p.m.: Lisa Kane. 7:30-8 p.m.: Tim Thole. 8:15-8:45 p.m.: Miss Brandy Lintecum. 9-9:30 p.m.: Carey Slade. 9:45-10:15 p.m.: Odell Brown, John “Doc” Smith, Sarge Lintecum. 10:30-11:45 p.m.: Nash Lounge Poets. Midnight-1 a.m.: Irene’s Garden with the screaming gypsies.