A vocal harmony oriented jam bandFormed in the year 2000
Originally formed to perform multi-instrumentalist Jeff Engholm's solo album, Summit Climb in the year 2000, Collective Unconscious has grown from those humble roots to become one of Minnesota's premiere groups. Singer/songwriters Nathan "Nature" Nesje, and Muggsy Lauer make up the core of the group with their slick, well blended vocal harmonies. They are joined by composer/keyboardist George Maurer, and percussionist Andy Deckard.
Through the years, the band has performed not only their own music, but expanded into a new genre: album shows. Starting in 2005 with performing The Beatles "Abbey Road" from first track to last (Come Together to Her Majesty), with special guest and semi-band member, Stacy Bauer, they jumped into one of their most ambitious projects, The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds".
That album took an ensemble of over 15 musicians playing an astounding array of instruments from Theramin to timpani, and included The Vees and The Half Steps. Other album projects have included Simon & Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Deja Vu", and The Band "The Last Waltz".
If that wasn't enough, the group teamed up with The Fabulous Armadillos in 2010 to create a veritable "super group" and have been performing "Takin' It To The Limit: A Tribute To Eagles", and "Takin' It To The Streets: A Tribute To The Doobie Brothers" ever since.
And if even that wasn't enough, members of Collective Unconscious have taken part in groups paying tribute to Zed Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Guess Who, The Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, The Blues Brothers, and John Lennon, as well as performing in plays, pit bands, jazz ensembles, jug bands, and this thing we do each February.
KVSC 88.1 FM in partnership with the Pioneer Place on Fifth is so proud to present season FIVE of the Granite City Radio Theatre. This live radio show will be broadcast live on KVSC 88.1 FM from the historic Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre in front of a live audience. Granite City Radio Theatre will be tipping its hat to everything Central Minnesota has to offer and then some. Comprised of a radio drama serial, live music, and various comedic sketches in-between, local professionals and students will be putting their best foot forward in this production that is sure to take the Granite City by storm.
We are happy to welcome back all your favorite aspects of the show! Collective Unconscious will continue to serve as the house band under the direction of Muggsy Lauer, with new special musical guests each show. Join host, Jay Terry, and his team performers as they pick fun at all things Central Minnesotan. You’ll continue to laugh with Dan Barth and his trivia competition, and of course, one of the main staples of the show will return as Eric Webster and his team will be back performing all new Shades Brigade serial dramas!
Each show will begin at 7:30pm, and we kindly ask that you stay in your seat once the ON-AIR sign is up, or wait to return to your seat until the next commercial break. Feel free to applaud, laugh at appropriate times, and there will be commercial breaks in which you can get up and visit the restrooms or refresh your drink.