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David de Young
Managing Editor, Editor, Publisher (and whatnot)
editor@howwastheshow.com

David's first big rock concert was U2 on their October Tour in 1982. A musician as well as music writer, David has been writing and recording songs since 1979. In the early 80's he was a radio DJ and newscaster—his first real job. During his career on the airwaves, he worked commercial and non-commercial AM and FM radio formats and spun records (actual records since this was well before CDs) from album rock to country to classical to big band. David performed in Minneapolis at St. Anthony East in the late 80's (now Whitey's), then, in the early 90's (along with Dan Bussey) he ran the open stage at the club. He was also one of two booking agents and sound engineers (Troy Flemming was the other) at the now legendary 24 Bar in Minneapolis that closed in the spring of 1994.

A travel bug, David vacations in Europe every summer and attends the world's leading open air music festivals. To date, he has been variously muddied and sunburned at England's Glastonbury, Reading, and V-festivals, Denmark's Roskilde Festival, Dublin's Witnness Festival (now known as Oxegen), and Germany's Hurricane Festival. David still insists his favorite song is "Age of Consent" by New Order.


Kristen Hasler

Contributing Writer
kristen.hasler@howwastheshow.com


Kristen has been writing since her first poem about the moon at the age of 8; she's been listening to music since the womb in 1976 (hence the overpowering love of disco). She grew up in a literate Protestant family with two fellow musician brothers. An award-winning band geek since 3rd grade, she plays piano, guitar, flute, clarinet and saxophone, sings, and will soon undertake violin lessons. (She's prone to playing any instrument you put near her, however.) As an undergrad, she DJ'ed for the infamous yet tiny KUMM on the western prairie of Minnesota for four and a half years, and also provided twaddle-esque editorials for the campus paper with her writing/DJ'ing partner Quinn McBreen. KUMM taught her to eschew top 40 radio and continue on the path of building a vast and eclectic taste in music too enormous to list here. Put a gun to her head, however, and she'll tell you she'd be happy reading J.D. Salinger or Brett Easton Ellis or Lewis Lapham while listening to sweet house music or 70's funk or traditional Hawaiian slack-key or her favorite Verve recording, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Live at the Café Au Go-Go in Greenwich Village, 1967. Sweet talk her with a copy of the latest V magazine or a promo CD or a free cocktail and she'll come see your show. Her work on howwastheshow began in April of 2003 with George Clinton, written with fellow reviewer Brian Crisp.

Check out Kristen's Minxette Blog.


Nancy Jane Meyer
Contributing Writer
njmeyer@howwastheshow.com

Nancy Jane Meyer is a writer, musician and educator who began performing on violin with bands in Japan during the North Korean Missile Crisis of 1993. After trekking through Southeast Asia, she settled in California for a brief spell, and then headed to Europe, where she secured employment as a church bell ringer in Unzhurst, small village in the Schwartzwalt. The 1997 German belfry workers’ strike sent her packing to Italy, France, and the Czech Republic, and when union negotiations broke down altogether , she took her fiddle and her bedraggled copy of the Communist Manifesto, and reluctantly returned to the U.S.

Back in Minneapolis, she began to revisit the old musical haunts of her youth, rekindling her love affair with the local scene since her very first Trip Shakespeare show at the Cedar Cultural Center in the mid ‘80s. She was a founder of the now-defunct band Jack Gandydancer, and has performed with Jessy Greene, Dan Israel and others .

Nancy Jane’s first article for howwastheshow.com was The Handsome Family at the 400 Bar in the fall of 2003, and has since done reviews and feature articles on the Jayhawks, Jessy Greene, the Melismatics, Rock For Democracy, Dan Israel, Lonesome Dan Kase and the Crush Collision Trio, and Leslie Rich. She works for a community-based Hmong non-profit in St. Paul as an ABE language instructor, as well as for Cedar Riverside Adult Education Center, where she teaches ESOL to primarily Somali and Oromo adult refugees and immigrants.

Cindy Collins
Contributing Writer
cyn.collins@howwastheshow.com

Cyn Collins earliest memories of her childhood in South Dakota are dancing and singing to Nancy Sinatra, the Association, The Monkees, the Beatles and other ‘60’s Britpop acts when she was 3. Exposure to Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Sr., Johnny Cash and others fostered additional interests in Americana and alt-country.

She counts hearing “Heart of Gold” and “Horse with No Name” by Neil Young at around 8, as fond memories, went through a darker Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Queen phase to immersion in ‘80’s alternative rock such as REM, X, and The Cramps.

While in college in Vermillion, SD appearances by the Replacements, The Suburbs, and Camper van Beethoven cemented her love for live music. Bands like CVB and Boiled in Lead inspired her to take up old-time Appalachian fiddle five years ago, and she now has her own jugband, The Whiskey Girls and their Wild Turkeys.

A Minneapolis transplant since 1991, Cyn’s favorite live music soon included the Jayhawks and Soul Asylum.

Cyn wrote for the Science Museum of Minnesota for 12 years, until 2004 when she became free to pursue what she really wanted to do: write about music. She currently writes West Bank musician profiles for the Seward Profile (link) titled “Music for the People, By the People” and is working on cover stories for Old-Time Herald.

Cyn started writing for Howwastheshow.com in November, 2004, and her live reviews include Kid Dakota, the Glenrustles, Spider John Koerner, the grand opening of the Varsity Theatre, Mike Gunther and His Restless Souls, and Low.

A self-admitted ham, she’s always camping it up, trying to get others to listen or dance.

Steve McPherson
Contributing Writer
stephen.mcpherson@howwastheshow.com

Karla Ludzack
Contributing Writer
karla.ludzak@howwastheshow.com

Anna Lee
Contributing Photographer
annalee@ruby3.com

Jim Froehlich
Contributing Writer

Daniel Luedtke
Contributing Writer

Other Contributors include: Shawn Boyd, Helen Blodgett, Miguel Trejo, Sean Sauder, Brian Marx, Jim Brunzell III, Jennifer Paulson, Brian Jacobson ,Traci Hanson and Andrew Zincke.