Songwriting duo bring broad musical experiences to Little Falls
Local folk and blues musicians Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell will perform Sunday, July 15, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Little Falls at Maple Island Park. The event is presented by Great River Arts Association as part of its Arts in the Park summer concert series.
Hammer and Cofell tour throughout Minnesota, playing over 100 shows annually. They have performed in venues including St. Cloud’s Pioneer Place on Fifth, St. Cloud State University and the Rochester Art Center.
The two songwriters were voted “Best Original Band/Musician” in the St. Cloud Times’ 2011 Best of Central Minnesota reader poll.
Hammer and Cofell regularly co-host Open Mic Night at The Local Blend coffee shop in St. Joseph. It was at this event that the duo first met.
Outside their collaboration, Hammer and Cofell have each proven themselves as successful solo musicians.
Hammer calls his own musical style “tattooed folk.” His original songs reflect on personal experiences, such as fatherhood, homelessness, addiction and unity.
“I’ve lived a long 30 years,” Hammer says. “From jumping out of a moving car, to meeting the love of my life at karaoke while in recovery, to trading in my philosophy books for Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, this is my life.”
The Minnesota native moved to Nashville in 2002, where he taught himself his aggressive finger-picking style of playing guitar.
“There’s something about being surrounded by all that music and all those songwriters in Tennessee that made me feel like I could just be me musically,” Hammer says. “I could just throw it out there and someone was bound to listen. And they did.”
However, Hammer says his “veins flow 30 below,” so he returned to Minnesota a year later.
“Adam is part of that small few who find music as an extension of himself that he is willing to share with those who listen,” says KVSC radio host Wayne Bergerson.
Cofell has toured throughout the Midwest, performing in top Minnesota venues, including First Avenue in Minneapolis and the Stephen B. Humphrey Auditorium at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He also toured in Europe.
“Dave’s original songbook is extensive. From the deadly serious to nothing but silly fun, Dave has something for everyone,” says The Local Blend owner Jeff Engholm.
Both Hammer and Cofell have released their own solo albums. Hammer’s releases include one full-length album, “Broken Like You” (2012), and three EPs. Cofell has released two full-length albums, “No Substitute (For You)” (2012) and “The Road Ahead” (2009).
Arts in the Park is free and family friendly. Donations are appreciated, as they support the event’s performers and help maintain Great River Arts Association.
For more information about Arts in the Park, call (320) 632-0960 or visit www.greatart.org.
As the hub for the arts in the greater Morrison County area, Great River Arts is a welcoming, supportive and inspirational gathering place. Creativity meets community in the music and theater performances, exhibits, and classes the organization offers for all ages and skill levels in its downtown Little Falls headquarters and in satellite locations throughout the county.