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Port Authority
Port Authority, formed 4 years ago by several area musicians with diverse musical backgrounds, has one common goal -- to blend their distinct musical experiences into one energetic sound. They wanted to create a sound that would stand apart from the crowd. They call on every member to bring their own unique style to the group and have come up with a big band sound of blues, R&B, funk and rock. At their shows you will hear Port Authority play material ranging from the classic 60ís blues sounds of Etta James, to early rock and jazz. The bandís set list features an entertaining mix that changes with every show.

Lead vocals are by the dynamic J.T., a powerful & emotional singer with a great range and sense of dynamics. The eight piece power orchestra is anchored by the horn section featuring Ethan Sheils on alto saxophone, Paul Webster on trumpet and Don Running on trombone. The bluesy, funky guitar sounds come from Nathan Mattson and Adam Peterson. Mattson doubles on piano and backing vocals, while Petersonís frantic guitar style is accented by his lead vocals and piano duties. The rhythm section is held down by Ed Esselstrom on bass and Luke Perry on drums.

Port Authority is a band with a lot of heart and soul that really knows how to have fun with an audience. From their solid horn section and soulful vocal sounds to the quicksilver guitar riffs and tight rhythm section, Port Authority continues to be one of the top bands in Northern Minnesota.

They will be appearing at the Canal Park Inn on Friday and Saturday night.

Mailbox E-mail Ray Stiles at: mnblues@aol.com

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