About Ada Jane

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ADA JANE:

Matt Marka: vocals, guitar.
Charlie Wilson: drums, vocals, clarinet.
David Strahan: guitar, bass, pedal steel, vocals.
Collin Neugebauer: bass
Dan Eikmeier: trumpet

Ada Jane is the latest manifestation of the musical efforts of Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Matt Marka. The band also includes Charlie Wilson (drums), David Strahan (lead guitar), Collin Neugebauer (bass), and various other guests, musical and non-musical, on various nights. Ada Jane delivers a varied sound style, ranging from moody dirges similar to the darker moments of Wilco or Bruce Springsteen, to rollicking, rousing rock ‘n roll that has been compared to Hüsker Dü.

Ada Jane’s new LP, “Under”, is quite a departure from the Minneapolis rock sounds of their 2009 LP, “Again…Again.” “Under”, is a raw, dark song cycle with moments of beauty and clarity peeking through the periphery “Under” is loosely about life in North Minneapolis, financial struggles, and the passing of time and people. Recorded and mixed in late 2011 and early 2012 at Matt Marka’s home studio, and featuring a guest appearance on trumpet by Dan Eikmeier (Davina & the Vagabonds) “Under” will be followed by the “Over” EP (December 2012 release).

In the 9 years since the band’s inception, Ada Jane has taken its high-energy, jumping and back kicking, Springsteen-on-speed live show on tour in Canada(including an invite to the 2006 Canadian Music Week in Toronto and an invite to the 2009 NxNE festival), The United Kingdom, Ireland, and throughout the US including an invitation to perform at the 2005 Midwest Music Summit in Indianapolis, IN. Ada Jane has also shared bills with numerous national acts, including Centro-Matic, The Heartless Bastards, Evan Dando, Jolie Holland, and Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy of Soul Asylum, Maritime, Bound Stems, Ha Ha Tonka, and Eagle Seagull.

In 2009 the sophomore LP by Ada Jane“Again…Again”, received radio airplay on over 200 radio statios across the US and Canada and has had music used in the MTV show, Real World San Diego.

Marka has also recently branched out beyond strict music shows and worked with local choreographers Jennifer Mack, Sharon Picasso, and Ashleigh Penrod on movement/music shows as well as recently completing a photography/music collaboration with local photographer Leslie Ostrander titled, “The Pauses Between.”

  • Discography:
  • “Under” (2012)
  • “Again…Again” (2009)
  • “Never Been Better” (2006)

MATT MARKA:

Born and raised in Mankato, MN, Matt Marka is a Minneapolis based musician. Marka has released numerous albums, EP’s, and singles, with current and former bands including naked bob, Dog Day, Brittle, and Ada Jane, as well as releasing several solo records under his own name.

Over the course of the last 20 years Marka has played hundreds of shows with these various musical outfits including shows in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and all over the United States along the way opening for acts as diverse as Jawbreaker, The Offspring, Heartless Bastards, Jolie Holland, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, and Evan Dando. These diverse live shows can and do include anything from solo and band performances to variety shows with dancers and comedians.

Matt Marka has never had to open for a puppet show, but has had a puppet show open for him.

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Past Shows

-11/9/2011 Rafters @ U of MN/Duluth

-11/4/2011 U of Maine/Machias

-10/28/2011 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-8/29/2011 SDSU- Brookings, South Dakota

-8/22/2011 NDSU- Fargo, North Dakota

-6/29/2011 7th St Entry- Minneapolis, MN

-5/7/2011 What’s Up Lounge- Mankato, MN

-5/6/2011 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-4/27/2011 Fresno St. University- Fresno, CA

-4/26/2011 Kern River Brewing Co.- Kernville, CA

-4/24/2011 Kimo’s- San Francisco, CA

-4/22/2011 Jose’s Undergroung Lounge- Monterey, CA

-4/21/2011 Alex’s Bar- Long Beach, CA

-4/20/2011 Redwood Bar- Los Angeles, CA

-4/19/2011 Tin Can Ale House- San Diego, CA

-4/17/2011 Lion’s Lair- Denver, CO

-4/16/2011 Pizza Shoppe Collective- Omaha, NE

-11/5/2010 Cornell College- Mount Vernon, IA

-06/13/2010 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-04/09/2010 U of Wisconsin/Stevens Point

-02/06/2010 O ‘Gara’s- St. Paul, MN playing w/ Magic Black Pumas for their CD release

-12/18/2009 7th St. Entry (Legal Aid benefit)- Minneapolis, MN

-11/21/2009 What’s Up Lounge- Mankato, MN

-11/17/2009- Rafters @ U of Duluth/MN

-11/14/2009- 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-11/12/2009- Melody Inn- Indianapolis, IN

-11/11/2009- Mickey Finn’s- Toledo, OH

-11/10/2009- Howler’s Coyote Cafe- Pittsburgh, PA

-11/09/2009- All Asia- Cambridge, MA

-11/08/2009- The Khyber- Philadelphia, PA

-11/07/2009- Coco 66- Brooklyn, NY

-11/06/2009- Arlene’s Grocery- Ney York City, NY

-11/04/2009- Asylum- Washington DC

-11/03/2009- Bernie’s- Columbus, OH

-11/02/2009- The Darkroom- Chicago, IL

-11/01/2009- The Frequency- Madison, WI

-08/21/2009- 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-08/20/2009 Hell’s Kitchen (Street Music for Street Children benefit)- Minneapolis, MN

-06/20/2009 Holy Joe’s (NxNE showcase)- Toronto, CAN

-04/08/2009 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-04/08/2009 Eau Claire U.- Eau Claire, WI

-04/05/2009 Moorhead St. U- Moorhead, MN

-03/13/2009 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-03/04/2009 UW Superior- Superior, WI

-01/16/2009 Mankato St. University Ballroom- Mankato, MN

-12/19/2008 400 Bar- Minnepolis, MN

-11/19/2008 The Globe- Dublin, IE

-11/16/2008 The Pavillion- Belfast, UK

-11/13/2008 Bloc- Glasgow, UK

-11/10/2008 Thirsty Scholar- Manchester, UK

-11/07/2008 The Tap Room/U of Cardiff- Cardiff, UK

-11/04/2008 The Abbey- London, UK

-10/18/2008 Thirsty Pagan Brewing Co.- Superior, WI

-09/19/2008 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-09/02/2008 South Dakota St. U- Brookings, SD w/ Ha Ha Tonka

-07/20/2008 Ritz Theatre- Minneapolis, MN w/ Eclectic Edge Dance Ensemble

-07/19/2008 Ritz Theatre- Minneapolis, MN w/ Eclectic Edge Dance Ensemble

-07/18/2008 Ritz Theatre- Minneapolis, MN w/ Eclectic Edge Dance Ensemble

-07/17/2008 Ritz Theatre- Minneapolis, MN w/ Eclectic Edge Dance Ensemble

-06/06/2008 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN w/ Centro-Matic & M’s

-05/09/2008 Eau Claire U- Eau Claire, WI

-04/11/2008 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN w/ Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles

-03/16/2008 Jawaahir Dance Studio- Minneapolis, MN

-03/15/2008 Jawaahir Dance Studio- Minneapolis, MN

-03/08/2008 Jawaahir Dance Studio- Minneapolis, MN

-03/07/2008 Jawaahir Dance Studio- Minneapolis, MN

-02/28/2008 Hobson Memorial Union @ Bemidji St.- Benidji, MN

-02/15/2008 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-12/08/2007 The Sugar Room- Mankato, MN

-12/05/2007 U of Iowa- Iowa City, IA

-11/25/2007 High Noon Saloon- Madison, WI

-11/24/2007 Reggie’s- Chicago, IL

-11/16/2007 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-11/09/2007 Millcreek Tavern- Philadelphia, PA

-11/08/2007 Ace Of Clubs- New York City

-11/07/2007 Easy Street- Bowling Green, OH

-11/06/2007 Wise Fools- Chicago, IL

-10/26/2007 Mankato St. U- Mankato, MN

-10/19/2007 Moorhead St. U- Moorhead,MN

-10/18/2007 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-09/25/2007 St. John’s U- Collegeville, MN

-07/27/2007 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-07/25/2007 Live on KFAI (90.3 FM) In Your Ear w/ Angie Pykonen- MPLS

-07/14/2007 Patrick’s Cabaret- Minneapolis, MN

-07/13/2007 Patrick’s Cabaret- Minneapolis, MN

-06/01/2007 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN w/ The Heartless Bastards

-05/10/2007 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN (Susan G Komen foundation benefit)

-04/29/2007 Bandana Brewery -Mankato, MN

-04/13/2007 The Rox – St. Cloud, MN

-03/26/2007 Rafters @ U of Duluth, MN

-03/23/2007 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-03/10/2007 Rancho Relaxo for Canadian Music Week- Toronto

-02/16/2007 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-02/09/2007 The Cave/ Carleton College- Northfield, MN

-01/20/2007 The Sugar Room- Mankato, MN

-11/27/2006 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN w/ Mr. Gnome

-11/17/2006 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-10/21/2006 The Rox – St. Cloud, MN

-10/20/2006 The Rox – St. Cloud, MN

-10/06/2006 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-08/26/2006 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN (CD release) w/ Eagle Seagull

-07/14/2006 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-07/08/2006 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-06/22/2006 7th St. Entry- Minneapolis, MN w/ Maritime & Bound Stems

-05/13/2006 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-03/30/2006 The Rox – St. Cloud, MN

-02/18/2006 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-02/11/2006 Lyon’s Pub- Mankato, MN

-02/04/2006 Cicero’s- St. Louis, MO

-02/03/2006 The Blue Onion- Quincy, IL

-12/09/2005 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-12/08/2005 Stone’s Throw- Eau Claire, WI

-12/01/2005 Quincy University- Quincy, IL

-11/22/2005 Rafters @ U of Duluth, MN

-11/10/2005 The Rox- St. Cloud, MN

-10/14 2005 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN

-08/27/2008 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN(hurricane Katrina benefit) w/ Dave Pirner & Dan Murphy of Soul Asylum

-07/25/2008 7th St. Entry- Minneapolis, MN w/ Evan Dando of The Lemonheads

-07/23/2005 The Pub- Indianapolis, IN (part of Midwest Music Summit)

-07/23/2005 Jillian’s- Indianapolis, IN (part of Midwest Music Summit)

-07/14/2005 MMAA- St. Paul, MN

-02/05/2005 400 Bar- Minneapolis, MN w/ Jolie Holland

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