Gregg Inhofer and band to play in concert at Peace Lutheran

Musician Gregg Inhofer & the Cockeyed Band will appear in concert June 10, 3 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids.

Gregg Inhofer & the Cockeyed Band will play a concert June 10 at Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. Photo submitted

Gregg Inhofer & the Cockeyed Band will play a concert June 10 at Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. Photo submitted

Expect the unexpected, musically, Inhofer said about the concert.

“He is so gifted and so creative and yet has such a wonderful soul,” said Rev. Nancy Bence. “It’s a coming together of talent and a real love for this world.”

Inhofer and his band will play selections mostly from Inhofer’s second CD, “Music for the Upright Walking,” sprinkled with a few cover numbers and pieces from his first CD, “Inside.”

Jazz, jazz fusion, rock songs and ballads will be among the many selections performed for the afternoon. Inhofer penned his CD tunes.

Forty-four years into the music business, Inhofer has an impressive music background.

A singer, songwriter, pianist, bass and rhythm guitar player, Inhofer has performed with such bands as Brainiac, The Tremblers, Soldiers of Fortune (former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s band) and the Teddy Bear Band.

He has backed Melvin James on bass guitar and he played keyboard on Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” album.

Years ago, he and his band at the time toured the U.S with four-time Grammy Award singer Olivia Newton-John.

He is currently a member of the Curtiss A band, The Jerks of Fate, according to his website.

Inhofer was born and raised in Minneapolis. His first foray into music started at the age of eight when he picked up a plastic trumpet and started playing “Taps” and “Reveille.”

Having grown up in the Beatles era, the British rock band was an influence on his music. Among his many other favorites are John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

For Inhofer, the greatest joy of being a musician is when someone hears his music and it changes their day.

But don’t call Inhofer a composer. Rather he refers to himself as a “song catcher.”

“I don’t believe that I truly write the songs,” he said. “I just receive them and transmit them,” he said.

But being a musician these days has its challenges. Like making $25,000 a year, unless you make it big, Inhofer said.

For the music industry, it’s about making money. For Inhofer it’s about making a connection with his listeners, he said.

For now Inhofer is working on his third CD. He continues to appear in gigs in the Twin Cities area. He has been a member of Peace Lutheran’s music staff for nearly six years and performs at the church’s weekly services.

In the future, he is planning an East Coast coffee shop tour.

Inhofer will appear in the Peace Lutheran concert with band members bassist Charles Fletcher, jazz drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt, sax player Jason Parvey and guitarist and producer Dale Strength.

A freewill offering will be taken. Proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity. A dessert reception will follow the concert.

For more information about Inhofer, visit www.gregginhofer.com. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 20 Northdale Blvd. N.W. in Coon Rapids.

For more information, visit www.peacecoonrapids.org or call 763-757-4459.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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