Jan. 21—ROCHESTER — "Folksy-bluesy-pop" singer
Hannah Lou Woods
took the (figurative) stage at One Discovery Square Friday for the first
Mid-Day Music concert of 2022
The performances take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., every third Friday of the month.
Woods, an Alexandria, Minn., native, returned to Minnesota in July 2020, after her husband began studying at Mayo Clinic.
Despite that inauspicious timing, she quickly built up musical connections, opening for local country singer
, performing at open mics and Thesis Beer Project, and plumbing venues for new opportunities.
Woods, a multi-instumentalist, has dabbled in folk, electro-pop (by way of band
We Saw Lions
) and more — but her solo performances are blues-inflected.
She said she appreciates "smaller performances that support local music, because it's not easy to do," she said.
Woods will perform again Saturday, Feb. 26, at Taco JED, and at Pat Egan's Songwriters in the Round on March 9, at Gray Duck Theater.
"I feel like the (music) scene's very collaborative," she said. "I feel like it's easy to get your foot in the door, because it's a little bit smaller."
The Mid-Day Music date may occasionally change, depending on holidays, event manager Haley Lerner said. Winter performances will take place inside One Discovery Square's lobby, but will move to the patio as the weather warms up.
So far, Lerner said she's selected musicians based on recommendation, word-of-mouth, and musician inquiry.
Woods said the organizers reached out to her in early January to book her for the January concert.
Mid-Day Music performers are booked through May, but interested musicians can reach out about the summer months by emailing Lerner at email@example.com.
Jan. 21- Hannah Lou Woods
Feb. 18 — Clay Fulton
March 28 — D'Sievers Duo
April 15 — Tyler Kispert
May 20 — Christopher Tauzell