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The Koch Marshall Trio + Tommy Bentz Band



November 17, 2018
7:30 PM
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The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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The Koch Marshall Trio

+ Tommy Bentz Band

Saturday, November 17th
The Hook & Ladder Theater
Doors 7:30pm :: Music 8:00pm :: 21+
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Greg Koch and the Koch-Marshall Trio consists of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son Dylan Koch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio is a blues sensibility – but Koch’s compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and country served up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose of humor and occasional wild abandon.

Milwaukee native Greg Koch has forged a successful career as a guitar player’s guitarist. He has been called “fiendishly talented” by Guitar Player Magazine and “scary good” by guitar phenom Joe Bonamassa.Koch is widely known for his lengthy tenure as an international ambassador for Fender Guitars which listed him in their “Top Ten Unsung Guitarists.”  Greg is a contributing columnist for a variety of guitar magazines including Guitar Player Magazine which listed Greg’s  “Chief’s Blues” in their “40 Badass Blues Solos You Must Hear.” 

Dylan Koch gravitated to the drums early on in his life using kitchen utensils to play along with music as soon as he could walk. In high school Dylan participated in the Jazz Institute at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and furthered his studies at the McNally Smith School of Music in the Twin Cities. He has performed alongside his father with such artists as Robben Ford, Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Jon Cleary, David Grissom, Roscoe Beck and Malford Milligan. Dylan was recently nominated for “Drummer Of The Year” by the Wisconsin Area Music Awards (WAMI).

Toby Lee Marshall’s screaming B3 is the perfect compliment to the musical stew that is the Koch songbook. Hailing from the Twin Cities, his fascination for the Hammond B3 took hold after seeing Steve Cherewan playing with Dr. Mambos Combo at their legendary residency at Bunkers in Minneapolis. Steve mentored Toby in the ways of the B3 and he hit the ground running landing a gig with bluesman Lonnie Brooks while still a teen. He would go on to travel the world as a member of Bernard Allison’s band. After taking a hiatus to spend some family time, Toby is returning to music with a vehemence and the Koch-Marshall format gives him a long leash to let his freak flag fly, providing groovy bass lines, sinuous chordal work and incendiary solos.

“I believe Greg Koch is pound for pound the best guitar player in the world today. His, tone, feel and style are unrivaled in today’s guitar playing community. He is scary good. It was a true honor to do shows with him.”  Joe Bonamassa

“It is a bold move to release a debut album that is strictly instrumental, unless it is of course a power-pocket guitar solo stroking madman. Nonetheless, this is a delightful exhibition of musicianship by this trio. Together they have created a masterpiece that is both heavy and dynamic, interesting as well as vibrant from track to track. Well done Koch Marshall Trio. For these reasons, CrypticRock gives Toby Arrives 5 out of 5 stars.​”

“The fabulously-recorded Hammond has as fat a sound as you could wish… ”
Pete Sargeant, Just Listen to This, UK“Koch Marshall Trio is a sublime collaboration between three finely in sync musicians that are simply on another level.”

rocknloadmag.com“​Cosmic American music at its finest.”

The Midlands Rocks, UK​

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The Tommy Bentz Band extensively tours regionally in the US and bi-annually to the UK. They’re a fantastic power trio that has been in existence for over 15 years, jamming in the style of “the Allman Brothers meets Van Morrison.”  Tommy leads the band as the singer/songwriter/guitarist whose professional soloing chops radiate throughout the band’s performance. A standout slide player, Tommy has often been touted as one of the best in the Midwest.