Summer Music Festival at Northrop

Haley Bonar

With Brute Heart and Reina del Cid & the Cidizens
Past event
Jun 08, 2012
Haley Bonar

Featuring local female indie-rockers Haley Bonar, Brute Heart, and U of M student band Reina del Cid and the Cidizens.

Free Jimmy John's samples while supplies last!
Free sweet tea and lemonade from Raising Cane's while supplies last! 


Born near Winnipeg and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, HALEY BONAR is a 26-year-old singer songwriter who currently calls Minneapolis home. Her recently-released Golder was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls MN in the summer and fall of 2010. Haley's songs have been successfully licensed in films, (notably a stirring track over the closing credits to the Spirit award winning Sweetland), television (most recently on the end credits of Showtime's United States of Tara), and are a staple on college and non-commercial radio. Other accolades include Artist of the Year in 2008 (Minneapolis City Pages), Best American Roots Artist / Recording in 2006 for Lure the Fox, vocal performances on Andrew Bird's 2007 Armchair Apocrypha, and major hometown support from Minneapolis Public Radio's 89.3 The Current.

Haley has supported and performed with Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, David Garza, Amos Lee, Gary Louris, Great Lake Swimmers, Dar Williams, One Eskimo, Low, The Dodos, Horsefeathers, Over The Rhine, Pieta Brown, Hayden, Charlie Parr, Mary Lou Lord, Richard Buckner, and Langhorne Slim. Members of her live band also perform with Gayngs, Alpha Consumer, and Andrew Bird.


Born in 2007 in Minneapolis, following shared stints in theater puppet shows and bike shops, Brute Heart (Crystal Myslajek, Jackie Beckey, and Crystal Brinkman) craft tense, distinct and often alien sounds with bass, drums, viola, voice (all three sing), and occasionally keyboards. Brute Heart utilizes looping pedals, distortion, echo, and overlapping vocal parts and draws from an unlikely collage of influences from post-punk, art rock, and dark folk to African and Middle Eastern polyrhythmic patterns. The group's warm, mysterious music evokes recollections of Grace Slick, Family Fodder, Quix*O*Tic, The Raincoats, and Grass Widow.

City Pages selected Brute Heart's second full-length album, Lonely Hunter, as among the 14 best albums in Minnesota released in 2011. In April 2012, Brute Heart was selected as City Pages Best Female Vocalist. Brute Heart will perform original music to the silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, August 20, 2012 as part of the Walker Art Center's Summer Music and Movies series.

Since Brute Heart's inception the group has released three recordings of all original music: a limited release of a self-titled EP (self-release, Oct 2008), Brass Beads (self-release, Oct 2009), and Lonely Hunter (Soft Abuse, Jun 2011). Brute Heart released its first 7-inch record, Fever/In Limbo, on M'Lady's Records in February 2012.


Reina del Cid and the Cidizens is an indie folk rock band that blends smart lyrics with catchy melodies to create songs that are part bluegrass, part pop, and with the powerful riffs of their talented female lead guitar-fortified with a whole lot of rock 'n' roll. Having only been on the scene for a year, the group is already making a splash around the Twin Cities with their energetic performances and well crafted songs. Their debut full-length album is due out late this summer, but you can find Reina del Cid and the Cidizens on their website or on YouTube where their videos have received over 5 million hits.