Hornheads perform LIVE in Mankato, MN, Sat. March 7th, 2015 – 7pm

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the Hornheads in concert!! We will be playing a full 2 set concert of Hornheads favorites, including music of Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, and Leonard Bernstiein, along with many Hornheads originals.

Visit Pops at the Kato for more information.

Hornheads on new Prince single w/Zooey Deschanel

Prince’s new single FALLINLOVE2NITE feat. Zooey Deschanel, has been released by Epic Records (available on iTunes). The Hornheads got to drop in some funky licks throughout the song. Adi Yeshaya and STRINGenius also contributed to the track. This song was 1st premiered on the post Superbowl episode of “New Girl” in which Prince guest starred and performed a short version of the song. It’s seems the fan’s outcry for this catchy tune to be released finally paid off.

Prince Releases new single with Hornheads feature soli

Prince has just released “Extraloveable Reloaded” for download on his 3rd Eye Girl website. This is a remake of a song of his from the early ’80s that now includes a signature Hornheads breakdown in the middle. There’s a sample of it on Dr. Funkenberry if you want to check it out, but it doesn’t quite get to the real funky horn stuff.

Hornheads featured on new Prince single

While you’re at 3rd Eye Girl, The Hornheads also appear on “Boyfriend Demo” and to a lesser extent, “Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone“.

“Boyfriend” actually has some fun interplay between 2 differently configured Hornheads passes. So 10 horns!

Target commercial featuring the music of IKV with the Hornheads

Who would’ve thought that when we recorded horns in my studio in South Minneapolis last year for our old Argentinian friends, Dante and Emmanuel of Illya Kuryaki and the Vallderramas, would end up on a Target commercial and get a shout out from Oprah. Here’s the Billboard article about their new project “Chances”, which features the Hornheads on 4 tracks. The Target ad is kind of an odd edit, which is typical of commercial jingles, so be sure to check out the full  Ula Ula video. Those of you who know us will certainly get a kick out of the stand in they used on the video for our own Kathy J.

Hornheads receive Minnesota State Arts Board touring grant

The Hornheads have received a grant that will allow us to preform 4 concerts throughout the Minnesota in 2012-13. We will hold concerts at Staple, MN and Concordia College in Moorehead, MN in Sept. 2013, and at Shattuck-St. Marys in Faribault, MN and St. Marys College in Winona, MN in Feb. 2013. Please check our calendar for details.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008

Hornheads worked on Jonas Brothers’ new CD release, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times

Jonas Brothers' new release, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times

Jonas Brothers’ new release, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times

I did want to mention that the Jonas Brothers’ new release, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, produced by our good friend John Fields (Mandy Moore, Switchfoot, Backstreet Boys, Greazy Meal), hits on June 16th.  We worked on 3 tracks,  “Much Better”, “Hey Baby”, and “WW3”. I (Michael B. Nelson) wrote the horn arrangements and recorded the hornheads. Our horns for the first 2 tracks are on the CD, but it looks like we got aced out of the tracks we did for “WW3” by horn God, Jerry Hey.