Brian "snowman" Powers
Brian “snowman” Powers is a wild white haired saxophonist from the great bayous of Louisiana. As a saxophonist, engineer, mixer, and producer, snowman has worked with many clients including Juanes, MTV Video Productions, Excelsior Gospel Choir, Minneapolis Gospel Sound, Darnel Davis and the Remnant, The Samples, Swampadelica, Larry Braggs, Nicholas David, Universal Music, Sony, Junior Mance, Dr. Mombo’s Combo, Lola and the Redhots, and many others. On his own, Brian has released two solo records and is currently working on his third after being chosen as one of the top 10 best new inspirational artists by the Christian Music Awards. He brings his New Orleans musical traditions, soulful improvisation, and a big sax sound to the New Primitives along with industry proven engineering skills that won him second place in the world in the Audio Engineering Society’s surround sound mixing competition. Along with his brothers for life in the Prims, snowman is helping the best raggee band in the region bring love and dance to the world.
With over fifteen years experience as a professional working musician, Jesse Kiel has worn many hats in the music world –bandleader, session musician, producer, and studio engineer. His musical journey started at the age of seven, playing upright bass and piano, as well as singing in the school choir. In his teens he began making records at home on the family eight-track reel-to-reel, honing his songwriting and engineering skills, while starting bands and playing stages around the Twin Cities. At the age of twenty-two, Jesse left America to study Chinese in Asia, supporting himself as a commercial songwriter, playing funk and reggae, and running a rock and roll recording studio for local bands. As performance director for the Minnesota School of Rock, he saw his students headline First Ave., and open for national acts 311 and The Offspring at the Taste of Minnesota. Currently Jesse can be found on stages across the Midwest, including every Thursday night at Nye's Polonaise in Minneapolis, playing bass with Minnesota Music Award winning group The New Primitives.
Hailing from Alpena, Michigan, Andy Wozniak began playing guitar at age 12, and hasn't looked back. Since graduating from McNally Smith College of Music in 2010, he has been making a name for himself as an in demand session guitarist in the Twin Cities.
From his years of pursing a dense musical knowledge, Andy has developed the ability of being able to dive straight into any music situation and not only hang but flourish. This not only helps him in studio situations but has also gained him the favor of many top guitarists around town as a reliable sub.
Furthering his guitar slinger for hire style, Andy has performed with New Primitives, various cover bands, and music theater productions in the Twin Cities.
Lightnin' Joe Peterson
Lightnin' Joe Peterson is a 25 year old pirate and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Minneapolis, MN, and he has been playing internationally and rabble rousing for just over 11 years. He cut his teeth at the age of 13 by playing harmonica in clubs around the Twin Cities, and continued doing so throughout his teen years, to the detriment of his schoolwork. Under the tutelage of many of Minnesota's musical legends, and in an effort to avoid taking a real job, he was soon playing guitar, followed by organ, keyboards, and bass. He has been fortunate enough to travel the world and share music and friendship with incomparable musicians from all walks of life. These days, as ever, you can usually catch Lightnin' around Minneapolis and St. Paul, playing on stages big and small with all manner of unsavory characters. He feels particularly fortunate to collaborate with the New Primitives, and is deeply honored to share music with them, and help bring a little light to those who come to listen.