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Minktronics - November 15, 2017

Charles P. Ries and the Minktronics (Mark Truesdell, Kevin Rautmann, and Ron Baake) present poetry, music, love, death, and mink. Read the Shepherd Express article below. See you at the Polish Falcon Bowl on November 18th, 7:00 p.m.

Mark's Rotella Cosmica at Woodland Pattern - July 29, 2013
'Sounds Take Shape' looks at how we make music
Woodland Pattern Bookstore exhibit explores how we visualize sound and music

By Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel

Orange CD's Have Arrived!!! - March 21, 2013

Girls Rock Camp - March 17, 2013

Candice can't wait to be part of Girls Rock Camp in Madison, WI again this summer. What a beautiful and rockin' idea for girls to grow their sense of self and musicianship, no matter what skill level they are at right now! Thrilled to be a band coach and guitar instructor again this year...

Umberto Vata Debut CD has arrived - July 23, 2012

Stay tuned to a) see how you might already know Umberto Vata, b) satisfy your curiosity about what type of music he creates and channels in this earthly existence in space, and c) learn how you can get your very own polished copy of this exquisitely unique music...

Carroll University Food Drive Music - April 19, 2012

The Spirals will be helping out with music at the Carroll University Food Drive this Saturday, April 21st. The drive is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.on Saturday. The Spirals perform from 10:45 - 12:30 p.m. The food drive also takes place on Friday, April 20th, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Read more about the drive and our mention on jsonline:

Fox 6 News Covers Pow Wow / Native Chick Singers - March 10, 2012

Native Chick Singer Night at the Winter Pow Wow - January 27, 2012

Come on to the State Fair Grounds to see Candice Nokes and the Ravin' True (Mark Truesdell and Carl Raven) perform for Indian Summer's Winter Pow Wow Chick Singer Night...hosted by none other than Jamie Brace of October Soul. Check out our calendar for more details about this March 2012 performance.

Candice Nokes & the Ravin' True - September 5, 2011

See our new band photo for Candice Nokes and the Ravin' True under the Photo tab on this site. Photo by our dear friend and professional photographer Dean Johnson.

Trapped is a Nominee for ISMA 2011 - August 11, 2011

Indian Summer Music Awards announced the 2011 nominees in a wide variety of musical categories today. We are proud to announce that our single, Trapped, is among the Nominees in the Pop Category. This is the work of Mark Truesdell, Carl Raven, and Candice Nokes. You can hear Trapped and read more about it under our "Music" tab on this site. You can buy it at CD Baby (see our "Buy" tab on this site) or directly from us at a show!

New Single - Trapped - February 25, 2011

Listen to our new single, Trapped - a rockin' version of a 1993 acoustic original written by Candice recorded by Candice Nokes & the Ravin' True - aka Carl Raven and Mark Truesdell. Released on CD Baby February 25, 2011.

You can download it digitally for $0.99! Go to the Buy tab for the link to CD Baby.

Listen to it in full for free from our Music tab - don't be shy - turn it up!
Read more about Trapped by clicking on the title when you go to the Music tab.

Read about Carl Raven:

Carl Raven-- drummer, bass guitarist, accordionist, and saxophonist-- has worked with a variety of mostly Milwaukee based bands as a performer, arranger, and composer for over fifty years. Carl was leader, bass guitarist, and lead vocalist in his own group, the Del Reys, which evolved into a popular Wisconsin area rock band, performing at major venues, and at that time on all four of the major local T.V. stations through the early 60's. Carl played bass guitar with the Robbs, with whom he had several national record releases on Mercury and Atlantic Records, the most well known being "Race With the Wind," and another, "I Don't Feel Alone," a recording with renowned guitarist James Burton, who had served as Elvis Presley's lead guitarist during his final ten years, and also before that with Ricky Nelson.

In high school (MUHS), Carl served as their big jazz band's drummer, and freelanced on drums in various jazz groups through his college years. Since the early 90's, Carl has focused on percussion study and performance in jazz and its related African and African-Hispanic heritage. He has attended workshops with internationally acclaimed drummers Max Roach and Joe Morello.

Carl has performed as a freelance drummer in the Milwaukee area with various local straight-ahead jazz groups led by John Hefter, Rick Santiago, and the late Kenny Danish. Carl has been leader of his own mainstream group, The Carl Raven Jazz Collective.

In 2004, Carl joined with saxophonist and clarinetist Frank Marquardt to form Collective Neurosis, a freeform jazz-based improvisational band, which later grew into its present quartet status with trumpeter Rob Schoenecker and cellist Henry Steinfort. With Collective Neurosis still searching for its first major CD album release, Collective Neurosis has enjoyed the distinction of having had its original recorded pieces, at this writing in the sixties in number, played on WMSE, 91.7FM, airing on
"Dr. Sushi's Free Jazz Barbecue" show and a performance on "Local-Live." Carl also performs as drummer with Once Now Ensemble, a group playing spontaneously improvised music.

Nominee for Indian Summer Music Awards - July 16, 2010

Candice's song, "A Whole Long While," has been nominated as a finalist in the Blues Category of the Indian Summer Music Awards competition. To be a finalist nominee is a thrill and an honor!

The winners will be decided and announced at the Indian Summer Music Awards show at the Indian Summer Music Festival on September 11, 2010 (6:30 - 8:00 p.m.). If you have never been to this festival - it is a cultural immersion like no other - Candice highly recommends this experience.

Read more about Indian Summer and the Music Awards here:

You can hear A Whole Long While, recorded by Candice with the Lost Pioneers, on our web site in its entirety (temporarily), and it is for sale in digital form (0.99!), or as part of the Earth and Sky CD, on CD Baby, as well as ITunes. The link for the music is on our "Buy" tab on this web site.

Candice's Solo Album - April 17, 2010

You can find some of Candice's re-recorded originals, and some previously unreleased music, including Ave Maria (Schubert), on CD Baby. Just search for Candice Nokes, album is called Earth and Sky. CD's and individual digital downloads available.

Mark Plays with Once Now Ensemble - January 17, 2010

Mark plays Rotella Cosmica with the Once Now Ensemble

Wednesday, January 20, 8pm
The Sugar Maple
441 East Lincoln Avenue (Bay View)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

and again on

Saturday, January 23, 6pm
Racine Arts Council
316 6th Street
Racine, Wisconsin

See Mark's invention of the Rotella Cosmica at:

Spirals are on Facebook - October 10, 2009

Become a fan of the Spirals on Facebook! Just search for "The Spirals."

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