Midwest orchestral indie rock band Cloud Cult is kicking off 2018 with new music and a handful of unique performances, many of which are already sold out.
On January 18th, Cloud Cult will release the soundtrack to the feature length documentary The Great Alone. The award-winning film score was composed by Cloud Cult frontman Craig Minowa and is performed by Cloud Cult. The film stars Lance Mackey, was directed by Greg Kohs and has won multiple awards including the “Grand Jury Award” at the Seattle International Film Festival. Watch on Amazon, Netflix or iTunes now and purchase the score on January 18th via the Cloud Cult website HERE.
Cloud Cult will be supporting The Great Alone soundtrack release with select shows around the U.S. beginning with a sold-out Lincoln Center Appel Room show on January 26th as part of their American Songbook Series. In February, the band plays Viroqua, WI’s Historic Temple Theatre on the 2nd (also sold out), performs a special Rochester, MN acoustic show at Lourdes on the 3rd, and returns to Lutsen Mountains for a double-set on the 10th. Then in April they will be playing two sold-out shows with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra on April 7th and 8th – the venue’s fastest selling shows EVER.
These select 2018 shows and The Great Alone score come on the heels of the band’s most recent release and tour for The Seeker – their latest studio album and soundtrack for their feature length film starring Josh Radnor and Alex McKenna. The powerful emotional journey that this album and film take you on fits perfectly into Cloud Cult’s extensive catalogue that includes nine other full-length studio albums, Unplug – a live album and film, a documentary film No One Said It Would Be Easy and a series of short films called Stories From the Road. The common thread through what Cloud Cult does as a creative collective is their uplifting message, continual celebration of life and love and catharsis through music.
In addition, the band’s green efforts are unmatched. Cloud Cult’s founder Craig Minowa and his wife Connie formed Earthology in 1999, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization focused on providing individuals, schools, and business tools for environmental sustainability. Minowa created the Earthology Records branch to help green the music industry and through this he co-developed the first 100% postconsumer recycled CD packaging in the U.S. market. The band began zero net greenhouse gas practices for tours long before it was trendy to be green and their merchandise is 100% postconsumer recycled or made of certified organic materials. On top of that, Cloud Cult has planted several thousand trees to absorb the band’s CO2 output, their studio is powered by geothermal energy and built partially from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic and they donate heavily to projects that build wind turbines as revenue generators on Native American Reservations.
Throughout the band’s more than two-decade career, they’ve remained staunchly independent and have found success on their own terms. They’ve earned critical praise over the 20 plus years including recent features on NPR’s On Being, Entertainment Weekly and KCRW and even won an Emmy.
The upcoming tour dates will feature the band with live artists on stage, a longstanding tradition for the group who early on in their career incorporated live painters (read more about that by the Wall Street Journal HERE). See below for a complete list of confirmed dates and to stay up-to-date with Cloud Cult please visit www.cloudcult.com.
Jan. 26 | Apple Room at Lincoln Center | New York, NY
Feb. 2 | Historic Temple Theatre | Viroqua, WI
Feb. 3 | Lourdes High School | Rochester, MN
Feb. 10 | Papa Charlies at Lutsen Mountain | Lutsen, MN
Apr. 7 | Orchestra Hall | Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 8 | Orchestra Hall | Minneapolis, MN