History Preserved

Jonathan Rundman

Some much in the world is constantly evolving, and music is no different. Styles change and older songs and genres get left behind. But Edina resident Jonathan Rundman went on a mission to save some of them.

A touring singer/songwriter for 30 years, music has always been a part of Rundman’s life. He started performing for church events, and when he turned 40 years old, he decided to make a change. “I had a midlife crisis and felt I had an opportunity for a drastic change,” Rundman says. “That’s when seminary presented itself.” Read more about History Preserved


Musician as Messenger

Ryan (Rion) Liestman

The first time I encountered local recording artist Ryan (Rion) Liestman was at a Morningside After Dark event in 2017 where he closed the show with a few familiar reggae songs that had the audience swaying and singing along. Morningside After Dark is the brainchild of Rebecca Bell Sorensen, Laurie Lindeen and Jim Mahoney, and those winter evening events include a variety of local authors, poets and musicians sharing readings and songs in the basement of Edina Morningside Church. Read more about Musician as Messenger

Sweet Home Edina

They were just kids the first time they played instruments in the same city, but their passion for everything music continued for four Edina natives into their adult lives—eventually leading to the creation of their rock ’n’ roll band Medium Rustic. While they are all grown up now with families and day jobs, Andy Matysik, Joe Carpenter, Chad Lindell and Scott Thorp have found a creative outlet that has exceeded their expectations.
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Making a City Strum

Prairiewood Guitars

In a nondescript Edina workshop in a quiet neighborhood, Robert Dixon builds custom electric guitars.

They’re flown to rockers in Australia, Japan, Central and South America, Europe and elsewhere. But they start here, at Prairiewood Guitars.

Inside his soundproof workshop, stacked templates for guitar necks sit tucked away on a high shelf. Amps stand ready to test guitar tones when Robert Dixon, after four to eight months of putting one together, is ready to plug it in. Read more about Making a City Strum



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