Topographies Album Release TONIGHT!

Last night I got to play a cool backyard show in St. Paul for a collection of dear, dear friends. Thanks to all of you who came out. I was amazed at how attentive the audience was–and a third of them were under 10! All the love from the show last night is a great way for me to head into today–the official ALBUM RELEASE!


I would love to see you there, Minneapolis friends. It’s going to be a seriously fun show, and it is free!

I am going to have some instrumentation I’ve never had in my band before, and it’s going to blow your mind. Okay, I’ll tell you–there will be a tap dancer.

Yeah, that’s right, a tap dancer!  My friend Bethany DeLine, who is also plays the ukelele and sings, is totally kick ass!

And, of course, I’ll also be joined by the stunning talents Dan Zamzow and Jake Staron.

See you tonight at 9 pm!



 June 30 ALBUM RELEASE at Acadia Cafe, Minneapolis, MN w/Niki Becker, Broken Bicycles, and French Films about Trains

July 11 Murray Bar, Livingston, MT w/Old Tire Swingers

July 13 ALBUM RELEASE at Jones Radiator, Spokane, WA w/Trickster Fox and more

July 16 Alberta Street Pub, Portland, OR w/Matthew Lindley

July 17 Rendezvous, Seattle, WA w/Autumn Electric, Jess Lambert, and Kate Lynn Logan

July 20 The Scoop, Spokane, WA All ages

August 13 TBA Portland, OR w/Kivi and Pray

August 14 High Dive, Seattle, WA s/Kivi and Pray and Rachel Price

August 15 ALL AGES BIRTHDAY SHOW nYne Bar and Bistro, Spokane, w/Kivi and Pray and Rachel Price



Tonight is Volume, Spokane’s First Annual Local Music Block Party! I’m playing at 6pm at Brews on Washington, and if you buy a wristband, you can get into ALL venues that are participating all night! I’m looking forward to hearing lots of other local music tonight, too.



And here’s a list of all the participating artists!

Featuring the 2012 Inlander Bands to Watch:
Terrible Buttons
Losing Skin
Mirror Mirror
Tim Blood & the Gutpanthers

Jacob Butcher
Liz Rognes
Ian Miles
Matt Mitchell
Dead Serious Lovers
Material Kiss
Dirty Panda
Cathedral Pearls
Sales Wagon
The Soul and the Machine
Silver Treason
Team Growl
Duck Duck Suckerpunch
Whiskey Dick Mountain
Space Movies
Rice Queen
Safe Word
David Plell & the Ultra Peach
Bandit Train
Belt of Vapor
Drag Like Pull
Diamond Speedboat
Freetime Synthetic
DJ Stone Tobey
K. Clifton
Clyde Webb
Sul Ross
Summer in Siberia
And more to be announced!!


Here’s what the kind folks at the Inlander said about me, which made me feel all warm and sparkly like a gem:

LIZ ROGNES | Folk | Liz Rognes makes simple music beautiful. The Spokane-by-way-of-Minnesota singer-songwriter has fast risen in the local scene with her powerful real-life songwriting. She’s a unique female singer: her vocals often starting submissive and evolving into something strong and powerful. A true Spokane gem.

Check out the writeups for all the participating artists here:

Hope to see you tonight!

Upcoming Shows!

Here’s a list and links to some upcoming shows. There’s a lot happening in May/June/July, so stay tuned for more info about my summer tour, too! Thursday, May 24 @ the Bing for the Women Transitioning Women Benefit show!


For the second year, Transitions is partnering with passionate, local female musicians to raise awareness and funds for low-income and homeless women through this benefit show. You can find photos from last year’s event here:

Last year you raised more than $1,000–the cost of providing job training and bus passes for 10 women for a month. So invite your friends and spread the word to double the impact this year.Check out the lineup!

Angela Marie Project
Suhanna Hamilton
Liz Rognes
Kari Marguerite and the 76
Wonder Wonder

Friday, June 1st @ Brews on Washington for Volume: The Inlander’s Local Music Block Party!
35+ Bands, 6 venues, 1 night

5 dollars (buy yours NOW at


Sponsored by Platform Booking & Ninkasi Brewing

For a five-dollar wristband, you get to run in and out of six downtown venues (Nyne, Mootsy’s, Brews on Washington, A Club, Irv’s, Red Room Lounge) all night, seeing as many of those 35+ bands that you want. (They jump to $10 the night of the show, so get yours now).

Thursday, June 7th @ Carr’s Corner w/Autumn Electric songwriter Michael Trew

Saturday, June 30th @ Acadia Cafe MINNEAPOLIS ALBUM RELEASE!!!

Tonight at Luxe….and other Upcoming Shows!

Hey friends and fan, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and here’s why:

*I’ve been working hard on my upcoming album (looking like a June release for Topographies!)

*I’ve been working a bajillion jobs to make ends meet and to try to raise a little additional funding for mastering, duplication, etc.

*I’ve been traveling to Mexico, Canada, the actual coast of the West Coast, Oregon, San Francisco, Spokane, and then hangin’ around Couer d’Alene, Idaho, where I am at this moment. Why CDA, you ask? Why not.

But I want to let you know that I’m getting into the swing of spring, and there are a few shows coming up in Spokane, Seattle, and Minneapolis. Here’s what I’ve got:

TODAY March 16th: Luxe Coffeehouse for $3. Spokane. Trickster Fox, my friend and a transplanted musician from the East Coast, is releasing her EP on vinyl, and I have the honor of playing at her show. Here’s the lineup: Trickster Fox, Liz Rognes, Dead Serious Lovers, and Andy Rumsey. Doors at 6:00, show starts at 7, and this is ALL AGES!

April 5th: Conor Byrne Pub. Seattle. Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals, Liz Rognes, Stafan Paul George, Scott Ibex. 9pm.

May 9th: Brews on Washington. Spokane. 8:30 pm.

Upcoming SOON: Topographies Album Release at the end of June in Minneapolis and early July in Spokane. I smell the faint aroma of a possible Minneapolis to Seattle tour in July. Cross your fingers. Solidified dates tba before you know it!

Here’s a lil’ video from my friend Ryan Drake, who is ridiculously talented, of me performing Red Flags last summer at my Flirty Thirty birthday show. Wanna hear this song live? Come out tonight to Luxe, and I’ll play it for you!

Liz Rognes – Red Flags from Ryan Drake on Vimeo.

Videos from the Flirty Thirty Birthday Show

Wow, check out the beautiful, skillful filming of my friend Ryan Drake! He brought a fantastic crew to my 30th birthday show, and here are a couple of the songs from that night. My favorite thing about Paste is that if you watch it all the way through, there’s actually a white horse and carriage walking past the window at the very end. Ahhhh, St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis! You can see a bit of the city skyline behind us as well. And my favorite thing about Solid Ground is, BY FAR, Rachel Price. SOOOOO SAXY!!!

So, enjoy these and watch the others if you’d like, which are on Ryan’s Youtube page (and watch everything he’s done–there are some sweet videos from our friends Deep Soul Deities and 3 lbs of Love, too!).

This show was so much fun! If you couldn’t be there, here’s a little taste of what went down. You’ll see my friends Dan Zamzow on drums, Rachel Price on saxophone, vox, and charango, and Jake Staron on bass.

Thanks so much, Ryan. You’re the best!