Eleganza!

In January 2020, just before the Pandemic hit the world, Minneapolis' Eleganza! made the trek to Water Valley, MS to record at Dial Back Sound with Matt Patton and Bronson Tew. After day one, Tew wrote, "Eleganza! tracking day 1. It’s like if you could go back and hear your favorite rock n roll songs for the first time again."

The record harkens back to a time when a twangy ballad stood just fine next to a full tilt rocker, ala Sticky Fingers⏤and another Minneapolis band's records⏤The Replacements. Slated to be released in early 2022 on Dial Back Sound Records, titled Water Valley High, it surely will be worth the wait, pleasing those longing for Rock and Roll.

Eleganza!, led by frontman, Brian Vanderwerf⏤you may know him from the Estrus Records' band, The Midnight Evils, and the horn-driven Chooglin' (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records).

This 3-guitar attack put out their first record, Full Length, in 2019 on Party Records, with a re-release on Cornelius Chapel Records. The Minneapolis Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider wrote, "Garage-rock hound Brian Vanderwerf’s semi-twangy, post-Chooglin’ band finally dropped its debut album, which nearly lives up to the grimy groove and rowdy joy of its live shows...and a timeless raw power throughout."

The band features Minnesota music luminaries, bassist Tony Zaccardi (Romantica), drummer Tim Baumgart, and guitarists Jeff Johnson (Chooglin'), and Greg McAloon. Their sound widened with the addition of versatile keyboardist Charlie Smith (Frankie Lee/Caroline Smith) to fully realize the songs.

Eleganza! has had the honor of opening for a wide variety of acts including, The Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, The Seratones, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Supersuckers, Drivin N Cryin', The Cactus Blossoms, and more.

They expanded as a 12-Piece band to perform The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St in its entirety in the legendary 7th St Entry. They even made their first National TV appearance on Monday Night Football performing the theme song in 2020!

With the release of Water Valley High, Eleganza! has written and delivered their most inspired and lasting work, primed and ready to deliver it to all those starved for live Rock and Roll!

Things HAPPEN when you hear and see Eleganza!

Past Shows


Nov
13
th
2021
Turf Club
Nov
13
th
2021
Turf Club

The Unnamed and Eleganza!

with Mad Mojo Jett and BrassZilla
Sep
3
rd
2021
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Sep
3
rd
2021
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Mar
21
st
2020
7th St Entry
Mar
21
st
2020
7th St Entry
Cancelled

The Entry's 40th Anniversary Party

with Eleganza!, The Mighty Mofos, Greg Grease and more!
Feb
16
th
2020
Turf Club
Feb
16
th
2020
Turf Club

DRIVIN’ N CRYIN’

with Eleganza!
Sep
27
th
2019
Mainroom
Sep
27
th
2019
Mainroom

Runnin’ Down A Dream

A Tribute to TOM PETTY
with Eleganza!, White Iron Band, Dan Israel and more!
Feb
9
th
2019
7th St Entry
Feb
9
th
2019
7th St Entry

Eleganza!

with The Bad Man, BrassZilla and Liquor Beats Winter
Dec
15
th
2018
7th St Entry
Dec
15
th
2018
7th St Entry

Eleganza!

with The Front Porch Swingin’ Liquor Pigs
Jun
8
th
2018
7th St Entry
Jun
8
th
2018
7th St Entry

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires

with Eleganza! and Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band
Feb
2
nd
2018
Turf Club
Feb
2
nd
2018
Turf Club

Jackson and the Roosters, Eleganza!, Sam Cassidy and more!

with DAVE and RYAN from SOUL ASYLUM in the Clown Lounge
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with Eleganza!, Early Eyes, The Bad Man and more!
Nov
8
th
2017
Turf Club
Nov
8
th
2017
Turf Club

A NIGHT FOR NAGEL

Benefit Concert for Jason Nagel
with ADAM LEVY AND FRENEMIES, JOHN MUNSON AND CHAN POLING, John Swardson and more!
Aug
15
th
2017
7th St Entry
Aug
15
th
2017
7th St Entry

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires

with Eleganza! and The Bad Man
Mar
14
th
2017
7th St Entry
Mar
14
th
2017
7th St Entry

THE REVENGE WEDDING

with north of Grand and Eleganza!
Nov
25
th
2016
Turf Club
Nov
25
th
2016
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Eleganza!, TABAH and more!
Aug
22
nd
2016
7th St Entry
May
26
th
2016
Mainroom
May
26
th
2016
Mainroom
May
20
th
2016
Indeed Brewery
May
20
th
2016
Indeed Brewery

WHIRLYGIG 2016

with Eleganza!, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Sam Cassidy and more!
May
6
th
2016
Turf Club
May
6
th
2016
Turf Club

Seratones

with Eleganza! and The Carnegies
Jul
11
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jul
11
th
2015
7th St Entry

VANDY’S BIRTHDAY BASH

with Eleganza!, Solid Attitude, LEON BOOTS and more!
Jun
24
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jun
24
th
2015
7th St Entry

Bob Log III

with Eleganza! and Fuck Knights

More Shows

May
18
th
7th St Entry

ADULT.

with Kontravoid and Spike Hellis
Mar
30
th
Fine Line

Perfume Genius

with Hand Habits
Jan
5
th
7th St Entry

Foe

with Ginny & The Fizz, Alien Book Club and Pöng Flower
Jan
30
th
Turf Club

Charlie Parr

with Corey Medina