LAAMAR is the latest project led by Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter, saxophonist, and composer Geoffrey Lamar Wilson. Former frontman of Brooklyn-based Jus Post Bellum, Wilson is also known for his multilayered looped saxophone performances and catchy podcast ditties (Terrible, Thanks for Asking). On the band’s debut EP, Flowers, Wilson blends his idiomatic inspirations bridging folk, soul, R&B, and country with a constant ear toward racial and social justice issues and the shared human experience.

“In the EP's deceptively sweet and warm title track, he relays a memory of his mother ‘lighting candles and putting flowers on the boulevard’ in memory of another dead man of color. In the standout track getting airplay on the Current, 'Home to My Baby,' he relays his personal fears of getting pulled over by police,” writes Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune.

Recent acclaim for LAAMAR includes debut single “Home to My Baby” being named KAXE’s “Best Song” of 2023 and a nod as one of First Avenue’s Best New Bands.

“With Flowers,” writes Malachy Koons of KAXE, "LAAMAR has crafted a stunning debut that does not shy away from difficult topics. The new EP features four instantly catchy songs, with each taking a different approach to issues of racial and social justice.”

The band is working with Nat Harvie (Low, Cole Pulice) on their debut full length, tentatively planned for release this Fall.

Past Shows


Apr
6
th
2024
Palace Theatre
Apr
6
th
2024
Palace Theatre

Semisonic

★ Local Show ★
with LAAMAR
Jan
22
nd
2024
Turf Club
Jan
22
nd
2024
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

January 2024 Monday Residency

★ Local Show ★
with LAAMAR
Jan
12
th
2024
First Avenue
Jan
12
th
2024
First Avenue

First Avenue's
Best New Bands of 2023

featuring BarlowBerClare DoyleLAAMARL.A. Buckner & BiG HOMiEREIKIshe’s green

Hosted by Jill Riley (The Current) • Grace Williams (Radio K) • Krista Wax (KFAI) • Sean McPherson (Jazz88)

★ Local Show ★
Dec
29
th
2023
Turf Club
Dec
29
th
2023
Turf Club

All Tomorrow's Petty

guest appearances by Sam CassidyMason JenningsJosh GrierMark MallmanMina MooreTurn Turn TurnJaney WinterbauerJeremy Ylvisaker

★ Local Show ★
with LAAMAR
Dec
7
th
2023
Fine Line
Dec
7
th
2023
Fine Line

Arlo Parks Unplugged Music & Poetry

The Current's Winter Warmup
with LAAMAR
Sep
21
st
2023
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Sep
21
st
2023
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Durand Jones

with LAAMAR and DJ Tarik Thornton
Sep
1
st
2023
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Sep
1
st
2023
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

First Avenue Goes to the Fair

featuring Becky KapellJuice LordLaamarTommy StinsonXINA • hosted by Justen Jones
with Al Church and The Congregation
Aug
4
th
2023
Turf Club
Aug
4
th
2023
Turf Club

Sunny War

with LAAMAR
Jul
15
th
2023
Turf Club
Jul
15
th
2023
Turf Club

Ryan Gebhardt

with Harlow, Clare Doyle and LAAMAR
Jun
10
th
2023
Turf Club
Jun
10
th
2023
Turf Club

LAAMAR

'Flowers' EP Release Show
with bathtub cig and HOLLY HANSEN
May
11
th
2023
7th St Entry
May
11
th
2023
7th St Entry

Matthew Logan Vasquez

with Danny Golden and LAAMAR
Apr
21
st
2023
Turf Club
Apr
21
st
2023
Turf Club

James Eugene Russell

'As/Is' Vinyl Release
with Faith Boblett and LAAMAR
Nov
25
th
2022
Fine Line
Nov
25
th
2022
Fine Line

Night Moves

with LAAMAR and Dark Bunny
Oct
27
th
2022
Turf Club
Oct
27
th
2022
Turf Club

We Are The Willows

with LAAMAR and Brent Penny
Sep
29
th
2022
7th St Entry
Sep
29
th
2022
7th St Entry

Good Looks

with LAAMAR
Mar
23
rd
2022
Turf Club
Mar
23
rd
2022
Turf Club

Sean Nicholas Savage

with LAAMAR
Jan
24
th
2022
Turf Club
Jan
24
th
2022
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

JANUARY 2022 MONDAY RESIDENCY
with LAAMAR
Sep
4
th
2021
7th St Entry
Sep
4
th
2021
7th St Entry

Graveyard Club

with LAAMAR
Feb
10
th
2020
Turf Club
Feb
10
th
2020
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with LAAMAR
Oct
10
th
2017
Turf Club
Oct
10
th
2017
Turf Club

Conner Youngblood

with LAAMAR

More Shows

Nov
6
th
7th St Entry

Atta Boy

Sep
18
th
7th St Entry

GEL

with MSPAINT, Destiny Bond and The Mall
Jul
10
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

"A Better Trip" with Shane Mauss

Jun
21
st
Turf Club

Jack Klatt

with Becky Kapell and Paul Bergen