Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza got her start in the group Bomba de Luz, composed of five young Twin Cities musicians. The group started taking shape when lead singer Lydia Liza began teaching herself the guitar at age 14. After composing a handful of original songs, Liza enlisted the help of fellow high school sophomores Evan Slack (electric guitar), Gavin Taylor (bass), John Blanda (keys), and Jonas Taghavi/Judah McCoy (drums), and Bomba de Luz was born.

Armed with an array of varied but mutual musical interests, the group won a battle of the bands in 2010, when they were all just 15. The prize, 24 hours of studio time at McNally Smith College of Music, resulted in the band’s 7-song, self-titled EP. One year later they re-entered the McNally Smith studios to record their first full-length album, What a Heavy Weight. Bomba de Luz ended in 2016, with the members deciding to follow other passions.

After gaining extensive Twin Cities notoriety as a band to watch via appearances on NPR, Consequence of Sound, and 89.3 The Current, Bomba De Luz was invited to play First Avenue’s Best New Bands showcase in 2012. The following summer the group was asked to perform alongside national acts like Matchbox Twenty, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Minnesota favorites Cloud Cult at the 2013 Basilica Block Party. Lydia Liza has also shared stages directly with artists like The Goo Goo Dolls, Jake Bugg, P.O.S, Atmosphere, No Bird Sing, Dessa, Frankie Lee, J.E Sunde, Dead Man Winter, Dem AtlaS, Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles, Kimya Dawson, Jeremy Messersmith, Al Church, Caroline Smith, Family of The Year, Astronautalis, Chastity Brown, and many others.

Lydia Liza received a 4 year, full-ride scholarship for songwriting and composition to McNally Smith College of Music after she was recognized as a promising new artist through her many features and collaborations. Some collaborations of note are her work with Toki Wright & Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Xela, Slack, Homeless & Big Cats, Dem AtlaS, many Rhymesayers artists, Jeremy Messersmith and other various artists from the Twin Cities and the Midwest area.

In 2016, Lydia Liza and her boyfriend, Josiah Lemanski, went globally viral for a re-write of "Baby It’s Cold Outside". The two were featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time Magazine, People Magazine, Billboard, and FOX news to name a few. The song got extensive radio-play and became number 1 on Spotify. The two donated the proceeds to The Sexual Violence Center of Minnesota and RAINN.

Your Friend, Lydia Liza is the new outfit of her own, on which she is joined by her friends. Members include Jessica Anderson of Enemy Planes on drums, Jimmy Osterholt of Savage Moods, Jillian Rae and Gospel Machine on bass, and Kelly Blau of Rachel Hanson and various jazz groups on electric guitar, and Evan Slack, who produces under the name SLACK also on electric guitar. The new group aims to write and record new original material together.

Past Shows


Nov
27
th
2021
Turf Club
Nov
27
th
2021
Turf Club

Tommy Stinson

with Lydia Liza
Mar
14
th
2020
7th St Entry
Mar
14
th
2020
7th St Entry
Cancelled

Glitteratti

with Lydia Liza
Jan
31
st
2020
7th St Entry
Jan
31
st
2020
7th St Entry

Lydia Liza and Big Cats

with Dwynell Roland, K.Raydio and TaliaKnight
Dec
29
th
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
29
th
2019
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

with tiny deaths and Lydia Liza
Nov
29
th
2019
Turf Club
Nov
29
th
2019
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with Annie and the Bang Bang, MAD RIPPLE HOOT FOR SLIM, Al Church and more!
Aug
29
th
2019
Turf Club
Aug
29
th
2019
Turf Club

A Tribute to
Shania Twain

Backed by members of GENERAL B AND THE WIZ, RUBEN, THE FEDERALES, TABAH, SLEEP STUDY, and THE PLOTT HOUNDS
with Jillian Rae, Lydia Liza, Savannah Smith and more!
Jun
3
rd
2019
Turf Club
Jun
3
rd
2019
Turf Club

Lucette

with Lydia Liza
Jan
4
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
4
th
2019
Turf Club

Neil Hilborn

with Lydia Liza and BERNARD FERGUSON
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with The Bad Man, D8MCHILD, FURY THINGS and more!
Jul
8
th
2018
7th St Entry
Jul
8
th
2018
7th St Entry

Bombadil

with Lydia Liza
Jan
5
th
2018
Turf Club
Jan
5
th
2018
Turf Club

General B and the Wiz

with TABAH and Lydia Liza
Dec
13
th
2017
7th St Entry
Dec
13
th
2017
7th St Entry

Warren Thomas Fenzi

with Thomas Abban and Lydia Liza
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
28
th
2017
Fine Line
Nov
28
th
2017
Fine Line

Jake Bugg

with Lydia Liza
Sep
25
th
2017
7th St Entry
Sep
25
th
2017
7th St Entry

THE HARVEST HOEDOWN

with Dream Of The Wild, MAX GRAHAM (of Kind Country), Lydia Liza and more!
Aug
20
th
2017
Turf Club
Aug
20
th
2017
Turf Club
Mar
3
rd
2017
Turf Club
Feb
26
th
2017
7th St Entry
Feb
26
th
2017
7th St Entry

4th Curtis

with Lydia Liza, Tony Peachka and ahem
Aug
6
th
2016
Turf Club
Aug
6
th
2016
Turf Club

Matthew Mayfield

with Lydia Liza
Feb
4
th
2016
7th St Entry
Feb
4
th
2016
7th St Entry

Doks

with Lydia Liza, Sayth, Lizea Harper and more!

More Shows

Mar
3
rd
7th St Entry

Begonia

Jan
7
th
Turf Club

Turn Turn Turn

with Jake La Botz and Annie Humphrey
Apr
7
th
Turf Club

El Ten Eleven

with Cedric Noel
Apr
4
th
First Avenue

Barns Courtney