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Chris Koza is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter who has been recording and releasing albums since 2004, when he self- released the critically acclaimed “Exit Pesce”, a collection of 9 songs self-recorded and produced in a summer sublet apartment.
With both his full band, and also as a duo with longtime guitar player Peter Sieve, Koza has toured the U.S. a handful of times, winding his way through the Dakotas, Montana, and Washington state to his hometown of Portland, OR, through the state of California, across Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri, and back to Minnesota through the Iowan Interstate.
In the Twin Cities, Koza performs as both a solo artist, as part of ensemble shows, and primarily with his band Rogue Valley . His song-writing carries a strong emphasis on the lyrical and poetic elements, with stylings and textures rooted in folk and americana traditions. It is impossible to ignore his influences through a classic and contemporary pop music lineage including the likes of The Zombies, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, Greg Brown, Elliot Smith, Ryan Adams, Brendon Benson, and Fleet Foxes, to name a few.
Chris Koza and his band Rogue Valley have shared the stage, supported, or been involved in festivals with many notable artists including: Spoon, Weezer, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon, The Jayhawks, Grace Potter & the Nocternals, Mason Jennings, Eric Hutchinson, Nellie Mckay, Céu, Cloud Cult, Jeremy Messersmith, Haley Bonar, Scout Niblett, Jay Clifford, Jennifer O’Conner, et al.