Friday, February 21, 2020

‘We will play wherever we can get a gig’

Blossom musician stars in Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

"I'm an Awesome Blossom through and true," admits professional musician Elisa (Lisi) Wright, a member of the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra.

Known professionally as Lisi, Wright is proud of her Blooming Prairie heritage that led her to the stage. She is the daughter of Bob and Loretta Ingvalson.

Lisi graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 2003.

Part of a four-piece band including her husband, John Wright, Lisi sings and plays the fiddle. "We will play wherever we can get a gig," she confesses.

John plays bass, Dan Neale contributes vocals and plays guitar and Alex Tackmann covers percussion and vocals.

The next gig for Lisi and the band will be on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. The gig starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has played the Paramount four times previously. "It's a great venue," said Lisi.

Other venues the band has enjoyed included the Millennium Park in Chicago and the Lake George Art Project in New York State.

"It's always fun when people show up to hear our art-rock and jazz fusion music," said Lisi.

The band was recognized two years in a row by Downbeat Magazine. "We were nominated in the "beyond band" category with the likes of star entertainer David Bowie.

The band specializes in improv when doing its music, Lisi said.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra began rehearsing in 2008 and had its first gig in 2008. She and her husband met in 2006. She was part of the Tim Sigler Trio at that time.

The four-piece band is labeled as an eclectic, art-rock jazz fusion hand with inspiration from jam grass. "The energetic live show is artsy, intense, limit-stretching, poetic, sophisticated and fun," states a press release.

Lisi, 35, and John have a 3-year-old daughter, Noelle. Like her mother, Noelle has taking a liking to music and has her own ukelele that she calls her guitar.

"We also have two dogs, one an American Indian and the other a German Shepherd mix," relates Lisi. She says the dogs are very much a part of the band and go on almost all of the tours. "We're trying to train them to load our equipment," Lisi laughs.

Lisi says she has loved music since she was a baby. "I started playing the violin when I was four," she says.

She said she chose the violin as her instrument after listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, an epic piece played often by her mother when Lisi was younger.

Lisi didn't begin singing until she became a part of a band 12 years ago.

She said her first vocal experience occurred when she was part of a Blooming Prairie High School musical directed by Frank Vorlicek. "I was terrified and never sang again for a long time," she tells.

Lisi first performed with Tim Sigler of Owatonna. The trio did country covers.


Upcoming for the band will be an appearance at the Washington Square Bar & Grill in White Bear Lake on Wednesday, Nov. 27. This appearance will mark the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra's 10th anniversary of its first venue, which was Washington Square.

"We then plan on taking a month off and return to the stage in January," said Lisi. Husband John acts as the group's agent and handles bookings.

"We are about to finish our fifth album but haven't come up with a name for it yet," Lisi says.

Find out more about the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra by going to its website at



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