Writ’in and Releasing!

Man, it’s fun to write for this group, and fun to release new music!

Adam and I have been co-writing songs lately, and one in particular that is on the new album, “Baby Girl’s Life,” is being received wildly well. That’s such a satisfying feeling, and then even more fun to perform. Door County audiences gave warmer receptions than we could’ve dreamed of at our Door County CD Release concert August 11th in Sturgeon Bay, with an audience 300-strong! Similarly loving crowds demanded encores and danced the night away at three other Door County shows this past weekend. 4 hits in 3 days takes a toll on you, but it’s all worth it.

1st CD Release of "Fever"

Looking forward, our Mpls. CD Release is this weekend, and we couldn’t be more pumped! With American Idol postponing the release of this project for a year, it’s finally getting out to you!!! Saturday, August 20th, at Hell’s Kitchen, 6-9p, is when we will excitedly present you with this new project. We love performing in Hell, and will have two special guest appearing with us- Twin Cities’ own Cory Grossman on cello, and Matt Ecklund, emcee.

Further, we’ve gotten a lot of press lately! 106.9 FM the Lodge (Door County, WI) dedicated their entire “Lodge Local” slot to our group, complete with co-hosting the show and spinning 5 tunes from the new album. Thanks, Lodge crew!

“Door County Now” paper ran this extensive article on Aug. 11th: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110810/ADV05/108100703/After-Idol-Nyberg-brings-Fever-Door

Peninsula Pulse ran this the next day, Aug. 12th: http://www.ppulse.com/Articles-c-2011-08-11-98521.114136-Jana-Nybergs-Idol-Experience.html

A CD Release link: http://www.doorcountytoday.com/news/news-releases/jana-nyberg-group-fever-cd-release-tour-hits-door-county/

And Adam and I will be on Jazz 88 (88.5 fm KBEM Twin Cities) this Thursday night 8/18 at 7pm CST.

Also! Saturday morning, 8/20, the day of the CD Release at Hell’s Kitchen, I’ll be in studio with Larry Englund “Rhythm and Grooves” KFAI 90.3 and 106.7 FM Twin Cities. Thanks in advance, Larry!
And so we say, THANK YOU Twin Cities and Door County, for being oh-so-good to us in the JNG family!

We’re incredibly excited, literally bursting at the seams, to bring you this fresh music, and hope you can join us at the CD Release concert, and other shows coming up. Check in with us often at: http://www.janajazz.com

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Here’s to fresh art! Keep it real, JNG peeps.

Much Love, Jana Banana

WI CD Release!

Hey everyone!

It’s been such a great summer so far! We just completed a mini Midwest tour and survived the heat with 6 outdoor shows in 6 days, including that epic heat wave in Illinois. (A double-header that day, 80 dew point and about  100° out!) It was fabulous to see many of you on the road. Now, we are gearing up for two CD releases. Our fan base in WI has been solid as a rock since the beginning, so we decided to hold a WI CD Release party even BEFORE our Mpls one. I know, you are just that special to us.

The concert will be held at the Martin Park Band Shell in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI. (See info card image with post.) If you haven’t been here before, this stage is brand new and BEAUTIFUL. Great sound, and a fabulous community to perform in.

Martin Park Band Shell, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Thursday, August 11th, 7-9p FREE!

If you’ll be in the area, we’d love to celebrate this  momentous occasion of our second full-length album, “Fever,” with you! As always, thanks for your support, you’re amazing people.

See you on the road!

Much love,

The Jana Nyberg Group

And so it begins…

Summer touring!

Yay. I seriously love hitt’in the road and meeting all kinds of fabulous people, not to mention playing our arses off. It is going to be sooooo fun to promote the new album, Fever! And it all starts tomorrow, July 19th. We play in Ephraim, WI (Door County) at the Fyr  Ball Festival (yes, Norwegian for “Fire,” but insert jokes here)  at noon at the gazebo across from Lake Michigan. Yes folks, Lake Michigan is our backdrop. Not too shabby, eh?

We have a soft spot in our hearts for Door County, as it is where our group took form 6 summers ago. We used to spend all summer up here, about 3 summers in a row, playing 4 regular gigs a week. And now, we always return with big smiles on our faces =) If it rains, we shall still play, but probably around 1p in the Village Hall just north of the gazebo- sure to be a classy time. I. LOVE. VILLAGE. HALLS. Seriously. Don’t know what it is. some kind of history, or charm, or SOMEthing. So, if you’re in the area, please stop by! We’d love to see you. And once again, thanks for helping us realize our “Fever” album dreams by making our Kickstarter funding SUCCESSFUL!

Please check our calendar link to see when we’ll be in a city near you, because it’s summer, and we be on the road babay!


Love, Jana Banana


Hey, best fans in the world! We reached our Kickstarter funding goal! Thank you kindly for all you do to fuel our musical ambitions and keep the passion alive. The dreams are com’in true, thanks to you! The CD Release Party is set for August 20th, 6p start time, at Hell’s Kitchen in the heart of Minneapolis. We hope to see you then!

Album funding VICTORIOUS!

THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! Truly, you’re the BEST.

The New Album and Kickstarter Campaign!

The new album is coming...brace yourselves

Hello faithful followers of the JNG,

My apologies for not posting in so long- it’s been a nutty finish of a school year for me! But the last day of teaching was yesterday, so, I’m BACK!

We are just wrapping up our Kickstarter fund-raising campaign efforts for the new album, “Fever,” set to release in August, and we haven’t yet reached our goal of $4,000,  but WE’RE CLOSE! We’re at $2,846, so about $1,000 left to raise. If we do not reach the goal, no funds will be processed or received. It’s all or noth’in, folks! If you want donate, there are super fun packages to purchase with crazy perks, and if you just want to pre-order the album, that totally helps too! Just go to:


THERE ARE ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT! We can do this, people! As always, thank you for your support, you are the best fans on the planet, AND in the universe.

We are so excited about this new album, and think you’ll love the new music. We have some Midwest summer touring coming up to promote “Fever”- check the website calendar to see when we’ll be near you!


We’re excited about all of this momentum, and can’t wait to see you on the road!

Thanks for everything, you fabulous, fabulous fans. See you on the flip, Jana Banana =0)

FREE Album Preview Tracks!

Hey everyone!
The JNG is super pumped about our new album. We have it all laid down, and will release it this summer, 2011, accompanied by some touring. In the meantime, please go to http://www.janajazz.com and pick up your 2 free downloads! These are sneak-peek tracks from the new album, and we’re giving them to you because, well, we like you, and ’tis the season for giving, and such 🙂 So, enjoy! The track titles are:
1. When We Swam
2. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter
(-I know, they could’ve shortened that, right?)

So, hop on over to janajazz.com and grab those tracks! Enjoy. We’ll keep you posted on the new album as it blossoms.
All Twin Cities folks/visiting peeps, come on over to the Honey Lounge in North East Minneapolis on Saturday, January 29th- we play from 7:30-10p and as always, there’s no cover. This performance features special guest and original group drummer, Jake Nyberg! He rocks, and YES, he’s my brother:) Don’t worry, the sibling rivalry is LOOOONNNNNGGG passed…I think. Right Jakey? Anyway, hope to see you out at this super hip venue where we’ll smack you in the ears with new music…gently, of course. Peace! -Jana Banana

Halloween and the JNG

You just never know what  sort of guise we’ll take on playing the Hell’s Kitchen brunch (downtown Mpls. 10th and Marquette) on Saturday, October 30th, Halloween weekend! From 10a-1p we shall play IN COSTUME, not to mention the servers don pj’s at every brunch. SO, this is a gig sure to entertain! Not to mention we’ll play some MUSIC, Including album preview originals, and some of our new favorites. YOU WEAR A COSTUME TOO! Be there.

The photo above is proof that the Mecklers DO Halloween- Bonnie and Clyde last year- and it became the Christmas card. This year? Well, you just have to come and see…

-Jana Banana

Hitt’in the Studios

After a whirlwind month-long tour in July, we are hitt’in the studios for our second album! We’re super pumped. Thanks to all of you for your support in making our tour a success. We ended so strongly at the Dakota in Minneapolis, that they’ve already got us back on September 11th. THANKS! We couldn’t do any of this without you.

This coming Monday the 23rd through Thursday the 26th, we’ll be in the studios again at Lawrence Music Conservatory in Appleton, WI with recording technician Larry Darling, the genius who made our first album so stellar. We’re ready and excited to lay some new tracks down! In the meantime, stay tuned for ways that you can be involved. Pre-orders are a big way to help fund this project, and various levels of donations earn liner note credits for YOU, as well as other perks, so be looking for these opportunities. Thank you everyone, and be watching for exciting news on the new album!

Iowa City, and the Tour Homecoming Show

What up my party peepl.

Its hard to believe that the jana nyberg group tour is just about over, but the calendar doesn’t lie. We’ve really had a blast this tour getting to know each other both musicially and personally, and learning to play our music more beautifully for your enjoyment.

Here are some pics from our stop in Iowa City. We stopped off in Waterloo on the way there in order to hit the water park and to hear Derek’s dad’s salsa group play a show. It was pretty sick, I can see where lil Dreier gets his stunning good looks and commanding sense of time.

We were also taken care of by Derek’s ma and pa out in Iowa City. They have a pretty beautiful garden out back, so I thought I’d take a few pics and show off their hard work:

On the way back to the Twin Cities we hit some pretty stressful traffic. There was a large section of 35W North that was reduced to one lane, and the blockage was piled up for miles before the actual construction started. It was extremely rough. We literally didn’t drive over 5 Mph for 40 minutes. But, like a beacon of light, we came across a Walmart in the middle of nowheresville. Jana had to pee, so we ventured inside. The lighting was creepy, and started to make me feel a little bit dizzy. And there was this:

Yeah, tell me about it. I didn’t know you could love cheese-balls that much. And for such a low price!

Seriously, forgive me for going in a Walmart. We had no choice. A dude could have just peed in the bushes, but Jana?

We’ll try and take more photos and more video as we wrap the tour up. Check back often for news and updates on what we’ve got planned (A NEW RECORD!) — You can always go to our official website at http://www.janajazz.com to check things out. Plus, theres a super cool virtual tour page filled with live music videos from the tour.

That is all.

Jazz Estate, Ray’s Cat