Magic was created in Minneapolis in August of 2000. James Buum and Collin
Kritzer, both from Waseca, and Josh Benson, from Scandia, became friends
during their sophomore years of school at the University of Minnesota
and St. Thomas. Upon meeting over many cocktails at Josh's homemade
bar inside a duplex on Como Avenue, James and Collin wanted to create
a band but were missing a couple crucial elements. Josh had mentioned
that he enjoyed music, played piano, and sang a little while growing
up. James played guitar and Collin played bass. The trio figured they
would start a band. Fellow Wasecan James Roslansky had experience drumming
as a result of many years in marching band drumline. With all four parts
in place, Porch Magic was born.
While sitting on the porch looking at a banner that was left at the house years ago, the guys saw "porch magic" printed on the banner explaining an upcoming party. The name made sense since the band alwayshung out on the porch and have witnessed many magical and intoxicating moments there.
Porch Magic took the
money they had to purchase some gear. Rehearsals for the band are held
in the basement of the M house, and havealways been since the creation
of the band. While the area is tight, Porch Magic made it work and never
complained, well, maybe a little. Dealing with time constraints, James
Roslansky was forced to leave the band but the band found a replacement
almost immediately in Chad Oftedahl. "Wall" is also from Waseca
and currently remains the drummer for Porch Magic. After landing their
first gigs at Meister's Bar and Grill in Scandia, MN and Katie O'Leary's
in Waseca, Porch Magic was on the path to the Twin Cities music scene.
The band is going strong in 2002. They have made it into the Twin Cities playing such bars as Mr. Patom's, Plum's, Bunkers, Bogart's, Diamond's Sports Bar, and many other bars in and around the Twin Cities. After the release of their debut CD "Porch Magic" in April 2002, the band currently is playing shows around Minnesota and Iowa to help promote their music.