Hoedown, founded by Mika Kuokkanen and Masa Maijanen, played their first gig at the Art Goes to Kapakka – happening in 2002. Esa Kaartamo and Olli Haavisto joined the band that night as special guests. The chemistry worked and it was natural for them to join the Hoedown. Seven musicians had found the joy of making music together. The story of the Hoedown was ready to begin.
The musical roots of Hoedown are a natural and free mix of american roots styles: country, rock’n’roll, folk and blues. On record and live you’ll hear songs by, for example, Little Feat, The Band, Hank Williams and Kasey Chambers, in addition to originals firmly rooted in the band’s chosen styles.
Hoedown has been hosting club evenings once a month at the Juttutupa Restaurant in Helsinki since 2003. inviting artist to perform with them, doing songs the guests have always wanted to play. During the 10 years of Hoedown Club the audience have had the pleasure to experience the special performances from for example J. Karjalainen, Maarit, Tuomari Nurmio, Jonna Tervomaa, Erin, Jukka Gustavson, Edu Kettunen, Mikko Kuustonen, Dave Lindholm, Marjo Leinonen, Tokela, The Munsons, Martha Scanlan (USA), Caleb Klauder & Sammy Lind (USA), Tuomo, Niko Ahvonen, Anna Puu, Laura Närhi and many many other great artists.