MEDIA ALERT: Items from Legendary St. Paul Rocker on Display at History Center This Week

For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 18, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Quick Facts
WHAT: Vixen band artifacts on display

WHEN: Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 18 to 23

TIME: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Minnesota History Center, lobby rotunda

COST: Free, does not include museum admission.

MEDIA ALERT: Items from Legendary St. Paul Rocker on Display at History Center This Week

Guitar

Jan Kuehnemund, founder of Vixen, the first successful all-female rock band in the Twin Cities, lost her battle with cancer last year. Recently her family donated her guitars, stage clothing, gold record, and other Vixen materials to the Minnesota Historical Society. This week, the items will go on display for the public in a set of small cases on the first floor lobby. Members of Jan’s family will stop by to see the items and to honor Jan on her birthday, which is Tuesday.

Jan Kuehnemund founded an all-female band in 1973 while in high school in St. Paul. The group, eventually called Vixen, was considered the first of its kind in the Twin Cities, playing established venues like the Cabooze, Duffy’s and the Union. In 1981 the band moved to L.A. where they landed a record deal with EMI Records. Their 1988 self-titled album earned a gold record, and they had hits with “Edge of a Broken Heart” co-written by Richard Marx, and “Cryin’”. The band toured with Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss and Bon Jovi before breaking up in 1991.