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Great River Shakespeare Announces Ian Hilmer’s Stagefright and Cactus Blossoms to Play Free Concerts at Winona State


Tue, Jul 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Great River Shakespeare Festival will host both Ian Hilmer’s Stagefright and Cactus Blossoms to perform this weekend outside the Winona State University’s Performing Arts Center. Each “Concert on the Green” will begin at 6:00 PM. Ian Hilmer’s Stagefright will play on Friday, July 5th and Cactus Blossoms will play on Saturday, July 6th. Admission to both events is free, and food will be available for purchase.

Built solidly around Hilmer’s no-frills songwriting and seasoned vocals, Ian Hilmer’s StageFright (IHSF) infuses appealing hooks with pathos laden lyrics. Fans of jam bands and indie rock will not be disappointed. Bands in a similar stylistic vein include: Wilco, the Tragically Hip, My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, and Greg Brown.



In his 10+ years of playing hallway bars, festivals and theatres across the Midwest, Hilmer has garnered a reputation as one of Minnesota’s finest entertainers and songsmiths. “He gives the thinkers something to think about, the dancers something to dance about and the drinkers something to drink about.” says one fan. Highlights of his career include performances at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin TX, and past performances at the 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) and Harvest Fest in Minnesota.



The members of Ian Hilmer’s StageFright (IHSF) have been involved in dozens of blues, rock and jam bands in the Midwest. Their tireless pursuit has earned Hilmer and company the ability to entertain rowdy bars, or captivate quiet audiences.

In contrast, country music has a long-held appreciation for sibling bands, and it seems there’s no sweeter sound than two brothers harmonizing over a sad country tune. Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey have capitalized on this tried-and-true formula with their band The Cactus Blossoms, most recently pulling together a backup band of music veterans: Mike “Razz” Russell on fiddle, Liz Draper on upright bass, and Randy Broughten on pedal steel guitar and dobro.

Last year, the five-piece joined together for a day of live in-studio recording with Brent Sigmeth at Cannon Falls’ LittleBig Studio, and released their first self-titled album. Made up of eight original tunes and a couple of covers, it has since caught the attention of scores of Minnesota listeners as well as Country Music Television’s music blog, which named it among the top overlooked albums of last y .....
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Great River Shakespeare Announces Red Planet, Dixieland Jazz Festival, and Charlie Parr to Perform Free Concerts at Winona State

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) will host the band Red Planet to play for the first “Concert on the Green” of the season on Friday, June 28 at 6 pm. All performances will take place outside Winona State University’s Performing Arts ..... 
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Local Artist Juried into National Exhibition

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro’s David Tacke is one of 50 artists who have had 69 pieces juried into the national Horizontal Grandeur at the Stevens County Historical Society in Morris, Minnesota. In its sixth year, Horizontal Grandeur was named after Minnesota’s B ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance continues the 2013 series on Saturday July 6 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8pm and admission is $7 at the door. Guest fiddler Lee Guthrie from Hudson, Wis. will join regular Bob Bovee for ..... 
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Vroom! Vroom! “The Cruise” is Coming to Preston!

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

By Kathy Dahl Do you like motorcycles? Do you like lots of motorcycles that are all shapes, sizes, models, and colors? That’s good, because on Sunday, July 28, approximately 1,600 motorcycles will roll into Preston, Minn. during the 13th Annual R ..... 
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What brings you here?

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Sara Pecinovsky Art in the Park: Many of us have heard of it, especially in the local tri-state region. This was my third year attending the event and it was no surprise to me to see the large crowd of people once again making their rounds visit ..... 
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Miss Harmony

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydni ..... 
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Barn Quilt from Houston County Selected to Represent Minnesota

Thu, Jun 20th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

SPRING GROVE, Minn. — Artwork on a Houston County barn has been chosen to represent Minnesota in a new redwork ornament kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection. The “Maple Leaf” design on Karen Bingham’s barn is also featur ..... 
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Jack Brass Band in Chatfield

Mon, Jun 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Jack Brass Band from Minneapolis will be entertaining the audience at the Chatfield “Music in the Park” series on Thursday, June 27th at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the City Park Band Shell. Food will be served from 6:00 -7:30 by ..... 
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