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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 Center. Admission is free for all concerts, and food will be available for purchase.

Red Planet (Dean Magraw: guitar, Chris Bates: upright bass, Jay Epstein: drums), will be featuring material from their new CD, ‘Space Dust’, including many original compositions that the band has been playing live since 2003. Red Planet plays innovative jazz sounds with a strong emphasis on creative interactivity for the 21st Century and is known for its unique interpretations of the music of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, & Jimi Hendrix.

Jazz Police says, “One of the area’s most innovative threesomes! Dean Magraw is in the habit of wowing audiences with his fleet fingered plucking and creative compositions.”

Dean is one of the Twin Cities’ most eclectic musicians, with a 30 year career spanning genres and cultures, from blues to classical to folk and jazz, from Japanese and Indian to Celtic and middle American on A Prairie Home Companion. Chris Bates studied with renowned jazz bassist Anthony Cox and is well known for his supportive strength and creative aura that he brings to such bands as Atlantis Quartet, Enormous, How Birds Work, & Todd Clouser. Jay Epstein has played in many diverse jazz groups and developed a very personal voice on the drums after growing up in Winona playing with Dave & Fred Heyer and studying polyrhythmic concepts in Manhattan with Barry Altschul. His two CDs, both featuring Anthony Cox on bass & Bill Carrothers on piano, have garnered luminous reviews in the national press.

GRSF will host five acts to make up the Dixieland Jazz Festival for their “Concert on the Green” Saturday, June 29 from noon to 6 pm. Acts include Dixieland Jazz Camp students, Ragtime Piano Music with Jim Radloff, Barbary Coast Dixieland Jazz band, Blue Ox Jazz Babies, and Gate City Jazz Band.

Following the Jazz Camp students and Jim Radloff at 1:45 pm is the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, together since 1967. Elected to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and rated among the finest entertainers in the Midwest, the band has played everywhere from the Mississippi paddlewheel boats and the Minnesota State Fair, to Nagasaki, Japan. The band .....
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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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Chatfield Public Library Receives Preservation Award

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

By Karen Reisner Preservation planner Robert Vogel, during the city council’s June 10 meeting, reviewed the history of the award which was first presented in 2009 by the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission. The purpose of the award is to r ..... 
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