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Chatfield hosts intimate performance


Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Area residents were privileged guests at an intimate evening with artists Billy Dean and Dan Mahar on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The performance was for the most part acoustic with Dan playing some electric guitar during the show.

While spending time with the artists on the stage of the empty Potter Auditorium the afternoon of their concert, we reflected on family, life on the road, and inspiration, among other things.

As Billy Dean sat Indian-style in his stocking feet, he opened up about how important his family is and how proud he is of them. His wife, Stephanie, runs Dean Acres, which is their home as well as where concerts and special events are held throughout the year. Dean Acres is located one hour east of Nashville, Tenn.

He is also very proud of his children, Hannah, age 19, who is attending college to be a nurse and son Eli, age 20, who is also in college studying business marketing. Both Eli and Hannah play music, but only for fun.

When asked what kind of music Dean and Mahar listen to during their time off, they both stated that they don’t really listen to a lot of music as they are busy doing other things. Dan said that if he wants to write a certain type of song, he may listen to songs in that genre to put him in the mood to write.

“Inspiration for writing songs can come from anywhere,” stated Mahar, saying he can get inspired even from a line he hears on television. Dan stated, “You kind of have to be a voyeur and watch people and then write something that makes sense to everyone.” Both men have been able to do this successfully. Billy Dean laughed and said his inspiration comes from “college tuition” showing his ever present sense of humor.

The two artists draw the audiences in with their meaningful ballads, fun tunes, and some blues thrown in as well. There are heartfelt moments during the show in between funny stories and jokes that both of the men share. During one particular song Billy Dean pretended to be a man on the phone with his wife saying, “I promise I was only out ice fishing” and of course, “There is no phone reception on the lake,” which ties the joke to our area and caused chuckles and outright laughter throughout the crowd.

With no large band backing them up and all of the production that encompasses many concerts, the smaller, more personal setting of the Potter Auditorium is perfect for enjoying t .....
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Live at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Center for the Arts is dedicated to bringing excellent entertainment of all genres to Southeastern Minnesota. Join us for some of our upcoming events! Billy Dean & Dan Mahar February 1, 2014 7:30 p.m. (Potter Auditorium) Gramm ..... 
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Chosen Valley Community Foundation “Chill Fest”

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The 12th annual Chatfield “Chill First” Celebration will be held this year on Saturday, January 12 in Chatfield. The celebration will have many events in Mill Creek Park and Groen Park along with other events occurring throughout Chatfield the w ..... 
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Trailer Trash with Six Mile Grove presents “Trashy Little Xmas” live at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

On December 19th, 2013 get ready to rock off your Christmas socks with some incredible holiday jams provided by honky-tonk and multi-genre-playing band Trailer Trash. From the band’s website: “Have yourself a honky tonky little Xmas with the ..... 
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Famous Books grand opening!

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Famous Books Grand Opening!! November 29, 30 & December 1, 12:00-6:00 pm. 4000 quality hardcovers: contemporary fiction, classics, histories, military, biographies, art, music, wildlife, young readers, cookbooks, large print titles, Christmas speci ..... 
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Chatfield artist in residence

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Elementary School is pleased to welcome Dave Nachmanoff, an award -winning singer/songwriter, as our artist-in-resident from November 15 to November 20. The residency will involve all fourth and fifth graders as they work with Dave on ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band invites new members

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary school band room. The first rehearsal was on Thursday, Sep ..... 
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Independent Silver Band performs as finale to Chatfield’s summer concert series

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Independent Silver Band, from Mt. Vernon, Ill., will be making a stop in Chatfield, Minn. to perform on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be at the Chatfield City Park band shell. The band is enroute to Northfield, Minn. to perfo ..... 
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Winona Brass Band to Perform in Chatfield

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Winona Brass Band will perform on Thursday, July 18 in the Chatfield “Music in the Park” concert series at the Chatfield City Park Band Shell. The concert begins at 7:30. Food will be served from 6:00-7:30 by R4 Meats and the Root River Rabb ..... 
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