Lanesboro, MN –”On Broadway” is the theme of the next “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. Songs like “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Bosom Buddies” and “Something to Believe In” will each be part of a gleeful evening that also includes jokes, stories, and sing-alongs.
June’s show features musical guest The Burke Band from Winona, Minn. The group uses vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars, tin whistle, fiddle, harmonica’s and a unique drum, as they weave their way through Celtic folk, acoustic rock and their own original songs. The Burke Band consists of relatives Sean Burke, Kevin Burke and Brian Burke, as well as a rotating cast of musicians that includes percussionist Jesse Lanik and fiddle players Alex Meine & Amanda Sattler. Band leader Sean Burke also runs the Burke Music House listening room music venue in downtown Winona.
Host Damon Prestemon returns for the 25th season with his rapid-fire wit and keen improvisational instincts that keep the show fresh and moving forward while having fun with the performers and guests on stage. Maria Klingsheim, a powerhouse vocalist and lover of show tunes based in Harmony, Minn., will serve as this month’s musical director, accompanying the all-volunteer cast throughout the show. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. with Maria Klingsheim also providing pre-show musical entertainment beginning at 7:10 p.m.
“Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show is produced by Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Fridays of March through November in 2019. Upcoming shows include “Surfin’ USA” on July 12 and “Anniversaries” on August 9. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at www.lanesboroarts.org, in person at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery (103 Parkway Ave N), or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre—as available – beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the show. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Ave N. in Lanesboro.
Every show is unique, with a different theme and fresh material. Each show is also broadcast on Winona State University’s KQAL 89.5FM on the Wednesday five days after the show at 6 p.m. (also available for streaming at www.KQAL.org). Additionally, Over the Back Fence is published as a podcast on the iOS Podcasts app and many other podcast services.
“Over the Back Fence” sponsors help to make the affordable ticket prices possible: Batstone CPA, The Bite Restaurant, Bluff Country Computer Works, Cedar Valley Resort, E2 Boutique, Estelle’s Eatery & Bar, F & M Community Bank, Granny’s Liquor, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Green Gables Inn, High Court Pub, Lanesboro Area Community Foundation, Lanesboro Arts, Lanesboro Public Library, Manion Law Office, Merchants Bank, Niagara Cave, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Old Barn Resort, Pedal Pushers Café, Randy Schultz Drywall, Rushford – Preston – Harmony Foods, SMG Web Design, and Thrivent Financial – Walter Bradley.