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ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS - June 28

Posted: June 27, 2012 - 4:30pm
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Music General dancers Maddi Adams (left), Melody Lacayanga, Jen Silvas and Sylvia Borash recently attended Midwest Starz Dance Nationals in Wisconsin Dells.
Music General dancers Maddi Adams (left), Melody Lacayanga, Jen Silvas and Sylvia Borash recently attended Midwest Starz Dance Nationals in Wisconsin Dells.

Sawtooth Bluegrass Band to perform

DEERWOOD — The Sawtooth Bluegrass Band will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the church office or at the door.

The Sawtooth Bluegrass Band, with two sets of musical brothers, melds the sounds of the original bluegrass with the fresh sounds of today. The band combines close harmony vocals, driving instrumentation and a sense of high energy.

The band was featured on Minnesota Public Television’s “Off 90” season premier in February of 2011. The band features two-time Minnesota flat picking guitar champion (2009 and 2011), Clint Birtzer and the 2011 state duet champions – Birtzer and Jesse Moravec. Their 2010 duet performance resulted in an invitation to play on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Show on the grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair.

Decade 7: Steely Dan to Chevy Van

Playing music created after Woodstock and before MTV, Decade 7 brings the sound of the 1970s to the Brainerd lakes area this summer.

The band will perform Saturday and Aug. 18 at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes; July 26 in Crosby Music in the Park; and Sept. 1 at Crosslake Town Square.

The six-piece band was the brainchild of guitarist and production specialist Jeff Boozell (Cold Water Johnsons, Chopper Loose) of Crosslake. In 2011, Boozell recruited friends and fellow Crosslake musicians, vocalist Brad Wallace (SKATYRS, Sola Fidae) and his brother, drummer Bart Wallace (Red Dot Garage, Country Roads, Tommy B). Bass guitarist Paul Boblett (Dirty Bomb, Faith Boblett Band, Six Feet & Risin’) of Outing, and keyboardist Shannon Webster (Sidestreet, Astara, Girl’s Night Out) of Nisswa, joined shortly after that. Lead guitarist Joel Jenkins (Wyld Ryce, The Press, Key Lane) of Brainerd joined the group this spring.

“When people hear the name, they assume we play a lot of disco or wear funny wigs,” Boblett said in a news release. “The fact is we don’t play any disco and we have a pretty strict ‘no wigs’ rule.”

The song list is wide ranging and includes Bread, Guess Who, Paul Simon, America, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles.

Okee Dokee Brothers to perform at Staples library

STAPLES — The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform from 4:15-5 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Staples Public Library. The concert is geared for ages 3-12. The Okee Dokee Brothers are Minnesota-grown and have been friends since childhood. They put their love of nature and the outdoors into songs children and families enjoy together.

Their performance is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, contact the Staples library at (218) 894-1401.

Youths invited to Prairie Fire Theatre Camp

WADENA — Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre and Wadena-Deer Creek Community Education presents “Peter Pan” as this summer’s performance.

This week-long theater camp is for children ages 7 to 18. It provides a fun theater experience for kids who want to get on stage for the first time and for those who are more seasoned actors.

Everyone who auditions will receive a part. Auditions are at 1 p.m. July 9 at Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Rehearsals are from 1-5 p.m. July 10-13. Performances will be July 13-14.

Registration forms are available at WDC Elementary Office entrance or the District Office. For more information, contact camp coordinator, Kent Schmidt, at (218) 631-3019.

Local author to appear in Nisswa

NISSWA — Ryan Amacher, author of “A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Their Second Sixties,” will be available to sign books from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa.

Amacher’s book is a humorous look at the issues facing baby boomers, including aging parents, cataracts and prostate cancer.

Amacher, 66, Lake Shore, who recently retired, earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ripon College in Wisconsin and his doctorate degree in economics at the University of Virginia. Amacher was a professor at the University of Oklahoma, Economics Department chair at Arizona State University, business dean at Clemson University and president of and economics professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Arnie’s Fiddlers and Johnson to perform

CROSBY — The next Music in the Park in Crosby will be on Thursday, June 28, with Arnie’s Fiddlers an orchestra made up of musicians of all ages, an ensemble group featuring performers from the Great River Strings and Ripple River Strings, including Arnie Anderson, who was born in Brainerd in 1944. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from St. Cloud State. From 1969-1972, he taught orchestra music at Mankato High School. He moved to Cremona, Italy, where he studied violin making from 1973 to 1976. He returned to Minneapolis where he worked in a violin shop for two years.

Anderson makes violins, violas, cellos, basses and harps. To date he has created 360 instruments. He is a member of the Skal Klub Spelman, a Minnesota Scandinavian folk music group.

Anderson provides an opportunity for beginning string players to play with more advanced musicians in order to enhance their excitement and appreciation of string music.

Singer-songwriter Zachary Scott Johnson from Saint Paul will perform the second act of the night. Johnson blends blues and folk, alt-country and pop, and rock-n-roll, creating his signature sound, a distinctive musical flavor unlike any other.

Music in the Park performances are located in Crosby Memorial Park. For a full schedule of the Music in the Park dates and musicians, go to www.cuyunalakes.com.

The return of the Banjo Man

Mike Turner will be performing at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the bandstand in Gregory Park.

Turner has traveled worldwide as a singer for more than 20 years performing more than 5,000 concerts throughout America and foreign countries. Turner, known as “The Banjo Man,” is a genuine virtuoso of the acoustic guitar and five-string banjo. Turner has a history of song writing and recording in Nashville, Tenn., releasing more than 250 songs on 25 CD’s which have reached people from around the world. Turner has received numerous awards and performed with many legendary artists from The Grand Ole Opry as well as Branson, Mo. Turner features world famous hymns, traditional gospel songs, original songs of inspiration and instrumentals.

The event is free and open to the public. People may bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Rain out site is the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. Performances are a collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and the senior center.

Kovala’s artwork on display at Brainerd library

Work by watercolor artist and instructor Kathy Kovala will be on display through August at the Brainerd Public Library.

Showing a variety of her watercolor techniques, Kovala, who recently moved to Brainerd, has put together a collection of her works which include florals, Minnesota themed landscapes, people and still life paintings.

Kovala is a well-known artist who lives in the Northwood’s, and has ties to Big Sky Montana and the Island of Kauai. Kovala has been teaching watercolor in Nisswa for the past seven years, and also is teaching at the Lake Edward Town Hall.

Kovala said, “I am an artist who has a genuine passion for painting with watercolor. I like adventure and the media of watercolor provides an ongoing adventure. My personal passion is to try painting any subject. Using my arsenal of watercolor techniques, I create paintings that recall experiences that inspired me. Through my artwork, I hope that my paintings touch others who can relive my inspiration by reminding them of a memory or feeling they may also have had. Teaching has been a large part of my life and I am happy to share my knowledge with students and introduce them to this magical media called watercolor.”

Music General dancers attend nationals

Music General dancers Maddi Adams and Sylvia Borash recently attended Midwest Starz Dance Nationals at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Both girls were chosen as standout dancers at the Midwest Starz Regional Contest and participated in the opening show for the event. Adams and Borash also were chosen to assist show choreographer and workshop instructor, Melody Lacayanga, for the week’s classes. The five-day event boasted the attendance of 56 studios from Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Canada and hosted more than 1,200 routine entries for the week.

Adams received a platinum award and placed first out of 20 in her category for the senior division with her contemporary solo “Raise Your Gun.”

Borash, 14, who has already had quite a bit of success including numerous dance scholarships, dozens of top awards, two regional titles and the runner-up at the Minnesota State Fair 2011 — can now add National Grand Champion to her resume. Borash performed two routines at the nationals event. Her lyrical piece entitled “Weightless” was awarded a platinum award, first in its category, and third in overalls awards for the teen division. In her tap solo. “Crash,” Borash received 149.05 points out of a possible 150 points, where she secured a first place Platinum Award, the top score in the teen division, and a spot in the Grand National Solo Showdown. In her second round, Borash scored 149.25 winning the title and received the second highest score of the entire event — outscoring all but one — including group, duet/trio and solo entries. Borash also received a $200 cash award, Best Choreography and the “Speechless Judges” award for her efforts.

Adams and Borash live in Baxter with their parents Kim and Brad Adams and Dave and Amy Borash. They are part of Music General’s Senior Company Line and take class with instructors Sue Kuhn, Mike Minery, Jen Silvas and Melody Lacayanga.