NISSWA – Peter Mayer — whose music is said to be whimsical, humorous and wonderfully profound — will kick off the 25th Grassroots Concerts spring season at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.
Mayer is not new to the Grassroots Concerts series. He last performed in the series in April of 2004 after his local debut in 2001. Mayer writes songs for a small planet about interconnectedness and the human journey and about the beauty and the mystery of the world.
Mayer began playing guitar and writing songs while in high school. He studied theology and music in college and spent two years in seminary. The priesthood wasn’t for him. He took a part-time job as a church music director while performing at clubs and colleges and writing and recording his music.
In 1995, the creative juices were overflowing. He quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Minnesota-based Mayer has gained a dedicated following from New England to California. He has nine CDs to his credit and independently sold more than 70,000 of them.
“He is unafraid of complicated topics and always strives to look beyond the easy sentiment,” said Dale Connelly, former MPR Morning Show host. “Peter does nothing less than address the very nature of our existence. Trust me, most songwriters can’t pull this off. Peter Mayer does.”
Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The concert series includes five Friday night concerts and this spring series includes: Feb. 22, witty guitarist David Stoddard; March 15, step-dancing fiddler April Verch; April 12, multi-instrumentalist Drew Nelson; and May 3, evocative songwriter Greg Trooper.
This Spring 2013 Grassroots Concerts season is the 25th year for the all-volunteer acoustic series. Organizers said the Grassroots Concerts have given thousands of folks joyful hours of listening to talented newcomers and accomplished artists. It all began with house concerts in living rooms with musicians sharing mostly original songs and an occasional cover tune. When musicians accept the invitation to play for this series they often do so as informed performers. They look at the list of fellow artists preceding them: Garnet Rogers, Patty Larkin, James Keelaghan, John Gorka, Carrie Newcomer, Billy McLaughlin, Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky, Richie Havens, Neal and Leandra and Greg Brown to name a few.
Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through the Minnesota State Legislature. The concert series welcomes your donations of non-perishable food (or cash) donations to the local food shelf.