NISSWA — Minnesota musician David Stoddard will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa as part of the spring series of the Grassroots Concerts.
To see Stoddard perform is an experience. He is something of a conundrum: For every biting satirical song he sings a piece that is tender and heartfelt.
Stoddard travels all over the U.S. singing his songs and has been called “The George Carlin of Folk Music.”
He has taken his many audiences on what may feel like a roller coaster ride. Each reflection on human nature is balanced by the sublimely ridiculous.
Stoddard is known as a performer and clinician. He has won a number of very prestigious writing contests. He plays mostly house concerts and concert venues. He spends time promoting the work of independent singers and songwriters through his radio program, Northern Roots Radio. He has won the Kerrville New Folk award, as well as many others.
The Fergus Falls-based musician is known for a dry wit and instrumental skill, sounding in his record “Get Off My Lawn” somewhat like Loudon Wainwright III.
He has shared the stage with Juice Newton, Leon Russell, Rik Emmett, Lou and Peter Berryman, Michael Smith and Pat Donohue. He was once mistaken for George Winston at a bookstore in Milwaukee.
Contacted recently, Stoddard said he continues to be active in theatre while creating music. “I am writing a couple of musicals at the moment,” he said.
On the Grassroots Concerts spring schedule are: March 15, step-dancing fiddler April Verch; April 12, multi-instrumentalist Drew Nelson; and May 3, evocative songwriter Greg Trooper.
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, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
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. For more information go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org, call 839-4092 or email email@example.com.