NISSWA - Papa John Kolstad and Clint Hoover will perform a Grassroots Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nisswa Community Center.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.
Kolstad, Minneapolis, has a 40-year reputation as a master of the 12-string guitar in the blues/folk tradition. Hoover is known for his harmonica playing. The duo plans to compete in the upcoming International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
In 2003, Kolstad returned with a CD of up-tempo blues after a 29-year absence from the music industry. In his early days, he played at the Ten O'Clock Scholar in Dinkytown with the likes of Bob Dylan and Spider John Koerner.
Hoover is one of a select few to have mastered both the chromatic and diatonic harmonica. He has studied a broad range of American styles and is a sought-after studio musician.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform in March at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
For more information, call (218) 963-2976 or visit www.grassrootsconcerts.
George Maurer Jazz Group, Debbie Duncan to perform
STAPLES - The George Maurer Jazz Group will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Centennial Auditorium in Staples. Debbie Duncan of Minneapolis will join the group on vocals.
Advance tickets, priced at $12 for adults and $6 for students, are available from the auditorium box office at (218) 894-5416 or (800) 213-6877. At the door, tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students.
Led by pianist and composer George Maurer, the Central Minnesota group performs original and classic jazz, swing, blues and bebop.
Duncan was called "a superb vocalist, probably the finest in the area" by Bob Protzman of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A regular performer at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, she has opened for greats such as Herbie Hancock, Stephan Grapelli, Miles Davis, Lou Rawls and Joe Henderson.
The George Maurer Jazz Group broke through with the CD "Jazz In Black & White," a tribute to George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. Their most recent CD is "On Track: Live at the Dakota." David Nathan of All About Jazz magazine wrote: "The Group continues its march to becoming one of the preeminent small jazz groups on the scene."
For more information, visit www.georgemaurergroup.com.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited to visit GCML
ONAMIA - Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 29-30 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Papa John Kolstad plays a 12-string guitar.
Tickets, priced at $25 and $35, are available at the casino box office or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, members of the rhythm section from Creedence Clearwater Revival, launched Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995 to perform live CCR classics from "Proud Mary" to "Bad Moon Risin'."
The band is rounded out by lead singer/rhythm guitarist John Tristao, lead guitarist Tal Morris and percussionist Steve Gunner.
Baxter native performing with Concordia choir
MOORHEAD - Jacob Schill, the son of Jacinta Baltes, Baxter, will perform with the Concordia College Choir on its annual spring tour. He is a junior.
The choir will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, in Brainerd. Its Midwest and West Coast tour will go through March 11.
Area natives in Bemidji State University ensemble
BEMIDJI - Jessica Scrimshaw, Merrifield, and Jeff Sands, Brainerd, are members of the Wind Ensemble at Bemidji State University.
Scrimshaw is a senior percussionist majoring in music education. Sands is a junior euphonium player majoring in accounting.
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