On Saturday, 13 area musicians will get out of their bedroom or garage and onto the stage. Celebrating Dreams, a concert at Tornstrom Auditorium, will put the spotlight on young talent that too often sticks to the shadows.
"I thought, 'Other than the Eclectic (Cafe), where would be a stage where all ages can see them? In bars, friends can't see them. And grandpas and grandmas don't stay out late," said concert organizer Cindy Fischer, who began dreaming up this show last summer.
The aspiring musicians range in age from 13 (Tia Melby) to 29 (Kari Lynn Svoboda). Among this group are Andy Fischer (Cindy's son, who formerly fronted Wasted Energy) and Jesse Keller; they both hold Fourth of July Battle of the Bands trophies.
What: Celebrating Dreams concert, featuring 13 acoustic musicians.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Building, 804 Oak St., Brainerd.
Tickets: $8 (advance), $10 (at door) and $12 (reserved). Tickets available at American Car Care Center, Deerwood Bank, the Dispatch, Bridge of Harmony and Music General in Brainerd, the Crosby-Ironton Courier and the Lake Country Echo in Pequot Lakes. Reserved tickets are only available at American Car Care Center.
Two proven veterans will also join in: Craig Engelhart, 55, formerly of Silent Partner; and John Pribyl, 46, of Fashionably Late.
Musicians will perform solo or with an accompanist, playing one to three songs each.
"With some of these kids, it's gonna be the first time to have crowd like that," Cindy Fischer said. "If we get even 500 people in there, even Craig Engelhart doesn't have 1,000 eyes on him at a bar show - people are talking and doing other things. I think for every single (performer), it will be a new kind of exposure.
"All the talent is so different. Even though it's a long program, I think it's gonna be fast, because people will be anticipating the next one. Everybody's talent and voices are so different."
Celebrating Dreams could become an annual event - Fischer is already looking at booking Tornstrom for this time next year. And, with luck, it might turn dreams into reality, and launch careers in music.
Here's a closer look at the performers.
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