For week of Aug. 22-28; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Three Days Late (rock) Thur-Sat
Junk Drawer (rock) Mon-Wed
Cliff Veronick, pianist, and Cleo Kuelbs, vocalist (soothing jazz), Fri, 5-8 p.m.
Cliff Veronick, pianist, and Cleo Kuelbs, vocalist (soothing jazz), Sat, 7-10 p.m.
Kenny Jake (country) Fri
Iron Rail Saloon
To Be Announced Thur
Diamondback (country rock) Fri-Sat
Shep's on 6th
Helland Back (variety), Fri, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Ice Breaker (rock), Sat, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
High Noon, Thurs-Fri
Avoiding Tom, Sat
Docksider Bar (Breezy Point Resort)
Chris "Elvis" Olson (impersonator) Sat, 8-11 p.m.
Marina Bar (Breezy Point Resort)
Tami & the Bachelor (variety) Thur-Sat, Mon-Wed
Prime Time Charlie's
Junk Drawer (variety) Fri-Sat
The Ivory Kings (comedy variety) Thur
Lemon Trophy (variety) Fri
Big Walt Dickerson (blues) Sat
Three Bobs (variety) Mon
Dozer (rock) Fri-Sat
East Gull Lake
O'Madden Pub (Madden's Resort)
Preston & Paulzine (variety) Thur-Sat
Jack Tango (variety) Mon-Wed
Ernie's Bar and Grill
BluesTrain with Special Guests (blues) Sun, 4-8 p.m.
The Blue Goose
Black Diamond (variety) Fri-Sat
Class Action (variety) Thur-Sun, Wed
Steve Anderson (variety) Mon-Tue
West Side Bar
High Noon (country) Sat
The Nisswa Grille
Lee Bone (variety) Thur-Sat, 6-10 p.m.
Celo V'ec, violinist (dinner music), Sat, 6-9 p.m.
Paul Bunyan season
Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji, presents "The Wizard of Oz," today and Friday, $13 for adults, less for children, (218) 751-7270.
Better Than Nothin' Family Players present bluegrass performance, 7 p.m. Friday, Staples Centennial Auditorium, $4 for individual or $10 for family ticket at the gate.
Concert in the Park
Bluesman Tom Schrader in Little Falls' Concert in the Park series, 4 p.m. Sunday, Maple Island Park, downtown, free.
On Stage Community Theatre auditions for Oct. 10-20 production of "Annie," 6:30-10 p.m. Monday for children 8-15 and Tuesday for ages 16 and older, Mississippi Horizons School, call 829-4460 or 825-9059.
Lakes Bluegrass Festival, featuring nine bands, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Ski Gull, $25 in advance, $30 at gate, call 866-568-7366, proceeds benefit Ski Gull.
Lakes Area Senior Singers commemorate Sept. 11 with tribute concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, freewill offering at gate.
Brainerd City Hall
Lavina Anderson exhibit, through August.
Painting exhibit by former Brainerd resident Cindy Wicklund, through August, 712 Washington St.
The Crossing Art Center
Painting exhibit by Oren Thorsen, through August, 617 Laurel St.
Jaques Art Center
Les Kouba exhibit, through Sept. 7, downtown.
Ripple River Gallery
"Time and Place" exhibit featuring works by bead artist Jo Wood and fiber artist Tina Fung-Holder, through Sept. 29.
Family Medical Center Gallery
"Faces" exhibit by Rebecca Kummer, through August, 811 Second St. S.E.
Morrison County Government Center
"Abstracted Landscapes" by Mary Lingen, through August, downtown.
Area arts and crafts shows
Nisswa Pioneer Days, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pioneer Village; Deerwood Lakes Lions' sixth annual Fall Craft Spectacular, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21, Deerwood Auditorium.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum
Minnesota Historical Society offers series of workshops on traditional Ojibwe skills, including sweet grass baskets Sept. 14-15, baby moccasins Oct. 19-20 and Ojibwe moccasins Nov. 9-10, $25 plus supplies, call (320) 532-3632 for more information.
Bemidji Community Center
Exhibits by painters Scott Fadness and Henry Hauser, through August, 426 Bemidji Ave.
Exhibit by painter Fred Somers, through Oct. 15, Madden's Resort, East Gull Lake.
Out of town
Minnesota State Fair, today-Sept. 2.
Xcel Energy Center
Santana in concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, $36.50-$51.50, (651) 989-5151.
700 N. First St.
World premiere of Jane Martin's "Good Boys," Aug. 28 with matinee and evening performances through Sept. 22, $26-$30, 877-44 STAGE.
Fourth annual Blackduck Music Festival, Sept. 13-15, $3-$14, (218) 835-5241.
Grand Casino Hinckley presents country singers George Jones and Loretta Lynn in concert, 4 p.m. Sunday; The Rockin' Roadhouse Tour featuring Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence in concert, 6 p.m. Sept. 8; B.B. King Blues Festival with B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Shane Henry, 2 p.m. Sept. 29; (651) 989-5151.
Nisswa Pioneer Day
Nisswa area pioneer families will gather in the Pioneer Village on Main Street in Nisswa, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday for hot dogs, ice cream social, music, square dancing and story-telling, free.
Little Falls fair
Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair, Sept. 6-8, downtown.
Bluegrass jams on first, third and fifth Thursdays of each month at Coco Moon in downtown Brainerd, starting at 6:30 p.m., and every Saturday at Lakes Music in Pequot Lakes, starting at 3 p.m., call Charlotte Curtis at (218) 692-4035 for more information.
St. Francis Music Center string ensemble meets 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the center in Little Falls, all skill levels, (320) 632-0637.
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