The Grassroots Concerts fall season opens Sept. 8 with Tish Hinojosa, whose ballads with multicultural themes have made her a star on the national folk circuit.
The organization's promotional materials describe her work as "truly inspired, tender yet dynamic, achingly beautiful is the bilingual poetry of this singular, fast-rising star."
In fact, Grassroots is expecting a larger-than-usual crowd for opening night, moving the concert to the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium from the Nisswa Community Center, its normal venue.
If you go
Who: Grassroots Concerts
What: Performing arts season
Sept. 8 -- Tish Hinojosa
Sept. 15 -- Eddie Jeff Cahill
Sept. 29 -- Bob Franke
Oct. 13 -- Buffalo Gals Mary DuShane and Betsy Neil
Oct. 27 -- Neal and Leandra
Nov. 10 -- Ann Reed
Dec. 1 -- Peter Phippen
Where: Nisswa Community Center; Tish Hinojosa at Pequot Lakes High School auditorium
When: All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 each for Tish Hinojosa; $10 for adults, $5 for children for all other concerts only at the gate. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Six other performances -- one about every other Friday -- are scheduled for the season, which concludes Dec. 1 with Peter Phippen. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets -- $10 for all seats in the Pequot Lakes venue, $10 for adults and $5 for children in the Nisswa Community Center -- are available only at the gate, so folk fans are advised to arrive early. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Eddie Jeff Cahill of Minnesota will appear Sept. 15 at the Nisswa Community Center as part of the Grassroots Concerts series.
Grassroots Concerts has been promoting area folk music events for more than a decade. It offers a fall and spring season each year, with about a half dozen artists in each.
Born in Texas of Mexican immigrant parents, Hinojosa, a Warner Brothers and Rounder Records recording star, is a popular fixture on the national folk-pop circuit.
She earned a Folk Album of the Year award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors in 1992, with "Culture Swing."
Ann Reed will perform Nov. 10 at the Nisswa Community Center.
Her most recent release -- she's recorded nine in eight years, according to the trades -- hit the shelves in May, with critical success.
Cuts from "Sign of Truth" from Rounder will undoubtedly be performed during her Pequot Lakes appearance.
Responding to an earlier release -- "Dreaming from the Labyrinth" -- one reviewer cooed that Hinojosa "reconciles the implicit dualism of her Mexican-American heritage with subtle, deftly arranged music that transcends all categories, and lyrics that traverse the commonly shared territory of the soul."
She has performed before the Clintons at the White House and has built a following among those who support her view on bilingual, feminine, children and education-related issues, according to Web site sources.
Minnesota's Eddie Jeff Cahill will appear in the Grassroots Concerts series Sept. 15, followed by Bob Franke on Sept. 29, Buffalo Gals Mary DuShane and Betsy Neil on Oct. 13, duo Neal and Leandra on Oct. 27, Ann Reed on Nov. 10 and Peter Phippen on Dec. 1.
Ticket buyers are encouraged to donate nonperishable foods at the concert. The donation ends up on Salvation Army shelves. For more information, call Grassroots Concerts at 963-2976.
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