NISSWA - American finger-style guitar champions Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nisswa Community Center to close the Grassroots Concerts fall season.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.
At the North Carolina School of the Arts, Sparks studied the classics while continuing to play all kinds of music. He adapted compositions by jazz performers Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin and Fats Waller to the guitar.
Sparks absorbed European styles, particularly the music of the Balkans, to produce "Balkan Dreams Suite," a collection of odd-meter arrangements. Many of the compositions are on his solo debut, "The Nutcracker Suite."
Heywood has been based in the Twin Cities since the mid-1980s, performing locally and regionally. He was the 1986 National Finger-Picking Champion and winner of the 1987 American Finger-Style Guitar Festival competition.
For more information, call 963-2976 or visit www.grassrootsconcerts.org.
Christmas in the Park slated in Crosby
CROSBY - Christmas in the Park will be from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Crosby Memorial Park.
The event will begin with a tree-lighting ceremony. An appearance by Santa Claus, free food, horse-drawn sleigh rides, musicians, entertainers and s'mores by the bonfire are planned.
Musicians will include Carla Gutzman & Friends, Churchyard Grass, the Crosby-Ironton High School Chamber Singers and C-I fourth graders.
Entertainers will include Just For Kix, Heartland Performing Arts, the Junior High Rangerettes and the Senior High Rangerettes.
For more information, call the Cuyuna Range Chamber of Commerce at (218) 546-8131.
Clay Walker to perform at Mille Lacs casino
ONAMIA - Country singer Clay Walker will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Country singer Clay Walker will perform in January at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Tickets, priced at $25 and $35, are available at the casino box office or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or www.grandcasinomn.com.
Walker first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with "What's It to You." Since then, he's placed 31 singles on that chart, including "Dreaming With My Eyes Open," "If I Could Make a Living" and "Rumor Has It."
His latest album, "Fall," was released in April.
Oak Ridge Boys to perform at casino
ONAMIA - The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Tickets, priced at $23 and $29, are available at the casino box office or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or www.grandcasinomn.com.
Formed as a country gospel group, the Oak Ridge Boys scored a top-five hit in 1977 with "Y'all Come Back Saloon." The group's next album, 1978's "Room Service," featured the No. 1 hit "I'll Be True to You."
The Oak Ridge Boys will perform in February at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
In 1981, the Grammy-winning "Elvira" hit No. 1 on the country charts and the top five on the pop charts. The accompanying album, "Fancy Free," topped the country charts.
In 2005, the Oak Ridge Boys were honored with an exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.
Area native in St. Olaf Christmas Festival
NORTHFIELD - Tara Ritter of East Gull Lake will participate in the St. Olaf College Choir Christmas Festival concerts Thursday-Saturday.
Ritter, a Brainerd High School graduate, is a sophomore at St. Olaf. She sings alto.
For more information, visit stolaf.edu/christmasfest.
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