ONAMIA - Country artists Sawyer Brown, Phil Stacey, Chris Young, Rissi Palmer and Carolyn Dawn Johnson will perform at the Winter Dance Bash at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Tickets, priced at $23 and $30, are available at the box office or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or www.grandcasinomn.com.
Taking its name from the Nashville street where the band once rehearsed, Sawyer Brown made its national TV debut on "Star Search" in 1984. The band landed a record deal with Curb Records and charted its first single, "Leona," the same year. Sawyer Brown's lists of hits include "Betty's Being Bad," "The Boys and Me," "Some Girls Do" and "Thank God for You."
Former "American Idol" contestant Phil Stacey holds a degree in vocal performance from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where he was a member of the exclusive touring group, Second Edition. In 2003, Stacey enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at Navy Band Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla.
Sawyer Brown will perform in February at Grand Casino Mille Lacs as part of the Winter Dance Bash.
Chris Young is from rural Nashville, Tenn. He won the fourth season of "Nashville Star." A few months later, he released "Drinkin' Me Lonely" off of his self-titled debut album. Other hits include "Lay It on Me," "Small Town, Big Time" and "Center of My World."
Rissi Palmer, a hot new country star, was exposed to music at a young age, performing in her church choir and talent pageants including Hal Jackson's Talented Teens, formerly the Miss Black Teen America pageant. Palmer recently released her self-titled debut album. Since "Country Girl" hit radio airwaves in June, she has reached No. 1 on Yahoo music and been featured in Billboard, Country Weekly, Newsweek and Rolling Stone.
Carolyn Dawn Johnson arrived in Nashville from Canada in 1995. Her debut album, 2001's "Room with a View," produced her first hits as an artist, including "Georgia," "I Don't Want You to Go" and "Complicated." She was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist in 2002 and the American Music Awards Favorite New Country Artist in 2003.
Jason Vigil to perform at Eclectic Cafe
Singer/songwriter Jason Vigil will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Eclectic Cafe in downtown Brainerd.
Admission is $5.
Denver-based Vigil released his debut album, "Heart Gone Sober," last month. Vigil's songwriting blends alternative, pop and rock. His music has been stylistically compared to matchbox twenty, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley and Jimmy Eat World.
Performing Songwriter Magazine wrote, "If Buddy Holly had been born in the '80s, this is what he would have sounded like."
Vigil recently signed a publishing deal with St. James Media. His music has been heard on Denver-area radio. In 2005, Scene Magazine named Vigil's band the best band in northern Colorado.
For more information, visit www.jasonvigil.com.
Brainerd students in Concordia Showcase
MOORHEAD - Hanna Burchill, daughter of Steven and Patricia Burchill, Brainerd, and Steve Johnson, son of Charles and Susan Johnson, Brainerd, recently performed in plays at the annual Beginning Scenes Directing Showcase at Concordia College in Moorhead.
Burchill, a senior, acted in a scene from "Proof" Dy David Auburn, and Johnson, a freshman, acted in a scene from "Cut It Out" by Jan Ruppe.
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