The Wailin' Jennys
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Wailin' Jennys

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating Only
$47 Main Floor center, $43 Main Floor stage left or right, $38 Balcony

Student discount available; if you can present a valid student ID the night of the show or are under the age of 18, please select student ticket pricing when selecting seats on our online ticketing portal.

Concert at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6pm with beverages sold by CCA and food sold by Twisted Barrel Wood-fired Pizza and Back Alley Kitchen through 7:30pm.

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse—three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.

Starting as a happy accident of solo singer-songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have earned their place as one of today's most beloved international folk groups. Founding members Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta, along with New York-based Heather Masse, continue to create some of the most exciting and exquisite music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically-lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.

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Takin' It to the Limit: An Eagles Tribute with The Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

Takin' It to the Limit: An Eagles Tribute with The Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious

Potter Auditorium - 7:30 PM

Tickets - Reserved Seating - $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Doors open at 5:30pm with beverages sold by CCA and food sold by Back Alley Kitchen and Hog Thai Catering through 7:30pm.

The Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious come together at the historic Potter Auditorium to recreate the magical songs we all know as the premier band of California Rock in the 70’s, the Eagles. You will hear all the hits and relive the sound of your turntable spinning those incredible albums. Hear Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, One Of These Nights, Desperado, I Can’t Tell You Why, Witchy Woman, Hotel California, Take It To The Limit and so many more!

With their 9 piece band, you can sit back and close your eyes and take in the power of the Eagles live with the Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious Eagles Tribute - “Takin’ It To The Limit”.

EVENT PROUDLY SPONSORED BY

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Chosen Bean Concert: Chuck Brodsky
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Chosen Bean Concert: Chuck Brodsky

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door OR Fall Series Subscription available for 4 Chosen Bean Shows at $70

Beer, wine, soda & water available for purchase night of. Coffeehouse concessions courtesy of Cabin Coffee-Chatfield offered.

Chuck Brodsky is a storyteller, a songwriter, a troubadour, a modern day bard. His wit and irony, down-to-earth warmth, and quirky, rootsy, finely crafted songs tell stories of oddball and underdog characters. His songs celebrate the goodness in people, the eccentric, the holy, the profound, the courageous, the inspiring, the beautiful. They poke fun at what needs poking and sometimes challenge what needs to be challenged. They’re sworn to tell the truth.

“If Mark Twain were reincarnated as a musician, his name might be Chuck Brodsky.” - Florida Today

Get a taste of Chuck's music at: https://youtu.be/MmiZq7JT66U

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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Arts & Heritage Day
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Arts & Heritage Day

Join us in Chatfield for our annual Arts & Heritage on Saturday, September 29. The day-long FREE festival will include an art fair inside and out with Minnesota-based musicians playing outdoors throughout out the day plus hands-on art activities for all ages, food vendors, and a hot dish cook-off.

ART FAIR
10am-5pm | Featuring area artists with watercolors, pottery, jewelry, paintings, wearable felt art, stained glass, photography, and more for sale. Spray paint art demos.

LIVE MUSIC
10:30am-12pm | First Rodeo
12:30-2pm | The Lonely Knees
2:30-4pm | Don Scott Blues

MAKER STATIONS
10am-5pm | Create colorful mural panels, Get your face painted, DIY instrument building, Bubble art, and more
12-2pm | Unveiling of the CCA’s new art studio

+ HOT DISH COOK-OFF!
+ FOOD VENDORS & BEER GARDEN!!


7pm Ticketed* concert with Chris Koza [Potter Auditorium, tickets now on sale (*$18 Adults, $15 Students).

Outdoor booth spots are still available for artists interested in sharing and selling their work with our audiences. To inquire, please call us at 507-884-7676 or email us via our Contact page.

Arts & Heritage Day is supported by grants from People’s Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up and Minnesota Energy Resources.

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Chris Koza
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Koza

Potter Auditorium - 7:00pm

Tickets - Reserved Seating - $18 Adults, $15 Students

Student Pricing: if you can present a valid student ID the night of the show or are under the age of 18, please select student ticket pricing when selecting seats on our online ticketing portal.

Concert seating begins at 6:30pm. Pre-concert activities and food throughout the day in conjunction with Arts & Heritage Day.

Chris Koza is a singer-songwriter living and working in Minneapolis. Born in rain-soaked Portland, Oregon, he discovered Minnesota by way of Northfield; earning degrees in Studio Art and Philosophy while at St. Olaf College. Since then, Koza has focused on music: writing, recording and self-releasing over a dozen albums both solo and with his band Rogue Valley. He’s performed at venues both prestigious and infamous all across the United States and internationally at the Iceland Airwaves Festival and the UK while supporting renowned artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, Stephen Kellogg, and The Jayhawks. His song The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Koza composed and produced the soundtrack to the 2014 documentary Beyond the Divide.

 

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Stanton West: Jelly Bean Event for Kids & Families
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Stanton West: Jelly Bean Event for Kids & Families

Backstage of Potter Auditorium - 2 PM

Admission is $10 per family. A limited number of need-based admission waivers are available; please contact us at 507-884-7676 or email us to inquire.

Doors open at 1:30pm. Concert at 2pm following by art activities in the Sunken Room until 4:30.

Kid-friendly snacks, juice boxes and water provided thanks to our generous sponsor!

The Stanton West Family Fun Show is an interactive musical and story telling experience. Sing and play along with camp songs, puppets, skits, and a flying banana!

MORE ABOUT JELLY BEAN CONCERTS: Our Jelly Bean Concerts (a play on the name for our folk music Chosen Bean Concert Series) began in 2017 and are geared towards young children and families to increase access to and inspire appreciation of music and art. Look for quarterly Jelly Bean Concerts where admission for kids is free and the rest of the family can attend for just $10 thanks to the generous support of local business sponsors.

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Chosen Bean Concert: Johnsmith
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Chosen Bean Concert: Johnsmith

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door OR Fall Series Subscription available for 4 Chosen Bean Shows at $70

Beer, wine, soda & water available for purchase night of. Coffeehouse concessions courtesy of Cabin Coffee-Chatfield offered.

Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.

Get a taste of Johnsmith's music at: https://youtu.be/DkUYjQNGbno

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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Hornucopia
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Hornucopia

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating
Advance: $19 All Areas-Adults, $15 All Areas-Students; At Door: $24 All Areas-Adults, $20 All Areas-Students

Student discount available; must present a valid student ID the night of the show or be under the age of 18. Please select student ticket pricing when selecting seats on our online ticketing portal.

Doors open at 6pm, Concert at 7:30pm - Food and beverage options available.

Hornucopia, an innovative Tribute show is different than the typical band paying homage to a single band or genre. Hornucopia pays tribute to many artists and bands that feature horn sections in the rock era. This exciting project features songs that span the past six decades and celebrates multiple styles of music from rock to ska, swing to pop, soul to funk, and latin to blues. Hornucopia promises a unique and unforgettable evening.

 

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'I am, He Said': Celebrating the music of Neil Diamond
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

'I am, He Said': Celebrating the music of Neil Diamond

Potter Auditorium - 7:30pm

Tickets in Advance - Reserved Seating:
$33 Main Floor Center
$29 Main Floor Left/Right/Balconies

Tickets at Door:
$38 Main Floor Center
$34 Main Floor Left/Right/Balconies

Doors open at 6pm, Concert at 7:30pm - Food and beverage options available

“We are saying what HE said,” laughs Matt Vee referring to the one and only Neil Diamond. Matt along with cousins Jeff and Tommy Vee, local music scene veterans and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, join forces with their family and friends as The Killer Vees to celebrate the music from a timeless catalog. With songs like "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," and "Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond sold over 100 million records worldwide with music that became the soundtrack to one generation after another with hits spanning five decades. As a Tin Pan Alley song writer in the mid 60s, he penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, “I’m A Believer.”

“This is not a tribute show,” says Tommy Vee. “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon, one we all love and respect. We have been fans since we were in grade school and first learning our respective instruments and played many of these tunes over the years in various bands. We have recruited an incredible group of singers and players and have gone back to the original records,” he explains, “it is all about the vocals and Matt nails it. It’s a Rockin’ show!”

Joining The Killer Vees will be Matt’s wife Julie Velline on vocals, veteran Minnesota musicians Mark Levandowski, Kurt Rodman, Boyd Lee, Dennis Kennedy and Dr. Frank Plachecki, as well as a very special surprise for the finale.

Members Of The Killer Vees have recorded or performed with: Bobby Vee, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tim Rice, Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fabian, The Shirelles, The Chiffons, Brian Hyland, Johnny Tillotson, Nelson, Peter Noone, Bill Medley, The Johnny Holm Band, GB Leighton and MANY others.

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Chosen Bean Concert: Sara Routh
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Chosen Bean Concert: Sara Routh

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door OR Fall Series Subscription available for 4 Chosen Bean Shows at $70

Beer, wine, soda & water available for purchase night of. Coffeehouse concessions courtesy of Cabin Coffee-Chatfield offered.

When you mix the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald with Jeff Buckley you'll end up with Sara Routh. This Iowa-born singer/songwriter will gift you an energetic and heart-full performance every time. Sara embraces musical growth yet stays true to her jazz & folk roots. She is constantly reinventing herself in order to bring excitement to her audiences in both live and recorded settings.

Get a taste of Sara's music at: https://youtu.be/NOAPKAppGQ4

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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Chosen Bean Concert: Friction Farm
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Chosen Bean Concert: Friction Farm

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door OR Fall Series Subscription available for 4 Chosen Bean Shows at $70

Beer, wine, soda & water available for purchase night of. Coffeehouse concessions courtesy of Cabin Coffee-Chatfield offered.

Modern-folk music duo Friction Farm, is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay, combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. They have been Kerrville New Folk Finalists, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, and South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter winners. Friction Farm's latest CD, “So Many Stars” was inspired by their travels across the country witnessing the collision of strong political polarity with personal kindness, the intersection of fragility and breathtaking beauty. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

Get a taste of Friction Farm's music at: https://youtu.be/yIS0KKImu0I

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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Home for the Holidays: A Musical Celebration of the Season with Brad Boice and Friends
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Home for the Holidays: A Musical Celebration of the Season with Brad Boice and Friends

Potter Auditorium

Tickets in Advance - Reserved Seating:
$19 All Areas-Adults
$15 All Areas-Students

Tickets at Door:
$24 All Areas-Adults
$20 All Areas-Students

Youth 12 years and under are free with paying adult(s).

Student pricing available; must present a valid student ID the night of the show or be under the age of 18. Please select student ticket pricing when selecting seats on our online ticketing portal.

Youth 12 and under must possess a ticket for admission; please select the necessary youth tickets along with adult and student tickets when selecting seats on our online ticketing portal.

Doors open at 6:30pm, beverage options available.

“Home for the Holidays” will present a blend of traditional, contemporary and gospel music that celebrates the Christmas season.

Join Brad Boice and friends for a very special Holiday event that will resemble a mix of a “Gaither Homecoming” and a Christmas evening spent with family at Grandma's house singing carols around the Christmas tree.

Come “Home for the Holidays” – celebrate, and reflect on, the true Reason for the Season!

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Aug
3
to Aug 11

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Presented by Wits' End Theatre

5 performance dates and times to choose from!

Friday, August 3 at 7pm
Saturday, August 4 at 7pm
Thursday, August 9 at 7pm
Friday, August 10 at 7pm
Saturday, August 11 at 5pm

Potter Auditorium
$18 for Main Floor Reserved Seating, $15 for General Admission Lower or Upper Balcony

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to show time, Box office open 1 hour prior. Concessions sold by CCA prior to performance and during intermission.

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas brought to life by the CCA's resident community theatre company, Wits' End Theatre. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."

An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.

Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.

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Songs of Hope
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Songs of Hope

In what has become a regular tradition, the global Songs of Hope performance company of youth from countries worldwide is returning to Chatfield for a new concert at 7 pm on Saturday, July 14, in the historic Potter Auditorium. The award-winning Songs of Hope concert showcases the talents of young artists ranging in age from 10 to 20 drawn to Minnesota from countries all across the globe.

The annual Songs of Hope project has a well-deserved reputation for lively, upbeat shows enjoyed by audiences of all ages. With close to 90 performers on stage from a dozen countries, the concert will serve up a delightful mix of global music from places large and small, with a special medley of moving songs focused on the desires of people everywhere to live freely (in all the many ways they define freedom). Mixed with the global music will be a wide variety of U.S. songs chosen to be perfect entertainment on a warm summer’s night: Broadway hits, traditional folk, jazz, blues, rock ‘n roll, and much more.

More than a choir, Songs of Hope dazzles audiences with an array of rich cultural dress from countries across the globe, energetic movement by the performers, music by a talented band, imaginative sets, and much more.

This concert is free and open to the public.

A huge thank you to the Chatfield Booster Club for once again sponsoring this year's Songs of Hope concert. We'd also like to thank the Chatfield Public Schools, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Chosen Valley Care Center, and the Chatfield Public Pool for helping to provide a welcoming Chatfield experience to Songs of Hope.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Stringwood Chamber Music Festival
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Stringwood Chamber Music Festival

Stringwood is a premier summer music festival that specializes in connecting young musicians to chamber music as an art form, and developing expression through collaborative performances. Stringwood is convenes at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center for several weeks throughout the Summer with students, both high school and college-aged, then performing at locations throughout the region. This year, they've added Chatfield Center for the Arts to their lineup.

This concert is FREE and open to the public and will take place in the Legion Room at the arts center.

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Hoodwinked and Hoodooed
May
25
to May 26

Hoodwinked and Hoodooed

Presented by the Chatfield High School Drama Program

2 performance dates and times to choose from!

Friday, May 25 at 7pm
Saturday, May 26 at 7pm

Potter Auditorium
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ONLY - $5

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Questions, please contact Rachel Schieffelbein, the play's director at (507) 319-9161 or via email at rachelmarybean@yahoo.com.

Hold on to your hats, the venom-spewing actress Lulu LaGroux is in town and she’s spittin’ mad, madder than usual! The critics have declared her latest film a disaster, igniting rumors of her long-overdue retirement. "I shall act until the day I die! As for critics, they’re in the same league as doctors: pond scum!" To make matters worse, her agent, the timid Maurice Ambrose, has gotten them stranded in a backwater town by wrecking their car and killing a farmer’s prize heifer in the process.

While their car gets repaired, they stop in at Eddie’s Café. There, Lulu is hounded by the press, gawked at by townsfolk who thought she was long dead, wounded by a manicurist, almost poisoned with cranberries, and finally stuffed into a meat locker to save her wrinkled hide. Through all this she has to endure spontaneous auditions by acting hopefuls and the playful barbs of Ziggy, a waiter who will stop at nothing to knock the despicable and demanding Lulu off her crumbling pedestal.

Add to this mad concoction a lop-sided love triangle, a shot-gun totin’ farmer out for blood, a love-struck mortician, a mixed-up fortune teller, and you’ve got a recipe for laughter dished up by the saucy staff and crazy customers at Eddie’s Cafe.

This is a frantically-paced farce packed full of eccentric characters and enough hoodoos and hoodwinks to make everyone’s head spin, but all comes out right in the end as the curtain falls on this madcap comedy of errors.

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Greg Brown
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Greg Brown

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating Only
$34 Main Floor center, $29 Main Floor stage left or right and Balcony

Seating starts at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm with beverages sold by CCA and food sold by Back Alley Kitchen through 7:30pm.

Critic Josh Kun once described singer and songwriter Greg Brown as “a Midwestern existentialist hobo with a quick-draw mouth, a bloodied heart, and bourbon on his breath.” One of the leading contemporary folk artists of the American Midwest, Brown’s music reflects a poetic spirit while also sounding thoroughly down to Earth; his deep, craggy voice expresses quirky humor and the mysteries of life and love with equal skill, and over the course of a career that’s spanned more than five decades, he’s earned a passionate following for his heartfelt and uncompromising music.

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An Evening with LEO KOTTKE
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with LEO KOTTKE

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating Only
$45 Main Floor center, $40 Main Floor stage left or right, $35 Balcony

Seating starts at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm with beverages sold by CCA and food sold by Twisted Barrel Wood-fired Pizza and Back Alley Kitchen through 7:30pm.

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.

After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine.

Discharged in 1964, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis' Scholar Coffeehouse, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar's tiny Oblivion label.

After sending tapes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke was signed to Fahey's Takoma label, releasing what has come to be called the Armadillo record. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce soon secured a production deal for Kottke with Capitol Records.

Kottke's 1971 major-label debut, "Mudlark," positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, as records like 1972's "Greenhouse" and 1973's live "My Feet Are Smiling" and "Ice Water" found him branching out with guest musicians and honing his guitar technique. With 1975's Chewing Pine, Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time. His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, "Clone," caught audiences' attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called "Sixty Six Steps," produced by Leo's old friend and Prince producer David Z.

Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.

An Evening with Leo Kottke is proud to have media sponsorship courtesy of Inspire(d) Media.

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Choral Arts Ensemble
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Choral Arts Ensemble

Free will donation. A concert for all ages. Come and join us!

A celebration of the rich choral traditions of our region Choir Country is a celebration of Minnesota’s finest composers and the deep roots of excellent choral singing in our region. Minnesota has been blessed with a tradition of excellent choral performance AND choral composition.  Building on the foundations laid by F Melius Christiansen, Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen and many others, a richly talented and diverse body of contemporary Minnesota-based composers are creating beautiful new music for choir.

Choral Arts Ensemble will feature thirteen of these vibrant and eloquent voices, both in video clips of the composers talking about their craft, and in the moving artistry of their music itself. Familiar MPR music host Steve Staruch will help us by conducting these video interviews.

This is a Free Will concert – open and suitable for all ages! Come learn the composer’s creative process and experience how that is translated and delivered to the audience by a top-notch choir.

About Choral Arts Ensemble
Choral Arts Ensemble is an auditioned choir that has been making music throughout southeast Minnesota since its founding by Rick Kvam in 1985.  Its volunteer members come from all over southeast Minnesota as well as Rochester, and encompass a wide variety of professions and interests. Repertoire includes a cappella works, from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as a variety of choral/orchestral works.  Since 1996 Choral Arts Ensemble has commissioned and/or premiered more than 50 new choral works.  Its catalog of 15 cds includes Minnesota Voices and Hail, Minnesota! both of which feature works by Minnesota composers.

*We encourage patrons to reserve tickets to guarantee admittance to this free event.

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Joe Crookston: Chosen Bean Concert
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Joe Crookston: Chosen Bean Concert

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT ONLY EXHIBITION OF JOE'S ORIGINAL PAINTINGS BEFORE THE CONCERT WITH A CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST AT 7PM!

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door OR Winter/Spring Series Subscription applies
Beer, wine, soda & water available for purchase night of. Coffeehouse concessions courtesy of Cabin Coffee-Chatfield offered.

Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His songs are being made into films.

Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

Get a taste of Joe Crookston's music on his website at: http://www.joecrookston.com/?page_id=153

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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Pet Sounds: A Tribute to the Beach Boys presented by Collective Unconscious
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Pet Sounds: A Tribute to the Beach Boys presented by Collective Unconscious

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating - $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Doors open at 6pm with beverages sold by CCA with Twisted Barrel Wood-fired Pizza onsite through 7:30pm

Originally formed to perform multi-instrumentalist Jeff Engholm's solo album, Summit Climb in the year 2000, Collective Unconscious has grown from those humble roots to become one of Minnesota's premiere groups.

Through the years, the band has performed not only their own music, but expanded into a new genre: album shows. Starting in 2005 with performing The Beatles "Abbey Road" from first track to last (Come Together to Her Majesty), with special guest and semi-band member, Stacy Bauer, they jumped into one of their most ambitious projects, The Beach Boys' 1966 classic, "Pet Sounds".

On stage will be an army of musicians: a 24-member orchestra including a string quartet, vocal quartet, horn section, vibes, timpani, bass harmonica and a Theremin to name a few!  With this ensemble, the Collective Unconscious will recapture the beautiful and spiritual music that is Pet Sounds.  Joining Collective Unconscious on stage will be jazz pianist George Maurer, vocal quartet The Half Steps and Jeff & Tommy Vee (sons of music legend Bobby Vee).

Pet Sounds was originally released in 1966 and included the hits "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B." and "God Only Knows."  Featuring the more mature and creative compositions of Brian Wilson, the album went on to influence a whole range of other artists and bands, not the least of which was The Beatles who recorded Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in response.  It has consistently remained at the top of critic’s lists of the best albums of all time.  Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #2 behind Sgt. Pepper’s, MOJO Magazine (UK) ranked it #1.

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Connor Garvey: Chosen Bean Concert
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Connor Garvey: Chosen Bean Concert

**THIS SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 19 AT 7:30PM. TICKETS TO THE APRIL 14 SHOW WILL BE HONORED FOR THIS NEW DATE.**

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door OR Winter/Spring Series Subscription applies
Beer, wine, soda & water available for purchase night of. Coffeehouse concessions courtesy of Cabin Coffee-Chatfield offered.

Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller.

His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.

Get a taste of Connor's music at: https://youtu.be/papv40ZCFfM

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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United States Air Force Band of Mid-America
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

United States Air Force Band of Mid-America

Free will donation. A concert for all ages. Come and join us!

Potter Auditorium. General admission with doors open at 6:30pm and concert at 7pm.

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band represents the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the Air Force. This diverse, 45-piece ensemble’s repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks, to traditional marches, to modern compositions, to pops and jazz. During a concert, you are likely to hear stirring works from contemporary composers as well as the familiar sounds of John Philip Sousa or Major Glenn Miller. The band also features talented vocal soloists, performing a wide variety of popular, classical, and patriotic selections.

*Because admission to this event is free, the auditorium will likely fill to capacity. In order to guarantee admittance, please click the button above to reserve your free ticket.

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Monroe Crossing
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

Monroe Crossing

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating - $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Doors open at 6pm with beverages sold by CCA with Twisted Barrel Wood-fired Pizza onsite through 7:30pm

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music," Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Based in the Twin cities of Minnesota, Monroe Crossing plays an average of 150 shows a year in intimate rooms, at major venues, and outdoor festivals. Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds. When combined, their individual histories make for a very unique ensemble sound.

Band members are:

  • Derek Johnson - guitar & lead vocals;
  • Lisa Fuglie - fiddle, mandolin, guitar & lead vocals;
  • Matt Thompson - mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals;
  • Mark Anderson - bass & bass vocals;
  • David Robinson - banjo, dobro, harmonica & harmony vocals.

Because they met through the music of Bill Monroe, they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

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Tonic Sol-fa
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Tonic Sol-fa

Potter Auditorium

Reserved Seating - $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Doors open at 6pm, snack and beverage options available. Concert at 7:30pm. Onsite food service WILL NOT be available for this show.

A ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, Tonic Sol-fa has been in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.

The ensemble has shared the stage with Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Garrison Keillor, Lonestar, Montgomery Gentry, Shawn Colvin, Weird Al Yankovic, Bryan White, Neal McCoy, Nestor Torres, Bobcat Goldthwait and Jerry Springer among others.

Their original songs, arrangements and albums have won numerous contemporary a cappella awards for best pop album, gospel song and Christmas original, have been featured on television and in movies and have garnered numerous positive national reviews.

Experience a preview of Tonic Sol-fa at https://youtu.be/FUVIHj7hZAU

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Tom Pease: Jelly Bean Event for Kids & Families
Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Tom Pease: Jelly Bean Event for Kids & Families

Backstage of Potter Auditorium - 2 PM

Admission is $10 per family. A limited number of need-based admission waivers are available; please contact us at 507-884-7676 or email us to inquire.

Doors open at 1:30pm. Concert at 2pm following by art activities in the Sunken Room until 4:30.

Kid-friendly snacks, juice boxes and water provided thanks to our generous sponsor!

Tom Pease has an infectious sense of fun and community building. With movement, sign language, humor, and joy, he creates concerts that leave audiences laughing and singing. He’s performed full time since 1982, often giving more than 200 performances per year. He’s also a frequent presenter at early childhood and environmental conferences, keynoting and leading breakout sessions that explore the role of music in shaping our lives and the world we live in. Tom connects and inspires with every show he does.

MORE ABOUT JELLY BEAN CONCERTS: Our Jelly Bean Concerts (a play on the name for our folk music Chosen Bean Concert Series) began in 2017 and are geared towards young children and families to increase access to and inspire appreciation of music and art. Look for quarterly Jelly Bean Concerts where admission for kids is free and the rest of the family can attend for just $10 thanks to the generous support of local business sponsors.

 

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Peter Mulvey with Humbird: Chosen Bean Concert
Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Mulvey with Humbird: Chosen Bean Concert

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door OR Winter/Spring Series Subscription applies
Beer, wine, soda & water available for purchase night of. Coffeehouse concessions courtesy of Cabin Coffee-Chatfield offered.

Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums. Starting his musical career in Milwaukee while at Marquette University, he honed his performing skills while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. He later spent several years in Boston, where he frequently performed in the city's subway system. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style.

Humbird, the solo project of musician Siri Undlin, stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana to embrace the unexpected through a combination of a wintry longing with the warmth of a familiar folktale. Her music invites a refreshing dissonance into the house, it leaves breadcrumbs along the path and reflects light back at the stars.

“The eclectic range of Peter Mulvey's tireless past pays handsome dividends on this stylistically sweeping, LA-recorded album. A crack specially convened band (including regular Dylan drummer David Kemper) adhere to his well-established live and direct recording approach and allow the performer's deeply matured, naturally wry and hard-edged Americana to attain full, flowing life.” – Gavin Martin

“Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style.” – Boston Globe

Get a taste of Peter Mulvey's music at: https://youtu.be/s1F2TXKYRUk

For a beautiful little piece by Humbird visit: https://youtu.be/X5NQ2IARfko

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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Wits’ End Theatre presents Abraham Lincoln for the Defense
Feb
23
to Mar 3

Wits’ End Theatre presents Abraham Lincoln for the Defense

Performances on:

  • Friday, February 23: 7:30pm
  • Saturday, February 24: 7:30pm
  • Friday, March 2: 7:30pm
  • Saturday, March 3: 7:30pm

Potter Auditorium, doors open at 6:30pm for seating and concessions

General Admission - $15 in advance or in the night of

It’s a dramatic story.  A man attacked and killed in the dark of night.  A widow’s son accused of the murder.  A jury trial that will decide whether the boy hangs.  Now add the most interesting part—Abraham Lincoln defends the young man at trial—and you have a fascinating tale.

In historic Potter Auditorium, Wits' End Theatre will bring that story to the stage, in a new play, written and to be directed by Chatfield native Joe Chase. “It was Lincoln’s most famous trial,” says Chase, “and one of his last.”  The defendant was a young man named William “Duff” Armstrong.   Duff’s mother, Hannah, was Lincoln’s old friend.  When Duff was charged with the 1857 murder of James Preston Metzker, Hannah asked Lincoln to defend the boy.

 

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Danika & The Jeb
Feb
17
7:30 PM19:30

Danika & The Jeb

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

Tickets $17 in advance or $20 at the door

She’s a songwriter who was almost a doctor. He’s a guitar aficionado who owns and operates his own guitar instruction company. Together they form the duo Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart, a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents.

Hailed as “a captivating singer in a truly soulful duo,” by Emmy Award winning songwriter Trey Bruce, Holmes initially started as a solo artist, her songs playing on Sirius XM’s Coffee House station and on 150 radio stations nationwide. Her belief is that a well written song can embody all emotions of the human existence and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet gentle voice and truthful lyrics.

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The Accidentals
Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

The Accidentals

Potter Auditorium
Tickets - General Admission - $15 in advance, $17 at the door
Doors open at 6pm, snack and beverage options available

Named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017,” The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Katie Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Sav Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. The gifted young musicians became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Having both grown up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.

Dubbing themselves after the musical notes that fall outside of a key signature, The Accidentals recorded and released a pair of independent albums in 2012 and 2013, the latter funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter. Their original songs revealed a band with wide-ranging influences but always true to their orchestral roots.

National applause and attention followed, as did acclaimed collaborations with some fellow local artists and independent filmmakers. Other career highlights include scoring arrangements for a 75-piece orchestra to accompany them on their original songs as well as arranging pieces for an opera/dance production with Jennifer and Ryan Lott (Son Lux).

The past five years have seen The Accidentals perform over a thousand live shows, including headline dates, festival sets, and shared stages along such like-minded acts as Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird, The Wailers, Joan Baez and others. 2015 saw the band embark on their first full-scale national tour, funded in part by an Indiegogo ‘online garage sale”. That year’s SXSW debut saw them hailed by Billboard for “displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.”

Get a taste of The Accidentals on their YouTube channel.

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3rd Annual Short Play Festival
Jan
26
to Jan 27

3rd Annual Short Play Festival

Presented by Wits' End Theatre

Performances:

  • Friday, January 26 at 7pm
  • Saturday, January 27 at 7pm

Legion Room with limited general admission seating

Tickets $10. Available at the door.

Wits' End Theatre is excited to host its third annual Short Play Festival. Join us on January 26 or 27 to experience six wonderful short plays written by four local playwrights. From house wives to monsters, comedies to dramas, these six plays are sure to entertain.

Doors open 6:30pm. Held in conjunction with ChillFest.

Coffeehouse concessions, beer & wine available for purchase

 

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Katie Dahl & Rich Higdon: Chosen Bean Concert
Jan
13
7:30 PM19:30

Katie Dahl & Rich Higdon: Chosen Bean Concert

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door OR Fall Series Subscription available for 4 Chosen Bean Shows at $70
Coffeehouse concessions, beer & wine available for purchase night of

Wisconsin singer-songwriter Katie Dahl has performed her original songs everywhere from the dusty cliff country of Mali, West Africa, to the winding canals of southern France, to the cedar forests of the American northwoods. The depth and power of Katie’s alto voice, the literate candor of her original songs, and the easy humor of her live performances have earned her numerous songwriting awards.

Austin singer-songwriter Karen Mal says, “Katie Dahl is a writer of such depth and laser-sharp perception, you almost expect her to have a thousand shows and a million miles behind her. But then she shows up with a stage demeanor that is so innocent and utterly without guile, you wonder at her maturity.”

Get a taste of Katie Dahl, who will be performing with her husband Rich Higdon, on January 13: https://youtu.be/YtDwdes4efA

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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'Tis the Season
Dec
10
1:30 PM13:30

'Tis the Season

You're invited to join the Chatfield Brass Band and Wits' End Theatre for music and laughter, celebrating the most wonderful time of the year during a free concert for the whole family in the historic Potter Auditorium at Chatfield Center for the Arts.

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At Christmas featuring Mick Sterling and Friends
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

At Christmas featuring Mick Sterling and Friends

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating - $22 in advance, $25 at the door

Special pricing for youth: $10

Doors open at 6pm, snack and beverage options available

AT CHRISTMAS is a unique blend of family fueled comedy and drama brilliantly written and performed by (3) alumni of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop, Shannon Custer, Michelle Cassioppi and Jim Robinson, as well as a live, 6-piece band featuring one of Twin Cities’ favorite front men, Mick Sterling, and A Brave New Workshop’s musical director, Peter Guertin.

The presentation of AT CHRISTMAS is wonderfully simple and minimal. What drives AT CHRISTMAS are the stories and the music that will ring true with family members of all ages. The 90-minute show is a reflection of what the holidays are for all families – funny, poignant and heart-warmingly tender. These reflections will be displayed theatrically while the music score of A Brave New Workshop Musical Director, Peter Guertin, leads the band with his own original score, along with Sterling leading his band as they perform surprisingly fresh interpretations of recognizable Christmas favorites.

For a sneak peek of this musical theater performance: https://youtu.be/C3N3nDvIbas

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Open Auditions for Lincoln for the Defense
Dec
3
to Dec 4

Open Auditions for Lincoln for the Defense

December 3 & December 4 at 6:30pm

Potter Auditorium

It’s a dramatic story.  A man attacked and killed in the dark of night.  A widow’s son accused of the murder.  A jury trial that will decide whether the boy hangs.  Now add the most interesting part—Abraham Lincoln defends the young man at trial—and you have a fascinating tale.

This winter—on February 23-24 and March 2-3, 2018—in the historic Potter Auditorium, Wit’s End Theatre will bring that story to the stage, in a new play, written and to be directed by Chatfield native Joe Chase, called Lincoln for the Defense.

Twenty male roles, ages 17 to 70, to be cast! Some principal roles have already been cast, but parts large and small are available, and all are speaking roles.  No previous acting experience is necessary.

For more information on auditions for Lincoln for the Defense, contact Joe Chase at 507-273-8947 or visit Wits' End Theatre's website.

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The Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins
Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

The Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating - $17 in advance, $20 at the door
Doors open at 6pm, food and beverage options available

Straight from the great Mill City comes the Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins. Don't let the name fool you! This is not a violent group of flightless aquatic birds looking for a party, but rather 5 self proclaimed gentlemen, 2 guitars, a mandolin, a bucket of fiddles, an upright bass, a banjo, and a 4 part vocal harmony that will make Rush Limbaugh wanna pay taxes. As they prepare to record their 3rd album this winter, this quintet from Minneapolis strives to maintain the original spirit of the "string band" while continuing to play new original music and creative cover songs. The combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the occasional stage banter will create an experience that anyone can enjoy!

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Pushing Chain: Chosen Bean Concert
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Pushing Chain: Chosen Bean Concert

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door
Coffeehouse concessions, beer & wine available for purchase

Pushing Chain is Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on fiddle and vocals. They have been playing together since 1997, and recorded their first album in 1998. They have been told many times that they are exponentially stronger musically together than they are apart, and after about 17 years of playing together, they are starting to believe it.
 
Pushing Chain believes in strong harmonies, kazoos, and sad songs. We believe in performing songs we’ve never played together, and jamming with people we’ve just met. That a guitarist and a fiddler can cover Hendrix if they want to. That music can cause tears and laughter, sometimes in the course of one song, and that there are still important songs to be written. That a good band will make strangers share a table. 

Get a taste of Pushing Chain's music at: https://youtu.be/tPj3NZ4AJz0

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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Wits' End Theatre present 2017 Medieval Feast
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Wits' End Theatre present 2017 Medieval Feast

Friday, November 10: 7pm
Saturday, November 11: - 7pm

Backstage of Potter Auditorium
Tickets are $35 in advance, must purchase tickets by November 4.

Doors open at 6:30pm, Dinner seating at 7pm.
General admission, seating by ticket purchase order

Serving lads and wenches will serve you a delicious meal while you enjoy a variety of acts. Actors, Dancers and Mummers will perform for your pleasure. Musicians will delight you with their playing, including the debut performance of the Musicology Ukulele Consort.

The dinner menu includes:

  • Coffee & Wassail
  • Salad and Rolls
  • Boursin Chicken
  • Sides of Roasted Red Potatoes and Almond Green Beans
  • Cheesecake

Beer and wine available for purchase.

The evening ends with the short play: “Game of Musical Thrones: Carnage when the Music Stops”. What’s a royal family to do when the Crown Prince won’t move out of the castle basement? Follow the journey of Prince Roland Cheetocrumbs as he braves the outside world, force to gain the life experience every future king needs!

About Wits' End Theatre: Wits' End's mission is to produce community-based theatre for all ages; to teach volunteers in the craft of theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes; and to instill broad appreciation of the benefits and joy theatre can bring to your community.

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Ruth Moody Band
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Ruth Moody Band

Potter Auditorium
Tickets Reserved Seating - $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Doors open at 6pm, beverage options available*

Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exquisitely crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers.

In 2010, Ruth released her first solo album, The Garden. Produced by David Travers-Smith, it was nominated for two Juno Awards, a Western Canadian Music Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its title track was the fourth most played song of 2010 on North American Folk Radio.

These Wilder Things, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Garden, was released in 2013 to rave reviews. Once again produced by Travers-Smith, it features guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, and The Wailin’ Jennys. It was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award, and her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ was one of CBC Radio 2’s most played played songs of 2013. The release tour included a string of dates opening for Mark Knopfler in Europe, six of which were at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. Ruth continues to tour worldwide with her all-star band in support of the new record.

Ruth has been recognized by the USA Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition for several of her compositions, including ‘One Voice’, which has gone on to be a signature song for The Wailin’ Jennys. It has been covered by countless artists and sung in concert halls, churches and schools around the world. Her song ‘Storm Comin’, from the Jennys’ latest album Bright Morning Stars, recently won first place in the gospel category at the International Songwriting Competition.

The Ruth Moody Band is Adrian Dolan on fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola and vocals; Adam Dobres on guitars, ukulele and vocals; and Sam Howard on upright bass and vocals.

*Mark Knopfler will not be making a guest appearance at this show as noted in the 11/2/17 edition of the 507 Magazine. This information was incorrect.

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Sally Barris: Chosen Bean Concert
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Sally Barris: Chosen Bean Concert

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 6:45pm, Concert at 7:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door
Coffeehouse concessions, beer & wine available for purchase night of

Sally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano.  Dirty Linen says “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality”. Sally also performs with dobro player and guitarist Chas Williams and mandolin player Jason Bailey as "Sally Barris & The Birmingham Boys".  The Minnesota native has performed Mountain Stage,  New Bedford Summer Fest, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with her new cd “The Road in Me”.

Get a taste of Sally Barris' music at: https://youtu.be/xxHTjeJi5Fc

MORE ABOUT CHOSEN BEAN CONCERTS: Named after the Chosen Bean Coffeehouse once located on Main Street in Chatfield, the Chosen Bean Concerts Series has garnered a reputation for presenting the best in live folk music performed by regional and national musicians who stretch the gamut from legendary icons to emerging talents. This ongoing series offers subscriptions which guarantee your admission to 4 select Chosen Bean Concerts each season for just $70 (Winter/Spring and Fall). Admission to additional 'alternative' concerts is available on a per show basis.

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Collin Raye: Presented by the Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Collin Raye: Presented by the Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

Potter Auditorium
Tickets - General Admission - $35 in advance or at the door
Doors open at 6pm, beverage and concession options available

This year's Fillmore County Deputies Association's Annual Country Music Spectacular stars Grammy & CMA Winner Collin Raye, 16 #1 hits and 26 top 10 songs Platinum and Gold recording artist. The Larkins will open for Raye.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (507) 251-3197 or by visiting Dave's Barber Shop in downtown Chatfield at 225 Main St S. Tickets are not available online at this time.

Proceeds from the concert support FCDA's wide-ranging and worthy programs that have an immediate impact on our community including numerous youth programs, law enforcement scholarship programs, and safe Post Prom parties.

About Collin Raye: Born Floyd Elliot Wray on August 22, 1960 in De Queen, Arkansas, country artist Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990’s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.

Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I were you”. Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”

Collin shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so moved by this golden and pure voice that this song set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful and emotional songs that have often been used for weddings, anniversaries, memorial services and funerals. When “Little Rock”, an anthem for those struggling with addiction recovery, hit the chart in 1994, its video led to over 100,000 phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from folks seeking help in their addictions. “Not That Different” was a song that pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite, and “I Think About You” won awards for its song and video which exposed the exploitation of women and children.

The man who has topped the charts with such great songs as “On the Verge,” “One Boy, One Girl,” “What the Heart Wants,” “Every Second”, “That Was a River”, “Anyone Else”, and “If I were you” continues to touch hearts across the globe in both traditional and new ways. In 2011 Collin released his first inspirational album, His Love Remains, which quickly shot to #1 on Amazon for inspirational and religious music. In 2013, Collin released his latest album, “Still on the Line“, which is a tribute album to his longtime friend and country music legend, Glen Campbell, who continues to battle Alzheimer’s Disease. The album, featuring Ricky Skaggs and Billy Dean, includes classic Glen Campbell hits. Collin continues to perform his traditional country music across America and abroad and has added Christian and Catholic concerts to his tour schedule as well. His autobiography, A Voice Undefeated, was released April 2014. He currently resides in Nashville, TN with his daughter, Britanny and granddaughter, Mattie.

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