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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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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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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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

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

Peter Mulvey: 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

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.

“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

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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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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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, food and beverage options available. Concert at 7:30pm.

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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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, food and beverage options available

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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Connor Garvey: Chosen Bean Concert
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Connor Garvey: 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

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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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, food and beverage options available

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

Joe Crookston: 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

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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Choral Arts Ensemble
May
4
to May 9

Choral Arts Ensemble

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

Choral Arts Ensemble has been inspiring audiences throughout southeast Minnesota with performances of outstanding choral music since its founding by Rick Kvam in 1985.  The singers of CAE are active community members from a wide variety of professions, including teachers, farmers, doctors, bankers, computer technicians and church leaders, all drawn together to create excellent music and contribute to the artistically thriving life in and around Rochester.

The choir rehearses weekly from August through May for a challenging four-five program concert series.  Repertoire includes a cappella works, from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as a variety of choral/orchestral works ranging from J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor to Beethoven's Mass in C to Honegger’s King David.  Furthermore, since 1996 CAE has commissioned and/or premiered more than fifty new choral works.  CAE’s catalog of 15 cds includes Minnesota Voices and Hail, Minnesota! both of which feature works by Minnesota composers.

The mission of Choral Arts Ensemble is to inspire, educate and enrich the community at large through outstanding choral performance.

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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

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

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.

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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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The Fabulous Armadillos
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

The Fabulous Armadillos

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

SHOW THEME: Party Band plus Stadium Rock

PRESHOW PARTY: Starting at 6pm, Twisted Barrel Wood-fired Pizza will be onsite cooking fresh, delicious pizzas for our guests. Pizza prices range from $8-12 with a complete menu available for preview here.

The Fabulous Armadillos came out of their shell in 2006 and have since established a large and loyal following in Central Minnesota with their spot on recreations of songs from many genres of music from Country to Motown to Heavy Metal to 70's Soft Rock and do them just like you remember.

The idea of the Fabulous Armadillos started with a diverse group of musicians who came together to perform "themed" concerts at the Pioneer Place On Fifth Theater in St. Cloud, MN. Themes like "One Hit Wonders", "Woodstock", "Motown", "Singer/Songwriters", "Stadium Rock" and more. They have now played over 44 themes at that theater and continue to perform at many more venues in the Midwest (and even in Mexico!) with each show gaining them new fans and enjoying their brand of fun and entertaining, yet musically spot on performances. They have brought hundreds of special guests in for their theme shows comprising of local and national talent.

The core band features musicians with a deep history with some great regional and national bands from their past including Greg "Gary D." Armstrong on keys (GB Leighton, Bobby Vee and The Vees, Heartbeat), Paul "Stretch" Diethelm on guitar (Jonny Lang, Slip Twister, Greystone Rockers), Billy Scherer on vocals (Johnny Holm Band), Pamela McNeill on vocals (Pamela McNeill Band, Rumours and Dreams, Lamont Cranston) Mike Zeleny on bass (Airtight, Slip Twister, Greystone Rockers). Jay O'Donnell on drums (The Britton Brothers, Slip Twister, Greystone Rockers). Their 8 piece band also features a horn section with Pat Thorn on trumpet and Mike Krietzer on saxophone.

COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL and see what everybody has been talking about!

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Hans Mayer: Inaugural Jelly Bean Concert
Oct
8
2:00 PM14:00

Hans Mayer: Inaugural Jelly Bean Concert

Potter Auditorium Stage
Free admission for kids, $10 for adults

Doors open at 1:30pm with free hands-on activities to follow until 4pm

Sponsored by F&M Community Bank

Join Chatfield Center for the Arts for it's first ever Jelly Bean Concert featuring the infectious and playful tunes of Hans Mayer.

LaCrosse-based Hans Mayer plays catchy, acoustic based original music with a slice of bluegrass, a tinge of reggae and a little bit of swing. People of all ages are immediately attracted to his silly personality and his true-to-family-life songs. His award-winning albums for families are hits with kids, parents, teachers and grandparents. 

Sponsored by F&M Community Bank, admission for children is free. Tickets for adults are $10 and can be purchased in advance.

Following the concert, families are invited to join CCA directors, Jenni & Eric Petersen-Brant, for family-friendly make-n-take art activities in the Sunken Room of the 1916 School until 4pm. 

MORE ABOUT JELLY BEAN CONCERTS: 2017 marks the first of what we anticipate to be many Jelly Bean Concerts in the years to come! Jelly Bean Concerts (a play on the name for our folk music Chosen Bean Concert Series) 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 is free for kids through the support of local business sponsors.
 

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Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman: Chosen Bean Concert
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman: Chosen Bean Concert

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

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

Karen Savoca's baby diary reads, "20 months, knows six songs." Born in northern NJ, daughter of a big band singer, her mother was not at all surprised to find her constantly dancing and singing. Karen studied piano at the age of eight, and at thirteen cracked her piggy bank to buy a guitar. She started writing songs in her early teens, was a soloist in choirs, played in many bands, and has always had a deep love of performing.

Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Pete Heitzman "A true virtuoso of groove, with a sly touch that, combined with Savoca's in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band."

Having performed together for decades, Savoca and Heitzman's chemistry leaves audiences uplifted, wowing 10,000 from a festival main stage as effortlessly as they charm an intimate black box theater.

Savoca's 8th solo release, I Shook The Tree, is a breathtaking collection of twelve new songs that explore the mysterious rooms of the heart through tales of love, betrayal and rebirth. I Shook The Tree was recorded in their 1890's renovated church during the first wintry months of 2016 and features legendary bassist Jerry Jemmott (Aretha Franklin, BB King, Greg Allman). The Edmonton Journal says, "There's soul in the delicious grooves and phrasing, and soul in the broader sense that floats out of her lyrical vision."

In addition to their own catalog, Karen and Pete have produced two albums for Americana icon, Greg Brown, who says, "If she were a Native American, her name would be Sings Like Two Birds." They have played hundreds of shows with Greg across the U.S. and Canada.

Karen and Pete have won seven SAMMY awards and are independent record producers and film scorers.

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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David Mallett: Chosen Bean Concert
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

David Mallett: Chosen Bean Concert

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 5:45pm, Concert at 6:30pm

$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

Sponsored by Creek House Concerts

David Mallett hails from a small town in northern Maine, and in a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, and even the Muppets, and his "Garden Song" has become an American folk classic.
 
He has performed in town halls and folk clubs across America and Europe in addition to major venues such as Barns of Wolf Trap, Newport Folk Festival, and "Prairie Home Companion". The Bangor Daily News recognized him as one of the 58 most memorable Mainers of the 20th Century. The readers of FOLKWAX (www.folkwax.com) voted him 2003 Artist of the Year and "Artist in Me" 2003 Album of the Year. He has recorded 14 albums, including “The Fable True” (2007), based on Thoreau’s last expedition in 1857, a spoken word CD with accompanying music.

This concert also includes an opening performance by singer / songwriter, Glenn Elvig.

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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Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
Sep
16
7:30 PM19:30

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Potter Auditorium
Tickets - Main Floor and Lower Balcony Reserved Seating - $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Doors open at 6pm, food and beverage options available

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra covers many genres in their crazy eclectic music mix and it all falls under ART-ROCK JAZZ FUSION.

Sub-genres = JAMGRASS ART-ROCK | JAZZGRASS ART-ROCK | EXPERIMENTAL ROCK

Call it what you will, but it's artsy is hell and it ROCKS!

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has been freakin' minds for 6 years! Since 2009, the band has stretched their own musical limits with album after album of intensely energetic ART-ROCK. Definition of ART-ROCK: A type of rock music, often with poetic lyrics, characterized by sophisticated harmonic, dynamic and technical complexity based on forms derived from classical (and jazz) music and requiring performers of considerable training and skill. It sounds so serious, but when you combine that type of music with four fun-loving musicians who don't take themselves too seriously and who have a love of so much music beyond art-rock (which is why the band covers songs from Otis Rush's All Your Love to Whipping Post to When the Levee Breaks to YYZ), you get a bit of magic in live music form. The band writes and performs music that excites them and has a blast doing it! The GCO appreciates and aspires to superior musicianship while combining their love of a good riff, hummable melody and groovy jam... over a jazz/jazz-rock musical bedrock. It all culminates in an intensely energetic live performance because "we freakin' love what we do and love that the fans dig it too!! "

What other bands do they sound like? We have been compared to King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dixie Dregs, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. 

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Arts & Heritage Day
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Arts & Heritage Day

Mark your calendar and join us for our 3rd Annual Arts & Heritage Day! A day jammed packed with activities for all ages and geared towards getting the whole family out to appreciate art, culture, and the history of Southeast Minnesota.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Music

  • 11-11:45am: Wits' End Theatre (Steps of Potter Auditorium)
  • 12-2pm: Michelle Lynn (Steps of Potter Auditorium)
  • 2:30-4pm: The Lonely Knees (Steps of Potter Auditorium)
  • 7:30-9:30pm: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (Potter Auditorium) - paid admission required.

Food

  • 11am-2pm: Support Community Organizations and Explore Area Food Trucks
  • 4-5pm: Hot Dish Cook-off (Click for details)

Art

  • 10am-5pm: Art Fair (1916 Building) featuring area artist vendors
  • 11am-4pm: Art activities for all ages including mural painting, building musical instruments, face painting, and more (Grounds of CCA)
  • 6-7:30pm: Special reception for Pottery of Mata Ortiz exhibit (1916 Gallery)

 

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Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley: Duo-B
Aug
27
5:00 PM17:00

Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley: Duo-B

Potter Auditorium
Doors open 4:30pm, Concert at 5pm
Free admission, all ages welcome
Concessions available for purchase

Unique in the classical music world due to its dedication to works for violin and cello ensemble, Duo-B is quickly earning praise for their passionate musical commitment, creative style, and original programming.  Founded in 2009, violinist Hirono Sugimoto Borter and cellist Philip Lawrence Borter met at the Hochschule für Musik-Freiburg (Germany) and have since dedicated their performing careers to promoting the wealth of music for violin, cello duo.  As winners of the prestigious Eastman Concerto Competition, they have performed across three continents including landmark performances in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Universität der Künste in Berlin, and Minatomirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan.

The annual Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley series is sponsored by the Chosen Valley Community Foundation. The series seeks to bring live chamber music to life in the region by featuring local, regional, and national masters in chamber music performance.

 

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Roy Book Binder: Chosen Bean Alternative Concert
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Roy Book Binder: Chosen Bean Alternative Concert

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 5:45pm, Concert at 6:30pm

$20 in advance or at the door. This concert is not included in the Fall Series Subscription.
Coffeehouse concessions, beer & wine available for purchase

Sponsored by Creek House Concerts

Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years. He gave up his Greenwich Village "pad" in the early 1970's and lived in his "Tour Bus" for the next 15 years criss-crossing the US and appearing at festivals throughout Canada & Europe.

Book Binder, traveled with the legendary Rev. Gary Davis in the late 60's. The Book, recorded his first solo acoustic Blues album in the 70's, which was the first to receive 5 stars in DOWNBEAT magazine. In the late 80's 'The Book' was part of Bonnie Raitt's East Coast Tour, which included an appearance on The Grand Old Opry and led to almost 30 appearances on Nashville Now's, Ralph Emory Show. In the 90's he often appeared  with Jorma Kaukonen (who recorded 2 of Roy's songs).

Last August, THE GOOD BOOK, Roy's latest release of all original songs, reached #3 on AirPlayDirect's Americana charts. No. 1 was Guy Clark and No. 2 was the late Townes Van Zandt. Folkdj.org had Roy in the top 3 artists for July.

This concert also includes an opening performance by singer / songwriter, Glenn Elvig.

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Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley: Tiffany Strande
Aug
20
5:00 PM17:00

Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley: Tiffany Strande

Potter Auditorium
Doors open 4:30pm, Concert at 5pm
Free admission, all ages welcome
Concessions available for purchase

Tiffany (Curtis) Strande was born and raised in the heartland of America, between Iowa City and Kalona. Born into a musically enthusiastic family, she was blessed with many opportunities from a young age.  She began violin lessons at the Preucil School of Music, studying the Suzuki Method.  With the Preucil Orchestra she was able to travel to England, Germany and Japan for various performances.  Tiffany continued her studies at Luther College where she studied with Dr. Virginia Strauss as assistant principal violin of the Luther Symphony under the direction of Dr. Daniel Baldwin.  She obtained a violin performance degree and graduated with honors (and 2 little girls) in 2003.  Over the years she has served as a section violinist in the La Crosse, Rochester and Winona symphonies.  Her heart and soul thrives in Almost Amish, a 3-piece band with Al Dietz and Tom Muller. When not spending time with her three busy daughters (Larissa, Beatrice, Aletta) you may be able to catch her performing with local musicians; Eric Straubmuller, Dianna Parks, Steve Books, Debbie Anthony, just to name a few.  Music brings people together from all walks of life and is truly something that needs to be shared in order to be fully appreciated. 

The annual Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley series is sponsored by the Chosen Valley Community Foundation. The series seeks to bring live chamber music to life in the region by featuring local, regional, and national masters in chamber music performance.

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Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley: NMCE
Aug
13
5:00 PM17:00

Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley: NMCE

Potter Auditorium
Doors open 4:30pm, Concert at 5pm
Free admission, all ages welcome
Concessions available for purchase

The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble aims to bring the music of the past century’s most prolific and creative composers to the audiences of New Mexico. By commissioning and programming modern classical music of the Americas, we present an assortment of artistic landscapes that will continue to resonate within the diverse culture of the Southwest. Through a concert series in the summer months and collaborations with active composers and New Mexico’s arts community, we hope to challenge and expand our audiences’ conception of classical music.

The annual Chamber Music in the Chosen Valley series is sponsored by the Chosen Valley Community Foundation. The series seeks to bring live chamber music to life in the region by featuring local, regional, and national masters in chamber music performance.

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Bill & Kate Isles: 50th Annual Western Days Celebration
Aug
12
8:00 PM20:00

Bill & Kate Isles: 50th Annual Western Days Celebration

Legion Room with limited general admission seating
Doors open 7:30pm, Concert at 8pm
$20 in advance or at the door
Beer & wine available for purchase night of

Bill & Kate Isles is an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. Words like “Mesmerizing”, “Transcendent”, and even, “Hysterical” are common descriptions from audience reviews and audiences members feel that they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.

Bill Isles (Born and raised in Duluth, MN) performed his first show of original songs, after a twenty-five year hiatus, in February of 2000. Since that time, he has become one of the most well known singer/songwriters in the Minnesota acoustic scene and has been getting national and international attention. Bill’s love of life has strong roots in his childhood, but his urgency to tell these stories comes from an experience in 1993 when, with just enough warning to drive himself to the hospital, he experienced a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. He arrived with just ten minutes to spare. After being defibrillated, and before the doctors had time to detect and open a blocked artery in his heart, he made a commitment to himself that, if he survived, he would begin to write again. Those paddles restarted more than just his heart…

Kate Isles (Born in Tecumseh, NE, raised in Rochester, MN) was a closet singer/songwriter when she came to a CD release concert for Bill's first CD, “Weightless” after hearing a public radio interview. She bought the CD and signed up on his e-mail list. ("Grounds for marriage!” quips Bill). Their song, “Public Radio (A True Story)” is a delightful duet that chronicles these beginnings.

Their relationship began in the ensuing months as they enjoyed afternoon sessions with guitars, harmonies and coffee. They've been together ever since, marrying in May of 2004. They have toured nationally as a duo, full-time, since early 2007, performing about 150 shows per year. Their late-2011 duo album, “Still Beneath the Stars and Moon”, includes ten new original songs, and showcases their respective songwriting with several of Kate’s songs as well as a few they’ve co-written. The response has been very positive with many comments such as “We’re wearing out your CD, we listen to it all the time!”; and "It’s the perfect blend of two voices". 

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Little Shop of Horrors
Aug
4
to Aug 12

Little Shop of Horrors

Presented by Wits' End Theatre

5 performance dates and times to choose from!

Friday, August 4 at 7pm
Saturday, August 5 at 7pm
Thursday, August 10 at 7pm
Friday, August 11 at 7pm
Saturday, August 12 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.

Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film. This film was Jack Nicholson's movie debut.

The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Little Shop of Horrors premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run. It later received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, and a subsequent Broadway production.

The musical was also made into a 1986 film of the same name, featuring Ellen Greene who reprised her role as "Audrey" in the off-Broadway production.

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Songs of Hope
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Songs of Hope

Potter Auditorium
Free admission, all ages welcome

Co-sponsored by the Chatfield Booster Club

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 7:30 pm on Tuesday, July 18, in the newly refurbished 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, including countries as far away as Vietnam, China, Poland, Italy, France, Turkey, Israel, Jamaica, Guatemala, and Argentina.

The annual Songs of Hope project has a well-deserved reputation for lively, upbeat shows enjoyed by audiences of all ages, and the 2017 version of the show promises to be even bigger and better than ever. 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.

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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Bill Staines: Chosen Bean Alternative Concert
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Bill Staines: Chosen Bean Alternative Concert

Tickets $20 -- limited general admission seating, American Legion Room
Coffeehouse concessions, beer & wine available for purchase

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat!

For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer", Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic."

Bill's music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.

Many of Bill's songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals, and scouting campfire songbooks; he is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, Rise up Singing. Composer David Amram recently described Bill as "a modern day Stephen Foster…his songs will be around 100 years from now."

Over the decades, you have heard Bill singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running, with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles' debut as a writer- director.

In 1975, Bill won National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville Texas. Another important recognition was given to him in 2007. Presented by the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, The Jerry Christen Award recognized Bill's contribution to New England folk music.

Currently, Bill has recorded 26 albums; The Happy Wanderer and One More River were winners of the prestigious Parents' Choice Award, taking a gold medal and silver medal respectively. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, The Highwaymen, Mason Williams, Grandpa Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough and others.

As well as recordings, over 100 of Bill's songs have been published in three songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then I'd Be a Song, Movin' It Down the Line, and Music to Me, the latter published by Hal Leonard Corporation. His song, All God's Critters, has been recently released as a Simon and Schuster children's book with illustrations by Caldecott honor-winning artist, Kadir Nelson.

"Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Bill continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.

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"I Can't Let Go" - Linda Ronstadt Tribute with Dianna Parks: Potter Production
May
13
7:30 PM19:30

"I Can't Let Go" - Linda Ronstadt Tribute with Dianna Parks: Potter Production

Reserved seating only - $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Potter Auditorium
Doors open at 6pm, food and beverage options available

Celebrating the best songwriters from the era, this show will feature the peak of Ronstadt’s career with hits like “You’re No Good” and “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Not in Love with You).” This ensemble has been performing to sold out audiences across Southern MN and features some of Rochester’s finest musicians including lead vocalist Dianna Parks. Parks was born to sing this music, and her voice will transport you to the golden era of rock country.

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Tret Fure: Chosen Bean Concert
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Tret Fure: Chosen Bean Concert

Tickets $20
Legion Room, Limited Seating -- see advance ticket sales link below
Coffeehouse concessions, beer & wine available for purchase

One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 15 albums and CDs over the course of her 46 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

After seven acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning the 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories, Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Song. 2004 also brought her recognition with the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In 2009, Tret was voted “Pride In The Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician”. In the same year, she received the Janine C Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music. She is currently #3 on the top 20 CD charts for OutVoice.net and #1 on Reverbnation in Newport News, VA.

Fure also markets of her own line of clothing named after her popular song “Tomboy girl”. In addition, while not on the road, Tret teaches guitar and songwriting individually and in workshop settings. She paints pet portraits on commission and, an accomplished cook, Fure has also published a cookbook, “Tret's Kitchen”, featuring her own recipes. Along with bridging the marketing, production, music and art worlds, Tret also serves as President of Local 1000, The Traveling Musicians Association--a union geared toward helping traveling musicians find security and longevity.



 

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