North Shore Music Association
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2016 Schedule of Events
July 9 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
The music of
, rooted in his native South Carolina, has been shaped by a 54-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical, and the popular music of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. He's counted among the most dynamic performers on today's folk circuit. Jack is considered a "musician's musician,” an remarkably unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's "The Midnight Special" says of Jack, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing. Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs. He is a showman in the best sense of the word." Vic Heyman, in SING OUT! magazine, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”
From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, Jack's musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer. His songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Tom Jones and David Clayton-Thomas to Chuck Pyle, Cindy Mangsen, Ronny Cox, and Lowen & Navarro. In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Mickey Newbury, and Harry Nilsson.
Tickets are general admission: $17 adults, $5 youth
(18 & under) for sale in advance (no fees) at
(search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") or at door (box office 6:30 pm).
August 20 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
The (harp-free) female trio
could be described as “modern progressive bluegrass” or “chamberfolk,” but these titles only touch on their unique organic sound. These three classically trained musicians produce original music that’s intricately arranged, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe, and evocative of the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and the “dawg music” of David Grisman. Building from the tonal depth of the cello, layered with shimmering violin and strikingly natural banjo, they create a sound that’s at once familiar and impossible to categorize.
Chris Spector at Midwest Record says Harpeth Rising is, “taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form. If you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind. One of a kind, in a class by itself and simply superlative.” For more details about the group, go to
Tickets: General admission $18 adult, $15 adult/youth pair (yes, only $15 for you and an 18-and-under guest!) For sale in advance at
(no fees, search “Arrowhead Center for the Arts") and at door night of show (box office 6:30 pm).
Sept. 24 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Beloved Minnesota singer-songwriter
is one of the few women guitarists who primarily play the twelve-string guitar. Ann donates up to 25% of her concert tour bookings for organizations that primarily address issues affecting women and children. Her great talent and renown have brought her to the stages of
Good Morning America
A Prairie Home Companion
, and on radio programs such as Minnesota Public Radio’s
The Morning Show
All Things Considered
Oct. 22 - 7:30 PM @ Bethlehem Lutheran
"All Our Own Jazz"
Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble
(S.B.J. E.) and five guest musicians perform
original jazz/classical fusion pieces
composed by ensemble director, Mike DeBevec, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais.
S.B.J.E. (Mike DeBevec, Erik Hahn, Mike Roth, Karina Roth, and Brett Jones) has performed and taught throughout NE Minnesota over the past seven years and collected a large, enthusiastic following of music lovers. DeBevec, jazz pianist and composer, has written the pieces for this event specifically for local classical musicians, to be performed with the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble. This fresh and inspiring concept weaves together the talent and creativity of remarkably talented local performers in a musical tapestry expressing the essence of the North Shore scene.
Tickets are general admission: $10 adults, free for youth. For sale in advance at
(no fees, search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") and at box office night of show (opens at 6:30 pm).
Nov. 4-6 @ Lutsen Resort
26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend
Celebrate, make music, learn, and listen at the North Shore Music Association’s 26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend! This year's featured instrument is GUITAR, and our featured performer and instructor is
Jim Hurst is a Nashville musician who's performed for the past three decades with artists including Holly Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, and Missy Raines. Over the years, Jim has also maintained a strong solo career and taught workshops all over the country.
For full event details, see our Bluegrass Masters page:
All concerts are held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts unless noted otherwise.
W 1st Ave & W 5th Street, Grand Marais
Advance tickets at
or at ACA box office (open for day-of sales 1 hour before each performance).
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Box 1376 Grand Marais Minnesota 55604
The North Shore Music Association is a non-profit organization
serving the community for over 25 years.
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