North Shore Music Association
Dedicated to presenting & supporting musical arts in Northeast Minnesota
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2016 Schedule of Events
June 11 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo's blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the
Los Angeles Times
as “seamless and infectious.”
Lemvo, Congo-born of Angolan ancestry, is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora, which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. Lemvo is truly multi-cultural and equally at home singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, and Kikongo.
Since forming his Los Angeles-based band
in 1990, Lemvo has released five CDs and been featured on radio and television programs, including BBC Radio, Radio France Internationale, National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Today Show, CNN World Beat, and National Geographic World Music.
At his Grand Marais concert, Lemvo will perform with his full 8-member band. There will be room to dance!
Tickets are general admission
: $20 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) for sale in advance (no fees) at
(search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") at at door (box office 6:30 PM)
This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature. It is also funded in part by the Global Awareness Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
July 9 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
is considered a "musician's musician,” an uncommonly 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
said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing.” Vic Heyman wrote in
, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”
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).
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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