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2015 Schedule of Events
July 11 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Sam Miltich with Sky Blue Jazz Quartet
With their recent five-year jazz history project, "A Century of Jazz," Grand Marais'
Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble
has carried out their mission to serve as ambassadors of jazz music and history in rural MN communities, particularly on the North Shore. It's therefore with great excitement that they welcome Gypsy jazz virtuoso
, from Grand Rapids, to collaborate with them in a concert and dance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The entire repertoire of the night will be previously recorded Gypsy jazz tunes by Mr. Miltich, chosen for their listening and dancing appeal. The band will play on a thrust stage adjacent to the dance floor, with seating for at least 200 in the concert hall.
is a jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. He is a musician by profession and plays regularly in the Upper Midwest, as a soloist and with his band, the
Clearwater Hot Club
. In addition to Gypsy swing and traditional jazz, his musical interests include Brazilian choro, French musette, Eastern European tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music. Sam's recent musical collaborators have included mandolin virtuoso
, legendary Twin Cities saxophonist
, jazz and classical guitarist
, and Dutch jazz violinist
Sky Blue Jazz Quartet
, music direction and piano;
, bass; and
, percussion. This combo is a four-person grouping of the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble's total membership of six, who have been performing and recording jazz together for the past six years, to rave reviews.
August 22 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Rev. R.L. Bush & the Revived Sons
Rev. R.L. Bush
was born into a legacy of great gospel music. His grandfather,
, was one of the longtime lead singers for
The Swan Silvertones
, one of the greatest gospel quartets of all time. Watching and learning from his grandfather, Bush grew into a one-man powerhouse of gospel music.
Rev. Bush’s first jobs included playing drums for
The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
, and performing with the
. But it was while playing with
Doc McKenzie and The Hi-Lights
that Bush’s talent came to full fruition. He then went on to play with
Spencer Taylor and The Highway QC's
(with whom he won a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist”), and
The Jackson Southernaires
After all of the original Swans passed away, Bush formed a new group,
The New Swan Silvertones
, to pay tribute to the legacy of his grandfather by performing the Swans’ most popular tunes, including “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” “All Night, All Day,” and “Saviour Pass Me Not” (featured in the major motion picture
The Big Easy
). Bush also formed his group
The Revived Sons
. Now, with more than 20 years of singing and spreading the gospel under his belt, Rev. Bush is recognized as one of the strongest performers on the circuit. His most recent performance in northeast MN with as lead singer for the gospel/soul/R&B band
The Carpenter Ants
Sept. 25 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo
Called “pioneers” by
Minnesota Public Radio
for “forging ahead with a new chamber music combination," the engaging and entertaining
charts new territory for their combination of
oboe and acoustic bass
to produce music that is accessible, challenging, enlightening, and virtuosic. This award-winning chamber group of a different color will share with you their own repertoire of evocative music influenced by
ethnic folk songs, dances
. You can hear music that grabs your ear as the ink dries and sends you out the door humming a new tune.
The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo is on a creative journey, inventing an enchanting body of work for this previously unexplored pair of instruments. They invite you to join them as they describe their voyage and perform their trail-blazing works. Experience for yourself music that is delighting and thrilling audiences around the country. Their debut CD,
It Takes Two . . .
is produced and distributed by Centaur Records. Their most recent release on Musicalligraphics is the book/CD combination,
Askelad and the Seven Silver Ducks.
Text excerpted from www.oboebass.com
Oct. 10 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Originally from New Jersey, world-renowned singer-songwriter
got his start in the late 1970s at
els, a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern PA. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where
Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle
(a breeding ground for major singer-songwriters) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. It wasn’t long before his rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty, and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country as well as in Europe, where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany.
Over the years, Gorka has produced eleven critically acclaimed albums under the
Red House Re
High Street Records
labels. He’s also released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD, called
The Gypsy Life
. And in 2010, he released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates
Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson
under the name
. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.
Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of
Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown
and has appeared on
Nov. 6-8 @ Lutsen Resort
Bluegrass Masters Weekend
Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a great weekend for Bluegrass musicians and fans at
in Lutsen, MN. Friday is check-in, registration, and jamming. Saturday is workshops, more jamming, and an evening concert by our featured group. And Sunday is... more jamming before check-out. It's a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting, and a wonderful opportunity to connect with your Bluegrass friends. There's no cap on workshop participants, so you can register when you arrive.
This Year's Featured Instrument : Resophonic Guitar. Featured Artist:
More details at:
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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