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GM Ole Opry


The brainchild of local classic-country aficionado Dean Farnum, the theme of a “Grand Marais Ole Opry” was conceived in the halls of Sawtooth Elementary School in a conversation with pre-school teacher and local musician Amanda Hand. A fan of Amanda and her steel-guitar-playing father, Cal Hand (A Prairie Home Companion house band alum), Dean had a vision of a classic country and old-time music showcase featuring talented regional and local musicians. The North Shore Music Association signed on as event organizer and host, and the first Opry was held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in January 2014, hosted by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander. Four years later, the Opry is still going strong and has become one of Cook County’s most popular annual music events. Wowed by a fresh slate of highly skilled, charismatic, and energetic performers each January, Opry audiences revel in tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, The Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, and the Carter Family, as well as original tunes written by the artists in classic country and old-time style.
 
 
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Big Dixie Swingers
Big Dixie Swingers
06/09/2018: 8 PM@ Wunderbar
Winners of the 2017 band division of the MN Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s Americana Roots Contest, the Big Dixie Swingers of New Orleans, LA, are a traveling musical collective headed up by fiddler Aaron Gunn and banjoist Elizabeth Vargas.

Often including Minneapolis singer/songwriter Jack Klatt and bassist Michael Carvale (of Davina & the Vagabonds) when performing in Minnesota, the Big Dixie Swingers gig with an array of highly talented players depending on the area of the country they’re touring. While rooted in the style of traditional Western swing, the group’s sound is also, as MBOTMA Magazine writes, “infused with showtune-pop sensibility and the kind of presentation that can only be learned by performing for your supper on the streets of the Crescent City.”

Check out The Big Dixie Swingers in concert at http://babybluearts.com/ 

Entrance fee at door (no advance ticket sales)
 
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