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This Weekend In Northfield – March 17 – 19

1.  Twisted Apples: Stories from Winesburg, Ohio | March 17 & 18, 7:30pm, and March 19, 2:00| Northfield Arts Guild Theater
58c3180cca603-imageCreated by librettist Jim Payne and composer Robert Elhai. directed by Ben Krywosz, featuring performers Gary Briggle, JP Fitzgibbons, Joshua Hinck, Norah Long and Eric Morris with musical direction by Jerry Rubino and Jill Dawe. Nautilus Music-Theater presents this new music-theater piece based on Sherwood Anderson’s classic novel. It tells the story of residents of Winesburg as they struggle to overcome loneliness and isolation, and long to create a life of the imagination in a small town in the early 1900s. The show consists of three one-act pieces. Act One tells of the Reverend Hartmann’s struggle with his sexual attraction to Kate Swift, the local high school teacher. Kate, in turn, is drawn to her former student George Willard, both as an intellectual protee and a possible lover. Act Two is about farmhand Ray Pearson, whose friendship with a young coworker reignites in Ray his own longing for domestic freedom and youthful aspirations. Act Three tells of George’s mother Elizabeth Willard, her thwarted artistic ambitions and her determination to ensure that George will not be railroaded into a conventional life of mediocrity. Honoring Anderson as their source material, Payne and Elhai have created an extraordinary trilogy of theatrical portraits. The score is rooted in musical Americana, including “roots” orchestration (piano, violin, accordion and string bass) in a vernacular folk style consistent with the characters’ rural culture and psychological state. Gorgeous melodies and expressive harmonies complement lyrics which are both clever and poignant, creating a masterpiece of musical storytelling that combines the accessibility of musical theater with the emotional scope of American opera. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, available at 507/645-8877, the Northfield Arts Guild, or northfieldartsguild.org/theater/special-theater-events/.

2.  Kirk & Low | Sat, March 18, 10pm |Tavern Lounge
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Musical barnstormers Jim Kirkendall and Stevie Low. One is folk, the other is quite a bit of rock and roll. Each presents his own solo set and each draws from a deeper reservoir of experience. Kirkendall spent time as a full-time musician, playing coffeehouses and folk clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Low worked his way across the U.S. and Canada performing in clubs and on concert stages. In 2011 he was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Buzzards. Expect an eclectic evening of original material and classic covers

3.  Fathom Lane | Fri, March 17, 8pm |Tavern Lounge

Fans await the highly anticipated forthcoming new album release, Asilomar (coming out June 2017), from this Twin Cities based band. Over the span of two critically acclaimed full-length albums (2013’s “Fathom Lane” and 2012’s “Down By Half”) Fathom Lane has garnered international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. More at fathomlane.com

4.  Bar Bingo |Sat, March 18, 3pm | Northfield VFW
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Get out your dobbers and get ready for a fun and fast game of BINGO!

5.  Gabriel Moll | Sun, March 19, 8pm | The Contented Cow
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Gabriel Moll is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger and luthier based in Minnesota

This Weekend In Northfield: Feb 17-19

Is it spring?  It feels like it with these mild temps!  Check out these great things you won’t want to miss this weekend!

    1.  Friday Noontime Concert: Randall Ferguson | Friday, Feb. 17 at Noon | Northfield Public LibraryClassical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele.

    1. Carleton Symphany Orchestra | Friday, Feb. 17 at 7pm | Concert Hall, Carleton
      Ronald Rodmad director.

  1.  Dial M for Murder | Fri/Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater
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    When murder calls…hang up! Deception, betrayal, passion and greed prove potent ingredients for a perfect mystery in this gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Ex-tennis professional Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for her money. Now he plans to kill her for the same reason. When his precise murder plot goes awry, can he improvise an equally deadly plan B? The exciting ending of this psychologically suspenseful story, which has thrilled audiences for decades, will leave you breathless at the edge of your seat.
  2. Downstream Environmental Film Series: Video & Activism | Sat 4:30pm | Weitz Center, Carleton
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    Several films, including Chris Malloy’s The Fisherman’s Son: the Spirit of Ramon Navarro, will be shown.  Details at downstreamfilmseries.com
  3. Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble | Sun 3pm | Concert Hall, Carleton College

    The Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble performs on traditional bowed strings, plucked strings, winds and percussion instruments.  Their repertoire includes Chinese classical, folk, percussion, minority and contemporary music.  A professional Guzheng Ensemble from Sichuan Conseravatory of Music in China will also perform at the concert.  Gao Hong, director.

Turn to Northfield for all your romantic endeavors

Whether you’re settling in for the stretch portion of your relationship or are still working off that initial spark, Northfield offers plenty to do for lovebirds in February.

Yes, the emphasis, of course, is Valentine’s Day, but don’t let that deter you from taking advantage of some great opportunities for date night (or nights, right?) all month long. Check out these happenings and lodging option deals in Northfield.

 

To do

The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Wine Bar
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On Valentine’s Day, this picturesque coffeehouse and wine bar will host wine specials, desserts for two and a free screening of “Love Always, Santa,” the romantic comedy filmed in Northfield and, in part, at The Hideaway. Afterward, stroll the same streets that Hollywood captured and stay the night at one of the local lodging options (see below).

Find more online at www.thehideawaynorthfield.com.

 

Northfield Arts Guild
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Sure, based on its title, the play Dial M for Murder probably doesn’t sound like the best date night option, but the well-known show is being produced locally by the Northfield Arts Guild, known for its depth of actors and production level.

Dates of the show are Feb. 17-26. Call 507-645-8877 or visit online at www.northfieldartsguild.org for tickets.

 

St. Olaf College’s Flaten Art Museum
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Located in the Dittman Center on the north end of campus, this gallery is free and open to the public. In it, explore a new exhibit starting Feb. 17 called Ordinal (SW/NE) by Rini Yun Keagy and Miljohn Ruperto. Ordinal considers “human life, the earth, and its objects through an investigation of the soil-dwelling pathogenic fungus, Coccidioides immitis, and its associated disease, valley fever, in California’s Central Valley.” Other visual arts displays are available for viewing all month, as well.

Flaten is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Find more online at http://wp.stolaf.edu/flaten/visit.

 

To stay

Archer House River Inn
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The historical Archer House River Inn, located on the Cannon River, is offering a romance package for couples looking to get away for a night. The package includes a chilled bottle of sparkling wine, two champagne flutes etched with the Archer House logo, gourmet chocolates, $5 coupons to A Bag Lady and Pater Petalum (located in the Archer House) and a $10 gift certificate for the Tavern Restaurant, also connected to the Archer House. You can have all that for only $50 on top of the cost of your room.

Call 800-247-2235 or visit online at www.archerhouse.com/packages.

 

Contented Cottage Bed and Breakfast
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Romance awaits you as this beautiful bed and breakfast nestled in a hill adjacent to St. Olaf College. This private property is offering a monthlong special in February in honor of Valentine’s Day. Book a two-night stay and receive a complimentary chilled bottle of champagne for two and $20 cash toward dinner in one of Northfield’s historic downtown restaurants.

Call 507-301-3787 or visit online at www.contentedcottage.com/events-packages.

 

The Magic Door Bed & Breakfast
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This stately, three-story Victorian bed and breakfast is just two blocks from downtown Northfield and is offering two romance packages for guests. For $60, guests can receive a bottle of chilled champagne or wine, a dozen roses and a selection of specialty chocolates. For $75, guests receive the aforementioned items, as well as soothing aromatherapy candles and bath salts to add to your whirlpool.

Call 507-581-0445 or visit online at www.magicdoorbb.com.

 

Northfield Inn
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Located near Carleton College, the newly opened Northfield Inn bed and breakfast is offering various romantic packages to guests, including flowers, wine and chocolate, ranging in price from $75 to $125.

Call 507-664-1122 or visit online at www.northfieldinnmn.com/packages.

 

To eat

Champagene ToastYou won’t go hungry in Northfield! There are too many dining options to list, so visit the This is Northfield dining page at http://visitingnorthfield.com/?page_id=15.

This Weekend In Northfield: Jan. 20-22

Happy Weekend Friends of Northfield!  We have lots of fun events planned, here are a few of our favorites, you won’t want to miss!

  1. Martin Anderson & the Goods | Fri, January 20, 6pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
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    Classic rock, country alt and Americana music that spans the decades including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Beatles, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen. This band is high energy, fun to watch and will definitely get you on the dance floor. Band members include Alex Sandberg (lead guitar), Andrew Meyer (sax, mandolin, guitar), Christian Wheeler (bass), Steve Paoli (drums) and Martin Anderson (lead vocals, guitar). More at martinandersonandthegoods.com.
  2. St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss | Fri, January 20, 8:00pm – 9:30pm | Chapel, Carleton

     

    Celebrated pianist Jonathan Biss joins the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for the second installment in the Beethoven/5 project, a major commissioning project pairing newly composed piano concertos alongside the Beethoven concertos that inspired them. Beethoven’s lively Piano Concerto No. 1 is the subject of this concert, performed alongside the world premiere of a concerto by British composer Sally Beamish. The program begins with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (The Tomb of Couperin), which pays tribute to the golden age of French music and the baroque composer François Couperin, as well as the composer’s friends who died during World War I.
  3. Kirk & Low | Sat, January 21, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
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    DescriptionMusical barnstormers Jim Kirkendall and Stevie Low. One is folk, the other is quite a bit of rock and roll. Each presents his own solo set and each draws from a deeper reservoir of experience. Kirkendall spent time as a full-time musician, playing coffeehouses and folk clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Low worked his way across the U.S. and Canada performing in clubs and on concert stages. In 2011 he was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Buzzards. Expect an eclectic evening of original material and classic covers
  4. Ben Cook-Feltz | Sat, January 21, 8pm |Tavern Lounge
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    Ben Cook-Feltz returns in support of his critically acclaimed CD release, “She Doesn’t Believe Me,” featured on 89.3 The Current and locally on KYMN Radio. A consummate entertainer, Cook-Feltz’s musical stylings call to mind artists like Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Ben Folds.
  5. Hometown Ties: Carleton Celebrates 150 Years with Northfield | Open Daily | Northfield Historical Society Museum
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    Special exhibit celebrating Carleton’s history with the town of Northfield.

This Weekend in Northfield: January 6-8

As Minnesotans, the colder temps don’t stop us from enjoying our weekends!  Check out these fun 5 activities happening in Northfield this weekend!

  1. Goodsell Observatory Open House | Fri, January 6, 7pm – 9pm
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    Friday, January 6th from 7:00-9:00 pm if clear. View the moon, stars, planets, and nebulas using a variety of telescopes.
  2. Nip n’ Tuck/The Sleepers | Fri, January 6, 9pm – 12am | The Contented Cow
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    Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductee Gary Rue brings two of his bands to the Contented Cow.  Former pop idles of the ’70’s  Nip ‘n’ Tuck will open with all Gary Rue original music.  At 10pm, Brit “Beat-Boom” band The Sleepers will take the stage, offering up two rollicking, toe-tapping, sing-along sets of British invasion music.
  3. Bagels & Birds | Sat, January 7, 9:30am – 10:30am | River Bend Nature Center, Faribault
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    Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife.  Meet in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to the Windows on the Wild backyard habitat feeding area.  Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books, and conversations will make this a great way to start the day.
  4. Snowshoe tour through the Carleton Arb. | Sat, January 7 | Carleton Arb.
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    Winter is a magical time of year where a frozen world becomes a playground for adventure.  Whether you join us for a lovely moonlight tour by candlelight or partake in one of our more adventurous trips with wine or beer as a reward at the end, we know that you will never look at winter the same way again. Check out http://thegearresource.com/outfitters/snowshoeing/ for more info.

  5. Chris Miller | Sat, January 7, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub
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    Chris Miller

    Lyrics that will make you cry, a voice that will make you sing and a guitar that will make you dance.  Throw in a healthy dose of off-the-cuff wit and you’ve got a Chris Miller show!

This Weekend In Northfield: December 16-19

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but Northfield is so delightful so LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!  Check out the top 5 things you MUST do this weekend in Northfield! (All the cool kids will be there!)

  1. Schmaltzy Christmas Sing-along | Friday, December 16, 6pm | Contented Cow
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    Join the Cow Holiday Orchestra featuring Wendy, Lori, Dave and Nate for the annual celebration of holiday spirit and songs designed to take you back to a simpler time of angels in the snow, hot chocolate on the stove and family gatherings featuring long stories by your aunts and uncles that don’t seem to have a point.  It’s a sing-along and everyone’s invited to join in, even if you are a bit off-key.
  2. Tim Howe | Fri, December 16, 9pm  | Froggy Bottoms River Pub

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    Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Tim Howe has been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.

     

  3. Jingle Bell Run | Sat, December 17, 9am | Northfield YMCA
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    The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a Northfield community holiday tradition presented by the Northfield Area Family YMCA with support from Carlson Capital Management. 100% of race registration fees go to support programming and scholarships at the Northfield Y. These dollars ensure that everyone and anyone who wants to participate in swimming, sports and recreation, quality family time or a wide variety of fitness opportunities, can regardless of their financial situation

  4. Sister: The More The Merrier | Sat & Sun, December 17 & 18, 2pm & 7pm | The Grand Event Center

    Capture the spirit of Christmas in one simple step.  It’s easy, economical and efficient.  It makes more of your merry, gives you the greatest return and the biggest bang for your holiday buck.   The bottom line is this:  SISTER ALWAYS DELIVERS!  It’s “THE MORE THE MERRIER” and SISTER always gives more.   You know what to do.  Bring the ones you love and make more of your time, your money, your relationships and your Christmas spirit.  Ramp it up.  Do it for YOU!  Get your tickets, come to the Grand Theater in Northfield and experience the entertainment that is known as “a must see holiday tradition!” 
  5. NAGCracker Encore | Sat, December 17, 5pm – 6pm | 304 Division Street
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    The Northfield Arts Guild Dance Studio is proud to present “NAGCracker”. This annual event of holiday-inspired pieces features work from the Arts Guild Dance Theater Company and Mexican Folklórico Dancers. This vibrant performance is sure to set the mood for the upcoming holidays. This is an encore performance of our Winter Walk show.  The event is free and open to the public; performed in the Arts Guild Dance Studio

This Weekend In Northfield: December 9-11

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Northfield!  Check out these 5 fun events going on! Trashy Little Xmas Show | Fri, December 9, 8pm | Grand Events Center Honky-tonk legends Trailer Trash are back with their annual “Trashy Little Xmas Show.” A hol read more

This Weekend In Northfield: December 2-4

Happy December!  Northfield is ready for the holidays with many fun activities planned each weekend!  Check out the 5 events you won’t want to miss this weekend!  Make sure you check back each week to see what’s happening.

  1.  St. Olaf Christmas Festival | December 1-4 | St. Olaf College
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    The St. Olaf Christmas Festival, one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, will be held December 1-4.

    Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

    Participating choral ensembles include the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Anton Armstrong ’78; Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir, both conducted by Mark Stover ’01; Cantorei, conducted by James Bobb; and the Manitou Singers, conducted by Therees Hibbard. The St. Olaf Orchestra is conducted by Steven Amundson. Each group performs individually and as part of a mass ensemble.

    The festival, which is regularly broadcast nationwide on public television and radio, has been featured in such publications as TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

  2. Cookies With Santa | December 3, 10am – 12pm | United Methodist Church
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    Benefiting the Northfield Nursery School $5/child, $20/family max
  3. Earl Thomas CD Release party | December 3, 8pm | The Grand Event Center
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    Tickets on sale at Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars.  Individual seats and table prices available.  507-645-4008 for more info.
  4. Sweet Jazz | December 4, 4pm – 6pm | The Contented Cow

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    Sweet Jazz has been performing in the Northfield area since 2006, starting back with just Christina Schwietz doing vocals and Peter Webb on piano in an exploration of jazz vocal standards. From those beginnings they expanded to include David Miller on drums, flugelhorn, melodica, and several bass players, currently Bruce Jensen.

  5. Gabriel Moll & All His Friends  December 4, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
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    Gabriel is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger and luthier based in Minnesota.

This Weekend In Northfield: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends in the area and beyond!  We are truly grateful that you like our page and connect with us each week!  We hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday with your friends and family, whether that’s in Northfield or elsewhere!  But, if you ARE here, here is what is happening this weekend!

  1. Tim Howe | Fri, November 25, 9pm  | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio

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    Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Howe’s been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
  2. Small Business Saturday | Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 | Citywide
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    A day that encourages shoppers to patronize small local businesses. Avoid the chaos of the big box stores and support the small business movement. The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is helping to support Small Business Saturday with the development of the Shopping Passport. Print out the Shopping Passport or pick up your copy at participating locations. Shop at participating retailers throughout the day and get your passport stamped. Return you passport to the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce by Dec. 5 for a chance to win Chamber Bucks. The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will randomly give away Chamber Checks to local shoppers throughout the day. All you have to do is shop locally and merchants all over town may surprise you with a Chamber Check to extend your shopping fun. Chamber Checks are good at hundreds of local businesses.
  3. Billy Johnson | Sat, November 26, 8pm  | Tavern Lounge
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    “Commitment-free rock ‘n roll. While he’s been moonlighting with George Scot McKelvey in the B-Team, former Hillcats singer Billy Johnson proves he belongs on the A-list alongside G.B. Leighton as one of the Twin Cities’ best feel-good, blue-collar, barroom-rousing tunesmiths with his first solo album “It’s a Good Life.”” (Chris Riemenschnider, Star Tribune). Billy has opened for the BoDeans, Five for Fighting, Train, Poco, Paul Thorn, Van Hunt, Lowen and Navarro, Old ’97s and more. More at billyjohnsonmusic.com.
  4. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols | Sun, November 27, 7:30pm | Skinner Chapel, Carleton
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    Presented by I Cantanti Chamber Choir, Wayne Kivell, director.  Modeled after the annual Christmas Eve performance at Kinds College in Cambridge, England, this concert features nine biblical readings recounting the Christmas story, each followed by choral selections or carols which elaborate the readings.  Free-will offering.
  5. Sunday Jazz Jam | Sun, November 27, 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Hot Spot Music Studio
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    Open to musicians of all ages and abilities, this jam is a perfect way to run through standard charts in a low-key, laid-back setting. Charts will be provided for everyone to follow along. It’s a spiritual experience. More at hotspotmusic.org.

This Weekend In Northfield: November 18-20

Check out these 5 fun activities you won’t want to miss this weekend!  Looking for more things to do?  Check out our Events Calendar for more ideas!

  1.  The Ole Bazaar | Friday, November 18, 9-4pm | Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf
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    Products from local artisans include paintings,  photography, woodworking, ceramics, ornaments, bee products, scarves, mittens, soaps, birch art, jams, book bindings, breadboards, handbags, jewelry and much more.
  2. Andriana Lehr | Fri, November 18, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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    With a vocal range vast as the open prairie, Andriana Lehr’s melodies combine the soaring range of Joni Mitchell with the depth and grounded roots of Aimee Mann and Brandi Carlile. Her song styles range from folk, Americana and alt-country to pop-ballads, with notes of jazz and blues influence. With early influences by the likes of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Wilco, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Lehr’s songwriting speaks straight to the soul, either through the heart, or through heady, existential lyrics that portray the struggles of 21st century existence. Lehr’s upcoming release, “Artifacts,” exemplifies the confusion and growth that comes through self-exploration and the search for meaning and finding one’s place in this world. More at reverbnation.com/andrianalehr/
  3. Art Vandalay | Sat, November 19, 8pm  | Tavern Lounge
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    Renowned “kick-ass Americana band” (Hindsight Harmonies), this Twin Cities ensemble makes their way back to Northfield in support of their latest release, “Heaven’s Operahouse.” The group’s popular laid-back roots rock draws on influences ranging from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and John Prine to The Eels and Tom Petty – lending their own unique brand of roots music that melds smart lyricism with pop-infused melodies. More at artvandalaytunes.wordpress.com.
  4. Mark Allen | Sat, November 19, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
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    Local favorite Mark Allen is an Americana singer/songwriter who presents a touch of country, blues, rock and a hard-hitting harmonica. His passionate performances feature your favorite covers as well as original compositions from his CD, Whiskey Sweet, recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.
  5. Marilynn Sellars & Steven C in Concert to Benefit Ruth’s House | Sun, November 20, 4pm | St Johns Lutheran Church
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     Sellars, who has local roots and is a Northfield High graduate, is known for her chart-topping 1974 hit, One Day At A Time, and for a versatile career which led to enshrinement in the MN Rock & Country Hall of Fame in 2004.  The talented pianist and composer Steven C has sold well over two million copies of his own recordings and has millions of online streams of his solo piano pieces.  Among his many credits are performing with Mannheim Steamroller and recording with the London Symphony Strings.  He has had and extensive career as a producer as well.  Free will offering. Ruth’s House is a non profit organization providing transitional shelter and support for women, children and families who are homeless.