Is it spring? It feels like it with these mild temps! Check out these great things you won’t want to miss this weekend!
Friday Noontime Concert: Randall Ferguson | Friday, Feb. 17 at Noon | Northfield Public LibraryClassical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele.
Carleton Symphany Orchestra | Friday, Feb. 17 at 7pm | Concert Hall, Carleton
Ronald Rodmad director.
Dial M for Murder | Fri/Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater
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.
Downstream Environmental Film Series: Video & Activism | Sat 4:30pm | Weitz Center, Carleton
Several films, including Chris Malloy’s The Fisherman’s Son: the Spirit of Ramon Navarro, will be shown. Details at downstreamfilmseries.com
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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe we are headed into 2017? There are many great celebrations taking place in Northfield this weekend – Here are the 5 events you won’t want to miss when you’re here!
Daniel Nass | Friday, December 30, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
Solo acoustic artist Daniel Nass provides a fun and eclectic mix of guitar and ukulele covers spanning five decades, from Radiohead to Led Zeppelin, from Tom Waits to Kermit the Frog. More at danielnassmusic.com.
New Year’s Eve Party with Martin Anderson | Saturday, December 31, 8pm-1am | the Contented Cow
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.
New Year’s Eve Bingo | Saturday, December 31, 7:30pm | Carbone’s Pizza
$1000 guaranteed winner!!
Paul Seeba | Saturday, December 31, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Seeba’s songs involve catchy melodies, strong harmonies and the interplay of acoustic/electric guitar layers that definitely fall into a roots rock genre – with impressionistic lyrics that often weave together a narrative honoring our Northern heritage.
DJ music | Saturday, December 31, pm| J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein
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
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.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival | December 1-4 | St. Olaf College
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.
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.
Cookies With Santa | December 3, 10am – 12pm | United Methodist Church
Benefiting the Northfield Nursery School $5/child, $20/family max
Earl Thomas CD Release party | December 3, 8pm | The Grand Event Center
Tickets on sale at Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars. Individual seats and table prices available. 507-645-4008 for more info.
Sweet Jazz | December 4, 4pm – 6pm | The Contented Cow
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.
Gabriel Moll & All His Friends December 4, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
Gabriel is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger and luthier based in Minnesota.
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!
Tim Howe | Fri, November 25, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Howe’s been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
Small Business Saturday | Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 | Citywide
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.
Billy Johnson | Sat, November 26, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
“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.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols | Sun, November 27, 7:30pm | Skinner Chapel, Carleton
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.
Sunday Jazz Jam | Sun, November 27, 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Hot Spot Music Studio
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.
With so many fun things to do in Northfield, it’s getting more and more difficult picking five per week to feature! Make sure you check out our entire Events Calendarto find out about all of the activities going on in town this weekend.
Film Premiere: Love Always, Santa | Thursday, November 3, 6:30pm | Northfield Middle School
The Northfield Chamber of Commerce and Tourism along with Visit Northfield invite you to the world premiere of Love Always, Santa, a movie filmed in Northfield. Open to the public. Free-will donations and/or non-perishable food items for the Northfield food shelf accepted. Red Carpet 6:30pm, screening 7pm. Small reception to follow.
Theater: You Can’t Take It With You | Nov. 4-5, 11-13, F/Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm | Northfield High School Auditorium
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. This eccentric family allows each member to pursue their own ambitions in the home, but their routine is disrupted when a daughter with a regular job wants to bring her fiancé and his Wall Street family to dinner in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. There’s a reason that so many high schools stage this show – it’s really well-put together with a wonderful menagerie of characters. It’s great theatrical fun. Tickets: $7 adults, $5 students, available at the NHS office or at the door.
Tim Houlihan & Band | Fri, November 4, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
The Tavern is very pleased to present the Northfield debut of legendary Minneapolis musician Tim Houlihan and his band, appearing in support of his critically-acclaimed latest release, “Another Orion.” An Americana singer songwriter whose songs are carved from real life with hooky enthusiasm, strong grooves and sophisticated playing, Tim’s performances have taken him around the U.S. and Europe from living rooms to large halls – drawing in listeners with intimate stories and warm anecdotes. More at timhoulihan.com.
4. Lone Rock | Sat, November 5, 5pm – 7pm | J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein
Recreating the old country song with slick licks, choice voices and a rockin’ rhythm section, THIS is LONE ROCK. Fronted by Barbara Piper on vocals/guitar, lead guitarist Dan Dotzler and Ed Treinen on harps, this band is rounded out with bassist Doug Hamilton and drummer, Richard Hanson. Don’t miss this exceptional grouping.
The duel banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Arkansas-born Kendl Winter spreads her songs across the country like Johnny Appleseed. Kendl weaves poetry with both old and new songs. Her voice is described as “somewhere between Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent with a little twist.” Palmer T. Lee hails from Minneapolis. When he was nineteen years old he inherited a couple of banjos and discovered that he could reassemble them into his dream instrument. Palmer’s songs are distilled into the warm, sweet sounds of percussive wordplay and melodic interludes. Former front-man for the high energy bluegrass band The Boys n’ the Barrels, his own unique style developed from his pieced together banjo. According to Winter, both she and Lee studied roots music and traditional banjo techniques, both three finger and clawhammer. They started there and then diverged with creativity. Even when attempting to recreate old sounds, they strive to put their own twist on everything they do. The Lowest Pair approaches their instruments as vehicles to explore poetry, song, and melody. Openers include Randy Broughten from Gear Daddies with Dan Gaarder from Trailer Trash band bassist Andy Olsen. Tickets: $25, available at the Northfield Arts Guild, 507/645-8877 or northfieldartsguild.org.
Featuring music by Contratopia. Led by dance caller Robin Nelson. All welcome, no partner required. Contra dance instruction at 7pm. Tickets: $9 adults, $6 students (family cap $25). Free admission for Northfield area growers and farmers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Riverwalk Market Fair is an open-air Saturday market located along the beautiful Cannon River in historic Northfield, Minnesota. These summer Saturday festivals offer locally grown produce, artisan foods, and a juried selection of art work. Each Saturday provides a different mix of special events, musical entertainment and activities for the whole family.
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.
Featuring the Laura MacKenzie Trio, which includes Laura MacKenzie on wooden flutes, whistles, pipes and voice, Dáithí Sproule on guitar and voice and Mary Vanory on fiddle. Laura has received an abundance of honors and awards for her work in traditional music, both Irish and Scottish, and is quite unique in the diversity of her instrumental skills. She has been honored with Bush and McKnight performing arts fellowships. Dáithí Sproule, well known for his pioneering guitar styles, deep knowledge of Irish song and his place in the internationally-acclaimed Irish supergroup Altan, is a virtual font of cultural knowledge and lore. He has been a major force behind the success of traditional Irish music in today’s popular culture. Mary Vanory is one of the premier Irish fiddlers in the American Midwest and teaches at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul. She performs and records with numerous ensembles, including Brass Lassie, Captain Kaliber and Common Reel. With CVRO, the Laura MacKenzie Trio will present a program of traditional music originally arranged for Dáithí’s group, Altan, in celebration of the ensemble’s 25 years of performing music together. These well-loved tunes and songs have been performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Opera Orchestra, and range from delightful dance tunes to beautiful ballads, sung in both Irish and English. In addition to this repertoire, orchestral pieces will include Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances and Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Tickets are available at CVROOrchestra.org, NorthfieldArtsGuild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the Northfield Arts Guild. “Pay-what-you-want” tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons are encouraged to support CVRO through a suggested admission of $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Also Oct. 22 in Cannon Falls.
“A Beautiful Fall”
The leaves are changing and so is the weather
It’s time to put away the shorts and put on the sweater
Halloween is near and Thanksgiving is coming
My favorite time of year this is becoming
‘Tis the season of pumpkin and apple
An ordinary time for loved ones to meet at the chapel
I wish they appreciated the beauty of fall
Then and only then they could see why it’s the best season of all
By Dean N. Julia
A commemoration of the historic relationship between Carleton College and the town of Northfield. Music by The Counterfactuals at 5:05pm and 5:50-7pm, the popular prof-rock band comprised of Assistant Professors of Philosophy Daniel Groll (lead vocal and guitar), Jason Decker (guitar) and Assistant Professor of Music Andy Flory (bass) from Carleton College and Mike Fuerstein (drums), Assistant Professor of Philosophy from St. Olaf College. Celebration remarks by Northfield Mayor Dana Graham, Carleton President Steven Poskanzer and St. Olaf President David Anderson at 5:20pm, followed by birthday cake for all. In case of inclement weather, event relocates to Carleton’s Weitz Center.
Independence of Thought: An Unfolding Story 1866-2016 – through Nov. 16 – Exhibition in honor of Carleton’s sesquicentennial curated by students in spring term 2016 courses. The exhibition aims to bring past student experience alive by highlighting six key time modules through immersive displays comprised of artifacts, photographs, publications and audio echoes from the past. Infographics created by students in Professor Bill North’s Carleton in the Archives course, also spring term 2016, help make sense of college history and culture across time. Reception: Oct. 14, 7-9pm, Weitz Center Commons. The Making of a Sesquicentennial Exhibits: Oct. 15, 11:10am-12:10pm, Olin 141 – The process of creating the exhibit presented by Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
Fall Harvest Festival | Sat &Sun, October 15 &16, 8am – 8pm
Bridgewater Produce Farm, 4706 Lonsdale Blvd E, Northfield, MN 55057, USA (map)
Pick your own or browse pre-picked pumpkins. Pumpkin Playland open 11am-5pm with cornbox, corn maze, kids barrel cart rides, mini-mazes, play areas, hay rides. Playland admission: $5, see ad in the Entertainment Guide for $2 off coupon. Sa/Su Oct. 1-23, also Th/Fri Oct. 20-21.
A free, self-guided tour featuring 40 artists, 21 studios, demonstrations and a unique opportunity for the public to visit with artists and see them at work in their creative work spaces. Artists whose working studios are not set up for visitors will be guest artists in other studios. Original work will be available for purchase. Painting, jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork and more. This annual event is lauded as a premiere art event in Minnesota and beyond. More information and a map are available at www.studioartour.com. Oct. 15-16.
OKTOBERFEST with Stein Hoisting and music | Saturday, Oct 1, 5-11pm | The Contented Cow With live music by Multe (5-7pm) and The Wreck (9-11pm). Multe grew out of a weekly Nordic folk music get-together and jam session (once known as Nordic Jam) when some of its participants decided to take on the genre more seriously and emulate some of its heroes. Originally focused on gammaldans (literally “old dance” – schottische, waltz, reinlender, etc.), the band has grown to include tunes more suited to listening than dance by artists at the forefront of modern Scandinavian folk music. Multe’s members have hosted such artists here for gigs and visited them in their native lands during festivals. The band’s current lineup is: Jon Bjork (five-row accordion and guitar), Doug Wornson (accordion), Bruce Jensen (double bass), Jerry Johnson (guitar), and Glenn Lee (accordion). What has evolved since 2007 has become one of Northfield’s true hidden musical gems.
One of the Twin Cities most popular party bands, The Wreck plays a wide variety of covers ranging from blues, soul and R&B to rock, country and a little new wave.The group, featuring vocalist Colleen Martin Oake (Lolo’s Ghost), got their start as students “back in the day” at St. Olaf College.
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Minneapolis-based acoustic folk, blues and country musician Chris Holm returns in support of his debut solo release, “The Trains Don’t Run Here Anymore.” A fingerstyle guitar picker and harmonica player, Chris channels the high-spirited liveliness of Charley Patton, thumping on his suitcase drum, attacking his guitar strings with abandon and shouting along in a gravelly howl, later to channel the lonesome sounds of a weeping slide guitar and a blue yodel. Despite his Northern Minnesota roots, Chris has formed an intimate connection with the music of the American South. Raised on the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival, he eventually dug into the music that inspired those great artists and discovered a deep appreciation for country blues and hillbilly country music.
Join faculty composer Andrea Mazzariello and visiting ensemble Mobius Percussion for a screening of video work that foregrounds original music, featuring the world premiere of a film version of Mazzariello’s “Symmetry and Sharing.” Other works include visual treatments of technologically-assisted spoken word, collisions of music and theater, even a new music audiovisual secret family recipe. The screening session will be followed by a Q&A session with the featured artists.
Take a step back and resurrect songs of love, peace and flower power from the late ‘60s and early ’70s. The Bonnie is Bonnie Jean Flom. The Clydes are Bill McGrath and Scott McMillan. More at bonnieandtheclydes.com.
After cutting his teeth with various college bands and acoustic duos, Dave Hudson made his way through the Minneapolis music scene writing and singing his own blend of melodic acoustic-rock music. His style has been compared to the likes of the Gin Blossoms, U2 and the Counting Crows. His self-styled mix of cover songs ranging from the ’80s, ’90s and today, blended with his own recorded and nationally released music, has kept crowds coming back for more. On the Lily PADio. Cancelled if bad weather.