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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: 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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    Tim Howe

    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

NOSTALGIC HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

Warm up the winter’s night with a hot cocoa or cider as you meander through the 18th Annual Winter Walk,December 8. It’s a magical evening where the downtown is aglow like an old-fashioned Christmas village from years gone by. Candlelight illuminates the boulevards and read more

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: October 28-30

Happy (Spooky) Weekend Northfield!  Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss in town this weekend!

  1. An Evening with Kevin Kling and Friends | Fri, October 28, 7:00pm | Northfield High School
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    A special one night benefit performance for Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Master storyteller Kevin Kling, award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel and Interact’s incomparable Ensemble of Artists with Disabilities create an unforgettable evening of theater, humor, music and storytelling. Hear Kevin Kling tell real-life stories that by all rights shouldn’t be true. Born with a congenital birth defect, a motorcycle accident added considerably to the list of things he cannot do. But Kling sees every experience as a blessing and material for a darn good story. Best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Kevin has worked with Interact for two decades as a playwright, humorist and inspiration through the healing power of this stories. He joined Interact for Interact Thailand 2014, taking their vision of radical inclusion – a vision of “everybody in” – from the Land of Lakes to the mountains of Chiang Mai. Come for the show, stay for the conversation after. Tickets: $25, available at klingnf.org.
  2. The Rocky Horror Show |October 28 & 29|Northfield Arts Guild Theater
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    Oct. 27-29 7:30pm, Oct. 28-29 midnight, Northfield Arts Guild Theater Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show is presented as a fundraiser to benefit the Northfield Arts Guild. In this cult classic, virginal heroes, Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, encounter the dog days of sexual hedonism in the form of a transvestite mad scientist, his wild collection of servants and his latest creation – a muscular man named Rocky. With glam rock, cross-dressing, elaborate choreography and a warped sense of humor, the audience is encouraged – ”don’t dream it, be it.” The score includes favorites like “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me.” Appropriate for adult audiences only. Tickets: $15, available at northfieldartsguild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the Northfield Arts Guild.
  3. Mark Allen | Sat, October 29, 7pm – 11pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio

    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. In inclement weather, show moves to 9pm-12:30am inside.
  4. Annual Pumpkin Fest in Way Park | Sat, October 29, 5pm | Way Park, 720 1st St W
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    This year’s festivities include the dedication of the new Rotary Outdoor Musical Plaza. The dedication ceremony will begin at 5pm, followed by the rest of the Pumpkin Fest. Enjoy a concert, and then stay to try out all the instruments. Fall treats, face painting and group games. Bring your pumpkin to display on the Giant Wall of Pumpkins.
  5. Mill Town Haunt |October 28-31, 6pm – 10pm | Rice County Gas & Steam Engines, Hwy 3, just south of Dundas (map)
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    An all-volunteer haunted house with proceeds going to charity and the food shelf. 507/301-4268 or milltownhaunt@gmail.com for more info.

This Weekend in Northfield: October 21-23

Lot’s of families are traveling this weekend throughout Minnesota for MEA break!  There is a lot going on in Northfield to keep kids of all ages busy and entertained!!

  1. An all-volunteer haunted house with proceeds going to charity and the food shelf. F/Sa Oct. 14-29, also Oct. 31. 507/301-4268 or milltownhaunt@gmail.com for more info.
  2. 10th Annual Northfield Harvest Stomp | Fri October 21, 7-10:30pm | Northfield Ballroom
  3. 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 northfieldcontadance@gmail.com for more info.
  4. 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.  
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

This Weekend In Northfield: October 13-16

“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

  1. 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. 
  2. 11219524_883692248373736_348802113984168188_nAn all-volunteer haunted house with proceeds going to charity and the food shelf. F/Sa Oct. 14-29, also Oct. 31. 507/301-4268 or milltownhaunt@gmail.com for more info.
  3. 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.
  4. Fall Harvest Festival | Sat &Sun, October 15 &16, 8am – 8pm
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    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.
  5. 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.

This Weekend In Northfield: October 7-9

Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Northfield this weekend, plus a whole bunch of extra ideas.

  1. The Philadelphia Story | Oct. 7-9, F/Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater
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    Northfield Arts Guild Theater On the eve of heiress Tracy Lord’s second marriage, a steady stream of visitors, including her ex-husband and the paparazzi, create a most unwelcome guest list. With manners running high, and expectations low, the big question is whether Tracy will make it to the altar at all. In our era of tabloid journalism and growing class-consciousness, Philip Barry’s classic romantic comedy is as potent and incisive as ever. The Philadelphia Story is a fascinating peek into the mixed-up lives of the rich and famous who seemingly “have it all.” Tickets: $17 adults, $12 seniors/students, available at www.northfieldartsguild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the Northfield Arts Guild office.

     

  2. Cemetery Stories | October 8, 4:20-8pm | Northfield Cemetery
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    This historic tour features actors portraying past notable Northfield citizens at their grave sites.  This family friendly event is full of mysterious stories.  Twenty-minute tours.  Cost is $4/adults, $2/child (ages 6-13), $3 NHS Members.  More info, or sign up at www.northfieldhistory.org or 507-645-9268.
  3. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Miss Becky Kapell comes back to Northfield in support of her 2012 debut solo release, “For Now.” Her country-twinged songs are sometimes plaintive and spare, sometimes humorous and lively and capture the frustration and heartache of unrealized dreams. As a special treat she’ll be joined by pedal steel guitarist extraordinaire Randy Broughten (the Gear Daddies, Trailer Trash, The Cactus Blossoms). More at www.missbeckykapell.com.
  4. Stop by to taste and talk beer. Some of the guests include Fulton Brewery, Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Keepsake Cidery. This is a free, 21+ event.
  5. Todd Thompson Band | October 9, 4pm – 6pm | The Contented Cow
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    Todd Thompson Band

    An acoustic five-piece Americana band playing blues, bluegrass, cajun, pop, country and western music. From originals to Morrison, Scruggs to Marley, Merle to Elvis, TTB plays a wide variety. Hot banjo, soulful vocals, tasty guitar, romantic bowed bass, funky mandolin and bluesy harmonica make up a unique, toe-tapping sound. You will marvel at the instrumentalist, sing along and be amused with the band’s originality and light-heartedness.

    Need more fun?  Check out our Events Calendar!

This Weekend In Northfield – September 30-October 2

Fall is in full swing in Northfield!  Check out these five fun events going on this weekend!

  1.  Caitlin Robertson | Friday, September 30, 6-8pm | The Contented Cow
    caitlin-3Folk-rock-country-pop.  Robertson’s songs weave Minnesota-prairie-farmgirl, wild-unsettled-Alaska-woman, and Southern-swampy mystery into intricate narratives that tell simple truths with sweet and haunting melodies.
  2.  Tim Cheesebrow | Friday, September 30, 8pm | The Tavern Lounge
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    aimed Minnesota favorite, Tim Cheesebrow presents “folky, memorable melodies, interesting guitar work, thoughtful lyrics and a down-to-earth sound that couldn’t have come from anywhere but the heartland of the midwest.”
  3. North Star Farm Tour | Saturday & Sunday, Oct 1-2, 10am-5pm | The Alpaca Farm Store
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    Meet the alpacas and learn about the alpaca lifestyle. Oct. 1-2.
  4. Fall Harvest Festival | Saturday & Sunday, Oct 1-2, 11am-5pm | Bridgewater Produce Farm
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    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.
  5. OKTOBERFEST with Stein Hoisting and music | Saturday, Oct 1, 5-11pm | The Contented Cow
    578efec5abbb9-imageWith 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.

Need more fun?  Check out our complete events calendar HERE!

This Weekend In Northfield: September 23-25

Happy Fall, y’all!  It’s officially Autumn in Minnesota and there are many fun events happening around Northfield to celebrate!  Check out the 5 things you won’t want to miss this weekend! See you around!

  1.  Exhibit Artisits Reception: Annual Members’ Show | September 23, 7-9pm | Northfield Arts Guild

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    Main Gallery: Annual Members’ Show – Sept. 1-24 – Featuring 40+ member artists in various mediums, including painting, sculpture and fiber. Artists’ Reception: Sept. 23, 7-9pm.

  2. Riverwalk Market Fair | September 24, 9am-1pm | Bridge Square
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    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 juries selection of art work. Each Saturday provides a different mix of special events, musical entertainment and activities for the whole family.
  3. National Alpaca Farm Days | September 24 & 25, 10am-5pm | The Alpaca Farm Store
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    Meet the alpacas and learn about the alpaca lifestyle. Sept. 24-25.
  4. J Eastman & The Drunk Uncles | September 24, 6:30-8:30pm | The Contented Cow


    Stumbling up the stairs of a suburban basement, J Eastman and the Drunk Uncles climbed to the bottom of the Minneapolis indie rock scene in 2015 with a shambolic collection of tunes about alcohol, beers and existential anxiety. The band layers J Eastman’s gritty hooks with loud guitars to somehow pump out a bevy of non-chart-topping rave-ups. With standout tracks like “Not the liquor,” “Josephine” and the REM-esque “Oh Harry,” the music of the Drunk Uncles appeals to loners, drunks and the broken hearted in equal measure.
  5. Mark Ross | September 25, 3-7pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
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    High-energy acoustic singer/songwriter playing rock, country and alternative music from many past and current artists like Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Miranda Lambert, Matchbox Twenty, Ryan Adams, Bruno Mars and more. Ross has played in various projects around the Twin Cities and nationally for more than 20 years. On the Lily PADio. Cancelled if bad weather.