North Shore Music Association
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2016 Schedule of Events
August 20 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
The (harp-free) female trio
could be described as “modern progressive bluegrass” or “chamberfolk,” but these titles only touch on their unique organic sound. These three classically trained musicians produce original music that’s intricately arranged, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe, and evocative of the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and the “dawg music” of David Grisman. Building from the tonal depth of the cello, layered with shimmering violin and strikingly natural banjo, they create a sound that’s at once familiar and impossible to categorize.
Chris Spector at Midwest Record says Harpeth Rising is, “taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form. If you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind. One of a kind, in a class by itself and simply superlative.” For more details about the group, go to
Tickets: General admission $18 adult, $15 adult/youth pair (receive a
if you bring a youth, redeemable at box office!) Additional youth are
. For sale in advance at
(no fees, search “Arrowhead Center for the Arts") and at door night of show (box office 6:30 pm).
Sept. 24 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Beloved Minnesota singer-songwriter
is one of the few women guitarists who primarily play the twelve-string guitar. Reed, a lifelong Minnesotan, began teaching herself to play at age 12 and has been a performer for her entire adult life. Growing up, she was influenced by artists including the Kingston Trio, early Joni Mitchell, Cream, Buffalo Springfield, the Beatles, and Pete Seeger — plus the writers and singers of her parents' era: Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Rosemary Clooney.
A touring musician for over 30 years, Reed has covered Canada and the U.S. coast to coast, performing at theatres and clubs, as well as festivals including Bumbershoot, Winnipeg, Black Mountain, and the National Women's Music Festival. She’s appeared on Garrison Keillor's
A Prairie Home Companion
Good Morning America
, and countless radio stations across the U.S. In 2007 she wrote and performed
Heroes: A Celebration of Women Who Changed History and Changed Our Lives
, a theatrical presentation produced by Minnesota Public Radio. In a departure from her usual repertoire, she has developed a musical tribute (with Denise Tabet) called
Nothing But Class: The Songs of Dorothy Fields
, honoring the first woman to be inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
Tickets are general admission: $18 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) for sale in advance (no fees) at
(search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") or at door (box office opens 6:30 pm).
Oct. 22 - 7:30 PM @ Bethlehem Lutheran
"All Our Own Jazz"
Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble
(S.B.J. E.) and five guest musicians perform
original jazz/classical fusion pieces
composed by ensemble director, Mike DeBevec, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais.
S.B.J.E. (Mike DeBevec, Erik Hahn, Mike Roth, Karina Roth, and Brett Jones) has performed and taught throughout NE Minnesota over the past seven years and collected a large, enthusiastic following of music lovers. DeBevec, jazz pianist and composer, has written the pieces for this event specifically for local classical musicians, to be performed with the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble. This fresh and inspiring concept weaves together the talent and creativity of remarkably talented local performers in a musical tapestry expressing the essence of the North Shore scene.
Tickets are general admission: $15 adults, free for youth.
For sale in Bethlehem Lutheran Church lobby night of show (starting at 6:30 pm).
Nov. 4-6 @ Lutsen Resort
26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend
Celebrate, make music, learn, and listen at the North Shore Music Association’s 26th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend! This year's featured instrument is GUITAR, and our featured performer and instructor is
Jim Hurst is a Nashville musician who's performed for the past three decades with artists including Holly Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, and Missy Raines. Over the years, Jim has also maintained a strong solo career and taught workshops all over the country.
For full event details, see our Bluegrass Masters page:
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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The North Shore Music Association is a non-profit organization
serving the community for over 25 years.
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