North Shore Music Association
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2014 Schedule of Events
Sept. 20, 7:30 @ ACA
Briand Morrison & Friends CD Release Concert
Guitarist and composer
of Grand Portage, MN, has partnered with NSMA, through funding from the MN State Arts Board, to compose twelve original jazz, rock, and blues numbers for guitar and an array of backing instruments and vocals. In summer 2014, Morrison will record this material for a full-length CD, along with other regional musicians he has commissioned for the project. The Sept. 20 performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts will feature Morrison performing the twelve songs with accompanying musicians, along with other works.
October 4 @ ACA
John Mark Nelson & Annual Silent Auction
Jon Schober of NPR writes, "When people hear
John Mark Nelson
's music for the first time, there's often a sense of disbelief. With arrangements that recall the work of veteran songwriters, the 19-year-old Minnetonka, Minn., native has been recording sophisticated compositions since he was 14. Like a younger version of Dirty Projectors frontman David Longstreth, Nelson possesses incredible attention to detail, with instrumentation and lyricism that feel completely plotted out, yet still fresh and new. Since the release of his album Waiting and Waiting, Nelson has sold out his album-release show, was tapped for First Avenue's Best New Bands showcase, opened the first night of The Current's birthday party and has supported a slew of national touring acts in the Twin Cities."
. Nelson's five-piece band includes: Cameron LeCrone, Nic Eggert, Grace Keating, John Cushing, and Benjamin Kelly.
CONCERT begins at 7:30 PM
. General seating. Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth (18 & under). For sale at door or in advance (no fees) at http://arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=15
NSMA'S ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER, starting at 6 PM
, will feature an array of unique high-quality items and gift certificates generously donated by local organizations and businesses. Proceeds from the auction will go towards NSMA's operating expenses for 2015. The auction will begin at 6 PM in the
. Bidding will continue at intermission, and winning bids will be announced following the concert (or via phone call for those who don't stay for the music).
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
24th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend
Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a dynamic weekend for bluegrass musicians and fans at Lutsen Resort. Friday is check-in, registration, and jamming. Saturday is workshops, more jamming, and an evening concert by our featured group. And Sunday is... more jamming before check-out. It's a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting -- a wonderful opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends.
This year's featured instrument is MANDOLIN. Featured instructor is
is one of the day’s foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. He has inspired and influenced many of today’s current wave of mandolinists, pointing the way with his clean, clear, fast, and efficient mandolin techniques.
Emory is currently touring with Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, performing shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K. His fourteen-year friendship and musical collaboration with noted clawgrass banjoist Mark Johnson has yielded four creative recording projects. Mark and Emory have toured across the U.S. and have been featured on several performances with Steve Martin, most notably on
Late Night with David Letterman
in September 2012.
For more about Bluegrass Masters Weekend and Emory Lester, go to
Saturday Mandolin Workshops
: $8/each, $30/full day. Register at event.
Saturday Concert with Emory & Friends, 8 PM
: $20 adults, $10 youth (18 & under). Tickets for sale at event only -- in Lutsen Resort Lobby starting at 6 PM, and at Lutsen Ballroom door at 7:30 PM.
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The North Shore Music Association deeply values our community's interest and support. It is our mission to bring you the best eclectic local, national, and international music presentation and education possible, and to support local and regional musicians.
As our community changes in population and economy, we want to continue meeting its needs for music presentation and education in the best possible way. That's why your personal input matters so much. We hope you will take just a few minutes to complete our online survey, which will help us determine how to shape our future direction and programming. Here's the link:
Thanks again for supporting NSMA, your community music nonprofit!
All concerts are held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts unless noted otherwise.
W 1st Ave & W 5th Street, Grand Marais
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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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