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2015 Schedule of Events
June 6 - 1 PM @ GM Public Library
Routes & Roots of the Blues for Kids
All local and visiting youth are invited to a free, all-ages musical program on Sat. June 6, from 1 to 2 PM, at the Grand Marais Public Library, 104 2nd Ave. West. Co-sponsored by the North Shore Music Association and the Grand Marais Public Library, this event, featuring world-renowned acoustic blues musician
, will be a dynamic, playful, musically and culturally enriching time for all. Grown-ups are welcome, too!.
Following a youth program at the Broward County Library, FL, an enthused participant wrote, “Blues School was in session again with world famous blues artist Guy Davis at the African-American Research and Cultural Center. Davis made his harmonica bark like a dog and grunt like a pig and rattle like a train. He lined up a group of volunteers on the edge of the stage and taught them how to swing an ax in the kind of rhythm that fuels the blues. On his guitar, he demonstrated different picking styles—from Delta style to Piedmont style. And he played ‘Shortnin’ Bread’ on his banjo like nobody’s business.”
Arts at Penn
, Guy Davis has “some Blind Willie and some Fats Waller, some Zora Neale Hurston, some Taj Mahal, and some Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (his parents). He's a musician, composer, actor, director and writer. But most importantly—Guy Davis is a bluesman who's ready to enlighten young people with the vibrant storytelling kind-of-music that's deeply rooted in American culture."
Guy Davis has contributed the title track for a CD collection of songs to help teach diversity and understanding--part of the national
“Teaching Tolerance” campaign
, sent by the
Southern Poverty Law Center
to every public school in the country to help combat hatred. Guy has also done residency programs for youth at the
Lincoln Center Institute, the Kennedy Center,
State Theatre in New Jersey
, in classroom workshops and assembly programs all across the country and in Canada for Elementary, High School, and College students.
For more about Guy's work with youth and education, go to
June 6 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Photo by Richard Dowdy
is appearing on
Late Night With Conan O’Brien
; on nationally syndicated radio shows such as Garrison Keillor’s
A Prairie Home Companion
, Larry Groce's
, or David Dye’s
; in front of thousands on the main stage of a major festival; or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a music camp, he feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his all. He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman.
Raised in New York City, the son of legendary actors
Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
, Guy has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories, and performance pieces. His influences include the great blues musicians Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Manse Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others. But it was through Taj Mahal that he found his way to the old time blues.
nine W.C. Handy Awards
over the years, including
“Best Traditional Blues Album,” “Best Blues Song,
“Best Acoustic Blues Artist,”
Guy was the 1993 winner of the Blues Foundation's
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award”
presented to him by Robert Cray.
Also active in educational youth outreach, Guy contributed the title track to the CD
I Will Be Your Friend: Songs and Activities for Young Peacemakers
, a collection to help teach diversity and understanding as part of the national
campaign. The CD continues to be distributed by the
Southern Poverty Law Center
, sent to every public school in the country to help combat hatred. Guy has also done residency programs for the
Lincoln Center Institute,
, and the
in New Jersey.
For more about
Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) for sale at door (box office opens 6:30 PM)
Also for sale in advance (no fees) at
July 11 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Sam Miltich with Sky Blue Jazz Quartet
With their recent five-year jazz history project, "A Century of Jazz," Grand Marais'
Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble
has carried out their mission to serve as ambassadors of jazz music and history in rural MN communities, particularly on the North Shore. It's therefore with great excitement that they welcome Gypsy jazz virtuoso
, from Grand Rapids, to collaborate with them in a concert and dance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The entire repertiore of the night will be previosuly recorded Gypsy jazz tunes by Mr. Militch, chosen for their listening and dancing appeal. The band will play on a thrust stage adjacent to the dance floor, with seaitng for at least 200 in the concert hall.
is a jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. He is a musician by profession and plays regularly in the Upper Midwest, as a soloist and with his band, the Clearwater Hot Club. In addition to Gypsy swing and traditional jazz, his musical interests include Brazilian choro, French musette, Eastern European tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music. Sam's recent musical collaborators have included mandolin virtuoso Peter Ostroushko, legendary Twin Cities saxophonist Dave Karr, jazz and classical guitarist Joan Griffith, and Dutch jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis.
Sky Blue Jazz Quartet
, music direction and piano;
, bass; and
, percussion. This combo is a four-person grouping of the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble's total membership of six, who have been performing and recording jazz together for the past six years, to rave reviews.
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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serving the community for over 25 years.
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