Originally from New Jersey, world-renowned singer-songwriter John Gorka
got his start in the late 1970s at Godfrey Dani
els, a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern PA. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle
(a breeding ground for major singer-songwriters) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. It wasn’t long before his rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty, and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country as well as in Europe, where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany.
Over the years, Gorka has produced eleven critically acclaimed albums under the Red House Re
cords and High Street Records
labels. He’s also released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD, called The Gypsy Life
. And in 2010, he released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson
under the name Red Horse
. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.
Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown
and has appeared on CNN
Tickets $24 adults, $8 youth (18 & under) general admission
, on sale now (no fees) at www.tix.com
(search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts"). Also on sale, as available, at box office night of show (starting at 6:30 PM).
Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a great weekend for Bluegrass musicians and fans at Lutsen Resort
in Lutsen, MN. 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, and a wonderful opportunity to connect with your Bluegrass friends. There's no cap on workshop participants, so you can register when you arrive. This Year's Featured Instrument : Resophonic Guitar. Featured Artist: Mike Witcher.
An 8 PM concert
with the Mike Witcher Band
in the Lutsen Resort Ballroom on Sat. Nov. 7
is open to the public. Tickets are $20 adults, $5 youth (18 & under)
and will be for sale only at event
all Fri & Sat. in Lutsen Resort lobby, and at Lutsen Ballroom door 1 hr. before showtime.
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Artist Talk: The Art of Practice: The Practice of Art
with Yvonne Caruthers
Practicing is second nature to cellist Yvonne Caruthers
, who moved to Grand Marais in February 2015. From 1978 to 2014, Yvonne was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra
, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, under music directors Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, and Christoph Eschenbach. During her years in Washington, she also lectured widely on musical topics and taught dozens of aspiring musicians, with a focus on teaching them how to practice as well as what to practice. During her artist talk, Yvonne will perform several musical examples, using them to illustrate “The Art of Practice: the Practice of Art.”
This event is co-sponsored by NSMA and the Grand Marais Art Colony and will be held there, 120 West 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais
$10 suggested donation