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2019 Schedule of Events

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05/25/2019: 7 PM @ Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Sky Blue With Horns

Sky Blue With Horns

Join us for a concert celebrating the role of horns in the history of jazz, featuring trumpet soloist Tom Pfotenhauer (veteran jazz teacher, UMD Dept. of Music & Jazz Studies Program), backed by local players Eric Anderson on trombone, Erik Hahn on sax and flute, and the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble led by Mike DeBevec. 

The talents of these remarkable regional musicians will be showcased in self-composed horn arrangements and original compositions by Pfotenhauer and DeBevec, as well as favorite jazz standards and jazz/pop fusion tunes (Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chuck Mangione), with six vocalists rounding out the ensemble. 

Tickets are general admission. $15 adults, $5 youth 18 & under. For sale at event only, in lobby, starting at 6:30 pm.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 417 1st Ave. West, Grand Marais. 

06/08/2019: 7:30 PM @ Location TBA
The Barley Jacks

The Barley Jacks

The Barley Jacks perform original vocals and jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of
excitement and fun. These masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass, and drum meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop and inspire each other to create something entirely new. Frontman, fiddler, and mandolinist Brian Wicklund is joined by Mike Cramer on guitar, Keith Yanes on bass, and Joel Arpin on percussion. Virtuosity, magic, and a little danger combine to make every performance unique.

07/13/2019: 7:30 PM @ Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Kelley Hunt

Kelley Hunt

The story of Kelley Hunt's career is one of an unapologetically independent artist with an unflappable will, great credibility, and a path of accomplishments won the hard way as a live performer who sets the house ablaze with a powerhouse voice and divine mastery of the keys. With over fifteen-hundred performances to her name, six guest appearances on  A Prairie Home Companion, praise from critics celebrating her self-hewn path as a performer, a forward-thinking songwriter, and a pioneering woman in the Blues, Roots, and Gospel traditions, Kelley has earned the great respect of devoted fans across North America and Europe.

08/23/2019: 7:30 PM @ Venue TBA
Ray Bonneville

Ray Bonneville

Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare but spunky rhythms, while Bonneville's deep, evocative voice confesses life’s harsh realities. 

Often called a “song and groove man,” Bonneville began writing his own music after two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard. He’s since released nine albums, won Canada’s Juno award and other prestigious honors, earned wide critical acclaim, and garnered an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

For more about Ray Bonneville, and to listen to music tracks and videos, go to

10/11/2019: 7 PM @ Venue TBA
Samite - Lessons of Humanity: What My Grandfather Taught Me

Samite - Lessons of Humanity: What My Grandfather Taught Me

Taught traditional flute as a child by his grandfather in Uganda, Samite Mulondo studied western flute in school, became one of East Africa's most acclaimed flutists, and is now known the world over for his musical talent and humanitarian work.
Samite has released ten internationally distributed CDs and has scored and appeared in acclaimed documentary films. In 1998 Samite was the subject of the documentary Song of the Refugee, distributed by PBS. In 2009 the film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, featuring Samite's original score, debuted nationally on PBS. Samite's humanitarian work began in 2002, with his founding of Musicians for World Harmony, an organization that enables global musicians to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people. As a MWH ambassador, Samite travels to perform music and exchange stories with victims of war, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. 

While in Grand Marais, Samite will perform Lessons of Humanity: What My Grandfather Taught Me, his solo show full of stories and music that illustrate the resilience of the human spirit and the fundamental appreciation that "we are all the same."

NSMA Events

NSMA offers high-quality musical performances at comfortable, accessible venues where listeners are immersed in the experience without distractions. Our audience members tell us the connection they feel with artists onstage is both sensory and emotional - a joining of hearts and minds in joy, shared experience, and uplift that great music by generous souls can offer.

NSMA strives to provide a wide array of musical genres from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds each season, to broaden our community’s awareness and sense of belonging within the global community.
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7pm Michael Gulezian
Michael Gulezian
Michael Gulezian
04/13/2019: 7 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Over the past three decades, Michael Gulezian has established himself as one of the most significant solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time. Raising the aesthetic of contemporary acoustic guitar to a higher level with each new album, Gulezian has been named as a primary musical influence by artists as diverse as Michael Hedges, Willy Porter, and Henry Kaiser.
Not only technically breathtaking to watch, Gulezian is also known for his charismatic stage presence, offbeat humor, and genuine humility, which have earned him an ever-growing fan base. The atmospheric power, joy, and haunting beauty he creates onstage and in his recordings inspired a Dirty Linen reviewer to remark, “Gulezian messes with space and time in ways French composer Erik Satie could only dream of.”

 Jazziz publisher Michael Fagien describes Gulezian’s work as “unbelievable … incredible … music from another planet.” Grammy-winning producer Richard Adler writes, “Michael Gulezian composes, arranges, and performs some of the most complex and emotional music ever written for solo acoustic guitar.”

General-admission tickets are $18 adults, $10 youth 18 & under. For sale in advance at (no fees, search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts"), by phone 218-387-1272, and at the box office on concert night (6:00 pm).    

Check out some of Michael's videos: 
"The Moon Under Her Feet"
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