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GM Ole Opry


The brainchild of local classic-country aficionado Dean Farnum, the theme of a “Grand Marais Ole Opry” was conceived in the halls of Sawtooth Elementary School in a conversation with pre-school teacher and local musician Amanda Hand. A fan of Amanda and her steel-guitar-playing father, Cal Hand (A Prairie Home Companion house band alum), Dean had a vision of a classic country and old-time music showcase featuring talented regional and local musicians. The North Shore Music Association signed on as event organizer and host, and the first Opry was held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in January 2014, hosted by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander. Four years later, the Opry is still going strong and has become one of Cook County’s most popular annual music events. Wowed by a fresh slate of highly skilled, charismatic, and energetic performers each January, Opry audiences revel in tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, The Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, and the Carter Family, as well as original tunes written by the artists in classic country and old-time style.
 
 
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
05/11/2019 - 05/12/2019@ Various Locations
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the North Shore Music Association and North Shore Health present Sam Miltich's The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz.

Highlighting cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and sharing his own story, original compositions, and teaching, Sam Miltich inspires hope for increased mental health awareness and destigmatization. Join us for three powerfully moving events that champion understanding for a vulnerable population:

MUSIC-PROCESS WORKSHOP at Grand Marais Public Library (104 2nd Ave. W) – May 11 at 2:30 pm – Sam discusses and demonstrates guitar techniques, talks about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery, and engages in Q&A. Open to the public and free of charge.

EVENING CONCERT at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (417 1st Ave. W, Grand Marais) – May 11 at 7 pm – Sam and performs with his quartet, with an accompanying narrative that highlights the creative and important contributions to society and culture that can be made by individuals with mental illness. Tickets are $15 general admission, for sale at event only. 

TALK at the North Shore Health Multipurpose Room (515 5th Ave. W, Grand Marais, just off the lobby in the new hospital entrance) – May 12 at 2 pm – Sam's talk, focused on hope and recovery, highlights his experience with schizophrenia, as well as the experiences of other accomplished musicians who achieved great personal and professional success while living with mental illness (including Thelonious Monk). Open to the public and free of charge. 

This project is made possible through a grant from Wilderness Health, a Northeast MN and Northwest WI collaborative, leading the transformation for rural health care systems. 
 
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
05/11/2019 - 05/12/2019@ Various Locations
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the North Shore Music Association and North Shore Health present Sam Miltich's The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz.

Highlighting cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and sharing his own story, original compositions, and teaching, Sam Miltich inspires hope for increased mental health awareness and destigmatization. Join us for three powerfully moving events that champion understanding for a vulnerable population:

MUSIC-PROCESS WORKSHOP at Grand Marais Public Library (104 2nd Ave. W) – May 11 at 2:30 pm – Sam discusses and demonstrates guitar techniques, talks about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery, and engages in Q&A. Open to the public and free of charge.

EVENING CONCERT at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (417 1st Ave. W, Grand Marais) – May 11 at 7 pm – Sam and performs with his quartet, with an accompanying narrative that highlights the creative and important contributions to society and culture that can be made by individuals with mental illness. Tickets are $15 general admission, for sale at event only. 

TALK at the North Shore Health Multipurpose Room (515 5th Ave. W, Grand Marais, just off the lobby in the new hospital entrance) – May 12 at 2 pm – Sam's talk, focused on hope and recovery, highlights his experience with schizophrenia, as well as the experiences of other accomplished musicians who achieved great personal and professional success while living with mental illness (including Thelonious Monk). Open to the public and free of charge. 

This project is made possible through a grant from Wilderness Health, a Northeast MN and Northwest WI collaborative, leading the transformation for rural health care systems. 
 
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7pm Sky Blue With Horns
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Sky Blue With Horns
Sky Blue With Horns
05/25/2019: 7 PM@ Bethlehem Lutheran Church
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. 
 
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