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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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7pm Sones de Mexico Ensemble
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Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
03/01/2019: 7 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Sones de Mexico Ensemble is the country's premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican 'son', including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. 25 years ago, the group was formed in Chicago to keep the tradition of Mexican 'son' alive in its many regional forms. The two-time Grammy-nominated group has developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes and toured nationally and internationally, including performances at the Getty Museum in L.A., New York's Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

While in Grand Marais, Sones de Mexico will perform an Evening Concert of music and dance for the public at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (51 West 5th St.) on Friday, March 1 at 7 pm. The event is general admission, $15 adults and $5 youth ages 18 and under. General seating. Tickets can be purchased now at www.aca. tix.com (no fees), by phone at 218-387-1272, and at the box office on March 1 (opens at 6 pm).

In addition to their evening concert, NSMA will host Sones de Mexico's Music Jam and Dance Class for the general public at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, Feb. 28. $5 per person, all ages. Bring your guitar, fiddle, drums, banjo, flute, voice, your name it, and comfy shoes if you want to dance! No reservations – just drop in.

Also while in Grand Marais, the ensemble will teach a two-day residency at Great Expectations School, with themes including Musical Geography of Mexico, Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting, Danza de Los Viejitos Maskmaking, and Ancient Aztec Dance. 

These activities are funded in part by the Global Awareness Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
 
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