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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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7:30pm Ruthie Foster
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Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
05/18/2018: 7:30 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Three-time "Best Blues Album" Grammy nominee singer/guitarist Ruthie Foster of Austin Texas has dueted with Bonnie Raitt, performed  with the Allman Brothers, and shared the stage with Susan Tedeschi. She's the recipient of Seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics' Award for "Female Blues Artist of the Year."  

The Philadelphia City Paper writes of Foster, “The energy she brings with just voice and guitar is stunning. Ruthie's drawn comparisons to Ella and Aretha, but musically neither is really close. What she does have in common with Fitzgerald and Franklin is the irresistible blaze – it's impossible to look away, even close the eyes, for one second.” 

Tickets $15 general admission. Advance sales at http://aca.tix.com/ (no fees) and at door night of show (box office opens at 6:30 pm). 

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of  Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds.
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