Grassroots Concerts welcomes back Ann Reed

Ann Reed returns to perform for Grassroots Concerts at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 20.

The songwriter- singer- guitarist has been a professional musician for more than 35 years, sharing her rich voice and expressive instrumentation with songs that find a permanent place in the heart. Of course some of her songs and stories might end up closer to your funny bone. "A little irreverence never hurt anyone," she said.

Reed is a Minnesota native. She began teaching herself how to play the guitar at 12. Growing up with two older brothers, she was influenced by whatever they were listening to - Kingston Trio, early Joni Mitchell, Vanilla Fudge, Cream, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, Beatles, Pete Seeger - plus the writers and singers of her parents' era: Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney. Mary Travers - of Peter, Paul and Mary fame - was the first singer Reed heard who sang low, just like her.

Reed wrote and performed "Heroes: A Celebration of Women Who Changed History and Changed Our Lives," a theatrical presentation produced by Minnesota Public Radio. And in a departure from her usual repertoire, she developed "Nothing but Class: The Songs of Dorothy Fields, "honoring the first woman to be inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Her latest release is "Winter Springs, Summer Falls," which came out in November. It is her 18th album.

This is Reed's fifth appearance in the Grassroots Concerts series. She last performed in Nisswa in October 2015.

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Grassroots Concerts are the nonprofit cultural offerings of a small, happy society of largely omnivorous but gentle folk dedicated to the preservation of live entertainment in vicarious times. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Show-time is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you are encouraged to come early to claim your choice of seats. At each concert, decidedly the best family entertainment in the Brainerd Lakes area, GRASSROOTS welcomes your nonperishable food (or cash) donation to the local food shelf. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult.

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Coming May 4.....

Ex-Jayhawk leader Mark Olson to perform Next

Grassroots Concerts at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa welcomes Mark Olson, former front man of the Jayhawks, to the stage at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 4.

This is his concert series debut.

Jayhawks founder Olson currently lives in the Joshua Tree, Calif., desert with his wife and musical partner, Norwegian-born Ingunn Ringvold. She performs with her husband, and the pair just returned from a concert tour in Norway.

"If you lost track of Mark Olson after he left the Jayhawks, you're missing a lot of music that is as good as or better than any that that fine group produced," said the publication No Depression.

Olson was born and raised in Minnesota by a family of mostly farmers and school teachers. He has been involved with musical instruments since age 12 and is self-taught for the most part. He uses alternate tunings and two-part unison singing, breaking into harmony in his writing and live performances.

Ringvold has been singing in public since she was a very young person. Her voice is one of natural beauty. She writes emotionally dramatic and moving string arrangements. She plays the Armenian Qanon as well as keyboards, djembe, guitar and dulcimer.

The pair recorded and is promoting on an international tour "Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun." Olson describes it as "an album that sounds like you are alone in the desert all by yourself, remembering childhood experiences and musical instruments and all the joy that took place."

"As ever with Olson's work there is innocence, melancholy and often beautiful melody, which is accentuated by his partner's chamber "string" arrangements on mellotron. In addition, her harmonies add weight and shade," said Irish Times.

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