Jillian Rae to perform in Grassroots Concerts Oct. 27

Jillian Rae will make her series debut for Grassroots Concerts in Nisswa at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27.

Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment.

Rae was named one of five finalists in Vita.mn's 2014 "Are You Local?" contest to find the best new Twin Cities band.

"A triple treat on vocals, fiddle, and composition, she also surprises by showcasing snarling guitars and rock 'n' roll rhythms, along with some country-western seasoning," said the Star Tribune. "Her songs are so bright, and Rae's singing so hopeful, that it takes a few moments to realize her songs are mostly about the vicissitudes of love. It is, as a whole, a joyous expression of strength and resilience."

Rae has been a heavy hitter in the Minnesota music scene for years, playing with as many musicians as humanly possible - on stage, in the studio, or both. Currently, when she isn't performing with her own band, you can still catch her playing fiddle and singing with a number of bands around the Twin Cities.

Like many of Minnesota's finest musicians, Rae grew up in the North, on the Iron Range in an environment as open to country, folk (and yes, polka) as it is to pop, rock and blues.

Raised in a music-loving household, she began taking violin lessons at age seven. From there, she began to sing, dance, perform, and has been working hard at perfecting her art ever since.

'What she brings to the table from vocals to her violin is straight up fantastic,'

said Paul Whyte of Duluth Reader.

For more about Rae go to www.jillianraemusic.com.

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.

The GRASSROOTS VENUE is located in Nisswa, MN at the


5459 Co Rd 18 Nisswa, MN (next to the Nisswa School)

Grassroots Concerts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code