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.

News Release Aug. 14, 2017

Grassroots Concerts fall schedule announced

Five Friday night concerts have been scheduled for the fall 2017 season of Grassroots Concerts in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar of the Journey Church at Nisswa.

They are:


Born in Austin, Minn., Duluth-based Charlie Parr is a roots musician like no other today. "Parr is a folk artist for new American Dust Bowl, a resonator-ready troubadour with well-worn satchel of troubled tales that cut to the heart of a nation mired in fear and in dire need of a roots revival." -Acoustic Guitar


California-based Rita Hosking's fierce and captivating country-folk voice sings of culture clashes, dishes, forest fires, black holes and hope. Rita's stories and soul-stirring delivery blend with husband Sean Feder on sparkling dobro and banjo to deliver "authentic American folk-music that stirs the soul." -No Depression


Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing underscore her stage presence. Reared in the music-rich Iron Range of northern Minnesota, Jillian has become "a triple treat on vocals, fiddle and composition...a joyous expression of strength and resilience." -Star Tribune


Actual Wolf, aka Eric Pollard, is a Grand Rapids, Minn. native. He is the dude with red glasses who blends the grit and soul of country music with the rhythm of rock and the twang of Americana. "Listening to him is like hearing a wolf trying on a sound; a vocal chameleon, channeling Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, or a nameless country singer drifting in on AM signal." -MINNESOTA BROWN


Sally Barris is a Nashville songwriter whose songs have been covered by many top-level artists. Fans are equally impressed with her song writing and expressive mountain soprano conveyed in a bright spirit. "Barris knows how to write lyrics that are forthright as a stream of clear water." -Dirty Linen

The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar is located in the Journey Church next to the school in Nisswa. Doors open at 6:30 and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10 at the door.

Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings ArtsCouncil with funds through the Minnesota State Legislature.