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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.

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Grassroots Concerts Spring 2017 Schedule

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 - Bill Staines - For more than 48 years, Bill Staines has been the quintessential folk troubadour, playing 200+ dates and driving more than 65,000 miles annually. His music is a slice of Americana, filled with cowboys, Yukon adventures, fishermen, and everyday working people. Bill "...carries on where Woody left off." - Nancy Griffith


FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 - John Gorka - Since his 1987 Red House release I Know introduced John Gorka to the public, the wit and honesty of this renowned Minnesota-via-New Jersey guitarist and songwriter have made him one of the most beloved artists currently carrying on the folk tradition. John is the "preeminent male singer-songwriter of what's been dubbed the New Folk Movement." - Rolling Stone


FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017 - Reina del Cid - Part singer-songwriter group, part rock band, you can find Reina del Cid and company at the intersection of lyrical storytelling, catchy riffs, and scorching solos. The band's blend of folk, blues, and rock draws a mixed crowd from jamheads to college students to white-haired intelligentsia. "Reina del Cid is one of the hotter new bands in the Twin Cities.... Infectiously folksy and fiendishly fun." - Minneapolis-St.Paul StarTribune


FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017 - Pierce Pettis - After a lifetime of crafting finely wrought, heart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that he's finally found his comfort zone. He says, "The biggest change has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune...but simply doing good work." "Pierce Pettis doesn't write mere songs, he writes literature." - Sing Out!


FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 - Wild Ponies - Wild Ponies are Doug and Telisha Williams from Martinsville, Virginia, where boarded-up factories stand as monuments to how quickly things can change. Like the very best singer-songwriters, this duo gives a voice to the struggles of everyday people, as well as ghosts from the past. "Wild Ponies just might be Americana's new dark horses." - Huffington Post


Nonprofit GRASSROOTS CONCERTS are held at the LIVE WELL NIGHTCLUB AND COFFEE BAR at the Journey Church, 5459 Co. Rd. 18, Nisswa, MN. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. .At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Showtime is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you're 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 a local food shelf. For more information, please call 218-829-4092.

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

Grassroots performances are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funding through the Minnesota State Legislature.


Updated 01/20/17