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Five concerts scheduled in Grassroots series

NISSWA – Five Friday nights of music await guests in the non-profit Grassroots Concerts series, starting with Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings on Feb. 10 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Other concerts in the series include Dean Magraw, March 2; Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin, March 23; Sally Barris, April 20; and Larry Long, May 4.

The Brass Kings play their old-time instruments in unexpected ways. With metal-bodied resophonic guitars and assorted iconic instruments, they chart the Bermuda triangle of old-time, Middle-Eastern and bluegrass music.

Expect new faces and voices in the new Brass Kings, whose latest release is “Machine.” Jillian Rae of the Killer Hayseeds joined the group on fiddle.

Dean Magraw, said the Michigan Daily, is “all over his acoustic guitar, inventing chords, bending strings, rolling the bass note like distant thunder and squeezing sounds out of the instrument that should not, it seems, be possible.”

“Magraw deserves to stand amongst the ranks of John Renbourne, Leo Kottke, and Michael Hedges,” said Dirty Linen.

Named to the Chicago Tribune’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years,” Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero to being widely recognized as an artist of generational significance. Carrie Elkin is a born performer, possessing an infectious energy that cannot be contained. She has a dazzling voice and unpretentious charm.

Sally Barris is a validated songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Country Music’s elite – Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood. As she bonds celtic and country, her ethereal soprano is compared to Alison Krauss.

Larry Long is “a true American troubadour,” said Studs Terkel. Pete Seeger said Long is “doing what more singers and songwriters should be doing: Using music to help people learn to work together and bring peace to the world.”

The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar is located at the Journey Church, 5459 County Road 18, Nisswa. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention accompanied by an adult. Seating is first-time, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funding through the Minnesota State Legislature. Donations of non-perishable items for local food shelves are encouraged at each concert. For information go to or e-mail

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