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Grassroots Concerts welcomes back Ann Reed

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

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

Joining Reed for this concert will be bassist and instrumentalist Joan Griffith.

Reed, a songwriter, singer and 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, it stated in a news release.

Reed, a Minnesota native, began teaching herself how to play the guitar at age 12. Growing up with two older brothers, she was influenced by whatever they were listening from Kingston Trio, early Joni Mitchell, Vanilla Fudge, Cream, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, Beatles, Pete Seeger to 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.

The final spring concert in the series is May 4 with Mark Olson, former leader of The Jayhawks. The Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar is located at the Journey Church, 5459

County Highway 18, next to the school in Nisswa.

Grassroots Concerts is operated by volunteers and is a nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code. The series began in 1988.

Concert general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. At each concert, non-perishable food and cash donations are welcomed, with donations delivered to local food shelves by Grassroots volunteers.

For more information call 218-829-4092, go to grassrootsconcerts.org or visit Grassroots Concerts on Facebook.

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