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Shynes to kick off Grassroots Concerts Feb. 23

Michael Shynes will kick off the 2018 Grassroots Concerts series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Nisswa. Submitted Photo 1 / 3
Submitted Photo Michael Shynes will kick off the 2018 Grassroots Concerts series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Nisswa.2 / 3
Submitted Photo Michael Shynes will kick off the 2018 Grassroots Concerts series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Nisswa.3 / 3

Acoustic artist Michael Shynes will make his Grassroots Concerts debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa for the first show of the 2018 spring season.

After losing his father to an autoimmune disease at age 25, the Little Falls native decided to honor his dad's legacy by chasing the dreams he had put off for so long. At that time he was working at a residential treatment center for teens and playing an occasional show on the weekend.

"It was important work and shaped who I am today in many ways," Shynes said.

Shynes began playing every show he possibly could, and as time went on, he was able to pay off his student loans through concerts with his acoustic guitar.

Shynes would often get noticed as a strong local candidate to open up for national acts as they came through town, and he ended up on a tour with platinum recording artist Howie Day.

For more on Shynes, go to www.michaelshynes.com.

The Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar is in the Journey Church at 5459 County Road 18.

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, nonperishable food and cash donations are welcomed for local food shelves.

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

Grassroots Concerts is completely operated by volunteers and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code. The series began in 1988.

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