Dave Moore to play Grassroots Concerts April 1

NISSWA--After a decade Dave Moore returns to the Grassroots Concerts series for a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Dave Moore
Dave Moore

NISSWA-After a decade Dave Moore returns to the Grassroots Concerts series for a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Moore is one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa. Grassroots organizers state Moore is known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica, he has become a legend.

The Red House Records artist last appeared in the local non-profit concert series at Nisswa in September 2005.

Coming of age in the late '60s and early '70s, Moore enrolled in college only to drop out to follow a girlfriend down to Guadalajara, Mexico. Although the journey lasted only a few months, it was to be the first of many travels in Latin America and totally altered his worldview.

Returning to the U.S. for the holidays in 1971, his mother serendipitously left a harmonica in his Christmas stocking and he soon found that he could not quit playing it. He spent the next few years traveling the Southwest and Northwest, working an assortment of jobs-lumberyard worker, fruit picker, plumber's assistant-all the time getting deeper into music.


In 1980, Moore returned to Iowa City and teamed up with Greg Brown, who was just beginning to develop a national reputation. He backed up Brown on recording projects, extensive tours and several appearances on "A Prairie Home Companion."

Moore was in preproduction of his third disc in 1994 when he and his wife lost a daughter in infancy. He stopped playing for a while, and when he did return, preferred to stay closer to home and family. Five years went by, songs accumulated and, in time, a desire to return to recording and touring. He had written an enormous number of chilling-to-the-bone songs based on his own experiences.

In 1998, with co-producer Bo Ramsey, Moore released "Breaking Down to 3," an album considered his best ever.

The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar is located in the Journey Church next to the school in Nisswa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

At each concert, non-perishable food and cash donations for area food shelves are welcomed.

Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds through the Minnesota State Legislature. Grassroots Concerts is a nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code.

Concert general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult.

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