Entertainment Briefs - Jan. 18

Church of Cash returns to Great River Arts LITTLE FALLS--A Johnny Cash Tribute band "Church of Cash" will perform two shows, as part of the 14 Friday Concert series at Great River Arts. Church of Cash will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-26, ...

Church of Cash returns to Great River Arts

LITTLE FALLS-A Johnny Cash Tribute band "Church of Cash" will perform two shows, as part of the 14 Friday Concert series at Great River Arts.

Church of Cash will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-26, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available online, by phone or in person at Great River Arts, while supplies last.

"Whether you are an ol' timer who grew up listening to Mr. Cash in your tractor or a young

soldier driving your tank across the deserts of the Middle East with the Man in Black in your


headphones, the Church of Cash will bring his music, with style and energy to fans everywhere," a news release stated.

The Church of Cash is true to the music of Johnny Cash, and singer Jay's deep baritone voice

sings like a prairie breeze and stomps like a boot heel. Church of Cash is not a country band.

Church of Cash is a tribute band with the purpose of honoring the indelible legacy of Johnny Cash.

Author book launch set

BAXTER-Author Robert W. Passi will celebrate the release of his book "Saving Democracy: The 2016 Presidential Election: An American Watershed" from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Bay Grill, with a short program at 2:45 p.m. Passi will have copies of his book for sale and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

"Saving Democracy" offers a new perspective for those trying to understand what is happening in American politics.

"The book provides history, analysis and hopefully provides clarity," Passi stated in a news release. "I tried to fill it with enlightening, clarifying and entertaining stories, fables, metaphors and vignettes to offer a map and a message about how to begin the process of democratizing the nation again."


Passi believes the book is especially relevant given the current state of leadership in America.

Besides being a writer, he is an experienced educator and empowerment consultant, and has worked for the federal government as well as in the private sector.

Sprout Market event set

LITTLE FALLS-Sprout's Growers and Makers Marketplace continues its live music stage at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 with Americana string band, The Song of My People. Food producers, artisans and artists will fill their vendor booths inside the marketplace in Little Falls with handmade products.

There is no admission into the event that includes music, a cooking demonstration and more.

The Song of My People frontman and lead singer Jack Dwyer has attended several Sprout markets, but this is his first performance on the Sprout stage.

"We're honored to be included in this scene," he stated in a news release. "The Sprout markets are growing and I appreciate their connection between growers, makers and artists. I can't wait to make great music and have a wonderful time."

The group brings a mix of acoustic and electric guitar, drum set, banjo, mandolin and upright acoustic bass.


A custom stage rug woven by Mary Yoder, an Amish community member from Sebeka, will be on display. Yoder taught herself to weave on a family loom passed down from her grandmother. Some of her rugs will be available for purchase at the market.

Pianist Mark Hendrickson will take the stage from 1-3 p.m. and a collaborative art project by Staples-Motley high school students under the direction of Jill Schneider will be unveiled at 1 p.m. Six 4-by-4-feet barn quilts were painted by the students in 2017 and will be displayed at Sprout for two years before they eventually settle at the following Pequot Lakes establishments: Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Merritt Jewelers, Photojenic Photography, Wells Fargo Bank and Senior Class Care. One of the six quilts will remain at Sprout in Little Falls. The project was inspired by the Central Minnesota Barn Quilt Trail.

Chef Jason Eslinger of Iron Range Eatery in Crosby will demonstrate a traditional Amish recipe at 12:30 p.m. in the kitchen.

Among the vendors at the January market will be one of the winners of the "Best of 2017 Marketplace Vendor Awards," Marie Kirsch of Knotty Pine Bakery. Kirsch recently graduated from being a cottage food producer to baking in Sprout's shared-use licensed kitchen.

"I had to produce a large order for the Minnesota Organic Conference," Kirsch stated in a news release. "It was amazing how fast you could crank out cookies in a commercial oven. It cut my production time in half."

Morrison County to release study

LITTLE FALLS-Morrison County wants to find out just how vibrant its arts and history is in the county.

"One of the most common measures of the impact of any sector of the community is to look at how it affects the economy," a news release stated. "While there have been numerous studies related to how the arts have impacted the economy throughout the state of Minnesota, a collaborative of various cultural organizations in Morrison County wanted to see what sort of financial impact they were having on the local level. They were particularly curious about how history organizations, which are numerous in Morrison County, contribute to the local economy because such studies have been sparse."

Led by the Morrison County Historical Society, with funding from Great River Arts, the Friends of Linden Hill, the Charles A. Lindbergh House and Museum and the Little Falls Friends of the Library, the collaborative engaged the services of Creative Minnesota to conduct the study. The results of the study are complete and show that, indeed, the arts, history and cultural community have a significant impact on Morrison County's economy, the news release stated.

Details regarding the extent of that economic impact will be released to the public at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at Little Falls City Hall. Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and chair of Creative Minnesota, will present the results of the study.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007.

McNasty Brass Band to perform

AITKIN-McNasty Brass Band from Minneapolis will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Aitkin High School auditorium.

Cost of admission is $5.

Saxophonist Elliott Wachs, one of the founders of the McNasty Brass Band, describes the group's sound as "a fusion of New Orleans-style jazziness with the funky new-wave swagger of the late Prince."

In Wachs' sophomore year, he and some classmates traveled to the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest, where they came upon New Orleans brass bands in the French Quarter. They returned home to the Midwest determined to meld the sounds of New Orleans and Minneapolis. The word "nasty" kept popping up when they listened to other brass bands like The Stooges Brass Band or Youngblood Brass Band and that is how the band was born, a news release stated.

The group's debut album is titled "King Size Life."

Three trumpets, two saxophones, two trombones, one sousaphone, a snare drum and a bass drum make up the band's sound.

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