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Grassroots Concerts welcomes return of Ann Reed

NISSWA - Ann Reed returns to Grassroots Concerts for a 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 performance for the nonprofit series in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at Nisswa.

NISSWA - Ann Reed returns to Grassroots Concerts for a 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 performance for the nonprofit series in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at Nisswa.

Her last concert appearance in Nisswa was nine years ago. Reed's performance will be the 298th of the popular acoustic concert series.

Reed is a Minnesota native. She began teaching herself how to play the guitar at the age of 12 and has been a performer for her entire adult life. Growing up with two older brothers, she was influenced by whatever they were listening to - Kingston Trio, early Joni Mitchell, Vanilla Fudge, Cream, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, Beatles, Pete Seeger, plus the writers and singers of her parents' era: Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney.

She has toured North America coast to coast, doing concerts, clubs and festivals.

Reed has appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," ABC's "Good Morning America," and NPR's "Morning Edition." She wrote and performed "Heroes," a theatrical presentation produced by Minnesota Public Radio.

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"Ann Reed's songs move me," said Keillor. "I'm not easily moved, having heard a thousand or two songwriters, and her songs go to my heart. Some of them are completely perfect."

"Eventually" in 2013 is the most recent of 17 recordings produced since 1990. She writes the lion's share of the songs on her albums.

Among Reed's accolades: Minnesota Music Academy Performer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Recording of the Year, along with several awards from the multitude of nonprofits that she has supported while donating 25 percent of her time and efforts to organizations that primarily benefit women and children.

Grassroots Concerts have been volunteer-driven for 27 years and on Nov. 20, it will celebrate the 300th show with Canadian James Keelaghan. Other performers this fall are the Roe Family Singers on Nov. 6 and Haley Bonar on Dec. 4.

The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar is located in the Journey Church next to the school in Nisswa.

Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds through the Minnesota State Legislature.

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

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. for seating preference.

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For information go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org or call the organization at 218-829-4092.

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