Songwriter Courtney Yasmineh next on Grassroots stage
The Chicago native ran away from home at age 17 and discovered the music of Bob Dylan.
NISSWA — Folk rock songwriter Courtney Yasmineh will take the Grassroots Concerts stage at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in the Journey Church in Nisswa.
Yasmineh is a Chicago native who ran away from home at age 17 and discovered the music of Bob Dylan. She provides a convincing amalgam of alternative rock, folk, pop and even a little gospel, a news release stated. One of her early songs, “Married to Bob,” a fanciful tune from her six-song extended play record titled “Early Days,” where she pretends herself to be hitched to Hibbing's most famous native son, Bob Dylan.
Up north at age 17, she started her life anew in her grandfather’s hunting cabin, alone — faking it to local high school officials that her parents were living with her.
Yasmineh started singing in bars and waitressing to support herself, a release stated. One of the school officials eventually called her bluff, but took no action other than to encourage her to go to Macalester College in the Twin Cities where her writing and singing talent earned her a full scholarship. She graduated and hit the real world again, using her tough and tender character and her sturdy guitar as her maps.
According to the artist’s website, she recorded and toured for 15 years in Europe and all across the U.S.
Doors for the concert open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention when accompanied by an adult. Seating is first-come, first-served.
For more information on the concert series go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org , the series’ Facebook page, or call 218-829-4092.
At each concert, Grassroots organizers welcome nonperishable food or cash donations to the local food shelf.