Crossings to host concert by folk duo
James Moors and Kort McCumber started performing together after meeting at a songwriting festival in 2005. They started showing up at each other’s solo shows and found that audiences were requesting the songs performed as a duo, rather than the solo songs. Now, Moors & McCumber do about 120 shows a year.
McCumber was raised on classical music, playing the cello and piano before taking up the guitar and folk music in college. Moors grew up listening to pop music.
The music of Moors & McCumber is Americana, flavored with Irish music. Songs often refer to historical events, such as “Quick as I Can,” about a Civil War soldier from Wisconsin, and “Raining Down in Georgia,” about a major flood.
The duo’s latest album is “Live from Blue Rock,” recorded in Texas.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $21 the day of the show; 507-732-7616.
Oak Center show reunites Ostroushko and Magraw
OAK CENTER — Peter Ostroushko and Dean Magraw are well-known as artists in their own right, but it’s as a tandem they’ll perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Oak Center General Store.
Ostroushko is a highly respected fiddle and mandolin player, and is heard frequently on “A Prairie Home Companion.” Magraw is a sought-after Twin Cities guitarist. This is the first time in several years they they will perform together at Oak Center. Also expect to hear wisecracks and stories between the songs.
Tickets are $15, with discounts available for low-income patrons. For reservations, send a check to: Oak Center General Store, 67011 U.S. 63, Lake City MN 55041. To check on ticket availability, call 507-753-2080.
Concordia, Century music ensembles set concert
The Concordia Band, from Concordia College in Moorhead, and the Century High School Symphonic Winds will perform a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Century High School auditorium, 2525 Viola Road NE, Rochester.
The Concordia Band is a select group of 71 musicians, each of whom studies privately with member of the Concordia music faculty. The band tours internationally every four years, as well as regionally on an annual basis. The band is directed by Peter J. Haberman.
The Century Symphonic Winds ensemble is conducted by Amanda Kaus.
A freewill donation will be accepted.
Jazz trio leads fundraising session for Winona-Japan program
WINONA — A fundraising “Jammin’ at the Well” jazz session Feb. 6 in Winona will feature a Saint Mary’s University music instructor, his sons, and local jazz musicians.
Jazz pianist Eric Heukeshoven, of the Saint Mary’s music department, will be joined by his sons, Hans on drums and Max on bass, for the session, which is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wellington’s Pub & Grill, 1429 W. Service Drive in Winona. They are known as the H3O Trio
In addition, Les Fields, of the Turkey River All-stars, will sit in with the trio, as will other jazz musicians from the area.
There is no cover charge, but donations to the Winona Public Schools Misato Ambassadors to Japan program will be appreciated.
Sheldon will host Kottke and his guitar
Kottke, who began his career in a Dinkytown coffeehouse in Minneapolis, released his first album in 1969. Over the years, Kottke has recorded and performed primarily as a solo musician, but has also been known to sing on occasion, and has at times been backed by a band. He has always been most comfortable, though, as a solitary guitar picker, peppering his concerts with stories and humorous anecdotes. The title of his 1999 album, “One Guitar No Vocals,” advised listeners as to exactly what they’d be hearing.
Tickets are $30 and $19 in advance, $33 and $22 the day of the show. For reservations, call 651-388-8700.