Mayer guides ‘Blue Boat’ to Zumbrota
Singer/songwriter Peter Mayer will perform at 8 p.m. May 21 at the State Theatre.
Mayer studied at a seminary and was a part-time church music director of eight years before deciding on a career in music He has been touring full-time since 1995. Mayer, who is based in Minnesota, has recorded 10 albums both as a solo artist and backed by luminaries such as Peter Ostroushko and Prudence Johnson. His songs range from the silly (“Hot Pickles”) to the sublime (“Blue Boat Home”). His most recent album is “Third Street.”
Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. For reservations, go to www.crossingsatcarnegie.com or call 507-732-7616.
Bluff Country Gathering returns to Lanesboro
The 18th annual Bluff Country Gathering, pulling in old-time music experts and fans from around the country, will include a public concert and a barn dance.
The concert is at 8 p.m. May 20, and the barn dance is at 8 p.m. May 21, both at the Lanesboro Community Center. The Bluff Country Gathering also includes two full days of workshops on musical instruments, taught by the same musicians who will perform in the concert.
Included are the Vacutones, a five-piece string band from Maryland; the duo of Beverly Smith and John Grimm, from Georgia; banjo player Paul Ritscher, from California; Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains, and Minnesota bluegrass legend Dick Kimmel.
Full registration, including the workshops, concert and dance, is $225. Tickets for the concert are $12. Tickets for the barn dance are $8.
Spring is time for bluegrass in the hills near Houston
The annual springtime SEMBA Bluegrass Festival will be held May 20-22 at Cushon’s Peak Campground near Houston.
Bands scheduled to perform include Goldwing Express from Branson, Mo.; the Baker Family, from Missouri; Porcupine Creek, from Minnesota, and the Mecan River Ramblers, from Wisconsin, and others. Shows are at 6:30 p.m. May 20, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. (gospel) and noon Sunday. All shows are indoors. Bring lawn chairs; pets not allowed.
Tickets are $32 ($30 in advance) for all three days, $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday. Ages 16 and younger admitted free with a paid adult. For advance tickets, contact the Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association.
Camping is available at the site; call 507-896-7325 for reservations. Cushon’s Peak is located at 18696 Minnesota Highway 16.
Male Chorus dinner and concert is Sunday
The Rochester Male Chorus will present its annual Spring Dinner Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Bethel Lutheran Church.
The concert is a fundraiser for the chorus, and includes a silent auction that starts at 3 p.m. The dinner is catered by Johnny Mango.
The program will include “O Come Let Us Sing,” “Fascinating Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin, “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables,” “How Can I Keep from Singing” and other selections.
Tickets are $25 for the dinner and concert, $10 for the concert only. Tickets can be purchased from chorus members, or by phone at 507-288-5546 or 507-206-4734.
D’Sievers, trumpeter to host Jazz Jam
Guest artist Steve Kenny will join the D’Sievers for the next Jazz Jam May 22 at Rochester Civic Theatre.
Kenny is a recipient of a Minnesota Music Award, was named the Best Jazz Trumpet at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, and is co-founder of the Illicit Sextet jazz band.
Kenny and the D’Sievers will play the first set, after which musicians are invited to bring their instruments and join the band for the second set.
The Jazz Jam runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The RCTC Lobby Bar will be open. Admission is free.