Diamond Jo to host Dr. Hook concert
NORTHWOOD, Iowa — A free outdoor concert by the man who put Dr. Hook in the 1970s band Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show will be held Friday at Diamond Joe Casino, just off Interstate 35 near Northwood, Iowa.
Ray Sawyer, one of the founding members of the bands, is the featured performer. Sawyer has long been known as Dr. Hook because of the eye patch he wears as the result of an auto accident. Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere formed the band in New Jersey in 1968 but didn’t have their first hit until “Sylvia’s Mother” in 1972. That was followed a year later by “The Cover of the Rolling Stone.”
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show played country-inflected rock, mixed with a steady dose of humor. Other hits included “Only Sixteen” in 1976, “Sharing the Night Together” in 1978, “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman” in 1979 and “Sexy Eyes” in 1980. Sawyer now tours and performs simply as Dr. Hook.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Lawn chairs are invited; no carry-ins.
Zumbrota theater to host bluegrass concert
ZUMBROTA — Monroe Crossing, one of the busiest bluegrass bands in the Upper Midwest, returns to Zumbrota for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the State Theatre, 96. E. Fourth St.
The band, named for Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, has been inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Monroe Crossing plays an average of 125 shows a year, with a repertoire that includes bluegrass and gospel classics, as well as original tunes.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, available through Crossings at Carnegie, 507-732-7616.
Bicycling singer to perform Friday in Decorah
DECORAH, Iowa — Singer/songwriter Paul Doffing will perform an outdoor concert Friday at the ArtHaus Studio, 516 W. Water St., in downtown Decorah, Iowa.
Doffing is known as the bicycle touring musician because he travels from gig to gig on his bicycle. His songs address environmental, economic and civil issues. He will perform work from his latest album, “Songs from the (Quaking) Heart.”
Admission is a suggested donation of $5.