Schmidt to mark release of new “Heartland” CD
Steven J. Schmidt will hold a CD release party for his new album, “Heartland,” at 8 p.m. April 15 at the Thyme Restaurant and Lounge in the Holiday Inn-Downtown.
The album includes Schmidt originals with heartland titles such as “Movin’ Along That Open Prairie,” “Snowscape,” “Shawnee Moon” and “A Rainy Night (in the Midwest).”
The songs are among the 200 Schmidt has written over the past 40 years. Arrangements stretch from guitar and vocals to a full backing band. On “Heartland,” Schmidt is backed by members of the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra and Lehto & Wright.
Those same musicians will back Schmidt at the CD release show: Steve Lehto and Daniel Neale on guitars, John Wright on bass and Ben Kaplan on drums.
“Heartland” follows Schmidt’s first album, “The Road,” which was released in 2014.
Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10.
April Verch next Harmony for Mayo artist
Canadian fiddler April Verch will perform a Harmony for Mayo concert at 12:10 p.m. Monday in Lips Atrium of the Charlton Building on the Mayo Clinic campus.
Verch, also known as step-dancer, plays the traditional music of her native Ottawa Valley, as well as American and Appalachian folk. She often stepdances while fiddling and sings while stepdancing.
Her most recent album, “The Newpart,” includes pieces found on early 20th-century recordings, such as “Dry Bones” and “Cruel Willie,” alongside the Swedish folk tune “Polska from Kumla” and an arrangement of “Midnight Serenade/Stern Wheeler.”
Admission is free.
Ostroushko, Chouinard team up for Zumbrota concert
Ostroushko, on mandolin and fiddle, will play selections from his recent three-CD set, “The Mando Chronicles.” “It’s kind of a history of the mandolin as it relates to my own journey of playing the instrument,” he said. “It has classical, American old time, Brazilian, Irish, ragtime, my own Ukrainian roots and much more.”
Chouinard plays the piano and accordion, and has performed in recent years in Zumbrota as an accompanist for several vocalists and musicians.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 the day of the show, and can be reserved through Crossings at Carnegie, 507-732-7616.
Brass Kings bring blues to Oak Center
It’ll be a concert of blues and folk, with international influences, when Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings perform at 8 p.m. April 16 at the Oak Center General Store.
The “homemade” band includes resonator guitar, washtub bass and washboard, with African, Indian and Middle Eastern traditions added to the mix. Opening the show will be Duluth singer/songwriter Rachael Kilgour.
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.
Sheldon Theatre to host student showcase
The programs at the school attract talented musicians, who, along with faculty and staff, audition for this annual performance. Music ranges from Celtic to classical, and includes bluegrass, rock and big band.
Tickets are $14.50 and $8.50 in advance, $17.50 and $11.50 the day of the show. For reservations, call 651-388-8700.