Air Force ensemble sets two area concerts
The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Midwest Winds will perform twice in the area next week.
The first concert is at 7 p.m. Monday at the Austin ArtWorks Center, 300 Main St. N. The second concert takes place at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Charles Hill Theatre on the campus of Rochester Community & Technical College. Admission to both concerts is free.
The Midwest Winds is a group of five musicians — flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn — whose music is designed to inspire patriotism, connect local communities with military service men and women and honor veterans. The program includes a variety of classical selections reaching back to the Renaissance and contemporary patriotic tunes and marches.
Nashville comes north for ‘Bluebird’ show at Crossings
Nashville-based singer/songwriters Sally Barris and Dana Cooper will join the Dovetailers for an evening of songs, in the round, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.
The four artists will trade songs in the style of the songwriters’ exchanges at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe.
Barris wrote the Grammy-nominated “Let the Wind Chase You,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban. Cooper was awarded the 2015 Spirit of Folk Award and has performed on “Austin City Limits” and NPR’s “Mountain Stage.” The Dovetailers are the Pine Island duo of Brandon Sampson and Heather Ritenour Sampson.
Tickets are $19 in advance, $22 the day of the show, and can be reserved at 507-732-7616.
‘Pack’ of show tunes, standards featured in Red Wing concert
You’ve heard of the Rat Pack, of course. Well, here comes the Phat Pack, three Broadway performers who will perform the best of Broadway show tunes in a concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Sheldon Theatre, 443 W. Third St., Red Wing.
The singers are Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan and Randal Keith, and their show was named the 2013 best all-around performance by the Las Vegas Review Journal. Besides Broadway songs, the trio mixes in American standards, Las Vegas favorites and original numbers.
Tickets are $30 and $19 in advance $33 and $22 the day of the show; 651-388-8700.
Nashville singer will perform with Rochester Pops Orchestra
The Rochester Pops Orchestra will be joined by singer/songwriter Jenn Bostic for a concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mayo High School, 1420 11th Ave. SE.
Bostic, who was born in Philadelphia but grew up in Waconia, is based in Nashville. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and had a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom in 2013 with her song, “Jealous of the Angels,” which was inspired by her late father. The success of that song led Bostic to do concert tours of the UK and Germany in 2013. In 2015, she performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
The Rochester Pops Orchestra is directed by Brock Besse.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for ages 14 through 18, and can be reserved online atwww.rochesterpops.com.
Petty, Bad Company to receive tribute at Wicked Moose
No it’s not Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but a reasonable facsimile — Free Fallin’ — that will take the stage Feb. 19 at the Wicked Moose, 1201 Eastgate Drive SE, Rochester.
Free Fallin’ recreates the sound and look of Petty, reprising 30 years of his hits, both with the Heartbreakers and the ’90s super group the Traveling Wilburys. Scott Yard performs as Petty. Songs will include “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Come Around Here” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.”
The band performed at the 2013 St. John’s Block Party in Rochester.
For this show, the band will be shooting a video of the performance, and will be joined by another tribute band, Madd Company, playing the music of Bad Company.
Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
Solas strolls into Winona for concert of Irish music
The Irish-American band Solas will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Page Theatre on the campus of Saint Mary’s University in Winona.
The band mixes traditional Irish tunes and contemporary originals and covers of songs by the likes of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan to provide a musical picture of the past and present of Irish and folk music. Solas, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, made one of its first appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and has since performed across the country in concert halls and at music festivals.
Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for students and senior citizens, available at www.pagetheatre.org and 507-457-1715.