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Mark Kreitzer Band to perform bluegrass music in New York Mills

The Mark Kreitzer bluegrass band will play at the Cultural Center in New York Mills at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 20.

After beginning like so many of us with piano lessons as a kid, Kreitzer soon fell in love with various musical styles and instruments. In addition to being an award winning multi-instrumentalist, he is also an accomplished, award-winning songwriter and member of the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame as a member of the Middle Spunk Creek Boys. He also is a BMI publisher, known as Harvest Hop Musik.

Chuck Kreitzer holds down the bass position, while soaring vocally with the tenor parts, and an occasional lead vocal, too. While most of his career has been devoted to teaching strings in the public schools, he has been a member of the Middle Spunk Creek Boys since 2001. He also happens to be Mark's brother, which makes for some electrifying vocal duets.

Rejoining Mark officially for the first time since 1979, Tom Schaefer is one of the most exciting, original fiddlers you'll hear. He's been a member of the Rocky Mountain Oysters, String Theory and the half of the bluegrass bands in the upper Midwest.

Jed Germond is another familiar face to acoustic music fans. Equally at home on the fiddle, mandolin, tenor guitar and banjo, Jed has recently added the pedal steel to his repertoire, and to the Mark Kreitzer Band.

Filling out the roster is another multi-instrumentalist who is well known to audiences around the upper Midwest. Tony Ihrig contributes his tasty banjo, guitar and Dobro licks to the band, and we're looking forward to adding Tony's talents as a percussionist to the mix. You can also catch Tony on stage with Free Range Pickin' and the High 48's.