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Wadena Area Concert Association season begins

Scott Kirby, pianist, will perform a series of pieces spanning 150 years of American including Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster and John Philip Sousa, and continuing up to the present.1 / 3
William Floria, folk singer/guitarist will perform songs he performed as the lead singer of the famous New Christy Minstrels in March.2 / 3
Matthew Levingston and Gareth Sever will perform as Buckets and Boards in a comedy percussion show Oct. 6.3 / 3

The Wadena Area Concert Association is getting ready to kick off the 2015-16 concert season.

Touted as the best entertainment value in the central Minnesota region, the season membership includes five family-friendly and entertaining musical acts as well as several other delightful concerts in the reciprocity areas including Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Sauk Centre and Park Rapids.

The first performance by Buckets and Boards is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Buckets and Boards is a comedy percussion show. Matthew Levingston and Gareth Sever have handcrafted a hilarious and high-energy show which is chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent. Their comedic and upbeat personalities will leave the entire family laughing and laughing and laughing.

Special thanks are given to the Lamson Family Trust for providing the funds for a special student concert.

Season memberships will be available at the door. Call Wadena Area Concert Association President Bonnie Kingsley at (218) 371-9487 for more information.

Other concerts during the season include:

Southeast Alaskan Odyssey, Nov. 22

Join the Alaska String Band for a Southeast Alaskan Odyssey. Hailing from Alaska's capital city of Juneau, the Zahasky family brings the best of American music to every performance. This family-friendly group presents musical favorites that are showcased, touching on genres such as swing, jazz, bluegrass, pop, Celtic and gospel.

Scott Kirby, pianist, in Mainstreet Souvenirs, Feb. 27

Take a journey with Scott Kirby, spanning 150 years of Americana including Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster and John Philip Sousa, and continuing up to the present. This is a multimedia stage performance featuring live piano music, a spoken narrative and a video presentation. This exciting show will also feature Kirby's original artwork. Throughout the show, Scott explores historical and visionary dimensions of the American Great Plains and Prairies, which will bring back fond memories of years gone by in the minds of his audience members.

Those Were the Days, March 14

An upbeat and energetic musical journey of America's greatest songs of the 60s - starring William Floria, folk singer/guitarist - including songs he performed as the lead singer of the famous New Christy Minstrels. You will also hear music from such greats as Peter, Paul & Mary, John Denver, Pete Seeger and The Mamas & the Papas ... presented with amusing stories.

A Tribute to Neil Diamond, April 17

Since his appearance on Dick Clark's television show "Your Big Break" in 2000, Denny Diamond has become one of the most sought after Neil Diamond tribute artists in the U.S. Joined by his sons Lucas and Spenser, they perform music by one of America's favorite entertainers, Neil Diamond, plus a few tunes by other favorites of that era, like Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. Get ready for a fun family type show that includes a lot of audience interaction, toe-tapping, singing and smiling.