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Lush Country

Crooner's Lounge, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN

Classic country songs from the 1950s and 1960s Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and that Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta hear Lush Country, an all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.

Lush Country

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Bogart's Entertainment Center, 14917 Garret Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55124

Classic country songs from the 1950s and 1960s! Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and that Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta hear Lush Country, an all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.A

The Sensational Sleepers

Normandale Lake Bandshell, 84th & Chalet Road, Bloomington, MN

The Sleepers perform songs from the "Beat Boom" movement (a term coined by the British Press to try to stamp a style on all of this magnificent music-making) like We Gotta Get Outa This Place (the Animals), You Really Got Me (the Kinks), Look Through Any Window (the Hollies), Heart Full of Soul (the Yardbirds), She's Not There (the Zombies), and Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five,) to name a few, The Sleepers give their audiences a rare opportunity to hear those songs that are so often overshadowed by the greatness of John, Paul, George and Ringo, impeccably performed by the heirs apparent: The Sleepers. (Audiences are still bound to hear plenty of Beatles to satisfy: Help! as well as Ticket To Ride, You Can’t Do That, A Hard Days Night, and many more.)

Dennis Curley: Honey Wine

Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

Pure, sweet trio singing with a real Americana sound. Come hear vocalists Dennis Curley, Dorian Chalmers and Becky Schlegel—joined by band members Marc Bohn on drums, Andy Carroll on bass, Eric Christopher on fiddle and mandolin, Michael Pearce Donley on piano, Gary Rue on guitar, and Mark Stillman on accordion—in an evening of all-original music (by Curley and Jim Robinson), plus some all-time favorites to whet your whistle!

This is a special two-night only event that you will not want to miss. We hope you will join us for this unique, exciting show, and hopefully, your cheers and applause will make it onto the live recordings that we will be capturing!

Lush Country

Crooner's Lounge, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN

Lush Country Classic country songs from the 1950s and 1960s Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and that Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta hear Lush Country, an all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.

Dennis Curley: Honey Wine

Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

Pure, sweet trio singing with a real Americana sound. Come hear vocalists Dennis Curley, Dorian Chalmers and Becky Schlegel—joined by band members Marc Bohn on drums, Andy Carroll on bass, Eric Christopher on fiddle and mandolin, Michael Pearce Donley on piano, Gary Rue on guitar, and Mark Stillman on accordion—in an evening of all-original music (by Curley and Jim Robinson), plus some all-time favorites to whet your whistle!

This is a special two-night only event that you will not want to miss. We hope you will join us for this unique, exciting show, and hopefully, your cheers and applause will make it onto the live recordings that we will be capturing!

Lush Country

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Crooner's Lounge, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN

Lush Country Classic country songs from the 1950s and 1960s Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and that Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta hear Lush Country, an all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.

Randy Sabien and Gary Rue

Buffalo United Methodist Church, 609 8th St NW, Buffalo, MN 55113

Fourth grader Randy Sabien dreamed of playing rock and roll drums in a group like the Beatles. He ended up playing the violin instead. Fourth grader Gary Rue dreamed of playing rock and roll guitar in a group like the Beatles. He did! Randy and Gary bring decades of stage experience to Crossings for a rare appearance combining jazz violin, original songs, Americana roots, and British Mersey Beat stylings. They might even play a Beatles tune. Or two.

Gary Rue and Randy Sabien

The Grand Center For Arts and Culture, 210 N Minnesota St, New Ulm

Fourth grader Randy Sabien dreamed of playing rock and roll drums in a group like the Beatles. He ended up playing the violin instead. Fourth grader Gary Rue dreamed of playing rock and roll guitar in a group like the Beatles. He did! Randy and Gary bring decades of stage experience to Crossings for a rare appearance combining jazz violin, original songs, Americana roots, and British Mersey Beat stylings. They might even play a Beatles tune. Or two. Enjoy the show on Fri., 4/26, 7:30pm on the Grand Cabaret stage.

Somewhere Along the Line

Nautilus Music Theater, 308 Prince Street, Saint Paul, MN

ROUGH CUTS: New Music-Theater Works-in-Progress: Excerpts from SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE and NORMAN!

Monday April 22nd at 7:30 -- Nautilus Studio in Lowertown St Paul / Tuesday April 23rd at 7:30 -- Open Eye Figure Theater

Composer Elizabeth Alexander explores her Americana musical roots in SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE: new works-in-progress songs by composer ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, brought to life by vocalists PRUDENCE JOHNSON and GARY RUE.

Plus -- writer DAVID SMITH and composer KELLY KREBS offers a glimpse into the maternal backstory of Norman Bates of PYSCHO fame — featuring nautilus performers JEN BURLEIGH-BENTZ, ELENA GLASS, and ANDREA LEAP, with music direction by BEN LARSON

Tickets: $5 or pay-as-able / As always, free cookies and milk are served / Seating is limited: Call 651-298-9913 for reservations, or e-mail us at staff@nautilusmusictheater.org

Somewhere Along the Line

Nautilus Music Theater, 308 Prince Street, Saint Paul, MN

ROUGH CUTS: New Music-Theater Works-in-Progress: Excerpts from SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE and NORMAN!

Monday April 22nd at 7:30 -- Nautilus Studio in Lowertown St Paul / Tuesday April 23rd at 7:30 -- Open Eye Figure Theater

Composer Elizabeth Alexander explores her Americana musical roots in SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE: new works-in-progress songs by composer ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, brought to life by vocalists PRUDENCE JOHNSON and GARY RUE.

Plus -- writer DAVID SMITH and composer KELLY KREBS offers a glimpse into the maternal backstory of Norman Bates of PYSCHO fame — featuring nautilus performers JEN BURLEIGH-BENTZ, ELENA GLASS, and ANDREA LEAP, with music direction by BEN LARSON

Tickets: $5 or pay-as-able / As always, free cookies and milk are served / Seating is limited: Call 651-298-9913 for reservations, or e-mail us at staff@nautilusmusictheater.org

Buddy Holly and Friends: Not Fade Away

Masonic Heritage Center's Ives Theater, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington

Gary Rue is proud to present some of the original cast members from History Theatre’s IVEY-Award-winning production of “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story”.

Rue’s solo first set features memorable melodies from three artists who were among the chief beneficiaries of Buddy Holly’s genius: Gene Pitney (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Only Love Can Break a Heart), Bobby Vee (More Than I Can Say, Take Good Care of My Baby) and Crickets’ guitarist Sonny Curtis (Walk Right Back, I Fought the Law, Love Is All Around from the Mary Tyler Moore show).

The second set features a Nicholas Freeman-led quartet serving up all the Holly hits: That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Rave On, Maybe Baby, Not Fade Away, Heartbeat, Everyday, Words of Love and Oh Boy.

Lush Country

Masonic Heritage Center's Ives Theater, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington

Lush Country Classic country songs from the 1950s and 1960s Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and that Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta hear Lush Country, an all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.

Randy Sabien and Gary Rue

Crossings At Carnegie, 320 East Ave, Zumbrota, MN 55992

Fourth grader Randy Sabien dreamed of playing rock and roll drums in a group like the Beatles. He ended up playing the violin instead. Fourth grader Gary Rue dreamed of playing rock and roll guitar in a group like the Beatles. He did! Randy and Gary bring decades of stage experience to Crossings for a rare appearance combining jazz violin, original songs, Americana roots, and British Mersey Beat stylings. They might even play a Beatles tune. Or two. Enjoy the show on Fri., Mar. 15, 7:30pm on the Crossings stage.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door

Lush Country

Crooner's Lounge, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN

Lush Country Classic country songs from the 1950s and 1960s Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and that Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta hear Lush Country, an all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.