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Announcing October 1 Headwaters Open Mic and CoffeeHouse feat. P^2

Headwaters Open Mic and CoffeeHouse returns October 1! Join us at Headwaters Music and Arts in downtown Bemidji (519 MN Ave NW) at 7pm to enjoy the sounds of community artists and our featured performer, P2  Sign-up begins at 6:30 or by email to

P2 is the musical collaboration of Prabin Lama (vocals & guitar) and Pete McDonnell (percussion), two Bemidji State professors that met over a shared love of music in their shared office spaces in the campus library.

A native of Katmandu, Nepal, Prabin found his voice singing with friends at his Indian boarding school. As an undergraduate in New Dehli, where the music of Dylan, Lennon, and the American 60’s scene was in full force, Prabin developed his talents over countless open mics with friends and local musicians.

Pete McDonnell, who originally hails from Chicago, found his niche as one of many drumming librarians in the profession.  He learned rock drumming from his college roommates, and eventually branched off into varied percussion styles. The drummer for Bemidji’s Mudsong, Pete also facilitates community-based rhythm events (a.k.a. drum circles).

Listeners appreciate the authenticity of P2  sound when performing classic American folk rock tunes.

Held on the first Friday of most months, the Headwaters Open Mic offers a welcoming and supportive community for musicians and spoken-word performers. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10 to 15 minute set. 

Admission is $3 per person or $7 for families. Coffee & treats are available for purchase courtesy of Aurora Waasakone. 

Headwaters Open Mic and CoffeeHouse is a volunteer-led community event. You can contact John Henningsgaard at 218.444.9845 for more information.

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Meeting at the Headwaters Fall Kick Off

Join us to kick off the fall season at Headwaters Music & Arts! from 1 to 3 pm Saturday,  September 11. The public is invited to try out hands-on music and art activities and an instrument petting zoo, meet instructors, staff and volunteers, tour the building, learn about upcoming concerts, events and workshops, and register for our music program, art clubs, pottery, or parent-child music classes. Financial assistance is available for youth activities. Schmitt Music representatives will be on hand to assist with instrument selection and purchase plans. For more information contact executive director Tricia Andrews at 218.444.5606.

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Fiddle Camp Instructor Performance Thursday July 8

Headwaters Music & Arts hosts an evening of live music at 7 pm Thursday, July 8 at Headwaters performance hall. Fiddle masters Mary Vanorny (Twin Cities) and Carrie Dlutkowski (U.P. Michigan) will play exciting music from Ireland, Scotland and Canada accompanied by Brian Miller (St. Paul) and Eric Carlson (Bemidji), with world class step dancing by Carrie! Admission is $7 per person, Headwaters Fiddle Camp participants attend free.  Space is limited and  tickets must be purchased in advance.

Headwaters Fiddle Camp is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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Announcing Summer Strummers – A Weekly Ukulele Jam Session for Adults

Headwaters Music & Arts hosts Summer Strummers, a weekly drop-in ukulele jam session for adult ukulele players of all skill levels. Each session takes place at Headwaters Music & Arts Performance Hall, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, at 12:30 each Tuesday beginning June 1 and continuing through August 31. Come at noon to get help with tuning, strumming and getting started on a few chords. Don't have your own ukulele yet? Headwaters has instruments for sale, and Bemidji Public Library has ukuleles available for check-out!

Admission is free, $2 free-will donation welcome. Songs will be posted online the week prior to each session. COVID 19 guidelines will be followed. Space is limited to 25.

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Headwaters Music & Arts COVID 19 Safety Protocol Update

Headwaters Music & Arts COVID 19 Safety Protocol Update

Face masks covering your nose and mouth are required to enter Headwaters Music & Arts.

Adults may meet without wearing masks. Non-vaccinated adults are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while in the building.

Adults interacting with youth must wear masks.

With guidance by Executive Order 21-11, as amended by Executive Order 21-21, other safety procedures for lessons and classes remain in place through May 27, 2021 including:

   • Complete health screening upon entering the building

   • Do not enter the building if you are ill

   • Wash your hands when you arrive

   • Maintain 6 feet distance from others

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Announcing Block 2 of Headwaters Jam Band

Headwaters Music and Arts is in the midst of it’s first block of Jam Band. The 8 week program, which is dedicated to exploring instrumental improvisation and composition in a group setting, started at the beginning of April with a group of talented and aspiring teen musicians. The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings, 5-7 pm, at Headwaters Music and Arts (519 MN Ave NW, Bemidji) and is for all instruments and genres – a fact the teens, who come from varying musical backgrounds, have been learning as they work together to create their own music in a format that they all enjoy. As the teens have been digging in and exploring beyond the basics of music theory they have found new skills and techniques while learning to play in a group and as a band. Each participant has been challenged to add their own parts to the mix, coming up with their own rhythm and melody lines on their preferred instrument. Block 1 of Jam Band ends at the end of May, but Headwaters is already taking registrations for Block 2 which runs June 3 through July 22. There will be a total of 4 Blocks of Jam Band this year so if you know a teen who is interested but can’t make it to Block 2 they have opportunities at Block 3 (August 5 – September 23) or Block 4 (October 7 – December 2).

Headwaters Jam Band is for teen musicians ages 13-18 with prior experience with their instrument. The group is led by Cassidy Jay, a professional musician, composer and audio engineer with 20 years of experience playing in bands and writing songs. Cassidy teaches the group how to use their senses and intuition to identify and apply patterns, rhythm, scales and phrasing to compose and improvise. Participants learn how to play in a group setting with a band and how to fit into the mix as an individual with their instrument.

Participants gather weekly to jam out and explore important aspects of song structure, song dynamics, song phrasing, band organization and the social dynamics of playing in a group. This, all while practicing how to be in the moment

when playing, and using the powers of intuition and personal expression. Headwaters Jam Band offers an open atmosphere and creative environment where musicians can collaborate, make new friends, grow together and forge a greater personal understanding of the musical world.

Cassidy has been a member of various bands as a multi instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. Through that and his solo work he has delved deep into the study and practice of creating and playing music with an emphasis on song composition, as well as the art of improvisation and using intuition as a guiding force for articulating musical expression. Of his work Cassidy says, “My goal as a musician is to distill everything I have learned from my experiences into writing and playing, in a pursuit to be a conduit for creativity and explore uncharted territory in the music realm.”

Participants are required to provide their own instruments and amps (if applicable) with the exception of the drum kit. The cost to attend is $75/ 8 week block. Advance registration is required – limited spots available. Register here.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Spring Clean Up Day & Rummage Sale

Join us at Headwaters Music & Arts Friday May 7 for a Work Bee & Rummage Sale!

Noon - 8pm, WORK BEE

Community members, volunteers and staff are invited to pitch in for a few hours of spring projects such as painting, window or cupboard cleaning, or repotting plants as well as tackling outdoor projects like clearing out garden beds, thinning out perennials, and removing brush. We'd love to have your help!

We are also going to have a rummage sale in the performance hall. This will be a chance to clear out books, instruments or other things on hand here at Headwaters but no longer need, as well as to raise a little money towards building and grounds improvements.

Let Tricia know if you are interested: or 218.444.5606

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Long-sleeve Logo Shirts and Becoming a Member

We have been making good progress improving the inside of our building these last few years, including a new music and art resource library, improved lighting in our art space, and a new performance hall stage. We'd now like to give a little love to the exterior of our building. Headwaters has a goal of $15,000 for outside improvements this coming year. Our main project? A new entrance sign! Our current sign is faded and weathered, and it is past time to update it with our new logo. You can help! We have three easy-peasy steps:

  1. Purchase a Headwaters shirt, hoody or long sleeve tee! We have 5 designs to choose from and will take orders through Sunday, November 29 (they make great gifts!)
  2. Become a sustaining member! Starting at $5 a month, sustaining membership allows us to count on you throughout the year. If you choose to support Headwaters by committing to an annual contribution as a sustaining member this year, please accept a Headwaters pin or black, book bag or t-shirt. We are excited to have our very own “swag” to offer as a gesture of our appreciation. These items are also available for sale on our website. Check them out!
  3. Make a one time donation of any amount. Annual membership donations begin at $50.

Thank you for your support!

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First Days of School!

Happy first day to all of the students, parents, and teachers out there! We are kicking off our school year with Music Lessons which start today. We still have openings so if you are looking to sign up for either in-person or virtual music lessons you can let us know here or call 218.444.5606🎶 Our art programming starts later in September/ beginning of October. Here is a list of the upcoming opportunities with links. Click the name of the program to read more register:

  • September 17
    🎨 Headwaters Art Club for Grades 3-6 (Full!) - Thursdays, 4 pm-5:30 pm | Sept 17-Dec 17 & Jan 7-May 6 (No sessions Oct. 15, Nov. 12, 26, and March 11)
  • September 29
    🎨 Homeschool Teen Art Club - $500 | Tuesdays, 1 pm-2:30 pm | Sept. 29-Dec. 15 & Jan. 5-May 4 (scholarships available)
    🎨 Teen Art Club - $500 | Tuesdays, 6 pm-7:30 pm | Sept. 29-Dec. 15 & Jan. 5-May 4 (scholarships available)
  • October 2
    🎨 Youth Pottery (grades 2-8) $600 | Fridays, 4 pm-5:30 pm (scholarships available)
    🎨 My Kid & Me Pottery - $150 per adult/child pair, Additional child or additional adult $75 | Friday, 6-7:30 pm, Oct. 2 – Nov. 6
  • October 5
    🎨 Youth Pottery (grades 2-8) - $600 | Mondays, 4 pm-5:30 pm (scholarships available)
    🎨 Adult Pottery (grades 9 -Adult) - $75/month | Mondays, 6 pm-8 pm
  • October 6
    🎨 Headwaters Jam Band$75/8 Week Block | Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm | $150/ 8 week session (scholarships available)

We realize we may have to return to virtual lessons as circumstances change and if that happens pottery and Jam Band will be postponed and Art Clubs will moved online. Prorated refunds will be issued for any program that does not go online. For now we are excited to to get started with in-person teaching while exercising our Covid-19 safety guidelines. Thank you for being a part of the Headwaters Community during these odd times!