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Open Chess Returns to Headwaters!

This summer, Headwaters Music & Arts will host four sessions of community Open Chess. These gatherings will be an opportunity for informal matches with other area players. Headwaters music instructors Caleb Erickson & Wyatt Parthun will be on hand to answer questions or offer advice to anyone with an interest in learning or improving at chess. Chess boards and pieces will be provided. There is no charge to attend these sessions, but free-will donations are welcomed.

All ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

When:  Sundays | 2:00pm – 4:00 pm |July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25  

Where: 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji

For more information, contact Kendra at 218-444-5606 x4 or

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Headwaters Brings Bluegrass Jam to Bemidji

Get Ready for a Bluegrass Blast in Bemidji!

Dive into the toe-tapping world of Bluegrass music at this Headwaters Music & Arts weekend extravaganza! We’re rolling out the red carpet for musicians eager to master the vibrant Bluegrass Jam format. Whether you’re a novice fiddler or a seasoned player, come join the fun and experience the magic of Bluegrass in Bemidji.

Introduction to Bluegrass Jam

  • Saturday, June 27, 3:00-5:00pm: Jam Session
  • Sunday, June 28, 11:00am-2:00pm: Potluck & Jam Session

Location: Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji MN
Suggested Donation: $10 per session
RSVP: Appreciated but not required
Contact: 218-444-5606 |

The weekend’s sessions will be led by the talented Bill Cagley, an award-winning musician known for his engaging and supportive teaching style. Bill will guide participants through basic chord progressions and help them gain confidence playing backup on songs they may never have encountered before. With his expertise in guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica, Bill’s sessions are sure to be enlightening and fun. Bemidji’s own musical talents, Sawyer Corcoran and Corey Campbell, will be joining Bill, adding their expertise and enthusiasm to the mix.

Saturday’s Jam Session is a fantastic opportunity for musicians of all ages who play the mandolin, banjo, guitar, violin, viola, cello, ukulele, or bass to get their feet wet in the world of Bluegrass. Even if you’re new to fiddling, we welcome you to bring your instrument and join the session! Sunday’s Potluck and Jam Session combines the joy of music with the delight of community dining, so bring a dish to share along with your instrument. This exciting weekend is made possible in part by the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association, dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of fiddling.

For more information about Bill Cagley, visit You’ll find that Bill is not only a versatile musician but also a captivating performer who brings folk, country, and old-time music to life.

Since 1992, Headwaters Music & Arts has been a cornerstone of the Bemidji community, offering a wide range of music and art programs. Don’t miss our popular Headwaters Fiddle Camp from June 17-21, another fantastic opportunity to dive into the world of music.

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Join us for Headwaters Fiddle Camp Instructor Concert this Thursday, June 29 at 7pm!

It is Fiddle Camp week and that means it is time for our annual Fiddle Camp Instructor Concert! Scheduled for this Thursday, June 29, at 7pm, this annual event is always superb! Listen in as fiddle masters Mary Vanorny (Twin Cities), Carrie Dlutkowski (U.P. Michigan), and Sawyer Corcoran (Bemidji) join forces with founding member of The Gaels, Brian Miller (St. Paul) and Eric Carlson (Bemidji). If you have lived in Bemidji in the last couple of decades you are sure to have heard of The Gaels and you probably know Brian and Eric and how talented they are from that and their many other projects🎶🎻🥁

The concert will be held at Headwaters Performance Hall and is $10/person.

Purchase your tickets here.

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.