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Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition to happen August 1st

Be a part of the audience as local singers compete for cash and prizes at the Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition 7 pm, Thursday, August 1st at Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Hall.

Bemidji Sings! is an event of Minnesota Sings, a competition between cities throughout Minnesota that is designed for amateur vocalists in two age categories, 15-25 and 26 and over. Emceed by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, The first place winner from each age division will go on to represent Bemidji at the state level for Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals.

Finalists who have been chosen to perform August 1st are: April Aylesworth, Darolyn Erickson, Brooke Donaghue, Traci Djonne Schanke, Ronelva Gustafson, Susannah Roed, Charlotte Saxton, McKayla Syverson, Kari Ekhoff, Christa Drake, Maya Lindquist, Carson Carter, Skilah Hurd, and Britta Aas.

Finalists will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression. Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition will be judged by Zachary Swank, Karen Bradley, Linda Wagner, Kitty O'Connor, and Peter McKenzie.

Admission for the evening is $5 per person. Purchase your tickets here or at the door.

Sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Supple Studios. Special thanks to David Eichholz of Deuces Wild.

This activity is funded in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

This activity is make possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

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Kelley Hunt and Her Touring Band to perform at Headwaters Music & Arts Community Appreciation Concert

Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt will take the stage with her touring band July 14 at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. Join Headwaters for an outdoor Sunday community appreciation concert from 4-6 pm. The concert is free will-donation with any proceeds going to Headwaters scholarship program for youth music and art activities. In case of rain, concert will take place in Headwaters performance hall. Beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of Brigid’s Pub.

Singer, songwriter, piano player and guitarist Kelley Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry's penchant for easy artist definitions -- a woman who muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues, roots and gospel traditions. She makes music with its righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences. Before that came the sound of her mother singing jazz and blues – her first musical memories – and the influence of her New Orleans Gospel singer grandmother. Reminders of these very traditional influences are evident in Hunt’s live performances and recordings but the lyrics, soul and passion are all her own. Her career path so far has been a story of fierce independence, incredible will, unassailable cred as a blistering live performer and hard-won accomplishment. Hunt is at work on her seventh album expected to be released later this year.


Read more about Kelley Hunt at her websiteFacebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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A Note About David Greenberg

Below is a letter submitted by Jim Johnston after attending David Greenberg's live performance at Bemidji State University on May 19th.


A 350-year old violin came to life Sunday in its first public exposure since being restored by Minneapolis luthier Andrew Dipper.

Some 100 lucky Bemidjians (courtesy of Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, and for a paltry five bucks) cozied into the lower tier of BSU's Bangsberg concert hall to hear Halifax's masterful fiddler/violinist David Greenberg play the old instrument – and his regular violin, and an unusual “octave” fiddle.

Greenberg brought the house down with wild number after number. During one mad reel, as the fiddler's fingers flew over the strings, the enthusiastic audience could almost see plaid-skirted dancers come flying out of the wings.

Although Greenberg plays all kinds of music – Baroque, Cape Breton, and was that a little New Orleans jazz? – he specializes in 18th century Scottish folk.

So why did this fugitive from Maryland and Indiana University move to Nova Scotia? 'Cause that's where the Scots are … forced off their farms during Scotland's infamous 18th and 19th century “clearances”.

During the “conversation” (Greenberg's preferred label for his concert), the delightfully engaging musician paused to answer questions. He noted that the old violin was crafted in Scotland, about 100 years after the violin itself was invented in Italy.

Greenberg explained that the octave fiddle, or baritone violin, plays an octave lower than the violin – down in cello range. (In the mid-1800’s, a New Yorker invented an instrument that Greenberg’s octave fiddle was based on, called the “Cradle of Harmony”.)

To Greenberg, all his violins are alive. At the end of one piece, he communes for a moment with the restored model; he is getting to know it. Between numbers he places the violins carefully on protective cloth. Tenderly.

David Greenberg is now living in Corvallis Oregon.
(To enjoy more Greenbergs, you can support Headwaters.)

- Jim Johnston, Audience Member


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Bemidji Sings! Call for Vocalists

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers who live, work or attend school in Bemidji to take part in Bemidji Sings! to determine who will represent Bemidji at the Minnesota Sings State Finals in September. Amateur singers interested in taking part will need to register by May 30th.

Auditions will take place noon-7 pm Sunday, June 2nd, 9-noon and 3-6 pm Monday, June 3rd at Headwaters Music & Arts. Participants will sing one song during the preliminary auditions. Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the August 1st Bemidji Sings! show.

Winners of the preliminary auditions will perform for cash and prizes during the Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition at 7 pm Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at Bemidji State University. The first place winner from each age division will move on to Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals, Saturday-Sunday Sept. 28th – 29th, in Woodbury.

Singers will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression. Read more.

Sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Supple Studios. Special thanks to David Eichholz of Deuces Wild.

This activity is funded in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

This activity is make possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

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Monroe Crossing at the Historic Chief Theater May 4th

World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at the Historic Chief Theater in Bemidji 7:30 pm Saturday, May 4th, with a 7 pm opening performance opening performance by Headwaters & Friends.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. The concert will highlight their most recent CD, “Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country” honoring country legends such as Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. $25 general admission tickets are available at Brigid's Pub, Greater Midwest Insurance or Headwaters Music & Arts, 218.444.5606, online or by stopping in at 519 Minnesota Ave NW. Advance purchase is recommended, tickets sell out fast.

Hosted by Headwaters Music & Arts, proceeds support Headwaters Music Program Scholarships.

“Everyone who came had the time of their life that evening. Your show was just of the freshest and original groups I have experienced....I was just blown away.” — Bill Adams, Habitat For Humanity, Waldorf MD

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We ❤ Headwaters

We are gearing up for our annual instructor showcase, the time of year when we show our music program instructors the love they deserve for being so awesome! This years theme is We ❤ Headwaters. The evening will celebrate the diverse talents of our music instructors with a dynamic evening of tunes, varying in style and instrumentation. We need your help though! 

Prior to the showcase we will be posting a giant black heart in the Recital Hall that we want you to cover with all your writings and reflections about why you ❤ Headwaters.  Next time you are in the lobby look for our table of Hearts & Crafts and take a moment to jot down one reason you ❤ Headwaters. We will showcase all the hearts at our annual showcase.

Another way you can take part? #weheartheadwaters
Take a selfie with your heart, or with your instructor, you could even take a photo making art or practicing your instrument, and post it to social media with the #weheartheadwaters. Lets share the love!

Do you want to attend the showcase? We would love to have you there! You can find out more and purchase your tickets here.

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Headwaters Holiday Cheer!

It is that time of year when all of us are seeking holiday cheer (and some holiday deals). We have been really cheery this season and we are happy to share!

Our December 1st CD release really sent us off this December with the feeling of gratitude. Gratitude towards our supporters and community that came out to raise funds, and gratitude to artists who donated their time and talent to help us with our largest fundraiser of the year. We feel as though all that joy and gratitude comes forth in the tunes. You can check it out yourself by purchasing your own CD, or ordering a digital download. Keep the tunes on circulation through this holiday season (we certainly are!), and if you are looking for even more great tunes imbued with gratitude and joy we have a limited number of copies of Christmas in Bemidji Vol. II, that you can add to your playlist.

It is a great time of year to enjoy local talent over a cup of hot cocoa and we hope you get the chance! ☕


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We Need You…

We know, it seems a bit early, but around here we are always looking forward and right now we are looking forward to fall. Jessica (our Music Program coordinator) just created a nifty 2018-2019 calendar with an updated schedule, and we are starting preparations for our Fall Kick-Off event as well as considering music lessons and fall programming. Getting ready for fall is a fun task but we know we could use some help.

If you are an artist, musician, or community focused volunteer we are looking at you! Are you interested? Check out the list below and click on the highlighted links to find out more. We can’t wait to have you be  apart of things here at Headwaters!

  1. We are seeking artists to exhibit there work in our recital hall in the coming months. We have a simple application for you to fill out and you will receive a follow up phone call or email to discuss. It is a pretty painless process 😉 If you are an artist with a body of work and you are itching to exhibit check out our application.
  2. Music instructors our one of our most valuable assets. We have some of the most talented musicians in town instructing at Headwaters, but we could always use some more! If you are interested in instructing please check out or Position Description and then give us a call to discuss.
  3. We are always searching for volunteers! We have an awesome crew right now but we could always use some more. If you are interested you can fill out our online application.
  4. You can also become a member! For as little as $50 a year you can receive a membership which helps to sustain our programming and gives you the satisfaction of knowing you helped out your community. Besides that, there are also some pretty neat rewards and benefits including cool discounts on various programming. Become a member today.

We truly appreciate our community and we want to to thank you for being a part of it. Whichever way you may be a part of things here at Headwaters we are grateful you are and we look forward to seeing you around😊!