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 website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
For interviews contact: Al Berman, Blue Key Artists | | 785.741.6000

Art Camp | August 26-30

Ages 9-15 |$150 | Min 12 Max 30 | Register by August 16

Headwaters’ Art Camp is a week-long camp for ages 9-18. Participants will be divided into two groups based on age. Participants will spend the week working with one or two artists each day, giving them a week filled with in-depth art experience. Students will get an opportunity to learn and build relationships with artist instructors and other participants. The program will conclude on Friday with a public art exhibition and 3pm reception.

Applications for partial scholarships available.

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

Musical Theater Camp | July 22-26

9-3pm | Ages 8-15 | $150 | Min 12 Max 22 | Register by July 1

Alien space travel. Singing. Dancing. Silliness and humor. Kari Ekhoff directs The Quantianius Connection, where aliens travel through space and time to discover the secret of the performance talents of Purple Floyd.

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

Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley | July 15-19

Monday, July 15 -Friday, July 19 | Headwaters Music & Arts | $70 per person | Minimum 8 Maximum 12| Register by Monday, July 8

Absolutely no experience needed! Led by talented musician, singer and song-writer Téa Renee, Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley introduces you to the skills and techniques of playing the ukulele. Learn about tablature, fingerboard charts, chord charts, strumming patterns, common chords, tuning methods, tuner apps, different sizes and names of ukuleles, strings, and types of picks.
Most important, you will learn and play songs! Try out popular chord progressions and song forms such as Country, Folk, Pop, Rock and Blues.
Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley will give you the tools and knowledge to bust you into the world of playing the ukulele around a campfire, accompanying yourself while singing, or simply get a head start on private ukulele or guitar lessons later on. Each session is all about playing music and having fun on the ukulele. We will wrap up the week with a potluck meal and short final performance.
All learning materials, instruction and songbook are included with registration. Bring your ukulele and tuner, or purchase through Headwaters for an additional fee.

Session 1: Adults 9 am-noon Monday, July 15 -Friday, July 19
Session 2: Ages 12-171-4 pm Monday, July 15 -Friday, July 19
Session 3: Adults 5-8 pm Monday, July 15 -Friday, July 19

Téa Renee is a singer-songwriter currently based in Park Rapids who performed on Great Northern Radio Show in Bemidji this past April, and will join the show in Grand Rapids in June. Starting at a very young age, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in music. Through the years she’s taken vocal lessons, guitar lessons, piano lessons, and taught herself ukulele in order to build her musical background. She’s extremely excited to give back to her community by sharing her insights and tips on how to learn the ukulele this summer. “The ukulele, while it’s a simple instrument, has such a beauty to it,” the songwriter says. “It transcends genres and generations and, at the end of the day, anyone can play and enjoy this instrument.”  A student at Berklee College of Music, Téa has written over 60 songs and has an album “Broken Doll” out now on all music platforms.

Piano Camp II | June 24 – 28

4-7 pm Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28 |ages 5-18 | $90: | Min 7- Max 22 | Register by June 19
Led by Headwaters instructor Jessica Westlund for those who attended last year’s Piano Camp or have 2 or more years playing experience. At the beginning of the week, students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and level of advancement and appropriate repertoire will be selected for them to learn. Headwaters piano instructors will teach private and small group lessons, and students will have the chance to play ensemble repertoire for more than one pianist at one piano. Campers will also enjoy specialty classes such as musicianship, jazz piano and ­improv.

Piano Camp I | June 24 – 28

4-7 pm Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28 | ages 5-14 | $90| Min 7- Max 22 | Register by June 19
Have you had at least one year of lessons?  Piano Camp I is a great opportunity to focus on your piano and musicianship skills while at the same time making new friends.    

Beginner Fiddle Camp | June 24 – 28

 12-3 pm Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28 | ages 5–adult | $90: | Min 7- Max 22 | Register by June 19
For students with limited playing experience gain an introduction to playing in groups and prepares students for Headwaters’ annual summer Fiddle Camp for string players of all ages.

Suzuki Jump Start Camp | June 24 – 28

8-11 am Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28 |ages 4 to 13 with no prior playing experience | $90 | Min 7- Max 22 | Register by June 19
An introduction to stringed instruments using the Suzuki method. “Suzuki’s “Mother Tongue” approach to teaching music builds on the principles of language acquisition. Those principles include an early beginning, listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children and then learning to read (Laurie Niles, editor   Violin, viola or cello rental for children and adults is included in the program courtesy of Schmitt Music Company.

Splash, Splat, & Splatter| June 5-7

10-3 pm Wednesday, June 5-Friday, June 7 | ages 7 to 11 | $75 | Min 7- Max 15 | Register by June 1

Start your summer with your two favorite activities – the outdoors and art! Splash, Splat, & Splatter is for kids ages 7-11 this active day camp will include both indoor and outdoor art explorations of frogs, still life, water, clay, and paint. As the name implies the camp will be a time for kids to explore the messier side of art making. Participants will also go outside and explore the micro world with a visit to a pond, still life out doors and discussions about frogs and fish. Both art and science centered kids alike will find fun in this messy three day art camp. This camp will be led by Headwaters instructors Beth Andrew and Tom Daly with guest artists stopping by.

Held 10 am – 3pm Wednesday, June 5th – Friday, June 7th. The cost for the camp is $75/ participant , (applications for partial scholarships available). Bring a sack meal each day, all supplies and activities provided. Register by June 1st. Register now.