Northwoods Winter Concert & Fundraiser

Headwaters Music & Arts celebrates the winter season with a concert and silent auction 4-6 pm Sunday, December 8 at 519 Minnesota Ave NW in Bemidji. The event highlights artists featured on the 2018 album, Northwoods Winter: Christmas in Bemidji Vol. III, as well as contributors to our 2016 CD. Both were recorded at Supple Studios in Bemidji. CDs and digital downloads will be available to purchase.

The event includes an exhibit and silent auction of re-imagined musical instruments. Encore: Instruments Reimagined is a group exhibit featuring the art of local artists and Headwaters supporters who donated their time to transform unusable musical instruments into surprising and innovative works of art to auctioned off as a fundraiser. The initiatives raises funds for Headwaters with the goal to replace the art studio furnace and install an AC system.

Attendees can look forward to live music performed by regional musicians including Sonny Johnson, Annalise Aakhus, and others aswell as hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a cash bar courtesy of Brigid’s Pub. Advance tickets are $10, $15 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go towards Headwaters Music & Arts renovation projects while album sales support Headwaters Music & Arts Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to giving more young musicians the opportunity to learn and love music.

Purchase your tickets now.

Headwaters Fall Social

5:30-7 pm | Thursday, October 24 | Headwaters Music & Arts Art Studio

Headwaters Music & Arts extends an invitation to you, a supporter of music and arts in our community, to a gathering in your honor on Thursday, October 24th from 5:30 to 7 pm. for socializing, checking out our new volunteer communication platform, and learning about ways to get involved here at Headwaters. We have planned an enticing fall menu which includes local brew from Bemidji Brewery, beef sticks from Stittsworth meats, a selection of cheeses, fall fruits, hot apple cider and, of course, homemade treats.

Headwaters is an expanding program, reaching over 230 students through our music lessons and offering a variety of arts and music experiences for all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, including classes, concerts, workshops, camps, music groups, and clubs. Our vision is to “seek music, engage the arts and build community.” It is in the spirit of building community that we extend this invitation.

Please join us on Thursday, October 24th 5:30 to 7 pm. for an evening of socializing, brainstorming, learning, great snacks, and just plain fun. Send your RSVP to Tricia at or 444-5606 by Friday, October 18. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tricia Andrews, Executive Director

Mary Thoreson, Volunteer Coordinator

Mini Muscian

Headwaters Music & Arts is proud to announce the dates for it’s latest preschool programming. Mini Musician, an 8 session program led by experienced general music teacher Leisa Bragg, will be packed with singing, movement and dance. Held 4:45 – 5:30 pm on Monday’s, kids and adults will explore the building blocks of music together through play and experimentation.

Leisa Bragg is an instructor of piano, voice and clarinet at Headwaters Music & Arts with over 20 years experience in Colorado as a public school band, choir and general music teacher, theater and church music director, and private lesson instructor. Leisa brings her core belief that “music is a vital part of everyone’s existence, no matter what the age” and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for music with Bemidji area children and adults.

Mini Musician takes place at Headwaters (519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji) and runs October 14th – December 2nd. Advance registration is required as there are Limited number of spots available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The cost to attend is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members).

Fiddlin’ Around Kids Mini Workshop

Headwaters Music & Arts announces it’s latest mini-workshop for string players. Fiddlin’ Around is a free opportunity for students age 5-11 with any level of playing experience. On Thursday October 24th, 6-7pm, students can bring their violin or fiddle and join fiddler and step dancer Carrie Dlutkowski as the group explores tunes that are adaptable and creative. Students will be able to take the tunes with them as they can be played alone or in a group, by people of any level of experience, and are meant to be crafted by the musicians themselves. Students will develop the confidence to take the tunes home and “play with” them! Students should be accompanied by a guardian. Adults are encouraged to bring a device for recordings which will be useful in future practice.

Born and raised in Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, Carrie grew up playing violin. With almost two decades of experience, Carrie is a talented classical and folk musician with a focus on the development of Scottish, French-Canadian and Métis (Native/French/ Scottish) fiddle styles in the 18th century. She explores the roots of traditional music, while also using it as a foundation for branching out into new creative territory.

Fiddlin’ Around Kids Mini-Workshop will be held at Headwaters Music & Arts (519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji). Space is limited to 20 youth participants.

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.

Harvest for the Senses: a Group Show Featuring Friends of Headwaters

Headwaters Music & Arts will host Harvest for the Senses: a Group Show Featuring Friends of Headwaters for the month of September. The exhibit will hang throughout the month and celebrates the launch of Headwaters’ fall programming. The curated exhibit features a variety of work including pottery, paintings, and silk scarves. Featured artists include Headwaters volunteer Gillian Bedford; guitar Instructor Rolf Lund, art instructor Mary Therese; First City Singers member Dianne Roholt, pottery instructor Tom Daly, and Headwaters Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator Diamond Knispel.

The five artists’ work will adorn the performance hall on September 14th, the date of Headwaters’ Make a Splash Fall Kick Off and Instructor Showcase. The 10 am-2pm Fall Kick off is a free annual event inviting students and the general public to meet Headwaters music and art teachers, check out the music and arts programming, and tour the building.The kick-off is followed by a 4 pm show highlighting the talents of Headwaters music instructors.

The public is invited to a free First Friday reception for the exhibit 4:30-5:30 pm on September 6th at 519 Minnesota Avenue NW. The reception will be followed by Headwaters CoffeeHouse at 7pm.

Headwaters CoffeeHouse

Headwaters CoffeeHouse kicks off a new season 7pm Friday, September 6 at Headwaters Music & Arts, Bemidji. They are pleased to announce the 2019 Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition winners as this month’s featured performers.

Held on the first Friday of most months, the CoffeeHouse offers a supportive and welcoming open-mic opportunity for musicians and spoken-word performers. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10 to 15 minute set. Sign up begins at 6:30 or by email to

Kari Grace, April Aylesworth, Charlotte Saxton and Susannah Carter emerged as winners of the recent Bemidji Sings! competition. Each advances to the state contest in Woodbury, MN this September. But first, they share their talents at the CoffeeHouse.

Performers and audience alike appreciate the friendly tone and reasonable fee, $3/person or $7/family. Coffeehouse fare is available.

Headwaters CoffeeHouse is a volunteer-led community event. Contact John Henningsgaard at 444-9845 for more information.

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.
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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.