Last summer, Eden Valley held its first “Music in the Valley” concert. Hairball performed on a beautiful summer evening on the Eden Valley Elementary school fields. The event was a fundraiser for the brand-new, independent Eden Valley Area Library.
As a first-time effort, no one knew quite what to expect. It was well attended, everyone enjoyed it, and money was raised for the library.
This year’s concert is being billed as “Mid-Summer Blast.” The nationally known band Warrant, an ’80s hard-rock band, will blast the valley.
Gates will open at 5, with music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Other performers will be Dirtee Circus, Helforstout, Crimson Edge, and the local group Royal Boyz. The entire performance is for age 18+.
All proceeds from the event will go to Eden Valley’s Healthy Community Partnership group; the new library is one of the main projects launched by the HCP group.
Tickets are available online at www.evec22.org or can be purchased at Eden Valley City Hall or at Ugly Tom’s in Eden Valley. Advance tickets are $15; tickets at the gate will be $25.
Little Miss Kimball contest has 10 candidates awaiting coronation. Coronation, as part of Kimball days, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Kimball Area High School cafetorium.
From left to right, in back are Hallie Arnold, Morgan Garding, Annah Winter, Jaymee Randall and Taylor Maurer. In front are Zya Lueders, Ellie Kuechle, Jordyn Donnay, Allison Waldorf, and Ashley Beehler. Photo by Images By Marguerite.
The 27th Annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run is taking shape to again be a premiere veteran car touring event in Minnesota. The Antique Car Run is Saturday, Aug. 10, with pre-tours in the New London area Aug. 7-9.
You are invited to join the Kingston community for a pork sandwich and sweet corn dinner from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Wally Pikal (& his trumpets) is the special guest.
Spectators will see 60+ veteran cars from 1908 and earlier and one- and two-cylinder cars through 1915. They will tour more than 120 miles, recreating the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England.
Cars and drivers will come from across the United States. They will gather in the little town of New London for early touring Wednesday through Friday,
Aug. 7-9, before the Grand Tour Saturday, Aug. 10.
The Grand Tour starts at
7 a.m. with the oldest and slowest cars departing first from Peace Lutheran Church in New London. They will make stops in Grove City, Litchfield, Kingston, Buffalo, and Crystal along their prepared route. Cars will begin arriving at the Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton no sooner than 3 p.m. and will continue to come under the finish line banner until around 6:30 p.m. The finish line is part of the city’s Stockyard Days.
The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival has been nominated three times as Event of the Year (2005, 2007, 2010) by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Nashville. It is no surprise then that the 2013 MBOTMA Festival will feature the IBMA Entertainers of the Year; The Gibson Brothers. Other award-winning acts on the 2013 line-up include Darin & Brooke Aldridge (Emerging Artist nominees), Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist nominee), The Claire Lynch Band (Female Vocalist of the Year 1997 & 2010), and Bigfoot (Appalachian Stringband Festival Traditional Old-Time Band Champions). Fourteen more acts on the main stage and another 10 groups on various other stages completes this award-winning line-up for this annual music and camping festival at El Rancho Mañana in Stearns County Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8 through 11.
When it comes to sustainability and stability, a career in music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for Eric and Leigh Gibson. But despite being from New York and geographically removed from the genre’s Appalachian roots, they have made a name for themselves in bluegrass music over the past two decades, playing more than 80 shows and festivals a year. They have gradually built a deeply dedicated, nationwide fan base with their spellbinding harmony singing, which can reach the high lonesome notes of Bill and Charlie Monroe, and capture the tenderness of pop/country crooners The Everly Brothers.