HJ/EDJuly 10, 2006

LP seeks local participants for music in the park

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

Local performers will have an opportunity to showcase their talents in an outdoor setting during two Music in the Park events in Lester Prairie.

The Prairie Arts Council has scheduled the events for Tuesday, July 18, and Tuesday, Aug. 15 in the city park, according to representative Sonja Johnson.

Food will be available starting at 6 p.m., and music is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

There is no admission charge for these events, but tacos in a bag will be sold as a fund-raiser for the Prairie Arts Council.

Organizers are looking for local musicians who are willing to participate in the events.

The council has sponsored other events in previous years, but this year, rather than contacting performers directly, it is asking performers to sign up to participate, Johnson said.

Those interested in performing are strongly encouraged to contact Johnson at (320) 395-2922. This will help organizers prepare for the events, she commented.

Those who sign up in advance will be put on the schedule. After those people have performed, there will be an “open mike” session for people who did not sign up in advance.

All styles of music will be welcome.

Performers will not be paid, but there will be a drawing each night for a $50 Prairie Bucks certificate for those who participate, Johnson said.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs so they can enjoy the entertainment in comfort.

Jazz pianist to perform

The Prairie Arts Council has scheduled a fund-raiser Thursday, Sept. 21.

The event will feature jazz pianist Benny Weinbeck, a Winsted native.

Weinbeck has been performing since 1977 in venues around the world.

He has produced several CDs, as well as music for films and computer games.

More information is available on his web site, www.weinbeck.com

The admission charge for this event is $6 for adults and $3 for students. Proceeds will help support the council’s mission, which is to promote participation in, and appreciation of, arts in the community, Johnson said.

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