HJ/EDEnterprise Dispatch, Jan. 23, 2006

Tonic Sol-fa coming to DC arts center

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

The Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center will be hosting the popular acappella, Tonic Sol-fa, Sat. Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

This contemporary style of music competes with other bands by doing similar sounds with just vocals, according to group member Jared Dove.

Tonic Sol-fa attracts a wide array of demographics with its variety of music including rock, pop and country.

“It’s not like the barber shop quartet...It’s a wild show,” Dove said.

They get the audience involved with the show, it’s entertainment, not just music, Dove explained.

Mark McGowan and Shaun Johnson got their start 10 years ago while attending St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Greg Bannwarth and Dove joined the group about four years later. All of the members are natives of the Midwest including South Dakota, Iowa and Wyoming.

They have three independent records and two Christmas albums and sold more than 100,000 copies by 2004. They now have a recording label in Nashville with for the most recent album, “From Boston to Beijing.”

The recent release allowed them to be featured in Newsweek magazine in June, and they appeared twice on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets for the upcoming show go on sale to the public Tuesday, Jan. 24 and are available at the Dassel-Cokato High School’s Activities Office or by calling community eduction at (320) 286-4120. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Other upcoming shows at the Performing Arts Center include country singer John Berry, Friday, Feb. 17 and the Minnesota Orchestra, Sunday, April 2. Tickets for Berry are on sale now and tickets for the Minnesota Orchestra will be on sale to the public Thursday, March 9


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