By Kristen Miller
DASSEL-COKATO, MN - With last year’s sold-out performance of contemporary Christian artist Mark Schultz, the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association wanted to be sure to continue filling that niche within the community.
This year, the singer and songwriter duo, Shane and Shane are coming to the Performing Arts Center Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
When tickets went on sale to the public last Wednesday, Colleen Compton, executive director of the arts association, already was receiving calls from Shane and Shane fans from as far away as Owatonna who are coming to see the upcoming show.
Dassel-Cokato is the only Minnesota stop on their “Turn Down the Music” tour.
In 2007, Texans Shane Barnard and Shane Everett released their newest CD, “Pages,” with songs including “We Love You, Jesus” and “Be Near.”
“We Love You, Jesus” was actually written by Barnard in a coffee shop where, he wrote on the their web site, “I just heard it playing in the air. It’s still unbelievable to me. I went home and wrote it down, and we started playing it every day. It’s a poppy song of hope, but also about death.”
Many may recognize their song, “When I Think About the Lord,” from their 2003 album, “Carry Away.”
Marc Keith, vice chair of the DC Arts Association, owns all their albums and recommended that they be brought to the PAC to perform live.
The duo’s performance, Keith said, is perfect for that venue.
“I’m pretty excited about it myself,” Keith said.
Just recently, the arts association was informed that Shane and Shane will be performing this concert as part of a tour, bringing with them Matt Maher.
This was a nice surprise for Compton and Keith because when the duo was booked last August, there was no mention of additional artists.
“It’s more entertainment for your dollar than what was originally anticipated,” Keith said.
Maher performed at World Youth Day in Australia last summer, and during the youth rally when Pope Benedict visited the US, according to the National Catholic Register.
Maher’s latest album is “Empty and Beautiful,” though he is most known for “Your Grace is Enough.”
Though Shane and Shane aren’t as well-known as Mark Schultz, Compton is expecting a great performance; one that appeals to all ages and is good family entertainment.
Keith says Shane and Shane’s greatest asset is their harmony.
“It’s just amazing,” he said.
Keith expects those who come to see Shane and Shane will witness a “passion-filled performance.”
Because they are the writers of the songs, they sing them with more passion, Keith explained.
Keith encourages people to come and check it out.
“I think people are going to be so impressed,” he said.
Also, by going to events like this, it supports the community and ensures great entertainment for the future, Keith said.
To learn more or hear music by Shane and Shane, visit their web site at www.shaneandshane.com.
Tickets on sale now for Shane & Shane
The contemporary Christian duo Shane and Shane are coming to the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now, $20 for adults ($25 day of the show) and $15 for youth, by calling (320) 286-4120.