By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, COKATO, MN Several area families will share their musical talents as they gather for an evening of bluegrass and gospel at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
Six families, including the Jorgensen family and the Mahlstedt family, both of Cokato, will perform an array of songs such as “I’ll Fly Away,” “Come Thou Fount,” and “Power in the Blood.”
Dave Jorgensen came up with the idea after his friend, Reid Danielson, coordinated a similar event last year. Also, the Jorgensen family has participated in this type of event with other groups informally, so he decided it would be fun to open it up to the community.
Attendees will hear traditional bluegrass instruments including guitar, mandolin, bass, and fiddle.
Dave has been playing for about three years with his wife, Kay, and 11 children at area nursing homes like the Good Samaritan in Howard Lake and the Marie Sandvik homeless shelter in Minneapolis, or wherever asked.
“It’s been something good for our family,” he said.
Another local name, Kevin Johnson, who is originally from Dassel, will be performing for the last time with his gospel band, The Crow Creek Gospel Band. He currently lives in New London and has been playing guitar in with the band for the past five years. This will be the first time Johnson will perform in his hometown.
Other families performing are the Froemmings of Grove City, the Knudtson family of Upsala, MN, and Nathan Wilson of Columbia Heights.
Wilson has been playing violin for 23 years and teaches in the Cokato area every Thursday to roughly 14 students.
The concert is open to the public and a freewill donation will be accepted at the door to cover costs of the facility and event itself.