Voices United for Separation of Church and State, September 30
2pm-5pm. Suggested Donation: $10, children 12 and under get in free!
Come by for great music, raffle prizes and more! This benefit concert features the music of Dan Newton, the Mother Banjo Band, Baby Grant Johnson, and Eric Christopher and Anthony Ihrig.
Voices United believe music can be a powerful driver of social change and a way to rally like-minded people to an important cause. Since the founding of America, singers, songwriters and performers have been a powerful force for social justice. Voices United for Separation of Church and State is holding a weekend of musical events to celebrate – and defend – the vital principle of church-state separation. Entertainers in all 50 states will participate in house concerts and shows at larger venues to bring people together on behalf of our First Amendment freedoms.
Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton
It resembles an expanding suitcase, but in Dan Newton’s hands theungainly accordion becomes an instrument of remarkable poise and grace. “Daddy Squeeze,” as Newton is known, is as close to a true minstrel as we have in this area, spreading his squeezable joy wherever he can find an audience. He’s the rare musician who can travel from “A Prairie Home Companion” to Nightclubs to Retirement Homes to Cafes literally without skipping a beat. - Keith Goetzman
Mother Banjo Band
Selected as a 2008 Midwest Finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, Mother Banjo is a one-woman band featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals. Her music combines the haunting sounds of traditional folk and gospel with contemporary alt-country and Americana hooks. Poetic and rich, her songs are sad, sweet and full of the stories that inhabit the wide open prairies of the Midwest. Josh Ritter says, "She has a spare voice that paints great vistas between the notes. Her music is honest, not trying to convince you of anything, sell you on a story or impress you. She simply gives you the space you need for reverie. This is music for looking off into the far distance..."
Baby Grant Johnson
Baby Grant Johnson has made a name for himself in the Minneapolis Folk Music scene, with his diverse and impressive musical abilities. While he was an avid folk fan at the early age of five, he experimented with other genres and has played everything from country music to rock ‘n’ roll. He has described himself as a ‘songster’ focusing on the collection and dissemination of songs and music.
Eric Christopher and Anthony Ihrig
Anthony Ihrig is a bluegrass banjo player and performing songwriter who has spent the last ten years making a name for himself in the Upper Midwest’s booming acoustic music scene. With his debut solo album, Missing Ghosts, Anthony Ihrig brings stringband instruments and bluegrass chops to the world of modern folk and Americana music. For twenty years, Eric Christopher has worked as a fiddler-for-hire in Minnesota and around the country, performing, recording and/or touring with dozens of bluegrass, Americana and alternative country acts. Both Anthony and Eric are part of The High 48s bluegrass band, winners of the prestigious RockyGrass Bluegrass Band Competition in Lyons, Colorado.