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33 posts from June 2011


Rochester's Sena Ehrhardt signs with Blind Pig Records

A glossy press kit from Blind Pig Records arrived at the Post-Bulletin office today touting none other than Rochester's own Sena Ehrhardt.

And inside the kit was an advance copy of the Rochester soul singer's debut recording "Leave The Light On" due out Aug. 16.

She and her band also scored a slot at the Bayfront Blues Fest in Duluth, one of the biggest blues fests in the region.

Stay tuned for more from this super hot local artist.


LeDuc Historic Estate opens for Fourth of July

For the first time since opening in 2005, the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, will be open for July 4. 

Visitors will learn about how the LeDuc family celebrated freedom, their history and the history of the house. Guests will also be able to enjoy the chickens, the artistic designs of the LeDuc women in the exhibit "Modern Interpretations of Historic Design," and the landscape of the woods and gardens.

Tours are set for 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military personnel, $3 for students ages 6-17 and free for kids 5 and younger.

For large groups, reservations can be made by calling (651) 437-7055 or go to


Country star Brad Paisley heads to Rochester today to debut new song

Country star Brad Paisley recorded a song called "Hard Life," written by Joe Kindregan, a member of Shjon Podein Children's Foundation's Team 25, and is expected to premiere the song today in Rochester during the golf fundraiser. Team 25 is a Rochester-based organization started by Podein and his wife to help find a cure for Ataxia Telangiectasia and help children and young people like Kindregan, who are facing extraordinary difficulties.

The song should be available for purchase in a couple of weeks with all proceeds going to Team 25.

Read the full story here.


Free Cajun, blues concert set in Red Wing

Singer, songwriter and pianist Marcia Ball and her band will share the stage with Cajun band BeauSoleil in a free concert at 7 p.m. July 9 in the Central Park Band Shell in downtown Red Wing.

Both have bayou roots that their music reflects, and both are multiple award winners who appear regularly at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Ball performs New Orleans/Gulf Coast rhythm and blues that has been described as a blend of “southern boogie, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads.” An eight-time Blues Music Award winner, she has been nominated four times for the Grammy Award. In 2010 she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame.

BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet, a six-member band out of Lafayette, La., is an innovative blend of blues, bluegrass, rock and traditional Cajun. The group is heard regularly on “A Prairie Home Companion” and was described by Garrison Keillor as “the best Cajun band in the world.”

The band has earned two Grammy Awards, 11 Grammy nominations and 14 OffBeat Magazine Best Cajun Performer awards. Its album “Live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival” won the 2009 Grammy for zydeco/Cajun music.

The free concert is sponsored by Lawrence Transportation Services, Red Wing Shoe Co. and the Jones Family Foundation.

What: Marcia Ball and BeauSoleil, Cajun/blues concert

When: 7 p.m. July 9

Where: Central Park Band Shell, Red Wing. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.

Cost: Free

More info:


Moviegoers, start your engines




“Cars 2” opens tonight at midnight. In this installment, Lightning McQueen and Mater take a road trip. It’s Pixar’s latest and if their “track” record is any indication, this one will be a blockbuster. If you’re planning to see it, let me know your thoughts and impressions and I may use your comments in Thursday's column.

-- Chris Miksanek

-- The Med City Movie Guy 

Chris Miksanek - The Med City Movie Guy -- 'Cars 2' (320) 


Great River Shakespeare Festival set to celebrate Rochester

Winona — The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) will celebrate the city of Rochester on Saturday, July 9, with a variety of events culminating with the 8 p.m. opening performance of the festival’s 2011 season production of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s "The Fantasticks." Playgoers from Rochester will receive $4 discounts on tickets to the 2 p.m. performance of GRSF’s "King Henry IV," "Part 1," as well as for the evening performance of "The Fantasticks."

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, with a free Festival Morning conversation with GRSF company members at the Acoustic Cafe in downtown Winona and continue throughout the day. Following the matinee performance of "King Henry IV" and preceding the opening performance of "The Fantasticks," playgoers can enjoy grilling on the green outside the Winona State University Performing Arts Center, where GRSF productions take place, while also listening to that evening’s free Concert on the Green featuring Dan and Maureen Sherman.

Rochester residents will also be able to receive discounted admission to the Winona County History Center and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. July 9 is also part of Minnesota Public Radio Weekend at the festival.

The Great River Shakespeare Festival runs June 22-31. For questions, go to GRSF performances, weekend concerts, education and community outreach programs take place on campus at WSU. Tickets to productions are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Festival box office at 79 E. Third Street in downtown Winona.


Down by the Riverside 2011 opening bands announced

In addition to the main performers for the 2011 Down by the Riverside season announced last week, the lineup of opening acts has also been set.

The schedule:

• July 10: LP & the 45s opening for Paul Revere & the Raiders.

• July 17: Minos opening for Dokken.

• July 24: Adam Wayne Wollenburg opening for Frankie Ballard.

• July 31: No opening act for the Rochester Concert Band & Choir.

• Aug. 7: Sena Ehrhardt Band opening for Corey Stevens.

• Aug. 14: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra opening for Uriah Heep.

• Aug. 21: Downtread opening for Collective Soul.

All concerts are at 7 p.m. in Mayo Park behind Mayo Civic Center. Admission is free.


Eat, drink and be merry for a cause

Nothing says summer like brats, beer and live music. Celebrate the season on Saturday at Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub's ninth annual outdoor party and charity event.

For the fourth year, the anniversary party will be coordinated with the Jamie Engle Benefit for the Out of Darkness Community Walk, with proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

From 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the back parking lot, 3120 Wellner Drive N.E., enjoy beer tastings, games, hot air balloon rides, a meat raffle, silent auction and more. Live music will be provided by Jeremy Jewell from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Reunion Band from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Larry Meyer from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Feeling adventurous? Check out the jalapeno pepper and Scotch egg — hard-boiled eggs wrapped in pork sausage and bread crumbs — eating contests. Go to for rules and to enter, or call 289-9200.

— Marissa Block, Life Section Editor and Out & About columnist

Flyway Film Festival 2011 receives JEM Grant

PEPIN, Wis. — The Flyway Film Festival will this year be a recipient of a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, to assist in marketing its upcoming fourth annual film festival.
This grant will be used to increase awareness of the festival to audiences in both Minnesota and Wisconsin through email, cable TV, online and print advertising campaigns.
Wisconsin’s Secretary of Tourism, Stephanie Klett, will be at the Lake Pepin Art and Design Center in Pepin on the afternoon (time to be determined) of July 7 for the formal grant presentation to Flyway. At that time, there will also be an official unveiling of the 2011 festival poster, created in partnership with Flyway alumni, Craig Varian and world-renowned printmaker and Stockholm, Wis., resident, Gaylord Schanilec.

A limited edition of 26 signed and numbered prints will be available via the festival website and Abode Gallery in Stockholm.
The 2011 Flyway Film Festival runs Oct. 20–23 in Pepin and Stockholm. More than 70 national and international independent films will be shown in two venues, with many filmmakers and other industry professionals in attendance.
Regular screening and full festival passes, which will include the opening night gala and access to the Festival Lounge at the Breakwater, will be available beginning in late June. Individual tickets will be available online at beginning in early September or during the festival at the box offices.


'Wizard of Oz' auditions to be held next week

Auditions for "The Wizard of Oz" at La Crosse Community Theatre will be held Monday and Tuesday at 118 Fifth Ave. N. in downtown La Crosse.

Several roles are being sought for both kids and adults, ages 8 and older.

Auditionees should prepare 16 bars, or 30 seconds, of a song preferably not from the show. Auditionees should also be prepared for a short movement audition. 

Callbacks will be Wednesday, if needed. Rehearsals begin Aug. 1. 

Perusal scripts are available at the box office for a 24-hour check out, with a refundable deposit of $10.  To schedule an audition, or for questions, call the box office at (608) 784-9292, ext. 2.