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New April Verch Band to play at Nisswa on March 15

April Verch, an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter, brings her trio to the Grassroots Concerts stage Friday, March 15, for a 7:30 p.m. concert, the third of five in the spring season of acoustic music.

It is her second appearance (first was 2009) in the venue based at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa’s Journey Church next to the school, and it coincides with the release of her ninth album, “Bright Like Gold.”

Her band includes bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffith, two guys as fluent in folk traditions of Canada and Appalachia as their award-winning leader. This is a trio assembled just over a year ago, reconfigured to suit a demanding schedule.

Together, these three passionate musicians tour tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. They have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage.

Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

 The rest of the spring schedule: Friday, April 12, Drew Nelson; Friday, May 3, Greg Trooper.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring nonperishable food (or cash) donations for a local food shelf.

For more information, contact Grassroots Concerts at 218-829-4092 or Grassroots Concerts, PO Box 561, Brainerd, MN 56401 or information@

Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds through the Minnesota State Legislature. Grassroots Concerts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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