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Mary Bue to make concert series debut Nov. 22

Mary Bue will make her debut Friday, Nov. 22, in the Grassroots Concerts series at 7:30 p.m. at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, Nisswa. It is the final concert of the fall season, closing the 25th year for the non-profit series.

“With a name like Mary Elizabeth and a reputation for playing piano, one might expect a more demure presence than Mary Bue brings to the stage. At once soothing, spunky, cathartic and full of vigor, when she appears behind the keys or guitar, her energy radiates to the back of any house,” one fan said.

Since 1998, at age 17, Bue has been writing songs and taking them on the road – to 38 states, and counting. Now entering her 30s, she has honed a sound that earns the “emotional sucker-punch” an early reviewer felt upon hearing her songs.

Bue’s fourth studio album, “Apple in the Ocean,” was recorded at an old cathedral turned music studio in Duluth, funded with the help of Kickstarter.

Her voice is perhaps the apple: bobbing along, bouncing off the vaulted ceilings like the heavenly creature many would say that she is.

Bue describes her music as the retellings of adventures and mishaps. Through her experiences touring the country, studying yoga from 2008-11 in Seattle, attaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology and falling in and out of love, she has a lot of wisdom to retell.

“The songs are a map she has drawn through the depths of the ocean of human experience, and although the lyrics are often pulled from secret, dark places, Mary’s presence is a positive one, full of laughter and light,” said Amy Clark, of KAXE radio.

“When the show ended and she was leaning against the stage, zipping up her boots, I had the urge to run up, hug her and then immediately beg her to sing the soundtrack of my life. Mary Bue’s an amazing, must-see talent, and by far, one of the sweetest voices I’ve heard live in years,” said Zosia Blue from

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. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, 5459 CR 18, is located in the Journey Church across from the A&W Restaurant and next to the school in Nisswa.

Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through the Minnesota State Legislature.

The concert series encourages donations of non-perishable items from those attending. Volunteers will deliver them to the food shelf.

For information go to, call 218-829-4092, or email

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