The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA) is bringing its double-bill Minnesota Bluegrass Community Concert Series to Brainerd on Saturday, April 20.
The Platte Valley Boys and Tim & Cindy will share the stage at the Crossroads Music Café, 824 Laurel St., starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for teens and free for kids 12 and younger.
Originating from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, The Platte Valley Boys have existed in one form or another since 1975 and are now celebrating 38 years playing traditional bluegrass in the Upper Midwest.
Founding member Ron Colby (banjo) got his bluegrass foundation while serving with the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany. Returning home he was influential in developing interest for bluegrass music and furthering its growth in Minnesota, for which he was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Tony Andreason (guitar) is known to many as the lead singer and guitarist with the rock and roll group The Trashmen, who toured extensively in the 1960s and had the hit song “Surfin Bird.” As a member of The Trashmen he was also inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Scott Stebbins (mandolin) joined the band in 1985 and has become the band’s primary lead singer and has written several songs, many of which are featured on the group’s recordings.
Newcomers David Tousley (bass) and Catie Jo Pidel (fiddle) round out the band and in 2007 The Platte Valley Boys were the first bluegrass band to be inducted into The Minnesota Rock & Country Hall Of Fame.
Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp have been entertaining audiences throughout Minnesota and surrounding states and Canada for more than 30 years, performing traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music. They are also members of the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame and have recorded several CDs and have made many television and radio appearances.
They are also well known in bluegrass circles for founding the Lakes Bluegrass Festival and running a nationally known bluegrass music website named PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
Today, they focus on adding their unique touch to the early traditions of country, gospel and bluegrass music. Tim and Cindy perform a variety of styles from slow ballads to fast instrumentals, and their harmony singing is reminiscent of some of the early brother duets in country and bluegrass music. They draw much of their material from such early groups such as The
Louvin Brothers, The Stanley Brothers and Jim and Jesse.
Performing as a duo they enjoy preserving authentic American music with their own distinct sound.
More information and advanced tickets are available by calling 800-635-3037 or visiting www.MinnesotaBluegrass.org. Tickets are also available in Brainerd at Coco Moon Coffee and Bridge Of Harmony Music.
These concerts are presented by the MBOTMA, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, and are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.