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Gemberling and Mattson to perform Oct. 3 in Nisswa

Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson, the "first couple" of the Iron Range music scene, will be the next performers in the Grassroots Concerts series at7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson of the Iron Range music scene will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa, for the the Grassroots Concerts series.
Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson will perform Oct. 3 in Nisswa. Submitted Photo

Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson, the "first couple" of the Iron Range music scene, will be the next performers in the Grassroots Concerts series at7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

They are lifelong musicians who play classic country music.

Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. A student of Suzuki music at age 5, she studied piano until she was 12. By age 17 she had started the all-girl punk band SMUT, which signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992.

A few years later she began writing songs on acoustic guitar and formed the rock group Darn Losers, which eventually morphed into Shotgun Daisy. That band released one album on SMA Records before a rebirth as the quartet Junkboat.

Gemberling and Mattson record at his Sparta Sound in Ely. She writes the songs for Junkboat, which formed in 2010 and includes drummer David K. Loy and bassist Al Schroeter.

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The concert series is in its 26th year, and this will be the 288th concert. For more about the pair, go to their respective websites: www.germainegemberling.comand www.richmattsonmusic.com .

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 County Road 18, is in the Journey Church across from the A&W Restaurant and next to the school in Nisswa.

Nonprofit Grassroots Concerts are sustained in quality and low cost with the help of a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through the Minnesota State Legislature. At each concert, the all-volunteer series welcomes non-perishable food or cash donation to a local food shelf.

For information, go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org or call 218-829-4092.

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