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An officer and... an entertainer?

Tim Eggebraaten performed at the 25th anniversary celebration for the United Way of Becker County last May.1 / 2
Eggebraaten also performed at Emmanuel Nursing Home's 45th anniversary party in September. He enjoys engaging the audience and seeing their reactions.2 / 2

For Tim Eggebraaten, being an entertainer is a way to escape cop life and enjoy some audience interaction.

"It's like an adrenalin rush or almost like a drug," he said.

Eggebraaten will perform at the Historic Holmes Theatre's cabaret night that's planned for Thursday, Feb. 25.

It'll be a "Back to the '50s" evening, Eggebraaten's passion and favorite kind of music to perform.

"People are going to think I'm really old," he said jokingly. "I grew up with '80s music but had a real connection with the '50s and '60s."

He's been a performer for more than seven years but has played the guitar for 20 years and sang pretty much his whole life.

Eggebraaten enjoys playing a variety of music to audiences of all ages, from classic rock and old country, to new country and children's music. He usually performs in different venues around town and this will be his second time performing at cabaret night.

"He's out in the audience, getting people up off their seats and joining in the fun," Holmes Marketing Coordinator Kesley Myhre said. "He's very interactive with the crowd."

Anytime he looks out in the audience and sees people tapping their feet or bobbing their heads (and not throwing food at him), he gets excited about the shows, he said.

"There is always somebody reacting and that's all it takes for me," he added.

Even after a long week patrolling the streets as a Detroit Lakes police officer, whether he performs for an audience of five or 500, singing just takes his mind off of everything and he forgets that he's tired, he said.

Cabaret night will be a casual event with hors d'oeuvres served and a cash bar available. It's part of the community connections series, which gives local entertainers a chance to go up on stage and perform for family, friends and members of the community.

"Back to the '50s" will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holmes Theatre Ballroom. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for students.

The next community connections series event will be an open mic for the next generation, young, up and coming talents.

"There is a lot of people in the community that we don't even realize have these special artistic talents," Myhre said.