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Music, food at Holmes Thursday

Join "The Next Generation" and your favorite area musicians in the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom this Thursday, Oct. 15, for an evening of great music, socializing and food, as the theater kicks off another season of its popular Thursday Cabaret Night series.

Held once a month, each Cabaret Night offers a very relaxed evening, where you can come late, leave early or stay for the entire evening, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Bleachers will have a cash wine, beer and soft drink bar, and Country Kitchen will provide appetizers for sale.

Though the setup is similar, each month's Cabaret Night has a separate theme, according to event coordinator Vicky Williams.

The series' kickoff event for 2009-10 picks up where it left off in April, with a "Next Generation" theme -- but this time, there's a twist.

"It's an open mic night," says Williams.

What this means is that the ballroom stage will be set up with a microphone and sound system, for plugging in an electric guitar or keyboard. A piano will also be on hand.

There will be no pre-arranged list of performers; rather, anyone who wants to get up on stage and perform is welcome to do so, Williams explained.

"It's amazing what talent we have in this community, and we just want to do what we can to support it," she added.

Bands are also welcome, Williams said -- but in order to arrange for the necessary technical support, they are asked to contact Williams prior to the evening's festivities.

Open Mic Night is also not limited to music, Williams said -- pretty much any type of performance art is welcome, including comedy and poetry.

"It's ideal for younger artists who may not have the repertoire for a full show, but can come and play two or three songs," Williams added. "It's a good way to gain a little confidence and stage experience."

If you are an area artist who wants to share your talent, contact Williams at or call 218-844-4221 Ext. 106 for more information.

The next Cabaret Night, set for Thursday, Nov. 19, will be the official opening for the Holmes Art Show, and will include an opportunity for guests to browse the art displays while listening to the music of Carrie Sorensen.

"It will have a more subdued, coffee house feel," Williams explained. "People will also be able to walk around, view the art, maybe even talk to the artists."

There will also be a few tables set up for those who just want to sit and listen, Williams added.

Other upcoming shows in the Cabaret Nights series are Surf Night with Vincent and the Van Goes, Jan. 21; Back to the 50s with Tim Eggebraaten, Feb. 25; and a second Next Generation Open Mic Night on April 22.

"We're hopeful that these open mic events are going to develop into their own series," Williams said.

There will be no Cabaret Night shows in December or March, she added, because of scheduling availability.

Tickets for the Cabaret Night shows are available at a cost of $5 each for adult admission; students are admitted free of charge.

"We encourage everyone from the community to come out and see what's going on," Williams added.

Because tickets for some shows may be limited, please call 218-844-SHOW (7469) for availability.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

(218) 844-1454