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Butch Thompson at Holmes Theatre for Aug. 21 concert

Jazz pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson, well known for his long association with Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" on public radio, will bring two friends to Detroit Lakes for an 8 p.m. concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Thompson is well-known as a ragtime and traditional jazz master, and the Detroit Lakes concert will feature music by Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and other American legends.

Appearing with Thompson will be two longtime associates, bassist Bill Evans and drummer Tom Andrews.

Both are key members of the Twin Cities jazz scene who also tour widely, and over the years have worked with Thompson in groups including the Hall Brothers Jazz Band and the recently retired Upper Mississippi Jazz Band.

Evans was also a charter member of the original Butch Thompson Trio, which was the Prairie Home Companion house band for 8 years.

The Historic Holmes Theatre will kick off its 2008-2009 on Sunday, Sept. 21 with "A Fine and Pleasant Misery: The Comedy of Patrick F. McManus." The season is made up of a wide variety music, comedy, theatre, dance and family entertainment performed by local talent as well as national touring groups.

Performances will include: Cathie Ryan, the Church Basement Ladies, John Berry, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, the Spencer's "Theatre of Illusion," Commonweal Theatre's "Hedda Gabler," Steve Lippia's "Simply Sinatra," "Mama's Night Out," "Sister's Christmas Catechism," Chicago City Limits improv group, Tim Mahoney, InPulse, Keri Noble, "James and the Giant Peach," "Stone Soup," "Dr. Dolittle," "Spirit Horse," the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet, "The Mousetrap" and more.

Season packages are now on sale and tickets for individual shows go on sale Monday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. For complete information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact the Historic Holmes Theatre at 218-844-SHOW to request a season informational booklet.