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Celebrate the solstice in NYM: Longest Night Music Festival set Dec. 21 at Cultural Center

In celebration of the Winter Solstice, the Cultural Center in New York Mills, presents its annual Longest Night Musical Festival on Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m.

Featuring music by several local and regional musicians, the festival promises to appeal to a wide array of music-lovers. Included this year are Day Gun, a small group from the Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men's Chorus (FMGMC), Eddie Lee Kidd, Ben Ranson, Dave Virnala and more.

Day Gun is the latest musical incarnation by Michael Dagen, who has performed in a number of groups over the years including Dorthy Fix, Shastatown, Stene Racing, and the Handsome Terrorists. Comprised of a rotating band of friends and family, Gun plans to record an album titled, "Loves," over the winter, with hopes of releasing the songs to the public by spring 2017. You can find links to demos of Gun's latest songs, along with his sappy poems and contentious writing at abandonedscoutcamp.com.

Raised in the mountains of Montana, Eddie Lee Kidd's song writing creates colors of music that is constantly changing. A pro stage drummer and vocalist at the age of 12, he realized a vision of art drawn by rhythms and vocal melody. These talents developed into songwriting in 1993 and Kidd has since written songs in almost every genre of music.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Ben Ranson is a singer-songwriter who infuses humor into much of his work. Playing the guitar, bass, and other string instruments, Ranson's repertoire draws from many genres including jazz, folk, country, and rock & roll. Working with Blind Joe, the duo performed as the opening act for the legendary Leon Russell.

Dave Virnala is a frequent performer at the Center's monthly Open Mic nights. He began playing guitar at the age of eight and has performed with Amanda Standalone and Spider John Koerner. Virnala's influences include John Prine and Guy Clark.

The FMGMC sings a wide variety of classical and popular music with excellence and builds bridges to all people by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. Their purpose is to use music to change the general public's image and attitudes toward the gay community, to provide high quality choral performances, and to make the world a better place.

The Longest Night concert is free to attend and open to all. Drinks and refreshments will be available. The Cultural Center would like to thank KLN Family Brands for sponsoring this event. Come early to find a good seat!

For more information please call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the Center's website at www.kulcher.org.

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