From tributes to American music icons such as Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel and The Eagles, to live performances by Sawyer Brown, Lorie Line and John McEuen, the 2019-20 season at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre promises to be one of its most exciting to date.
The new season will officially get underway Sept. 19 with the launch of the theater's newest concert series, "Backstage at the Holmes," featuring the Detroit Lakes debut of D Mills & the Thrills. Seven more of these shows are planned throughout the coming year.
Sept. 21, Christian Fellowship Church of Detroit Lakes will be bringing in a special comedy show featuring The Skit Guys, with music by Kent Dudley and his Bended Knee Band. This show starts at 7 p.m.
The Skit Guys, also known as Tommy Edwards and Eddie James, have been creating and performing captivating drama and clean comedy that has become a staple at faith-based youth conferences and church related events for more than 20 years. Their family-friendly live performances feature sketch comedy and improv, along with hilarious musical bits and audience participation.
Just a few days later, on Sept. 26, the classical men's a cappella group Cantus returns to the Holmes for a 7:30 p.m. show, "One Giant Leap."
"This show is coming to us through an Arts Tour Minnesota grant," said Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns.
The name "One Giant Leap" comes, of course, from astronaut Neil Armstrong's statement when stepping onto the surface of the moon for the first time, on July 20, 1969. This show, according to its description, "explores and celebrates the allure of upward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit, and striving for excellence through innovation and technology."
The Eagles tribute show "Takin' it to the Limit" was a huge hit when it made its Holmes Theatre debut two years ago, so the St. Cloud-based bands Collective Unconscious and The Fabulous Armadillos decided to bring the popular show back to the Holmes for a second go-round Sept. 28.
"This first month is like a snapshot of our whole season," Stearns said. "There's one big show ("Takin' It to the Limit"), something new and different (D Mills & the Thrills), something classical (Cantus), and a community show (The Skit Guys)."
Here are a few more snapshots of the months ahead:
Discovering something new
The Holmes Theatre's Discovery Series is aimed primarily at school-age children, though these daytime shows are open to all ages. The opening show in the series, 10 a.m. Oct. 25, features The Reminders. The Colorado duo will also present an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m.
"This is one of the shows that I'm most excited about," Stearns said. "... I saw them perform at a conference, and was mesmerized. They're a hip-hop group, but with roots in gospel and soul. Their message is inspirational, and their energy level is off the charts. They are just so much fun to watch."
Tickets for the Reminders' evening show are $20 for adults and $10 for students; Group pricing is available.
Here's the complete Discovery Series lineup:
- Oct. 25, 10 a.m.: The Reminders.
- Nov. 5, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Doktor Kaboom.
- Feb. 4, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: The Magic School Bus.
- March 23, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Charlotte's Web.
Holmes Art Show and beyond
The 16th annual Holmes Art Show, Nov. 21-23, will feature more than 25 local artists displaying their hand-crafted creations, paintings, photographs, sculptures and more. As has been the tradition since its inception, each day's show in the ballroom will be punctuated by an evening performance in the main theater.
On Nov. 21, Andrew Walesch Big Band will bring its tribute to Frank Sinatra to the Holmes stage. Friday, Nov. 22, the iconic Midwest band The BoDeans will perform their signature high-energy, audience-engaging tunes. Finally, Nov. 23, as has been the tradition for the past several years, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will close out the 2019 art show with a 4 p.m. performance.
Holmes for the Holidays
The Holmes' 2019 holiday season brings not only the return of John Berry, but also Lorie Line and her 30th anniversary holiday tour, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band's annual Christmas Concert at First Lutheran Church (hosted by the theater), and the enduringly popular Rock & Roll Christmas.
Tribute shows and retrospectives
- Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.: "Takin' It To The Limit-An Eagles Tribute," featuring The Fabulous Armadillos & Collective Unconscious. $28 for adults, $14 for students.
- Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.: "What's Goin' On -- Songs from the Vietnam Era," celebrates the revolutionary music of the '60s and early '70s with The Fabulous Armadillos. $28 for adults, $14 for students.
- Nov. 16: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," featuring John McEuen & the String Wizards. McEuen, one of the original members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, brings along a cast of talented friends to celebrate NGDB's landmark album and incredible career. $35 for adults, $17.50 for students.
- Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.: The Andrew Walesch Big Band Celebrates Sinatra. Featuring Ol' Blue Eyes' biggest hits and more, presented with a true big band sound. $25 for adults, $12.50 for students.
- March 14, 7:30 p.m.: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," featuring Collective Unconscious. The 50th anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel's most iconic album will be celebrated in its entirety, complete with strings and horns. $28 for adults, $14 for students.
- April 3, 7:30 p.m.: The New Standards present "SCORE," a musical tour through their favorite songs from movies. $25 for adults, $10 for students.
- May 1, 7:30 p.m.: "Croce Plays Croce." Jim Croce's son, A.J., makes his Holmes Theatre debut with this show, where he the performs all of his late father's hits along with some of his own original music and songs that influenced both him and his father. $30 for adults, $15 for students.
Classical, romantic and jazzy
- Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.: The classical men's a cappella chorus, Cantus, presents "One Giant Leap." $22 for adults, $11 for students.
- Oct. 22, 7 p.m.: Classical violinist Grace Parks presents "An Evening of Romance & Virtuosity." $15 for adults, $7.50 for students.
- Feb. 25, 7 p.m.: Dr. Jazz & the Dixieland Sounds will bring the toe-tapping, swinging Dixieland style of ragtime and other popular tunes of the south to the Holmes stage for a Mardi Gras-style celebration. $15 for adults, $7.50 for students.
- April 28, 7 p.m.: The Concordia Wind Quintet is an ensemble made up of music faculty from Concordia College, Moorhead. They will present a fun evening of music centered on various kinds of wind instruments. $15 for adults, $7.50 for students.
Comedy, theater and dance
- Sept. 21, 7 p.m.: Comedic duo the Skit Guys will present an evening of family-friendly, faith based fun and games, courtesy of Detroit Lakes' own Christian Fellowship Church. All tickets are $15.
- Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.: The Minnesota-based James Sewell Ballet returns for another captivating evening of dance that blends elements of classical ballet, modern dance and vaudeville. $20 for adults, $10 for students.
- Feb. 14: Comedian Tom Papa will bring more than 20 years of stand up, film, TV and radio experience to the Holmes for a Valentine's Day celebration. $28 for adults, $14 for students.
- March 19, 7:30 p.m.: The documentary play "SEVEN" tells the stories of seven unforgettable women from seven different countries, as written by seven different female playwrights. $20 for adults, $10 for students.
- April 25, 7:30 p.m.: The comedy trio Triple Espresso will present a stage play with humor that appeals to everyone from first graders to grandparents. $25 for adults, $12.50 for students.
- The BoDeans: Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. The iconic Midwest band makes its Holmes Theatre debut. All tickets $42.
- Lorie Line: Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. The world-renowned pianist brings her 30th anniversary holiday tour to the Holmes. All tickets $60.
- Rock & Roll Christmas: Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. This holiday favorite never disappoints. All tickets $32.
- Sawyer Brown: Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. This enduringly popular country band boasts dozens of albums and more than 50 chart hits, including several No. 1 songs. All tickets $54.
Season tickets on sale
Tickets for all shows are on sale now, in a variety of season packages or single tickets. This includes the "BOGO" series hosted by Team Lab, which features 10 concerts during the season where adults can receive a free student ticket for every adult ticket purchased at full price.
For more information, call 218-844-7469, visit www.dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html, or stop by the box office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.