On Oct. 14, the first-ever Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration in Detroit Lakes took place at the Historic Holmes Theatre, helping to foster greater understanding and appreciation between the community's Native American and non-native populations.
For those who are looking to expand their cultural horizons even further, the Holmes Theatre will be hosting an all-ages concert by The Reminders, a Colorado-based music duo that blends hip-hop, world and roots music to create a truly innovative sound. This concert will be at 7:30 pm. Thursday, Oct. 24.
The Reminders consists of Brussels-born, bilingual emcee Antoine Zamundu, known professionally as Big Samir, and Queens, N.Y.-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat. The two have an undeniable magical chemistry that extends beyond their creative partnership, having been married for 14 years — a union that predates their musical partnership by a year.
"You put two artists in the same house, we're creating all the time, and before you know it we had enough music together to put out an album, so that's how we became a group — it was never part of the plan," Zamundu said in a recent interview.
He added that they met when Aja's father and his stepfather, who were both in the Air Force, got stationed in Colorado at the same time, bringing their respective families to live in Colorado Springs.
"We both moved to Colorado the same summer, and being the same age and running with the same friends, we started hanging out," he said.
Zamundu added that their personal and professional partnership has "worked out amazingly," and their third studio album, "Unstoppable," was released commercially about a month ago, and can be found at digital music outlets, he said.
Unlike their previous studio releases — "Recollect" (2008) and "Born Champions" (2012) — "Unstoppable" consists of music and lyrics that they crafted entirely themselves, from the instrumental tracks to the vocals.
In the past, Zamundu said, they've worked with various producers who have pre-recorded the instrumental tracks to which they added their own vocals.
"We play instruments too now," he said. "Aja plays the guitar, and I play the cajón, which is a box drum that you sit on. We've been crafting the music from scratch ... writing everything from the idea through the completion of it."
Zamundu said that while their music, in the broad sense, can be called a fusion of hip-hop, soul and reggae, it draws from a wide range of genres and musical influences, including "everything from The Police to Bob Marley to Michael Jackson."
"Our families are both really musically inclined," he said. "My parents as well as Aja’s parents listened to a lot of different types of music.
"Pretty much any genre from the '80s we can sing along with," he added. "We pull from all genres ... everything that doesn't necessarily fit in one box."
For more information, as well as to listen to and watch some samples of their music, visit theremindersmusic.com.
Admission to Thursday night's show is $20 for adults, $10 for students — but through the theater's "BOGO" program, those who purchase an adult ticket at full price can get a student ticket for free. Tickets are available online at www.dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html, by phone at 218-844-7469 or at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave.
For those unable to attend Thursday night's show, The Reminders will also be putting on a school group performance at the Holmes at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Contact Beth Gilbert for tickets at 218-844-4221, ext. 114, or email Beth@DLCCC.org.
Inaugural 'Meet Your Neighbor' event at DLHS Thursday
There are many cultural influences at work in the lakes area, and Detroit Lakes Public Schools will be highlighting some of those cultures and traditions at a special "Meet Your Neighbor" event in Ralph Anderson Gymnasium at Detroit Lakes High School which, like the Reminders concert, is Thursday, Oct. 24.
From 4 to 6 p.m., members of the public are invited to come and tour the displays of traditional clothing and artifacts set up in booths around the gymnasium; taste a variety of traditional foods; and enjoy music and dance performances from several different cultures. Earlier in the day, from 2 to 4 p.m., various groups of students from local schools will have the same opportunity.
Some of those scheduled to participate in the demonstrations include dancers from the Somali Museum of Minnesota, Sons of Norway, and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Other participants include Chabad Lubavitch, an Orthodox Jewish group, as well as representatives from Mexican, Vietnamese, Liberian, Tibetan and Rwandan cultures living in the region, who will all be bringing along examples of traditional foods, clothing and artifacts from their respective communities.
"We're planning to make it an annual thing," said Gary Krogsgaard of the Detroit Lakes Public Education Foundation, which helped fund the inaugural Meet Your Neighbor celebration. "It should be a tremendous event."
The celebration is free and open to the public.
Also this coming weekend
With Halloween taking place midweek this year, several spooky celebrations are set to take place over the coming weekend, and there are a variety of events of the non-creepy variety taking place as well. Here's a brief look:
Hobby Expo: Come to the Holmes Ballroom at the Historic Holmes Theatre between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, for a Hobby Expo featuring lakes area hobbyists of every age and description. If you are interested in sharing your passion, contact Melia@dlccc.org before Monday, Oct. 21, or stop in at the front desk of the community center (826 Summit Ave.) to request a registration form.
Frazee Craft & Vendor Show: Come to the Frazee Elementary School at 301 N. Lake St., Frazee, between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, to enjoy 60-plus vendor booths, plus lunch and fresh cinnamon rolls. The 42nd annual event is hosted by the Frazee Lions Club.
Halloween Hoot: Washington Square Mall in downtown Detroit Lakes will host its annual Halloween Hoot from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring free activities for the kids and lots of Halloween-themed fun for the whole family. Free admission.
Richwood Winery Customer Appreciation: Richwood Winery's annual Customer Appreciation party will take place from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, featuring live music from GC & the Kruse from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The winery will also be open Sunday from 1-6 p.m. for its final day of the 2019 season. Call 218-844-5990 for more information.
Blocktoberfest Halloween Pub Crawl: The third annual Blocktoberfest Halloween Pub Crawl will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 26 at Brygge Taps & Tastes, American Legion Post 15, Hub 41, Lakeside Tavern, Northside Bar, Roasted and Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes. Stop by Brygge or Hub 41 to pick up your passport before the event; then get your passport punched at each location and bring your completed passport to Hub 41 to be entered for a cash prize drawing at 11 p.m. Each location will also be offering drink and food specials to celebrate the event.
Octoberfest at the Lodge: Come to the Lodge on the Lake, 1200 East Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes, between 5-8 p.m. Saturday to hear some music by Minneapolis' Steve Weninger and enjoy all the German foods and featured beers available for purchase. Call 218-847-8439 for more information.
Kent Dudley Concert: The Cowboy Church at the Northwoods Harvest Barn will host a special concert by Kent Dudley & the Bended Knee Band at 7 p.m. Saturday. The church is 13 miles east of Detroit Lakes on State Highway 34. Admission is a freewill offering.
Holiday Inn Halloween Party: Come to the Holiday Inn Beach Bar & Grill, 1155 Highway 10 East, starting at 9 p.m. Saturday for a Halloween party featuring a costume contest (with cash prizes), live music by 8th Hour and drink specials all night long. Call 218-847-2121.
Trunk or Treat: Zion Lutheran Church will host a Trunk or Treat event from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the church parking lot and fellowship hall, 1100 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. There will be car trunk-or-treating, games, crafts, hot ham and cheese sandwiches and more fun for the whole family.
Makerz Market at Zorbaz: Detroit Lakes' Zorbaz at the Beach will host its inaugural Makerz Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, featuring all-local vendors. Visit zorbaz.com for details.