Lehto & Wright folk rock concert set March 2 in NYM

The Cultural Center in New York Mills will host a concert by Lehto & Wright, an enthusiastic and sharp folk rock duo, next Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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Lehto & Wright is a Minnesota-based folk-rock, Anglo-Celtic, and progressive rock band whose first live performance was in 1999. They have a sound that is a sharp, bold mix of traditional and modern styles. By taking cues from the British Isles and American folk traditions and interpreting them with more modern guitar-based arrangements, Lehto & Wright have taken a unique approach to the genre.

This is Lehto & Wright's second visit to the Cultural Center in NYM. The two musicians - John Wright and Steve Lehto - have worked together in many different musical environments, from Indie Pop to Latin Jazz to Irish Traditional. While recording a solo album, the duo discovered a shared love of electrified folk music and progressive rock along with a common admiration for bands that perform those styles so well, including Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and King Crimson, to name a few.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the Cultural Center, in the venue's intimate, listening-room style gallery space. All tickets are general admission so arrive early to claim the best seats! Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be available.

Ticket pricing is $5 for students, $12 adult advance or $15 adult at the door (there is a $2 member discount).

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the Center's website at www.kulcher.org.

Vocal quartet 7th Avenue coming to Ulen March 9

Coming soon on Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., the 7th Avenue Band will be Top Hat Theatre's sixth performing arts show of the season.

From the mind of Chris Rupp, founder of Home Free and "The Chris Rupp Project," comes a vocal quartet ready to forge a new identity in the music world. Each member has a unique musical and performance background, allowing for exciting possibilities. Combining elements of pop, swing, rockabilly, country, and much more, 7th Ave aims to reinvent and uproot the standard definitions of all of those genres through its innovative arrangements.

Admission is $18 for adults, $10 for students; tickets are available online at www.thetophattheatre.com, at the Ulen-Hitterdal School office, by phone at 218-596-8853 or by email to tophat@ulenhitterdal.k12.mn.us.

Young Adult Writing Contest

If you are between sixth and 12th grade, attend Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Sebeka, Laporte schools or homeschool, you can enter the 13th annual Park Rapids Area Library's Young Adult Writing Contest.

Write whatever kind of story you wish, but you must begin your story with the sentence "I could only think of one reason why this wouldn't work."

All entries must be 500 words or less, double-spaced and typed with a cover sheet that includes your name, grade and phone number. Categories are grades 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12.

Grand prize is $50 in Chamber Bucks. Second place in each category receives $20 in Chamber Bucks and third place in each category receives $10 in Chamber Bucks, which may be used at any Park Rapids Chamber member businesses.

Send your story before Feb. 28 to willenbring@krls.org as a PDF attachment or drop it by the Park Rapids Area Library in person. Every entrant receives $2 in Friends of the Library Book Bucks.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship applications

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation to provide unfettered funding to one individual Native American artist to fuel his/her art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties.

The goal of the annual Region 2 Arts Council AAI Fellowship Program is to assist the region's most talented Native American artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form.

One $5,000 award will be granted in 2019. The funds can be used for, but not limited to:

• Exploring new directions or continuing work in progress

• Production costs, materials, or equipment

• Collaborative or community projects

• Travel, research or study to further your art

Applications are available online at r2arts.org. The deadline is March 1 by 11:59 p.m.

For more information, or with questions, call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or toll-free at 800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org.

State Arts Board offering grants for festivals

The application forms and instructions for the fiscal year 2020 Minnesota Festival Support grant cycle are now available. This program is designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to Minnesotans through festivals that celebrate the arts, build community and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts. Applicants must have produced their proposed festival at least once prior to applying. Applications must be submitted by March 22. More information is available on the Minnesota State Arts Board website at www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/machf-atm.htm.