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What's happening in lakes area entertainment this weekend

Chart-topping country superstar Trace Adkins headlines this Memorial Day weekend's entertainment calendar in the lakes area, as he stops by Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino this Friday, May 24 for an 8 p.m. concert. (Submitted photo)

Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, and that means there's plenty of entertainment planned for lakes area residents over the course of the next 4-5 days.

On Friday, May 24, Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center will be hosting a concert by chart-topping country artist Trace Adkins, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at www.starcasino.com/tickets or via the "Buy Tickets" tab on Shooting Star's Facebook page.

Born in Sarepta, La., in 1962, Adkins is credited with keeping traditional country alive, by mixing classic honky tonk with elements of gospel, blues, and rock & roll. He discovered his love of music at an early age, when his father taught him to play the guitar. In the early 1990s, Adkins moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music, performing in honky tonk bars and clubs before being signed to Capitol Nashville.

In 1996, Adkins dropped his debut album, "Dreamin' Out Loud," which was certified platinum, and landed at No. 6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. The breakthrough album featured hit singles "Every Light in the House," "I Left Something Turned On at Home," and "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," which charted at No. 3, No. 2, and No. 1, respectively. That same year, Adkins was named American Country Music's (ACM) "Top New Male Vocalist." His sophomore album, "Big Time," spawned the Top Five hit, "The Rest of Mine," and earned a gold certification.

Adkins' next gold-certified album, "Chrome," was released in 2001, included the hit single, "I'm Tryin'," and was followed by the platinum-certified album, "Comin' On Strong," and the double-platinum-certified album, "Songs About Me." Hit singles from these albums include "Rough & Ready," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "Songs About Me," and "Arlington." In 2008, Adkins dropped the double-platinum-certified single, "You're Gonna Miss This," which was awarded ACM's "Single of the Year."

These days, Adkins is kept busy hosting Sirius XM Y2Kountry's weekly countdown of Billboard's Top 30 country songs. In the past 23 years, Adkins has released 15 Top Ten singles, sold more than 11 million albums, and continues to entertain crowds across America with his distinct bass-baritone singing voice.

Also coming up

• On Saturday, May 25, Detroit Lakes' Holiday Inn will be hosting a Holistic Healing & Psychic Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come experience the metaphysical ways of healing for your mind, body and soul. Enjoy a day of enlightenment, learning and fun with likeminded people. We have a collective of Holistic practitioners specializing in Psychic readings, tarot and angel card readings, numerology, astrology, aura photos, Reiki and other energy healing. (each vendor has their own fee) You can also shop for healing crystals and stones, essential oils and sage, natural products, jewelry and more. There's something for everyone! Come for an hour...stay for the day. Gallery Reading with International Christian Psychic Medium & Remote Viewer Jenny Lee! www.jennyssight.net There are two opportunities to participate in the one-hour Gallery session at 11 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. Admission is $30; seating is limited. A $50 VIP admission includes a ticket to the expo, front row seating for the gallery, a guaranteed reading and signed copy of Jenny's book, "Walking in Humble Spirit" (only 10 available). Advanced ticket sales and more info found at www.heartandsoul.pb.gallery and www.facebook.com/heartandsoulwellnessevents.

• Richwood Winery, located a 15-minute drive north of Detroit Lakes, just outside the tiny hamlet if Richwood, will be hosting Yoga in the Vineyard on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m., as well as live music on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. GC & The Kruse will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and Detroit Lakes' own Dan Holt will take the stage on Sunday, also from 4 to 6 p.m. Sample some of the winery's new and classic vintages while you're there, or check out

• The Detroit Lakes Eagles Club will once again be hosting Leather Up for Lupus, a Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride to support the fight against lupus, starting at noon Saturday on Holmes Street in front of the Eagles Club and continuing until approximately 5 p.m. To sign up, call 218-847-5267.

• At Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Rochert, join local birder Steve Midthune for some bird identification lessons at the Tamarac Discovery Center this Saturday at 8 a.m., then head out into the field to develop those skills. Participants will identify at least 20 species. Binoculars and field guides are available to borrow. Bring a sack lunch and water for this 4-hour morning birding adventure. For more information, call 218-847-2641.

• On Sunday, May 26, Tamarac Refuge will host a free screening of the wildlife movie "Fabulous Frogs," starting at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center. Take a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic creatures. Witness various courtship rituals and parenting. Discover the amazing adaptations and survival techniques of frogs, making them the most successful of amphibians, in this 55-minute film. The Visitor Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, call 218-847-2641.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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