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Let's Go Crazy! The Revolution will kick off Holmes' new season Sept. 27

The Revolution, the band that backed frontman Prince for six years during his "Purple Rain" heyday, will kick off the 2018-19 season at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 27. (Submitted photo)1 / 11
The holiday show "Simple Gifts," featuring musician Billy McLaughlin, comes to the Historic Holmes Theatre stage on Friday, Dec. 14. (Submitted photo)2 / 11
The children's favorite "Pinocchio" will be presented in two performances at the Historic Holmes Theatre on Friday, Oct. 26. (Submitted photo)3 / 11
ABBA tribute band Arrival from Sweden returns to the Historic Holmes Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 6. (Submitted photo)4 / 11
The Frontmen of Country — Larry Stewart of REstless Heart, Tim Rushlow of Little Texas and Richie McDonald of Lonestar — will perform together at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Friday, Nov. 16. (Submitted photo)5 / 11
The Rhythmic Circus will bring their high-flying holiday show to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes for two shows on Thursday, Nov. 29. (Submitted photo)6 / 11
The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater will be one of the more unusual shows coming to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this season. The show will be presented at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. (Submitted photo)7 / 11
The Church Basement Ladies return to Detroit Lakes with their newest show, "Rise Up, O Men," on Thursday, April 4 for two shows. (Submitted photo)8 / 11
The nationally renowned band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will grace the Historic Holmes Theatre stage on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)9 / 11
The innovative musical production Ishmael will come to the Historic Holmes Theatre stage on Friday, Nov. 9. (Submitted photo)10 / 11
The Canadian trio known as The Good Lovelies will bring their immensely popular Christmas show to the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Dec. 8. (Submitted photo)11 / 11

Prince fans in the lakes area, rejoice! It's time to get ready to "party like it's 1999." The Revolution is coming to kick off the 2018-19 season at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.

"This is not a tribute show," says Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns, noting that the musicians in The Revolution are the same ones that played with Prince on tour during the rock icon's "Purple Rain" heyday.

"This is one of those bands that I always thought in the back of my mind, 'maybe someday, we can get them here (to play at the Holmes),'" Stearns said. "It's really exciting how everything lined up — it's going to be spectacular!"

"They'll be playing all those songs from the movie, all the hits they had with him," added Holmes Theatre Marketing Director Rachel Hofstrand.

The band behind the legendary Minnesota native's "purple reign" over the rock music industry will make its debut on the Holmes Stage next month, Thursday, Sept. 27 — and that's just the mouthwatering start to a memorable nine-month schedule, Stearns teased with a smile.

The 2018-19 Holmes Theatre season includes past favorites like Rock & Roll Christmas (Dec. 20), Deuces Wild (Feb. 16), The Looney Lutherans ("Hold the Lutefisk," Nov. 15) and The Church Basement Ladies ("Rise Up, O Men," April 4) as well as award-winning national acts like Billy McLaughlin ('Simple Gifts' Christmas show, Dec. 14), The Frontmen of Country (also known as Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Tim Rushlow of Little Texas and Richie McDonald of Lonestar, who will grace the Holmes stage Nov. 16) and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (May 3).

"We will have four tribute shows, with classic, fun music from Abba (Arrival from Sweden, Oct. 6), The Beatles (Abbey Road, March 30), Billy Joel (A Billy Joel State of Mind, Jan. 17) and Neil Diamond (I Am, He Said, May 17)," said Stearns, adding, "and we'll also have some funky, cool new music from acts like Ishmael (Nov. 9), The Good Lovelies (Dec. 8), Twilight Hours (March 8) and We are the Willows (May 10).

"There's also plenty of theater and dance, with the Stuart Pimsler Dance Company (Oct. 11), Summit Productions ('The Game's Afoot,' Oct. 18-20), Pinocchio (Oct. 26), Rhythmic Circus (Nov. 29), Call of the Wild (Feb. 21), Dragons Love Tacos (April 9) and the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (April 13)," she continued.

"We have five holiday shows this year," said Hofstrand. "The Looney Lutherans' 'Hold the Lutefisk,' Rhythmic Circus, Good Lovelies, Simple Gifts (featuring Billy McLaughlin), and of course, we end the holiday season at the theater with Rock & Roll Christmas."

And that's not all: Local talent will be showcased with concerts from the Lakes Area Community Concert Band (Nov. 17, Dec. 15 and April 28), Heart O'Lakes Harmony Men's Barbershop Chorus (April 27) and the Holmes Classical Music Night concert series (Nov. 6, Jan. 29 and April 2), which are all returning to the main stage schedule, along with the ever-popular Holmes Art Show (Nov. 15-17) and Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance (Feb. 8), which both take place in the Holmes Ballroom.

Discovery Children's Series shows — geared specifically toward preschool, elementary and middle school-aged kids, taking place during the daytime, and featuring special school group pricing — will include "Pinocchio," Oct. 26; Rhythmic Circus, Nov. 29; "Call of the Wild," Feb. 21; and "Dragons Love Tacos," April 9. Though those shows are specifically geared toward children, adults are also welcome, Hofstrand noted, and both the "Pinocchio" and Rhythmic Circus shows will also have evening performances, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Nov. 29, respectively.

"We will also have four matinee shows for adults and families," Hofstrand said, noting that The Looney Lutherans and Popovich Comedy Pet Theater shows will be matinee only, at 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 and April 13, respectively, while the Summit Productions comedic murder mystery, "The Game's Afoot," will have a 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 20 as well as two 7 p.m. shows on Oct. 18-19, and the Church Basement Ladies show on April 4 will have two performances, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

A complete schedule is available at the theater's website,, and a season brochure will be mailed out to subscribers shortly, Stearns added. For more information, call the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469, or stop by the box office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, during regular hours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as two hours prior to the start of each show.

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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