Galactic Cowboy Orchestra coming to Holmes Theatre on Saturday

Live music will once again be filling the environs of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Saturday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will be making its first appearance at the local venue since 2012.

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The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra includes (left to right) Dan Neale (guitars, vocals), Lisi Wright (violin, vocals), Mario Dawson (drums) and John Wright (bass, vocals). The foursome will perform live at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Theatre seating is limited due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, though live streaming is also available. (Submitted photo)

It's been nine years since the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra last played Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, though its members have performed there with other ensembles since then, according to group founder John Wright.

"At least three of us have played the Holmes with other bands, mainly Mick Sterling," Wright said in a recent telephone interview. "So we’ve been up there quite a bit, just not as the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra."

While the Minnesota-based foursome "toured quite extensively" prior to the pandemic, their Saturday, April 17 concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre will mark the band's first live show since the COVID-19 shutdown began, Wright added.

"This is actually our first public show, in front of people, in eight months," he said. "It’s going to be interesting for everybody."


The group, which has been performing for "going on 11 years now," has managed to continue rehearsing together at regular intervals during the pandemic shutdown, Wright said, by observing all the necessary safety protocols.

"It's worked out fine," he added, despite the fact that they recently added a new drummer. "We’ve been active — doing Facebook Live streams and things like that — but it’s not the same thing as playing in front of people, in front of faces we can actually see. We're really looking forward to it."

The current ensemble includes not just Wright himself — the group's bass player — but also his wife, fiddle player Lisi Wright; guitarist Dan Neale; and the aforementioned drummer, Mario Dawson.

GCO's hallmark is its original music, though they occasionally play some covers of other artists' songs that will be familiar to audience members, Wright said.

"It’s more eclectic, artsy music — mostly instrumental, he added. "There are some vocals, but it's about 30% vocal and 70% instrumental."

Though the group has been twice nominated for awards by the jazz magazine "Downbeat," Wright said their music is "more on the rock side of jazz."

Despite the easing of some pandemic restrictions, seating inside the Holmes Theatre will still be limited to 250 people on Saturday; nevertheless, fans can sign up for live streaming, as both options will be available for the 7:30 p.m. concert.

If you go

What: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra Live in Concert


When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17

Where: Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes

Tickets: Seats for the live show are $28 each; for more information, including how to access the streaming link, visit or call the Holmes Box Office at 218-844-7469.

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