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'Remember When': A new 'musical happening' comes to Holmes Theatre Thursday

Donna Surface as 1960s "hippie" DJ Moonbeam, aka "The Goddess of Groove," in a scene from "Remember When," the 1960s-70s "musical happening" that will be presented tonight at the Historic Holmes Theatre, at 7:30 p.m. (Submitted photo0

Do you think it sounds fun to take a little walk back in time and remember some of the best songs and musicians of the 1960s and 70s?

Then join the staff of the Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Aug. 15 for “Remember When: A Magical Musical Happening.”

Featuring musicians Pat Surface and the Boundary Water Boys, the evening promises to be “a magical night where music is transported through time and space,” says Pat’s wife, Donna Surface, who also plays “Moonbeam, the Goddess of Groove.”

“She’s a nighttime DJ … a card-carrying hippie from the 1960s,” Donna explained, adding, “as was I.

“I lived in New York, and I was an actual hippie back in the day.”

As such, she said, “I really connected with this story when we were writing the show. There were so many real life experiences that I could write into this.”

The show had its official debut on Aug. 9 in Ely, where it played to “a sold out, standing room only, packed theater,” Donna said.  

“We actually had to turn away about 100 people who wanted tickets, because we just didn’t have any.

“The audience really responded to Moonbeam, and they were singing along to the songs. We got a standing ovation at the end — they wanted more, so we did an encore medley, and they were all singing along, having the best time. It was just incredible.”

And it’s no wonder: Just a short list of the songs and artists featured in “Remember When” reads like a “who’s who” in popular music of the 1960s and 70s: John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Fogelberg, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, Leonard Cohen, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, The Eagles, America and more.

“We are very excited about this show,” Donna says. “We have been developing it for two years, and previewing elements of it for audiences along the way. People love it!

“They really enjoy revisiting songs they couldn't wait to hear on the radio or from their beloved vinyl LPs back in the day. There are so many ‘Oh wow, I LOVED that song!’ moments throughout the show. The late ‘60s into the ‘70s was a pivotal era in so many ways, and woven through the music in this show are reminders of what it was like to be us…then…as I recall the events and pop culture that shaped that time.”

Not only is the music familiar, and iconic, but it will be performed by the award-winning Boundary Boys, led by Pat Surface, a 6-foot, 8-inch singer-songwriter who performs with his own, hand-built LaPlant guitars.

The band also includes

Doc Rob Mattson on acoustic bass, lead guitar, and vocal harmonies; steel guitarist and dobro player John Ely; and violinist Jeff Menten.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show on Thursday are $12 for adults, $6 for students and may be purchased at the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office (806 Summit Ave), by calling 218-844-7469, online at or at the door the night of the concert.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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