Concert: Larry Long presents American Roots Revue
206 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro, MN 55949, USA
Lanesboro Arts presents Larry Long's American Roots Revue with Tonia Hughes, Cory Wong, Petar Janjic, Billy Peterson, JD Steele & Billy Steele at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Friday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. The American Roots Revue will bring together several of Minnesota’s most gifted performers and arts educators for an extraordinary evening of artists sharing the stage and each other's songs! Produced by award-winning singer-songwriter, Smithsonian Records recording artist and community builder Larry Long, the American Roots Revue works from the core of America’s richest musical traditions of First Nation, gospel, blues, folk, rock and R&B. The ensemble boasts the artistic range to salute iconic American musical heroes like Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Billie Holiday among others. American Roots Revue performs original works as well, which honor the life-stories of Minnesota elders long established and newly arrived.
The American Roots Revue reinvents itself with a different line up and a unique performance at each stop it makes along the road. In Lanesboro, Larry Long will be joined by JD Steele (Mr. Steele and his dynamic vocal siblings, “The Steeles,” have garnered nearly every major music award and accolade that Minnesota has to offer), Billy Peterson (bass player, songwriter, composer, session musician, producer and oldest musical son of the renowned Peterson family), Tonia Hughes (Tonia’s powerhouse vocal style is colored with melodic acrobats and elements of Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Rock and Worship) Cory Wong (a standout guitarist and musician who tours internationally with Nashville singer-songwriter Ben Rector and Michigan funk act Vulfpeck), Billy Steele (keyboard player and vocalist who is also another member of the dynamic Steele family and the producer of the Grammy Award-winning act Sounds of Blackness) and Petar Janjic (drummer for Foreign Motion, fDeluxe and Chastity Brown).
Larry Long will visit Lanesboro prior to this concert for a series of community engagement events utilizing his songwriting curriculum to assist community members in the process of sharing local stories and turning that collective narrative into a song that celebrates commonalities across various groups. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Please check back for additional details on the community song events with Larry Long.