Bluegrass returns for another spring festival

May 14, 2019 GMT

HOUSTON, Minn. — The annual SEMBA Bluegrass Festival brings music to the hills of Houston County Friday through Sunday.

The festival is organized by the Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association, and features concerts, jam sessions, open stage sessions and a bluegrass instrument workshop.

Bands scheduled to perform include Frank Ray & Cedar Hill from Arkansas, the Baker Family from Missouri, Fine Line from Iowa, Genesee Ridge from Wisconsin, and others. Concerts are at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. (gospel music) Sunday, and noon Sunday. Open stages are at 1 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.


Tickets are $35 ($32 in advance) for all three days, $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday; reservations at semba.tv and 507-251-1884.

All shows are indoors; bring lawn chairs. Camping is available at the site; 507-896-7325 and camppeak.com.

Bluff Country Gathering returns to Lanesboro

LANESBORO — The 21st annual Bluff Country Gathering, featuring workshops, a concert and a barn dance, will be held Friday and Saturday in Lanesboro.

The celebration of traditional American music includes instrument workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The workshops will focus on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, singing and square dance calling. To register in advance, go to boveeheil.com or call 507-498-5452.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday at the Lanesboro Community Center, featuring music by master musicians from the workshops. Admission is $15.

The barn dance is at 8 p.m. Saturday, also at the community center. No experience or partner is necessary. Admission is $10.

CSNY gets tribute treatment Saturday

CHATFIELD — Collective Unconscious will celebrate the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the chatfieldarts.org ” >Chatfield Center for the Arts, 405 Main St. S, Chatfield.

The band will recreate the harmony-laden songs and country-folk-rock stylings of CSNY, in particular the “Deja Vu” album. Songs on that 1970 record included “Woodstock,” “Helpless,” “Teach Your Children” and “Our House.”

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; chatfieldarts.org and 507-884-7676.

Country artist Jeff Dayton set for Zumbrota show

ZUMBROTA — Singer/songwriter Jeff Dayton, a Minnesota native who found music success in Nashville, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the State Theatre, 96 E. Fourth St, Zumbrota.


Dayton, who began playing music when he was still in grade school, studied cello, jazz and classical music before earning a music degree from Arizona State University and eventually turning to country music. His Jeff Dayton Band won the Wrangler Country Showdown in 1983.

He later spent 15 years as music director for Glen Campbell’s touring band, and has played in the backing bands of Lee Greenwood and Kenny Chesney.

Tickets are $28 in advance, $32 at the door, available through Crossings at Carnegie, 507-732-7616.