Vibrant performers slated for next north metro concert series

Spring Lake Park District 16’s third annual North Metro Performing Arts Concert Series has a wide variety of talent on tap for audience members.

Allan Harris
Allan Harris

“There’ll be some great youthful, vibrant entertainment,” said Ryan Julien, an organizer of the series.

Jazz singer Allan Harris kicks off the concerts Saturday, Oct. 26 with his smooth vocals and guitar styling. Harris navigates musical genres easily crossing from jazz standards to rock to blues.

In his mellow voice, Harris evokes the spirit of Nat King Cole in a tribute show, “Long Live the King.” Harris will be backed by his quintet of guitar, piano, sax, bass and drums.

Raised in a family of musicians, the Brooklyn-born Harris has garnered rave reviews throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the Far East. He is a three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and is regularly featured in music festivals worldwide.

A fusion of steel and nylon-stringed guitars bring a unique sound to the concert series Monday, March 17, 2014, when CGT+ MG3, two of the most prominent guitar trios in North America, perform as a single entity. The name is an acronym for California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar 3. The two guitar trios join forces to bring their audiences a gift of progressive rock, jazz and classical music. The pairing of six virtuoso artists combines to yield more than 40 years of performing experience.

Program highlights include such classical favorites as Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” plus progressive rock and jazz music.

And, for the first time, bluegrass is on next year’s north metro concert series lineup.

The Abrams Brothers, a fourth-generation music group of virtuosos, will perform not only bluegrass Sunday, April 13, 2014, but a combination of country and folk rock. Expect a rousing concert. The boys are in their early 20s, but have been touring for more than a decade.

The trio are the youngest Canadians to appear at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, according to a press release. The group has toured Europe and has performed at Jacob’s Ladder Folk Festival in Israel.

“The response that we have got from ticket holders over the last two years is overwhelmingly supportive and positive,” Colleen Pederson, director of Spring Lake Park District 16 community education, said about the concert series.

“Our vision for North Metro Performing Arts Series from the beginning has been to bring world class entertainment to our backyard. NMPAS is bringing our community together, which is wonderful to see.”

Early bird tickets for the three concert series are $45 ($15 a show) for adults through May 31. After that, tickets are priced at $60 for adults and $30 for youth. Concerts are presented at the district’s fine arts center at 1100 81st Ave. N.E., Spring Lake Park.

For more information, visit or call District 16 at 763-786-1338.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]