North metro concert series opens later this month

For the third consecutive season, the Spring Lake Park School District brings world-class entertainment to the local stage with the North Metro Performing Arts Concert Series.

The Allan Harris Band performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Allan Harris Band performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26.Photo courtesy of North Metro Performing Arts

This year the season offers a variety of performances from jazz to rock to bluegrass to classical.

The Allan Harris Band kicks off the 2013-2014 concert series with a 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 performance of smooth vocals and guitar styling of the music of Nat King Cole.

Harris is a singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for his interpretation of jazz standards, his vocals and styling easily cross genres, from jazz to rock to blues.

The Village Voice calls Harris, “Probably the most exciting male jazz singer on the scene.”

Progressive rock, jazz and classical music will be performed when the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio take the stage March 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar 3 perform 7:30 p.m. March 17, 2014.

The California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar 3 perform 7:30 p.m. March 17, 2014.Photo courtesy of North Metro Performing Arts

Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries, the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six-string “phenomensemble.”

Each trio’s fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

The final series concert features the Abrams Brothers with their Americana and bluegrass music performed 7 p.m. April 13, 2014.

Fourth-generation musicians, John, James and cousin Elijah, from Ontario, Canada, are an Americana/bluegrass band that pairs a rich musical background with a youthful exuberance.

Performing live for audiences since they were children, the Abrams Brothers have been impressing audiences in North America, Europe and Israel.

The Abrams Brothers perform 7 p.m. April 13, 2014.

The Abrams Brothers perform 7 p.m. April 13, 2014.Photo courtesy of North Metro Performing Arts

Each of the series concerts are presented at Spring Lake Park District 16’s Fine Arts Center (1100 81st Ave. NE, Spring Lake Park).

Tickets are $60 for the whole series, $20 for each show (adults) or $30 for the series, $10 for each show (students kindergarten through grade 12).

Tickets are available at www.NorthMetroPerformingArts.com.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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