Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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Spotlight : Chris Silver and his band play roots music for the ongoing “Chill on the Hill” free Tuesday summer concert series. The series is presented by University of Wisconsin-River Falls at 7 p.m. June 24 at the outdoor Melvin Wall Amphitheatre. Silver creates a new sound with traditional roots music at the core. As a self-described musical risk-taker, he said his focus has been on his original sound.
The annual Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival features family fun, games, grand parade, a handful of top-notch entertainers – and, don’t forget, the Cheese Curd Eating Contest. The event, which is coordinated by the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, and made possible by support of local business sponsors and hundreds of volunteers, is one of the largest festivals in the area. “Our main objective for the event is to create a fun, family-friendly, festival that brings the community together,” said Matt Anderson, pastor at CrossRoad Community Church and chamber president.
Comedy, magic and juggling artists come together on the Sheldon Theatre stage at next week’s “An Evening of Comedy and Magic” presented by locally-raised magician Kristoffer Olson. The show begins at 7 p.m.
Goodhue’s Volksfest is the unofficial kick-off to a summer full of small-town community celebrations and lots of live outdoor music – and this year is no exception. The musical lineup for the next weekend’s notoriously good street-dance yielding festival just might knock the boots off any country music lover. Operated in part by the Goodhue Jaycees the annual street dance has included an impressive list of top-notch musicians including Sawyer Brown, Craig Morgan and Trace Adkins. Friday night’s show includes American country music duo Trailer Choir. Vocalists
Mike Slygh and the Goin’ Coastal Players wrap up their four-part live audience radio show next weekend. Experience the radio hour at 7 p.m. Saturday June 8 in the WideSpot Performing Arts Center, Stockholm, Wisconsin. “Goin’ Coastal,” originally masterminded by former Widespot art director Kelly Tatum, has been a major collaborative effort among Wisconsin’s west coast talent, debuting last August.
Spotlight: Museums exhibit historic collection this weekend Red Wing’s six history museums open their doors to the public for their first Museum Crawl. All six will be admission-free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Passports with details and a map will be available at each museum. Anyone who visits all six and collects a stamp at each location will have a chance to win a matted print of a local scene. Completed passports can be turned in at any of the museums. The winner will be drawn at 6 p.m.
Georgette Jones, daughter of Country Music Hall of Famers George Jones and Tammy Wynette, takes the stage for a one-of-kind matinee performance Wednesday June 4 at the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium. The show, presented by Cannon Falls Area Community Education and DayTrippers Dinner Theatre, kicks off with a Texas barbecue lunch followed by the 1 p.m. concert. “The fact that she has those parents gives people immediate interest,” DayTrippers producer Bill Kenzie said.
Spotlight: The May concert in the “Sheldon Presents: Arts for Your Health” music series at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing features Luthier than Thou, a local ensemble featuring students from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical. The concert begins at noon Thursday May 1. Musicians include Michael Opp on hurdy gurdy, Jon Anderson on mandolin, Nathan Glazier on guitar and Leo Whitebird on octave mandolin. They are all full-time students in the guitar building and repair program at Southeast Technical’s Red Wing campus. Expect to hear a variety of folk genres, bluegrass and jazz
Red Wing native Sam Brown has changed the landscape of the music scene in Winona. On the verge of its fifth year, Brown’s musically masterminded Mid West Music Fest in the small college-driven river town has boasted bigger, better and broader bands year after year. This year’s three-day festival runs April 24-26 and has more than 120 bands sprinkled over 13 stages in the downtown area. Headlining performances include Dessa, Nicholas David, Caroline Smith, Charlie Parr, John Mark Nelson, Lizzo and the Cactus Blossoms among many others.