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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Alex Nelson can the play the piano. With his classical training and naturally gifted ear, the 22 year-old Red Wing native was recently hand picked by the up-and-coming country band Charissa and Country Cross to join their summer touring schedule. Since joining the six-member crew as a keyboardist, Nelson has been exposed to the world of the traveling musician - from his recent time in Nashville to preparing for the nation's largest music festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee.
On the cover of Patchouli's new album a pirate ship sails past a striped lighthouse. Tthe Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and cartoon castle fill out a hillside as the musical duo floats by in a heart-shaped hot air balloon. The colorfully light-hearted artwork reiterates the record's title "Anything is Possible." Patchouli's 12th album was just released and to celebrate-- the two return to the area to entertain. See them play 7 p.m. Friday June 28 at Falconer Vineyards' summer Concert in the Vines.
Flash back to 1996.
Local indie-pop or classic rock music lovers along with proud Red Wing patrons will be treated to a one-of-kind opportunity when Free Energy comes to town next week. The band is built up of Minnesota talent including Red Wing High School graduates Paul Sprangers on lead vocals along with brothers Scott Wells, on lead guitar, and Evan Wells, on bass. Other members include Nicholas Shuminsky on drums and Sheridan Fox on guitar. You can hear Free Energy perform for an exclusive free show 8 p.m. Thursday June 20 at the Central Park Band Shell, sponsored by the YMCA and Red Wing Shoe.
A juried artisan show, top-notch bike race and community dance are a few of opportunities at the Zumbrota Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival. The annual jubilation happens Thursday June 13 to Sunday June 16 throughout Zumbrota. Gather with neighbors, family and friends to experience the festival's features including children's activities, live music, food vendors, sports tournaments, a grand parade, fireworks and street dance. "The festival has been going on for several decades," said Dan King, Zumbrota Community Development director, "but has been in its current form for 25 years." Th
Goodhue's annual Volksfest is the unofficial kick off to a summer full of festivals, fairs and fun.
Looking for some summer fun? Community festival season has arrived.
Seventy-seven year-old Richard Reese never imagined he would be doing much traveling with his band. That was until recently. He along with bandmates Tom Rynders and Guy Williams of the group the Bald Eagles, returned two weeks ago from a tour that may just be the wildest trip of their lifetime - spending 15 days in Kabul, Afghanistan. The purpose of their journey was to expose audiences to Western music. Not country, not rock n' roll, not bluegrass, but the nostalgic sounds of American Dixieland. So how did these three Red Wing locals end up on a mini concert tour in Afghanistan?
Do your kids have ants in their pants? With summer vacation looming on the horizon, cooped up children may be ready to burn off some energy from an extended winter. Parents also may be looking for activities to get their kids out and about. Take advantage of one or many of the numerous activities and camps offered throughout the region. The list of children's summer workshops, camps and classes includes: What:Tissue paper collage Details: Young artists are welcome to come with an adult to enjoy some creative time.
If you drive through Zumbrota, make sure to look up. New streets banners showcasing 27 local artist's works will be flying high over Main Street starting next week. Art on Main is a fundraising project by the Zumbrota Area Arts Council to help pay for renovations at the historic State Theatre. To launch this event, ZAAC will hold a reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday May 19 at the town hall meeting room at Zumbrota City Hall. Each banner and its original artwork is available for purchase through an online auction.