An invitation to bands: ‘Paradise Live at Grandpa Al’s – A Tribute To Johnny Cash’

549870_345495298901799_1695749899_nThis fall will mark ten years since the passing of Johnny Cash, one of the most beloved performers of all time. On Saturday, October 12th, the Paradise Center for the Arts (PCA) in Faribault will present Johnny Cash: A Tribute to the Man in Black. Eight selected bands and artists will perform songs written by and associated with Cash in a tribute to his enduring legacy.

To that end, the Paradise is sponsoring Paradise Live at Grandpa Al’s every Thursday night this summer, from June through August. Two to three bands will be invited to perform a 45 minute set at Grandpa Al’s in Faribault each week. They must play at least three Johnny Cash songs during their set, and are free to fill the rest of their time out however they choose. The best eight bands, selected by members of PCA’s music committee, will perform at the big show in October.

This is a call, then, to every musician in the state (and Wisconsin too, if need be). We need bands, we need solo performers, we need groups and combos. Come one, come all.  Whatever type of music you play, if you think you’d want to get involved, get in touch with us. Send us a YouTube link, or a link to your website, or Facebook page, or MySpace. Or send us a CD. We’ll take a look and then see about putting you on one of the Thursday night bills. Send us your information to info@paradisecenterforthearts.org.

Grandpa Al’s is one of the premier music venues in Southern Minnesota. Getting a gig there isn’t always the easiest thing to do. This is a rare opportunity to get some exposure on a great stage while paying tribute to an American legend at the same time. The scheduling begins in April, so we hope to hear from you soon.

For more, see Left-Handed Entertainment’s Facebook event page for Paradise Live at Grandpa Al’s – A Tribute To Johnny Cash.

Ryan Heinritz wants you at the 4th Annual Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival, 19 minutes away

Ryan Heinritz, Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts 4th Annual Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival poster 
Normally I ask people to show up at my corner office at GBM to pose for an event promo photo. But Ryan Heinritz, Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, lives near me and occasionally goes out running with one of my neighbors.  Last week, he spotted me departing my townhouse for downtown at 6 am, and zipped back to his car to get a poster for next Saturday’s 4th Annual Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival:

Saturday, August 11, 2012
10am – 11pm
200 and 300 Blocks
Downtown Faribault, MN

Free Event open to the public including Art Fair, Food Vendors, BBQ Contest, Kids Area, Live Music, Beer Garden, Washers Tournament and More

There’s a feature Q&A piece on Ryan by Felicia Crosby (two-page PDF) in the August issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (which is in the process of dropping the word ‘Northfield’ from its identity).  It ends with his answers to these two questions:

What do we all need to know about the Paradise that we don’t?

  1. Ryan Heinritz in NEGIt is open to the public. Though we encourage and need the support of members, it is open to everyone.
  2. There is no dress code. Yes, for the sake of your date it would be nice if you didn’t have holes in your jeans, but there is no dress code.
  3. Everyone is welcome here. We are here to provide you quality educational, artistic and entertainment opportunities and hope you have a great time and come back.

What do Northfielders need to know about Faribault that they don’t?

It’s only 19 minutes from my house in Northfield to the front door of the Paradise Center for the Arts.

Northfielders in the 300 block of Central Ave. in downtown Faribault

John Metzke and Maggie O'Dell the Cheese Cave in downtown Faribault the Cheese Cave in downtown Faribault
Every time Robbie and I pay a visit to the Cheese Cave in downtown Faribault, we run into Northfielders. Last Saturday, it was John Metzke and Maggie O’Dell, shopping the retail section of the store and having wine with dinner, just like us.

Ryan Heinritz, Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts Paradise Center for the Arts Paradise Center for the Arts
Stepping outside, there was Northfielder Ryan Heinritz, Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts, (follow them on their blog, on Facebook and Twitter) welcoming patrons for the evening’s comedy show. Tomorrow, Saturday May 7th, is their Second Annual, Big Hats and Big Hearts Annual Auction for the Arts and Kentucky Derby Party.

Milltown Cycles, Faribault Ben Witt
Then we made our way a few doors from the Paradise to Milltown Cycles, owned by Northfielder Ben Witt, where we dropped off our daughter’s recumbent bicycle (a tricked out Rans Rocket) for a tune-up.

Faribault’s Paradise Center for the Arts: sometimes a music venue for Northfielders

Ryan Heinritz, the new Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, stopped by my table at GBM yesterday and asked if I was attending Meredith Fierke’s concert on Friday at the Paradise. Yah.

Dan Freeman, Chip DeMann, Laura MacKenzie, Ryan Heinritz, But this reminded me that I hadn’t put up my photos from a month ago when Robbie and I and more than a few other Northfielders attended the Willow Brae concert at the Paradise, featuring former Northfielder Laura MacKenzie and Andrea Stern.

See my album of 13 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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Ryan Heinritz, new director of Paradise Center for the Arts

 Ryan Heinritz (center) Ryan Heinritz

I saw Northfielder Ryan Heinritz working out at the Northfield Athletic Club last night and he had some news: he’d just been selected to be the new Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault. I guess they liked the fact that, under pressure, he could eat a lot of goldfish crackers and whistle in a relatively short period of time.

See the story in the Thursday edition of the Faribault Daily News.

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