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Charlie Parr to open concert season in Nisswa Sept. 22

Web posted September 19, 2017
Charlie Parr is set to play the first concert of the 2017 fall season for Grassroots Concerts in Nisswa at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22 in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar.

This is the 30th year of the nonprofit, all-volunteer series that began in 1987.

Parr is a singular songwriter who has built a dedicated following for his haunting, topical songs and virtuosic picking, not to mention the fact that he’s on the road 300 days a year. He knows about personal problems, having spent most of his years working with the homeless across northern Minnesota.

Lyrical observations from time spent with the less fortunate, coupled with Parr’s life path, make for a deep well of stories poured into song. Day-in-the-life narratives exude a Midwestern sensibility and humility.

The combination of growing up with both of his parents working proud union jobs in an industrial meat factory and his largely rural environment had a broad impact on Parr’s writing.

“Dog,” his second full album for Red House Records of St. Paul, was released Sept. 8. Parr said the recording is about “folks trying to get along when the atmosphere around them makes it difficult.”

He was going through a hard time in his life when the album was being recorded. He overcame depression and reclaimed his lost soul through the creative process. The result is a musical legacy of which he hopes his children will be proud. His debut appearance for Grassroots Concerts was in January 2007.

For more about Parr go to www.charlieparr.com

The rest of the fall concert season:
Oct. 13 – Rita Hosking (www.ritahosking.com)
Oct. 27 – Jillian Rae (www.jillianraemusic.com)
Nov. 17 – Actual Wolf (www.redhouserecords.com/artists/actualwolf)
Dec. 8 – Sally Barris (www.sallybarris.com)

Grassroots Concerts are staged in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, 5459 CR 18, next to the school in Nisswa.

Grassroots Concerts is a 501c3 nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code.

Concert general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6:30.

At each concert, non-perishable food and cash donations are welcomed, with donations delivered to local food shelves by Grassroots volunteers.

For more information go to grassrootsconcerts.org or visit Grassroots Concerts on Facebook.

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