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Shaffer’s Lost 40 to play in Pequot Lakes Jan. 6

Web posted December 26, 2017
The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts welcomes Shaffer’s Lost 40 to Pequot Lakes Saturday, Jan. 6 for a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring energetic bluegrass.

The multi-generational Shaffer family includes leader Sherm, his wife Bonnie, son Bill, daughter Lacie and her husband Bradley.

The local band is a staple at the annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival in Pine River and members are known to frequent jam sessions at Coco Moon Coffee Bar in downtown Brainerd.

Fans of bluegrass are well aware of Sherm’s pronounced, energy driven sound that has become his trademark over the years. This talent allows him to not only deliver amazing sound via his playing and singing; it also can be seen and heard in the bluegrass instruments he builds and restores. These include fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins and dobros.

Bonnie, sings lead and harmony vocals, plays rhythm guitar, banjo, and bass. Her vocals blend harmoniously with every member of the family and leaves listeners wanting to hear more.

Sherm and Bonnie, who have been married 40 years, grew up in musical families, so it is no wonder their offspring display melodic DNA.

“She has always been an influence to our kids,” said Sherm of the family matriarch. They have grown up in an environment where their mom and dad were always singing. “We are both thrilled that our passion has been passed on to our children.”

Daughter-band member Lacie Philippi and husband Bradley fit perfectly into the bluegrass genre with their passion for homespun entertainment. At their wedding ceremony last October they provided time and space for guests to participate in jam sessions. They have honed their own musical skills in such jam sessions.

Lacie and brother Bill are jam session mainstays who encourage fellow musicians to enter the bluegrass realm.

“Most of the stuff Bill and I have learned throughout the years has been from attending different jams and picking up on styles from other people,” said Lacie. “Sometimes it’s just a few of us that know each other at the jams and sometimes there will be five people there you’ve never met. Either way, it’s like a language that everyone just kind of picks up as they go.”

The Jan. 6 show, sponsored by Nisswa Tax Sevice, will be staged in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

If you miss this concert the next opportunity to catch the ensemble in official concert venue won’t be until Aug. 23, 2018 at the Lakes Bluegrass Festival in Pine River.

Seats may be reserved (including credit card payment) on the website www.glapa.info, or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

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