Canadian folk singer Garnet Rogers will take the Grassroots Concerts stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, Nisswa.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, to parents of Nova Scotian descent, Rogers spent many hours in front of the old floor model radio listening to Grand Ol’ Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother. Two years later, he was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar.
Barely out of high school, Rogers hit the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother, Stan.
Rogers sings songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. His concerts include humor and quick wit.
Rogers has performed in the Grassroots Concerts series five times – 1989, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2008. This is his first stop since the location change.
The rest of the 2013 fall series schedule: Oct. 25, Dakota Dave Hull; Nov. 8, Chastity Brown; Nov. 22, Mary Bue.
Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, 5459 County Road 18, is located in the Journey Church across from the A&W Restaurant and next to the school in Nisswa.
Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through the Minnesota State Legislature. The series is a 501c(3) non-profit under the Internal Revenue Code.
The concert series encourages donations of non-perishable items from those attending. Volunteers will deliver them to the food shelf.