Dick Kimmel, Poor Benny & Ivory Bridge Bring Old Bluegrass to Arts Center

SAINT PETER, MINN. – Nationally renowned bluegrass entertainer Dick Kimmel will host “Dead-of-Winter Bluegrass,” a three-concert series featuring regional and nationally acclaimed performers of bluegrass and old-time music, at the Arts Center of Saint Peter January 15, February 19 and March 18.

The January 15 show features Dick Kimmel & Company performing their classic “history of bluegrass” program, a longstanding favorite at music festivals and events throughout North America and Europe. The February 19 concert showcases Poor Benny, a trio known for engaging audiences with a blend of eclectic old-time music and comedy. The series closes March 18 with Ivory Bridge, a four-piece whose originals feature solo, duet, trio and quartet vocal arrangements with dazzling solos, fills and harmonies.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the people of this region to hear some wonderful bluegrass in the unique setting of the Arts Center’s gallery stage,” Kimmel said.

This is the first series curated and hosted by Kimmel, who lives in New Ulm. He is a 2008 inductee into America's Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, a 2010 inductee into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and a 2012 inductee into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame. For more than a half-century, as a solo performer and with various ensembles, Kimmel has entertained audiences throughout North America and Europe. His roots are in traditional bluegrass, folk, and old-time string band music, genres in which he excels as a performer as well as an historian, mentor, and teacher.

Admission to all concerts is $10 at the door, no advance sales. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for cash refreshments by Patrick’s on Third and Morgan Creek Vineyards, co-sponsors of Arts Center events. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude by 9:30 p.m.

The series is made possible by support from the State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature to KMSU Radio.

Since 1979, the Arts Center of Saint Peter has hosted creative performances, classes for youth and adults, exhibits and more, serving residents of Saint Peter and the surrounding region. The galleries are free and open to the public. Hours and information are at www.artscentersp.org.