Heritage Jam Oct. 23 to help the Isanti County Historical Society out of a jam

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will be one of four musicians performing at the Oct. 23 Heritage Jam concert to benefit the Isanti County Historical Society.

The Isanti County Historical Society lost its Heritage Center and most of its archives to arson in July 2011.

The Heritage Jam benefit concert on Oct. 23 at the Cambridge-Isanti High School Hardy Performing Arts Center in Cambridge will be from 3 to 6 p.m. There will also be homemade jams and jellies for sale made by some of the county’s most talented ladies.

Musicians include Michael Monroe, the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra and two local groups, New’s Getting Old and My Cousin Dallas.

“Help us rise from the ashes,” invites ICHS Executive Director Kathy McCully. “We need your support to overcome this devastating fire and bring the Isanti County Historical Society new life in the 21st Century. This will be a great afternoon that we can all enjoy while supporting ICHS.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.ichs.ws/event-tickets-heritage-jam.html, calling 763-689-4229 or at the door. If you’re not able to attend, consider making a donation online or by US mail to 1700 E. Rum River Dr. So., Suite K, Cambridge, MN 55008. For all other inquiries, visit www.ichs.ws, call 763-689-4229, email at ichs@izoom.net or drop a letter at 1700 E. Rum River Drive S., Suite K, Cambridge, MN 55008. They are open by appointment only at this time.


About the Musicians

Michael Monroe’s unique creation of music leaves his audiences mesmerized as he blends his rich vocals, guitar, bamboo and glass flutes, combining musical styles of acoustic folk and jazzy reggae. Michael’s original music and compelling energy bring a powerful style that is as much fun as it is innovative — music and technology working together powered by creativity — and he recycles his music on stage with his “live” layering/looping technique. Monroe lives and records on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (GCO) is a unique and powerful musical ensemble that fuses an eclectic mix of original and traditional bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements. Their music is Chick Corea meets The Dixie Dregs meets “A Prairie Home Companion.” The mix ranges from highly accessible bluegrass tunes to extreme arrangements of East Indian ragas. GCO’s instrumentation includes guitar, fiddle, bass and drums. The widely versatile instrumentals are accessible to music-lovers of all ages.

My Cousin Dallas performs mostly original material but also does some covers. It includes Cambridge High School graduate Derek Anderson. My Cousin Dallas pioneered mid-western folk-hop, with influences from the past 60 years and beyond. The band offers an entertaining and eclectic mix of songs and styles. It is a mix of Def Leppard, Bare Naked Ladies, and Radiohead, with a bit of melancholy Vegas lounge thrown in.

New’s Getting Old is an up-and-coming alternative band that incorporates many influences into their music. From an up-tempo Third Eye Blind riff to a dramatic Damien Rice song, New’s Getting Old appeals to all audiences with their vast repertoire, which includes a majority of their own tunes. Cambridge residents and band members Nick Kohn and Alex Lutterman joined forces in 2009 after realizing they had similar musical taste, style and goals. A concurring belief in conservatism has also brought the two together to create a meaningful and powerful message.