Hardy Center receives grant for “On Stage With” performance series

The Hardy Center has received a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council to offset the costs of a new performance series. “On Stage With” will offer the audience an opportunity to sit on the Hardy Center stage—creating a more intimate atmosphere for the performances.

Paul Imholte will perform Feb. 16.
Paul Imholte will perform Feb. 16.

“We are so thankful to the Arts Council for the generous funding, which allows us to bring first-rate acts like Spider John Kroener and Two Tap Trio to the Hardy Center,” said Cambridge-Isanti Community Education Director Dave Maurer.

The series begins on Jan. 19 when Spider John Kroener joins his guest Tony Glover. Spider John and Tony Glover have collaborated for decades as part of the Twin Cities music scene.

“This is a great opportunity for our community to see Kroener and Glover perform together,” said Roger Wm Anderson, chair of the Performing Arts Committee for the Hardy Center. “The intimate setting only promises to make the show that much more memorable.”

On Feb. 16, Paul Imholte brings an array of string instruments, solidifying his status as the “Musical Stringman.” Paul’s repertoire ranges from Bach to the Beatles and the audience is also likely to hear some traditional Irish, Scotish and American music.

Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with Two Tap Trio when they perform on March 16. This show will be filled with lively, spirited Irish songs.

Kelley McRae will perform April 20.
Kelley McRae will perform April 20.

Musician and songwriter Kelley McRae makes a stop on the Hardy Center stage on April 20. Kelley’s performance will showcase songs from her CD catalog, including music from her new release, Brighter Than The Blues, which details life on the road as she travels the country sharing her music. Kelley performs heartfelt music in the vein of Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams.

“We were lucky to receive grant funding to cover two years of On Stage With performances,” Maurer said. “One of the goals of the series is to offer an array of ethnic and cultural performances.”

The Hardy Center committee is working on securing Craig Bickhardt (country music), Clearwater Hot Club (jazz music), Ogimabenez (traditional Native American music) and the Honey Dew Drops (Appalachian music) to perform in 2014.

Tickets for all Community Education sponsored Hardy Center shows and events are available at the District 911 Community Education Office or by calling 763-689-6189.  They are also available online at  www.HardyCenter.com.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.