Musicians to grace the ‘On Stage With’ series

Musician Kelley McRae will perform at the Hardy Performing Arts Center on April 20.

Musician Kelley McRae will perform at the Hardy Performing Arts Center on April 20.

The On Stage With series offers the audience an opportunity to sit on the Hardy Center stage, creating a more intimate atmosphere for the performances.

One attendee at the sold-out Spider John Koerner performance wrote, “Loved it. I like all the chairs on stage; makes it more intimate.” Another audience member wrote, “Like being on stage in small group.”

“This is just what we were hoping for when we were putting together the On Stage With series,” said Dave Maurer, Cambridge-Isanti Community Education Director. “We want the audience to get a chance to see these great performers up-close and personal. We’ve had great feedback from the performers as well, getting to interact with the audience let’s them give an entirely fresh performance.”

The 2013 On Stage With series continues with Two Tap Trio scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day as Two Tap Trio performs lively, spirited Irish songs.

The 2013 On Stage With series continues when musician and songwriter, Kelley McRae, makes a stop on the Hardy Center stage on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

McRae’s performance will showcases 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. McRae performs heartfelt music in the vein of Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams.

The Hardy Center received a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council to offset the costs of a new performance series.

The Two Tap Trio will perform at the Hardy Performing Arts Center on March 16.

The Two Tap Trio will perform at the Hardy Performing Arts Center on March 16.

“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 has already secured Clearwater Hot Club (Jazz Music) and Ogimabenez (Traditional Native American Music) to perform during the 2014 On Stage With season. The committee is working on securing two additional acts to round out the 2014 On stage With series. We are hoping to have a country music act and an Appalachian act.”

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

Parking at the Hardy Center is free and there is never a ticket handling charge for a Community Education sponsored show.

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.

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