Arts calendar published Sept. 29, 2021

Community and high school art events will be printed each Wednesday in this calendar up to two weeks in advance. The deadline is noon Friday. Items may be emailed to with “arts calendar item” in the subject line.

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Acoustic Vibe Trio

Willmar, Sept. 30, 6 p.m., Whitney Music/Jazz N Java; the Acoustic Vibe Trio performs pop acoustic favorites; free, pass-the-hat basket for the musicians.


Minnesota River Valley, Oct. 1-3; five-county Upper Minnesota River art crawl, self-guided tour of 40 individual artists and studios in and near the western Minnesota communities of Ortonville, Appleton, Madison, Milan, Dawson, Montevideo and Granite Falls.

Light Up the River Festival

Granite Falls, Oct. 1, 5 to 10 p.m., downtown Granite Falls; bonfire and discussion at 6:40 p.m., dancers performing on the footbridge at 7 p.m. and other events.

Swinging Country Band

Litchfield, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Litchfield Opera House, music by “Swinging Country Band,” room to dance will be provided; $15; 320-535-0829.

Traveling Opry Show

Dawson, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; country classics with the Traveling Opry Show featuring Becky Schlegel; adults $15, students $5, available at the door;



Willmar, Oct. 4, 3:45 p.m., Barn Theatre; auditions and first day of practice for The Hayloft Players presentation of “Rapunzel: The Haunted Forest” by students in grades first through 10th.


Willmar, Oct. 4-5, 6:30 p.m., Barn Theatre; auditions for the musical “Elf,” ages 10 and up; performance dates Dec. 2-5, 9-12, 16-19.

Guy Stevermer

Willmar, Oct. 7, 6 p.m., Whitney Music/Jazz N Java; guitarist and vocalist Guy Stevermer performs favorites from country to pop; free, pass-the-hat basket for the musicians.

Opera Music

Litchfield, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Litchfield Opera House; Abigail Johnson sings some of her favorite operatic arias; $7; 320-535-0829.

Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra

Willmar, Oct. 10, 3 p.m., WEAC; the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra presents “Dancing Shoes” with special guests from The Main Pointe School of Dance; adults $12, under 18 free.

Roger Kodet Quartet

Willmar, Oct. 14, 6 p.m., Whitney Music/Jazz N Java; Roger Kodet Quartet with Jay Ellingson perform jazz classics in the big band style; free, pass-the-hat basket for the musicians.

Fabulous Armadillos

Willmar, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; The Fabulous Armadillos present “What’s Going On? Songs from the Vietnam War Era,” incorporating live music, live narration and video; $30. Tickets go on sale Sept. 8 at .

Kingery Family

Litchfield, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Litchfield Opera House; benefit performance with music by the Kingery Family Singers, free will donation for the Meeker County Food Shelf, 320-535-0829.


White Rose Band

Glenwood, Oct. 17, 3 to 7 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; dance to the music of Julie Lee White Rose Band; $10 per person; $5 per person ages 17-30.

Fiddle Concert

Sunburg, Oct. 17, 4 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church; free concert featuring fiddle tunes played by local students as well as special numbers by Cristina Seaborn and Dempsey Schroeder, accompanied by Maggie Harp.

Terry and Myron

Willmar, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., Whitney Music/Jazz N Java; Terry Nelson and Myron sing your favorite mellow tunes; free, pass-the-hat basket for the musicians.

Terry Shaw

Litchfield, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Litchfield Opera House; Litchfield native Terry Shaw will entertain with his blend of stories and songs; $8; 320-535-0829.

Great Times Band

Willmar, Oct. 28, 6 p.m., Whitney Music/Jazz N Java; Great Times Band and the Great American Sing-along; free, pass-the-hat basket for the musicians.


Willmar, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.; Barn Theatre; The Hayloft Players present “Rapunzel: The Haunted Forest” by students in first grade through 10th grade.

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Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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