The Rosemount Area Arts Council had some grant money left over after putting on the Bluegrass Americana Music Weekend it held in July, and members wanted to put it to good use. So, over the coming months RAAC will host twice monthly Bluegrass Americana Family Nights in Rosemount.
Starting Jan.13, and running though April, Bluegrass artists will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Celts Pub & Grill in downtown Rosemount. The free performances will be held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
The idea behind the events is to give families an opportunity to get out and have some fun during the long winter months, while promoting further interest in bluegrass music, said RAAC member John Loch.
The events are open to all ages and will feature area and nationally known acts. On Jan. 13 the Ditch Lillies will take the stage at Celts and on Jan. 24 Rosemount's own Sawtooth will perform.
"We think this will be a really great opportunity to reach out and expose people to bluegrass," said Loch. "In the end, we think it will help with the festival in the summer."
Interest in bluegrass has been slowly gaining steam in Rosemount. It started as a single Leprechaun Days event and grew into a three-day festival last summer, which drew more than 2,000 people to downtown.
The festival and the family fun nights have been made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.