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A bigger stage for bluegrass family nights

The past few years the Rosemount Area Arts Council has held its bluegrass family nights concert series at Celts Pub. The evening events were tremendously popular from the get-go, drawing crowds of more than 100 to the pub.

In fact, RAAC member Craig Evans said they often had to turn people away. Wanting to accommodate the larger crowd, organizers decided to move the bluegrass family nights to the Rosemount Steeple Center.

“Celts has been a wonderful partner but we were having some logistical issues. We decided to give this a go at the Steeple Center,” said Evans.

The first Bluegrass at the Steeple Center will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16. The bluegrass band Sawtooth will open the concert series.

Sawtooth Bluegrass Band is made up of two sets of brothers. The Birtzer Brothers, from Rosemount, include Clint, Luke and Shane. The Moravec brothers, of Rochester, include Ethan and Jesse.

Evans said with the new sound and lighting equipment he believes the Steeple Center will become one of the premiere venues in the Twin Cities.

“I can’t wait to introduce my bluegrass friends to this venue,” said Evans.

Evans booked the five bands that will perform as part of the series. All are from Minnesota, and Evans said all of the bands are incredible performers.

On Feb. 20, Switched at Birth will perform. March 20 will bring Ivory Bridge to town. On April 17, Marty Marone and the Blue Moon Boys will play and the series will end with the Roe Family Singers on May 15.

Cost is $5 per person. Soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at or at The Front Porch, 14375 S. Robert Tr.

While the concerts will be moved to the Steeple Center, RAAC member John Loch encouraged people to support area restaurants by going out before the show.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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