WideSpot to host concert on New Year’s Eve


New Year’s Eve for grown-ups at WideSpot! Back by popular demand, renowned pianist, accordionist, storyteller, and master of ceremonies Dan Chouinard and beloved jazz chanteuse Prudence Johnson will perform from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, December 31.

So, you don’t know what to get your friends for Christmas? How about an extraordinary experience!

This show is the perfect gift. It’s an evening “appetizer” for anyone on your list — for both revelers, whose New Year’s party plans begin after 9:00, and those early birds, whose bedtime is before the stroke of midnight! And, speaking of appetizers, the festivities include an elegant array of complementary hors d’oeuvres (served by some very special guests and volunteers), as well as a champagne toast.

Chouinard’s extensive body of work includes live performances commissioned by Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Rose Ensemble. In 2014, “Cafe Europa,” his production about bicycling with an accordion from Naples to Normandy in search of Minnesota WWII stories, was broadcast statewide in Minnesota. His show “Civil War Homecoming” played at the Fitzgerald Theater, and was broadcast on MPR and televised on Twin Cities Public Television. Last year “Steerage Song,” a show he co-authored with Peter Rothstein about the Ellis Island era of immigration, toured throughout Minnesota. Chouinard said he always appreciates coming to Stockholm’s historic opera house. “I especially enjoy a quieter New Year’s Eve,” he admitted, “and performing at WideSpot last year was a lovely way to ring in the new year.”

Johnson travels all over the U.S., entertaining jazz aficionados wherever she performs. She appeared regularly on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and her screen credits include the movies “A Prairie Home Companion” and Robert Redford’s “A River Runs Through It.” Johnson isn’t new to WideSpot either, having performed with Chouinard in 2014 and with the jazz trio Rio Nido in October 2016. “She’s a long-time friend,” said Chouinard, “and since we’re both from small towns, we love performing at WideSpot and appreciate the intimate setting where we can carry on a conversation with the audience.” Having recorded an album together featuring music by George Gershwin, it’s a sure bet Johnson and Chouinard will include some of these tunes in the show.

Also included is a cash bar, featuring Wisconsin craft beers, wine, champagne, and something new — a special selection of cocktails and coffee drinks. Whether you’re a night owl or you can’t stay awake late enough to watch the ball drop in Times Square, make reservations now to enjoy this festive blend of stories, wit, and intoxicating music in Stockholm’s uniquely-own “community living room.”

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, until sold out. Go to www.widespot.org to purchase advance tickets or call 715-307-8941. Leave a message and organizers will call you back ASAP to take your order.

WideSpot Performing Arts is a 501c3 organization, located on the second floor of the Stockholm Arts Building, on the corner of State Highway 35 and Spring Street, and, because it’s in a historic building, WideSpot is not wheelchair accessible


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