Host Damon Prestemon tries on Rachel Storlie’s cowboy hat at last month’s “Wild West” show. Photo by Martha Hall.
Summer Love is the theme of the next Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mane Theatre in scenic Lanesboro. Songs like “Sealed with a Kiss,” “Walking on Sunshine” and “Summertime Blues” will each be part of a tender and endearing evening of original skits, jokes, trivia, and sing-alongs.
September’s show features musical guest The CBB Jazz Combo, a group of members of the Chatfield Brass Band who decided in 2011 to bring some jazzy swing tunes to venues around the area. The act performs classic big band music — thus the name CBB Jazz Combo — including some blues and bebop. Active and regular performers throughout the region, the group finds both the variety of jazz standards and the art of improvisation fun and challenging. “We’ve been involved in music all of our lives and we are longtime members of the Chatfield Brass Band. It’s a nice offshoot,” said saxophone player Nathan Davidson.
Host Damon Prestemon utilizes his polished comedic chops and spot-on improvisational instincts to help bring out the best of the performers and guests on stage, as he and guest musical director Heidi Dybing keep the show moving with spontaneity, wit, and plenty of charm. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. and singer-songwriter Steven J. Schmidt of Rochester will provide pre-show music beginning at 7:10 p.m.
Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased online at www.lanesboroarts.org, in person at the Lanesboro Arts gallery (103 Parkway Avenue North), or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre, as available, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on show nights. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.
Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show is a program of Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Friday of the month from March through November 2017. Upcoming shows include “Spirits” on October 13, and “Fun & Games” on November 10.
Every show is unique, with a different theme and brand new material. Each show is also broadcast on Winona State University’s KQAL 89.5FM on the Wednesday five days after the show at 6 p.m. (also available for streaming at www.KQAL.org). Additionally, Over the Back Fence is published as a podcast on the iOS Podcasts app and other podcast services.
Lanesboro Arts’ mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information call 507-467-2446 or visit www.lanesboroarts.org. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.