The all-volunteer cast sings along with the audience at May’s “Ca$h” show.
Photo by Kara Maloney.

Lanesboro’s own community variety show goes ‘On Broadway’ on Friday, June 14


Celtic rock group The Burke Band of Winona is June’s featured musical guest.
Celtic rock group The Burke Band of Winona is June’s featured musical guest.
Contributed photo.

“On Broadway” is the theme of the next Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. Songs like “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Bosom Buddies” and “Something to Believe In” will each be part of a gleeful evening that also includes jokes, stories, and sing-alongs.

June’s show features musical guest The Burke Band from Winona. The group uses vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars, tin whistle, fiddle, harmonicas and a unique drum, as they weave their way through Celtic folk, acoustic rock and their own original songs. The Burke Band consists of relatives Sean Burke, Kevin Burke and Brian Burke, as well as a rotating cast of musicians that includes percussionist Jesse Lanik and fiddle players Alex Meine and Amanda Sattler. Band leader Sean Burke also runs the Burke Music House listening room music venue in downtown Winona.

Host Damon Prestemon returns for the 25th season with his rapid-fire wit and keen improvisational instincts that keep the show fresh and moving forward while having fun with the performers and guests on stage. Maria Klingsheim, a powerhouse vocalist and lover of show tunes based in Harmony, Minn., will serve as this month’s musical director, accompanying the all-volunteer cast throughout the show. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. with Maria Klingsheim also providing pre-show musical entertainment beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show is produced by Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Fridays of March through November in 2019. Upcoming shows include “Surfin’ USA” on July 12 and “Anniversaries” on August 9. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at, in person at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery at 103 Parkway Avenue North, or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre — as available — beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the show. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.

Every show is unique, with a different theme and fresh 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 Additionally, Over the Back Fence is published as a podcast on the iOS Podcasts app and many 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, email, or visit 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.


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