Live Music in Rural MN
Unique Listening Room Space
Open to ALL!

The Cultural Center is pleased to present our 2023 Winter/Spring Concert Series! We look forward to bringing live music back to our unique, intimate listening-room-style space in our visual arts gallery. All are welcome to join us for these one-of-a-kind music experiences!

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Cultural Center’s gallery space (unless noted otherwise).  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Seating is designed to allow for spacing among groups and is first come, first served.  Light refreshments and a cash bar are available at most concerts.

Tickets prices range from $10-12 in advance or $12-15 at the door (unless noted otherwise); members receive $2 discount. Students $5. Call the Center for advance ticket reservations (218-385-3339) or buy them online; links will be added to each concert below.


2023 Winter/Spring Concert Series Schedule:

  • Saturday February 18: Corey Medina & Brothers

  • Saturday February 25: Surge and the Swell

  • Friday March 24: Blue Red Roses

  • Friday April 14: Good Morning Bedlam

  • Saturday April 22: Eric Peltoniemi



Saturday, February 18th, 2023
Corey Medina & Brothers

Back by popular demand, CMB is a Blues-Rock band from Northern Minnesota led by Diné ​Corey Medina, a Native American Blues Artist from Shiprock, NM. Corey is joined by Eric Sundeen of Bemidji, MN on drums and Gary Broste also from Bemidji, on upright bass. Corey Medina & Brothers set out to spread light to dark, and hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage presence.

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Saturday, February 25th, 202
Surge and the Swell

Surge and the Swell is the solo and collaboration vehicle of Minnesota-based, Americana and Indie-folk, singer-songwriter Aaron Cabbage. Born in Kentucky, raised in Southeast Texas via Indiana, and now calling Minnesota home, his influences run North to South. The songs on this album were written to be performed on a big stage celebrating outdoor music or in more intimate settings with an acoustic guitar.

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Friday, March 24th, 2023
Blue Red Roses

Out of Battle Lake, Minnesota emerge Blue Red Roses. Songwriting partners and life partners Mary and Daniel Olson craft melody-laden hooks with an organic groove and nostalgic sound. Mary and Dan both come from live rock and roll backgrounds along with years of musical theater and classical training. With an unapologetic love of ’70s music, their sound is nostalgic, upbeat and off the cuff — featuring up-front vocals and tight harmonies. Their live experience is akin to a stripped-down ABBA with a touch of Beatles pop and Tom Petty rock and roll.

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Friday, April 14th, 2023
Good Morning Bedlam

Good Morning Bedlam returns to New York MIlls! GMB has become an innovative force in the midwest folk scene. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage. With tight soaring three-part harmonies and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night.

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2023
Eric Peltoniemi

Saint Paul-based composer/songwriter Eric Peltoniemi has strong roots in New York Mills and we are pleased to welcome him back to the Cultural Center for a solo show! COVID quarantining resulted in Eric writing a number of new songs in recent years, as well as going back in his songbook (in some cases 40+ years) to rediscover old songs, some of which were inspired Eric’s time spent on his grandparents’ farm outside of New York Mills in his younger days.

More information and online ticket links will be added. For now, save the dates, and we look forward to seeing you at the Cultural Center for live music in 2023!


These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through an operating support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.