DAISY DILLMAN, GARRISON KEILLOR, JEARLYN STEELE, MICK STERLING, BRUCE HENRY, MARY JANE ALM BAND, ROBERT ROBINSON AND ANDREW WALESCH AMONG THE AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS
This August Crooners Supper Club is welcoming back a number of audience favorites. Among the celebrated local singers and groups returning with new shows are Mary Jane Alm on a double bill with The Tex Pistols; Ginger Commodore, Dennis Spears and Yolande Bruce in a night of classic soul; Jearlyn Steele collaborating with pianist Richard Dworsky; and Garrison Keillor in a new show with his Radio Rangers.
Bringing us special encores of shows seen before and worth seeing again, are Daisy Dillman with their harmony-happy Crosby Stills Nash and Young show; Andrew Walesch with another edition of his swashbuckling Sinatra salutes; Erin Schwab enjoying the guilty pleasures of Bette Midler, and Bruce Henry with “The Music of Al Jarreau.” Gospel and soul legend Robert Robinson returns for a date in the Dunsmore to record a new CD in front of a live audience.
Among the out-of-town headliners and trailblazers making their Crooners Supper Club debuts next month are Annika Chambers; Ben Sidran on back-to-back nights; two shows with Howard Levy, and Chicago sensation Richard Johnson who performs on back-to-back nights.
Ben Sidran Quartet
In a long and varied career, Ben Sidran has been a major force in both modern jazz and rock ‘n roll. He’s played keys and produced such artists as Steve Miller, Mose Allison, Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Phil Upchurch, Tony Williams, Jon Hendricks, Richie Cole and Van Morrison. On consecutive nights in the Dunsmore,with Moore Lake as his exciting backdrop, the Racine Wisconsin native will paint the night with a wide and vivid palette.
Howard Levy & Chris Siebold
In back-to-back shows – the first in The Dunsmore and the second on the MainStage – two of the most astonishing musical polyglots take jazz fusion to new heights. Leading this duo is the multiple Grammy Award winning harmonica-piano phenom Howard Levy of Bela & The Flecktones fame, whose brother in arm is steel guitarist extraordinaire Chris Siebold. Marked by astonishing speed, playfulness and stylistic elan, these two are both masters and acolytes of free form and a wide range of world styles.
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Garrison Keillor & his Radio rangers
Performing within a stone’s throw of a Minnesota lake… If not a first, this will certainly be a singular joy as Garrison Keillor joins us for his fifth Crooners engagement. With music director Richard Dworsky on piano, the radio legend dusts off a selection of goodies and rarities with a honky tonk group he calls his Radio Rangers, that includes Richard Kriehn, Joe Savage, Gary Raynor, and Dave Schmalenberger.
With three concert stages Crooners offers three distinct supper club environments -- from the intimate Dunsmore Jazz Room (framed by stunning views of Moore Lake), to the 200-seat MainStage, to the popular Lakeside Tent (introduced in June) that offers a combination of row and patio seating. Appealing to a wide range of tastes, backgrounds and generations, the programming covers everything from jazz, R&B, gospel, and soul, to funk, folk, roots-rock and country. The one constant is our definitive no side-conversations listening policy, in effect for all shows, including the lakeside concerts.
Concerts start at 6pm, 7:30pm and 8pm (some Sundays at 5pm) with doors opening for dinner and drinks service 1.5 hours before showtimes. The supper club’s menu, designed by Executive Chef Chris Lamkin, features regionally inspired and locally sourced supper club favorites as well as daily and weekly specials. During the warmer months we maintain a seasonal grill on the patio for the lakeside shows. Dinner-only options are available.