A little known fact: Owatonnans love music. There is a plethora of local musical talent, from the high school choir, to the many popular bands that have their roots here, including Owl City, Cloud Cult and Har Mar Superstar. Not only do we take pride in our musical heritage, but we also love to catch a musical performance whenever we can. This March we have two amazing musical events that you will not want to miss.
Hometown sampler concert series: March 3-5
The annual Steele County Hometown Sampler is coming up this Friday through Sunday. This show is the epitome of hometown talent and will feature local bands, Bad Tangerines, The Gogs, Hot n Bothered and Mile 5 Band. Not only is this a chance to see what Owatonna’s musical heritage is all about, but the event is a major fundraiser for the Steele County Food Shelf. Bring a donation (cash or non-perishable food items) as your admission and get ready for an evening of entertainment. Held at the Little Theatre of Owatonna (560 Dunnell Dr.), showtimes are 7pm Friday March 3, 3pm and 7pm Saturday March 4, and 2pm Sunday March 5. Arrive early, because it will be a full house! Photo credit: Owatonna People’s Press.
St. Patrick’s Day Concert: March 17
The popular band Romantica is returning to Owatonna for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at the beautiful Steele County History Center. Romantica’s new release, America, is penned by an immigrant Irishman (Ben Kyle) who writes a fair bit about his homeland, and delivers his nostalgia in a lilting Belfastian inflection. As you listen to all this Irishness couched in the musical landscape of historically American country and folk music painted by the swirling pedal steel guitar of Eric Heywood (Ray LaMontagne, Son Volt, Richard Buckner) and the emotive fiddling of Jessy Greene (Wilco, Jayhawks, Minus 5) it becomes clear why Rolling Stone’s Melissa Maerz called it “Americana, (that’s) something more than the sound of the states.” Doors open at 6pm and the concert begins at 6:30. Wine and cash bar available. Buy your tickets in advance here. Photo credit: Star Tribune.