Charlie Parr in concert

By Aitkin County Friends of the Arts (other events)

Saturday, January 28 2023 6:00 PM 9:00 PM CDT

Join us for a concert with the inimitable country blues/folk legend Charlie Parr, and discover why critics call him "a Minnesota treasure". Opening act by special guest Kelley Smith, Brainerd-area folk songstress. Doors open 5pm.

• VIP ticket holders will be allowed into the opera house floor at 5pm. VIP tickets limited to 40. There will be a separate check-in for VIP ticketholders.
VIP ticket holders receive free hors d'oeuvres, one free drink, reserved 1st & 2nd row seating (fcfs), first access onto the opera house floor at 5pm, and a stage soundcheck with both artists.    

• General admission ticket holders will be allowed onto the opera house floor at 5:20pm

“Parr continues to spin life’s small details into profound lyrical observations of acceptance and wonder….the further adventures of a guitar-picking great” — MOJO 

“Charlie Parr’s eponymous debut is roaring American folk-blues with its plaid shirt plastered on. A charismatic voice and bright finger-picking raise it above cliches, the latter well done given Parr shattered his shoulder last year, and needed eight pins to fix it.” — The Guardian

"People often talk about the blues being timeless, and that rings true for Parr and the songs on this album. Given the current sad state of America, they’ll be just as compelling, and poignant, years from now as the day they were written.” — RELIX

“A voice that somehow sounds like it came into existence hundreds of years ago while sounding fresher than nearly anything around him in 2019. His tenure as a living folk legend is solidified with each and every track ” — No Depression

“Charlie Parr’s self-titled album represents a victory for the Minnesota singer-songwriter.” — Billboard

“Parr is an example of a performer who never allows his gifts to get in the way of the music. His guitar playing is virtuosic and yet never becomes a distraction from the power of the story he's weaving before our ears.” – Popmatters

Charlie Parr: “If I get to touch the strings and play a little lick and make some sounds, everything else is gravy” - Guitar World

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