Missing live concerts
February 28th, 2020. That date has significance to me because that’s the most recent live concert I’ve been able to attend. It was Ben Kyle (of Romantica), and it was a great concert, but it’s one of those moments in life you wish would appreciate more as it’s happening, but how was anyone supposed to predict what was about to happen in just a matter of a few weeks? I hope this year allows me to go to at least a few concerts, and with any luck one of those will be at one of my favorite venues, Oak Center General Store in Lake City, MN.
The General Store really holds a special place in my heart, I try to go to at least 2 or 3 concerts a year there, it’s where I’ve seen some of the best musicians Minnesota has to offer, and it offers an intimacy that other venues just can’t. It’s called Oak Center General Store because there is a general store on the first level that operates year round, but the second floor is where the magic really happens. There’s a big room with about 200 seats or so, and a small stage only a few feet off the ground. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some of my favorite bands there (The Pines, Humbird, Erik Koskinen), but the highlight of the year is usually Charlie Parr.
For those unfamiliar, Charlie Parr is a blues/folk musician that has earned a reputation as someone who tours year round at a pace that would burn a lot of musicians out. It’s always the highlight of my year to see Charlie at the Oak Center General Store, and I hope to see him again there soon. Here are some pictures of my most recent opportunity to see Charlie at the general store, as well as links to some recordings I was able to get there.
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