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Wild Honey & the Locusts return to Hillside Series

Wild Honey and the Locusts will perform at the New Richmond Heritage Center Bandstand on Aug. 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Back in 2010, five-piece R&B group Wild Honey & the Locusts performed at The Heritage Hillside Series, and they’re returning next Wednesday evening, August 10th, to the New Richmond Heritage Center Bandstand. Pack up your picnic supper, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy great music from 6:30-8 p.m.

Their show is a crowd-pleasing mix of funk, pop, a touch of latin salsa, and jazz, by such composers as Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Beatles. Wild Honey plays classic funk and rock as well as original songs, aiming not only to entertain but to inspire. The band uplifts every audience with musical messages of joy and hope. As lead vocalist Barbara Meyer said, “The music we create reaches deeper inside. We have a spiritual feeling about our music — but there’s no preaching. We reach each person’s spirit through our music.”

Wild Honey was formed in 1998 as a Sunday morning church band. They have released CDs in 2005, 2011, and 2016. They have been featured on Twin Cities jazz radio station KBEM and have appeared on KARE-11 television’s “Minnesota Showcase.”

The group includes leader and arranger Cheri Sykes, on keyboards and vocals, lead vocalist Barbara Meyer, guitarist and vocalist Ralph Hintz, bassist Richard Kronick, and drummer Jeff Vigness.

The evening is sponsored by WESTconsin Credit Union. There will be pop and popcorn available and Messes & Masterpieces will be there with an art project for the kids. In case of inclement weather, we’ll move into the Pavilion, with limited seating. For further information, please call the Heritage Center at 715-246-3276.

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