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Music series starts up again

The New Richmond Downtown Music Series starts up again Wednesday, Feb. 20, with the New Roots Duo.

The kick-off concert for Winter 2008 features the New Roots Duo, a unique combination of finger-style guitarists Ben Woolman and Dan Schwartz.

Based in the Twin Cities, both artists have successful solo careers performing throughout the country but have now joined forces to write, record and perform music as a duo. Together, exploring new terrain and new instruments (acoustic baritone guitar, acoustic lap-steel guitar respectively), they are creating the finest music of their careers.

Currently, they are touring in support of their newly released CD entitled, Roots Run Deep, an inspired collection described as, "Instrumental, melody-driven, roots based pop music."

The music series was conceived by organizers as a continuation of the popular Heritage Hillside Series held during the summer months. Holding a complimentary music series during the cooler months indoors at the Old Gem was an obvious choice because of the venue's great acoustics. The Wednesday evening series emphasizes world culture and education. We try to select musicians representing a variety of world cultures. The musicians are encouraged to talk about the history and background of the music and or instruments and the audience is given an opportunity to talk with the musicians personally.

The Downtown Music Series is being sponsored by the City of New Richmond, the Old Gem Theater and area businesses.

All Wednesday evening downtown music series concerts are free and open to the public.

Call 715-246-3285 or 800-886-8035 for reservations or more information about the Old Gem Theater. Visit: