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Pat and Donna Surface to perform at ITOW

Submitted photo Pat and Donna Surface

On Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m., the ITOW Veterans Museum will host Pat Surface in "The Songs of the '60s and '70s... Music that Underscored our Lives." 

Pat, along with his wife Donna, a sign language performance artist, and Jess Menten on violin and fiddle, will take audiences on an entertaining and nostalgic journey to a time when lyrics and melody were the essence of a song.   

Enjoy the music of John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Fogelberg, The Beatles, Jim Croce, Leonard Cohen, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, The Eagles, America and more. 

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Pat Surface was adopted at age two into a family of award-winning musicians and instrument builders in northern Minnesota. He grew to be 6 feet, 8 inches tall, and a college all-star basketball player. He also was a 'living history' teacher. But music called, and Pat began performing and touring in 1985.

His innovative family concerts are dramatically brought to life by his wife, Donna, who specializes in performance art for the deaf, which is part American Sign Language, part dance and part mime.

Together, the Surfaces travel across North America, performing at schools, churches, colleges and festivals. They have reached more than 20 million people and sold more than 300,000 albums.

The couple reside in Ely, Minn., where they own and operate Spiritwood Music, a record label that supports wildlife, wilderness and conservation organizations. For more information, visit