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Fall Concert Series kicks off this Friday at the Cultural Center

The Cultural Center in New York Mills will be kicking off Labor Day weekend with the return of Kent DuChaine, an American blues singer and steel guitarist from Fort Gaines, Ga. His concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.

The Cultural Center in New York Mills will be kicking off Labor Day weekend with the return of Kent DuChaine, an American blues singer and steel guitarist from Fort Gaines, Ga. His concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.

DuChaine was born in Minnesota to a French Canadian-Chippewa mother and Norwegian American father, but he earned his chops as a blues guitarist traveling over 100,000 miles every year, playing in a vast array of venues across North America and Europe.

Currently, DuChaine lives in Georgia with his wife, Sarah, in a home he built himself by reading do-it-yourself manuals. His first five instruments were the electric guitar, ukelele, clarinet, tenor guitar and piano.

Blues in Britain magazine has called a DuChaine show, "an outstanding performance from a consummate professional!" And Ben Hall, after attending a concert in Leicester, England, wrote that, "It is in these [fateful experiences] that the blues aficionado really comes alive. There is such a colossal force of emotion behind every song that the audience cannot fail to be moved both empathetically and enjoyably."

The DuChaine blues concert is part of a Fall Concert Series from the Cultural Center that features a different musical artist every month and will culminate in the Longest Night Music Festival on Dec. 21.

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Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for students. For more information, call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit www.kulcher.org .

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