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Sept. 5: Music Performance Series

Acoustic guitarist Papa John Kolstad and harmonica virtuoso Clint Hoover open series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release 8-13-2013

MANKATO, Minn. – Acoustic guitarist Papa John Kolstad and harmonica virtuoso Clint Hoover will perform Thursday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Papa John was among the pioneering artists on the Twin Cities folk music scene of the 1960s, playing haunts like The Ten O'Clock Scholar in Dinkytown along with the likes of Bob Dylan and Koerner, Ray, and Glover. His 1975 album Beans Taste Fine is the stuff of lore. Kolstad was a favorite performer in the early days of A Prairie Home Companion, and he was a fixture on the East Coast folk festival circuit.

Appearing with Kolstad is harmonica ace Clint Hoover. Hoover has a style that virtually transcends the instrument. He has established himself as one of a handful of accomplished jazz harmonica players. Richard Hunter, author of Jazz Harp, calls Hoover, “ of the very best and most inventive players of the blues around today.” The Minneapolis Star and Tribune writes, “Mild mannered off stage, Clint Hoover is a monster onstage or in the studio, a smokin’ and soulful soloist who will huff and puff and blow the house down.”

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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