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Saturday, February 5, 2000

Druhá Travá
Druhá Tráva

DRUHÁ TRÁVA is referred to in the U.S. as “the Czech bluegrass band,” though this description is not altogether accurate. While they play instruments typically associated with bluegrass, their music incorporates elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, and rock. The band (whose name translates as “second grass” to reflect their new view of bluegrass) was formed in 1991 and quickly earned the Czech equivalent of the Grammy Award for Band of the Year in 1992. Performing interpretations of music ranging from Bill Monroe and Chick Corea to Bob Dylan and Bedrich Smetana, the group tours extensively in Europe and the U.S. They have performed and/or recorded with such artists as Bela Fleck, Laurie Lewis, Ricky Skaggs, and Peter Rowan, and were featured on NPR’s Morning Edition in October 1997. Druhá Tráva has recorded six albums, including "Pohlednice (Postcard)" (Venkow/Polygram) and "Revival" (Monitor), and joined Peter Rowan on 1999’s "New Freedom Bell" (Compass Records). Their most recent CD, "Czechmate" (Compass) is their first all-English project. The members of Druhá Tráva are: Robert Krestan (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Lubos Malina (banjo, saxophone, vocals), Lubos Novotny (dobro, lap steel, vocals), Martin Ledvina (guitar, mandolin, vocals), and Jiri Meisner (bass, vocals). Druhá Tráva will perform at the Cedar Cultural Centre on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.

Pat Donohue
Pat Donohue

PAT DONOHUE is a life-long resident of St. Paul, Minnesota. He began playing guitar at age 12, when he first learned a few chords on his sister's guitar and played through a Beatles songbook. He played drums in garage bands in high school, switching to guitar after being exposed to what he calls “serious guitar music"—country blues, ragtime, and jazz (nearly chronologically from Louis Armstrong through Miles Davis). Donohue took only a few guitar lessons, learning instead from recordings, a method he humorously documented in his song “Stealin’ From Chet.” In 1983, Donohue won the National Finger Picking Guitar Championship, and his songs have been recorded by such performers as Chet Atkins and Suzy Bogguss. He has released several solo albums, including "Two Hand Band," "Life Stories," and "Big Blind Bluesy" (all on Bluesky Records). His latest CD is "Backroads" (Bluesky), which includes guest appearances by Chet Atkins, Kate MacKenzie, Howard Levy, and Butch Thompson. He has also released two instructional videos and a concert video. He has performed on "A Prairie Home Companion" for six years, and his travels with the show, as well as extensive solo engagements, allow him to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the U.S. Donohue is joined this evening by accordionist DAN newTON. Now a performer, composer, and arranger living in Minneapolis, Newton grew up listening to big band, classical and Broadway records, and to his mom playing hymns on the piano. He played piano, tin whistle, hammered dulcimer and guitar before taking up the accordion in college. His 1993 solo release "Café Accordion" spawned the Café Accordion Orchestra, which he has led for the past six years. The band’s repertoire is that of the “Bal Musette” orchestra, through which they recreate the music that was popular in Parisian dance halls, cafés and bistros in the 1920s through the 1950s. They have released three CDs: "Dancing On the Moon," "On Holiday," and "Café Christmas" (all on the Orchard label).

LYNN PETERSON is a Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter who has appeared in "Best of the Rest" at the Beacon Theater in New York and performed on the "Today" show several times with B.J. Thomas. She sang the national anthem at several professional basketball games in Denver and lived in New York for eight years singing commercial jingles and recording R&B songs. Her latest CD project is "Hymns for the Whole Family."

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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