This will be the ninth Piano Bar benefit concert for the Edge Center in Bigfork. And again they are bringing something new for the audience to enjoy. As Ron Olsen, who plays keyboards for the group says, “The way to keep the audience coming is to keep the entertainment ‘fresh’ so that there is always something new for the audience to enjoy.” The program will still have the smooth sounds for the first part of the show, but there will also be a western flavor for part of the show, and a tribute to the veterans of our armed services. The trio is Ron Olsen on keyboards, Jerry Hagen on guitar and Terry Price on drums. The group will be more than a “trio” again this year with the addition of bass player Harold Boege, and a young lady singer, Cassy Bender from the Northome area, all of which promises to brighten up the stage. Come and see what’s going at this benefit for the Edge concert Saturday, August 12 at 7 p.m. Price $10 adults, $5 children.
Ron Olsen was a professional entertainer for some thirty years working supper-clubs and piano bars from Texas to Minnesota. That much experience has groomed him into a player that shows the experience few can match. His music is a delight to hear and with a variety that is had to describe. For the Northern Lights trio this year Bigfork’s Ron is again joined by guitar-master Jerry Hagan from Effie. He is a musician who honed his talents since he was a youngster, but his early years were heading up rock-n-roll bands in the south metro part of the state while being a teacher. That is a great combination of talents but the “trio” would not be complete without percussions, and the Northern Lights has Marcell’s Terry Price who can add the rhythms seamlessly. A fourth member of the “trio” adds a bass player, Harold Boege again from Marcell, a self-taught harmonica and bass musician. Then, a first for the group, is a young lady singer, Cassy Bender from the Northome area.
Since Cassy is new to this group, a little introduction is in order. She has been singing for as long as anyone in her family can remember, has a special love for Jazz and Blues music as in the “old classics”, has sang in venues from county fairs, to the Grand Rapids Show-Boat festival, Minnesota Sings events, Bigfork’s Polar revues, and the Deer River Wild Rice Festival. And in some of those, which were contests, she has done very well for herself. Cassy is classy and her music shows it.
That is the lineup for the show. It will be different and the music varied with sounds not expected from the group, but that’s what the Piano Bar performances are all about. Fun, musical, and different each and every year. That is why audiences enjoy the show. This year promises to be no exception to that rule.