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Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront finale features Known Only Locally

BEMIDJI -- The final performance in the 2017 Mississippi Music summer concert series will take place at the waterfront from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, with Known Only Locally.

Known Only Locally first formed in Bemidji in the mid-1970s as the perfect venue to present the original songs of extraordinary songwriter and musician Jim Miller, and they have been performing in one form or another ever since. After the release of their LP, “I Have to Wonder” in 1978 (recorded and produced by the late Gary Burger) and a tour in Alaska in 1980, the band continued to play throughout Minnesota. Backed by Kristi Tell Miller on mando, Miriam Tell on guitar and Gary Broste on bass, Jim Miller was featured on fiddle and guitar performing hundreds of songs he penned about our area and her people and the social issues of the time. He also wrote and played wild bluegrass tunes that sent their many fans into dancing frenzies in bars, at festivals and concerts throughout Northern Minnesota. With the untimely passing of Jim Miller four years ago, KOL has graciously extended invitations for others to join them as their musical traditions continue. For Mississippi Music, Eric Carlson and Kate Tesar will be adding guitar and harmony vocals, and the up-and-coming young Bemidji fiddle player, Sawyer Corcoran, will be opening the set.

Sponsor for the event is Bemidji State University; and there will be a beer garden and food trucks on site. If raining, the event will move to Brigid’s Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW, in downtown Bemidji.