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Beltrami County Historical Society to host 'Depot Days'

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host Depot Days June 24-25, at the history center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

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The Beltrami County Historical Society will host Depot Days events June 24-25, at the history center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.
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BEMIDJI — The Beltrami County Historical Society will host Depot Days June 24-25, at the history center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

There will be two music performances, the first by Brian Miller at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24, followed by a performance from Acoustic Smoke at noon on Saturday, June 25.

Fiddler and historian Brian Miller, a member of the popular regional folk art duo The Lost Forty, will present and perform on Bemidji's Lumberjack Musicians Circa 1922.

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A native of Bemidji, Miller has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Ireland with a variety of Irish music groups, a release said. It was his study of Irish music history that led him back to his hometown.

"After paging through a songbook and finding some Irish-influenced songs collected 100 years ago in Bemidji, he set out to research and revive the 'Woods music' of Minnesota's logging era," the release said.

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This work led to several grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and, in 2014, the Parsons Fund Award from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Brian promotes the revival of regional songs with his duo The Lost Forty and his blog Northwoods Songs.

Bemidji-based band Acoustic Smoke, made up of Joe Holt and Roy Hershberger, runs the gamut from blues and rock to folk and gospel in the music they write, record and perform.

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"Holt's rich melodic blues voice, paired with Hershberger's thick rhythmic guitar creates a powerful, minimalistic, driven sound that appeals to a broad audience," the release said.

Their self-produced first album "One Kind Favor" relied heavily on traditional gospel blues songs well known in the deep south.

Holt is a singer-songwriter who recently earned the Region 2 Arts Council 2021-2022 Artist Fellowship Award, a release said.

A clean-up will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the depot. All interested volunteers are required to pre-register at www.beltramihistory.org.

The cleanup will be followed by the historical society's annual meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25.

For more information, email depot@beltramihistory.org.

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