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Red Rock ready to present concerts

Above: One upcoming concert at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont will feature the couple Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter of Society of Broken Souls.

Summer has turned the final corner and is beginning to fade into the background. With that in mind, Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont is getting ready to kick off a new season this week.

Director Sonja Fortune discussed some of the events people can look forward to.

Things begin at noon today with “Lunchtime Entertainment,” formerly known as Lunch with the Arts. Fortune said the name change is simply a desire to keep things fresh, but the type of events will remain the same.

“This is a free noon-hour program featuring area talent,” she said. “This month, we will hear from Patrick Rasmussen on the guitar, singing some familiar tunes.”

The center will start its evening concert series on Saturday with a talented musician.

“Tony Deblois is a blind, autistic musical savant,” Fortune said. “With a songlist of over 8,000 songs, and the ability to play our Steinway piano, along with 20 other instruments, you just don’t know what is coming next. Despite his differences, his passion and enthusiasm is something you do not want to miss.”

A second fall concert will be held Oct. 24 featuring a folk/Americana duo.

One description of the group is: “Society of Broken Souls’ two members, Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter, aren’t exactly newcomers to the music scene, but they bring a new edge to American/folk music. With subtle instrumentation, passionate lyrics and strong melodies, Society of Broken Souls are part of a group of truly remarkable talent. By adding gritty electric guitars, raucous drum beats and even jazzy piano to their traditionally acoustic vibe, they have created a raw and honest sound.”

Fortune notes that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, things will look a little different at Red Rock, with patrons asked to practice social distancing and follow the mask mandate.

She added that the two concerts are being offered to the public for free, thanks to a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council. Red Rock will accept donations.

“Any proceeds will go toward the day-to-day expenses and maintenance of the Red Rock,” Fortune said. “Although there is no charge to attend, a ticket or reservation will be required.”

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