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MN indie rock band to spend week in DL doing workshops, pop-up concerts

The six-person ensemble We are the Willows will be in Detroit Lakes all week, engaging the community in various arts outreach events culminating in their Friday, May 10 performance at the Historic Holmes Theatre. (Submitted photo)

The six-person ensemble We are the Willows will be in Detroit Lakes all week, engaging the community in various arts outreach events culminating in their Friday, May 10 performance at the Historic Holmes Theatre. (Submitted photo)

We are the Willows will base their Friday concert at the Holmes Theatre on their 2014 album, "Picture (Portrait)," which includes songs that front man Peter Miller wrote about the 350 letters exchanged between his grandparents during World War II. (Submitted photo)

We are the Willows will base their Friday concert at the Holmes Theatre on their 2014 album, "Picture (Portrait)," which includes songs that front man Peter Miller wrote about the 350 letters exchanged between his grandparents during World War II. (Submitted photo)

Ecumen, Oak Crossing, the Becker County Museum, Detroit Lakes High School, La Barista... the Twin Cities-based indie rock band known as We are the Willows will be popping up all over town this week, doing impromptu concerts, artist talks and workshops leading up to their Friday evening concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre.

"They'll be working with Kathy Larson's Laker Singers at Detroit Lakes High School on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday," said Beth Gilbert, arts outreach director at the Historic Holmes Theatre.

Those sessions will culminate in an appearance by the Laker Singers as part of Friday's concert at the Holmes, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, the group will be working with Mary Kvebak's audio visual students at DLHS and the residents of Ecumen Emmanuel Nursing Home to produce a video segment on the nursing home residents' memories of World War II and family life. The students will be asking the residents questions about their lives and filming a video that will air right before the start of Friday night's concert at the theater.

"The members of the band will be helping the students with editing the video," Gilbert said.

In addition, We are the Willows will be performing for the residents of both Ecumen and Essentia Health Oak Crossing, the students at Detroit Lakes Middle School, the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club and the employees at SJE Rhombus throughout the week.

They will be working with DLMS band students as well as band students at Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Public Schools, and there are several public performances planned as well.

"There will be a pop-up concert at La Barista on Tuesday," said Gilbert, adding that the performance will start at approximately 11:45 a.m., and last approximately 15-20 minutes.

Then on Wednesday, May 8, some band members will be appearing at the Becker County Museum as part of its Brown Bag Lunch series, starting at noon. Later on Wednesday, the band will be appearing at the Holmes Art Cellar (located in the basement of the theater) to introduce its new Open Mic Night, starting at 7 p.m. All of these performances are free and open to the public, though those who want to reserve a box lunch for $8 as part of Wednesday's appearance at the museum will want to contact the museum at 218-847-2938 as soon as possible.

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Source, image(s), credits & more information: DLOnline | Vicki Gerdes