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Memorial Weekend "Live at The Lodge" Events Feature Christine Rosholt and Tim Sparks
Detroit Lakes, MN, 5/19/08 - Need a Spring Fever Reliever? The Lodge on Lake Detroit in Detroit Lakes, MN invites you to relax and reconnect with friends at two "Live at The Lodge" events over Memorial Weekend; on Friday and Sunday. Both events are open to the public and hotel guests.
Friday, May 23rd features pianist, Carol Lebedoer Johnson - Ivory Perfume, from 7 - 10 p.m. Linger in the 2-story lakefront, fireside lobby to the soothing musical atmosphere provided by Carol's tickling of the ivory on The Lodge's grand piano. "Since Carol's repertoire is so diverse, she frequently delights guests by performing special requests", said Lodge owner, Chris Holland-Mehlhaff. Sip a signature martini, discover our growing collection of organic wines, savor new appetizers from LoLa D's new Sunset Serenade Menu… experience a dramatic sunset over Big Detroit Lake, and just enjoy yourself! Admission to this Live at The Lodge event is free; no cover charge.
Sunday, May 25th's, "Live at The Lodge" from 7 - 10 p.m. features a fabulous musician collaboration of Minneapolis' Christine Rosholt - vocalist, Graydon Peterson - bass, and "guitar wizard", Tim Sparks. This event is one not to miss! Originally slated to perform in Mid-April, this gig was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Come help us kick off summer and celebrate The Lodge's 3rd anniversary while listening to the sensational sounds created by this trio. The event is open to hotel guests & to the public. Attendees may purchase drinks & appetizers at LoLa D's lobby bar during the event. Admission is $5 per person at the door (cover charge is waived for hotel guests).
Christine Rosholt represents a fresh voice in jazz standards in the Twin Cities. She brings two decades of performance experience to the stage. She currently works with many of the best jazz musicians in the Twin Cities and beyond in a variety of venues. Some of her major inspirations include Anita O'Day, Connie Evingson, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Tierney Sutton, The Roches. Christine says, "I especially like the Jazz standards from the 1930s & 40s because they're timeless, they swing, and they're sentimental without being syrupy."
In February of 2006 Rosholt released a CD entitled, "Detour Ahead" which is playing on the airwaves across the USA, Canada, Australia and some European countries. Detour Ahead was nominated for Jazz Recording of the year in the Minnesota Music Awards. Raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Tim Sparks was given his first guitar when a bout of encephalitis kept him out of school for a year. The music he heard around him was traditional country blues, and the gospel his grandmother played on piano in a small church in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so that's what he taught himself to play.
He was nominated for a scholarship at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. There he studied the classics with Andrés Segovia protegee Jesus Silva. Sparks also became proficient in jazz styles from Brazilian to Bebop, which brought him several regional music awards including Best Acoustic Guitarist, Best Latin Jazz guitarist, and Best Jazz Guitarist in the Minnesota Music Awards.
Sparks has performed as an opening act for Dolly Parton and has performed on the same stage as Sandor Szabo, Cyro Baptista, and Bill Frisell. He has also performed on such national venues as A Prairie Home Companion, the main stage of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. He has performed at the Dresden Guitar Festival in Germany and held a Jazz Guitar teaching residency in Lisbon, Spain. He frequently tours Japan, France, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. Sparks continues to perform in concert and is currently a faculty member at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Future Lodge events not to miss include: A Fathers Day Weekend Beer Tasting Event & live music featuring Pro Fusion on Friday, June 13th. For reservations & more information, call The Lodge on Lake Detroit at 800-761-VIEW or 218-847-8439. A complete listing of upcoming events, lodging getaway packages & The Spa Within's specials can be viewed at: www.TheLodgeOnLakeDetroit.com
About Holland Lodging
The Lodge on Lake Detroit is independently owned & operated by Holland Motel, Inc., now in its third generation of providing excellence in hospitality. Husband and wife owners Scott Mehlhaff & Chris Holland-Mehlhaff also own & operate Best Western Plus Holland House in Detroit Lakes, MN and Best Western Superior Inn & Suites in Grand Marais, MN.