DETROIT LAKES — The historic Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes turned 20 in May, which means next month will mark the launch of its 20th anniversary season.
To celebrate, the theater has booked more than 20 shows, ranging from tap dancing and community theater to big band jazz and rock concerts.
“Amy has done a great job,” said Rustin Lippincott, the theater’s new executive director, who took over from his predecessor, Amy Stoller Stearns, on Aug. 1. “In just the first month, we have such variety.”
As it has for the past two years, Fargo-Moorhead’s Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will kick off the new season of Holmes with an outdoor concert at Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell on Saturday, September 10 at 6 p.m. With a complete brass section. , this band brings the funk to some of classic rock’s greatest hits.
Then, on Thursday, September 22, the action returns indoors, with the Chicago Tap Theater presenting not just one, but two shows: a children’s matinee at 10 a.m. (part of the theater’s Discovery series, aimed at school-aged children) and a 7:30 p.m. performance featuring some of the best tap dancers from the 1920s to the present day.
Also on September 22, the theater will host a farewell reception for Stearns, who is leaving the theater after 20 years to begin a new chapter in his career.
The rest of the season will go as follows:
The halls of the Historic Holmes Theater will be filled with the sounds of classic and modern country during the first week of October.
Multi-platinum and award-winning country artists Lonestar will make their Holmes Theater debut with a show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Just three days later, on Tuesday, October 4, Dennis Warner and the D’s will perform a special 2 p.m. matinee show celebrating the music of country icon John Denver.
Then, on Saturday, October 15, the Inconscient collective from Minnesota will present an evening of hits by Paul McCartney and Wings, based on the famous double live album “Wings Over America”, released in 1976. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Concordia College music teachers Jay Herschberger (piano) and Gregory Hamilton (cello), otherwise known as The Concordia Duo, will perform classic melodies by Myaskovsky, Beethoven and Chausson on Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
The Holmes Art Show will be presented in the ballroom on November 11 and 12, featuring more than 30 local artists specializing in handcrafted jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodcraft, photography and more.
On the first night of the Art Show, Friday, November 11, some of rock, pop and country music’s biggest divas will be celebrated with a 7:30 p.m. show titled “Wild Angels,” featuring Pamela McNeill, Mary Jane Alm and Aimee Lee.
Musicals will be celebrated at The Holmes on Thursday, November 17, with a 7:30 p.m. show titled “The Hollywood Songbook,” featuring music from “The Greatest Showman,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and more.
And last but not least, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will perform their annual fall concert on Saturday, November 19 at 4 p.m. There is no admission fee, but free offers to support the group are welcome.
Christmas comes to The Holmes with two performances of children’s theater favorite, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” featuring members of the Holmes Acting Club, on Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m. (part of the Discovery Series).
On the evening of December 3, the Dakota Jazz Big Band will put a jazzy spin on holiday favorites from Harry Connick Jr., Bing Crosby and more.
Those coming to the Christmas Spectacular and Jazz Band shows on December 3rd should be sure to visit the first-ever Holmes Theater Christmas Artist Market. Artisan stalls, food and a variety of holiday-themed activities will be placed inside, outside and around the theater throughout the day. This event is open to the community and there is no admission fee.
Then, on Thursday, December 8, perennial favorite John Berry will perform his 26th annual Christmas Tour at The Holmes, and Rock & Roll Christmas returns to raise the roof on Thursday, December 15. These three concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
Also this month, the Holmes will sponsor a holiday concert on Sunday, December 11 at the First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, featuring the Lakes Area Community Concert Band. This show starts at 4 p.m. As always, there is no admission charge, but voluntary donations to support the group are welcome.
The Holmes Theater will ring in the New Year with a party featuring the music of The Fabulous Armadillos. The eight members of this Minnesota-created band will showcase their formidable vocal and instrumental talent with a wide range of music from the 1960s to the 21st century. “The Fabulous Armadillos Party Band” takes the stage on Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.
For something a little different, the Holmes will host a traveling theatrical performance on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m.: A literature-to-life production of author Kao Kalia’s powerful novel, “The Latehomecomer.” This show brings Kalia’s Hmong/Minnesota immigration history to life, with music and a bit of Vietnam War history included.
February will be a busy month at Holmes, with four shows scheduled.
Mick Sterling and some of his fellow musicians will perform “From Barry With Love”, a tribute to the music of songwriter Barry Gibb (of the Bee Gees), on Saturday February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Then, on Tuesday, February 21, the Mardi Gras Kings will transform Holmes Ballroom into Bourbon Street for an evening of music blending the best of traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras classics with more modern favorites. The party starts at 7 p.m.
It will be Children’s Day at The Holmes on Thursday, February 23, as “The Magic School Bus” hits town for two daytime shows, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
To close out the month, award-winning artists Harmonious Wail will perform “Simon & Simon,” a special musical tribute to songwriters Carly Simon and Paul Simon, on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
One of the most unusual offerings of the season arrives at the Holmes Theater on Thursday, March 9, as a pair of violin- and ukelele-playing Brazilian twin brothers known as B2Wins (pronounced ‘B-twins ‘), take the stage for two shows at 10 a.m. (as part of the Discovery series) and 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Holmes with not one, but two shows from Minnesota acoustic master – and Emmy Award winner – Michael Munroe. The first is a 2-hour matinee, with Monroe soloing to play a collection of Irish songs that will have you tapping your feet. Then at 7:30 p.m., the Michael Monroe Trio will take the stage to present “Acoustic Legends,” an evening of folk icon favorites like James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell and Carole Roi.
Music from the 70s — like the 1770s, 1870s and 1970s — will be celebrated on Friday, March 31 with a 7:30 p.m. concert by the Copper Street Brass. From Mozart’s big wigs to Styx’s big hair, this concert will showcase popular music from all three decades in a whole new way.
Spring begins with the Discovery Series’ final presentation of the season on Monday, April 17, as the “Junie B. Jones” children’s book series comes to life in a colorful and up-tempo musical. Two shows will be presented, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
A celebration of divas Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga unfolds at The Holmes on Saturday, April 22, as Cate Fierro, the mighty voice of Twin Cities, performs “3 Stars Born,” a collection of songs from the three women who featured in the 1954, 1976 and 2018 versions of the film “A Star Is Born” – featuring a 16-piece orchestra and dancers.
The Lakes Area Community Concert Band returns to The Holmes on Sunday, April 23 for a 4 p.m. presentation of its annual spring concert. Free and open to the public, but donations to support the group are welcome.
Two Minnesota-based bands, Collective Unknown and the Fabulous Armadillos, will join forces to close the Holmes Theater’s 20th season on Friday, May 12, with a musical tribute to the Doobie Brothers titled “Takin’ It to the Streets.” Listen to hits like “What A Fool Believes”, “Black Water”, “Minute by Minute” and more, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Season passes, tickets on sale
In addition to individual tickets to all of the shows listed above, the Holmes Theater also offers a few season pass options.
The Performing Arts Series includes eight shows – Chicago Tap Theatre, Concordia Duo, Hollywood Songbook, The Latehomecomer, Mardi Gras Kings, B2wins and Copper Street Brass, while the Tribute Series features 10 concerts including Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Wings Over America, Wild Angels, Rock & Roll Christmas, Fabulous Armadillos Party Band, From Barry with Love, Simon & Simon, Acoustic Legends, 3 Stars Born and Takin’ It to the Streets.
If you want to see them all, “The Works” package includes the Performing Arts and Tribute series, as well as Lonestar and John Berry.
For pricing, seating options, and other information, contact the Holmes Theater box office at 218-844-7469, stop by in person at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, or visit the website at dlccc.org /holmes-theater.html .