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Upcoming show March 15: Ring of Kerry joined by Celtic dancers at Memorial Auditorium

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents an evening of Irish music and Celtic dance to kick off St. Patrick’s weekend. Ring of Kerry is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group that captures the hearts of listeners. The group takes its name from a beautiful craggy drive in southwestern County Kerry, Ireland. Its Celtic music, however, is played with a heart much closer to its American home.

Ring of Kerry will be joined by Celtic dancers for this highly engaging performance celebrating traditional roots, modern ideas and original work. The performing artists’ time in Dawson will include an afternoon student performance for both elementary and high school students. Additionally, the Irish music group and Celtic dancers will travel to Johnson Memorial Health Services for a late afternoon performance specifically tailored to our care center residents and assisted living tenants.

This activity is funded in part with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Event sponsors for this event are Peggy Crosby and Dave Pederson. Coffee from Gnometown Grounds will be served in the lobby.

Admission to the 7pm evening performance at Memorial Auditorium is $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are currently available online at or at the door or by calling the box office at 320-312-2311.

We encourage audience members to make it a complete evening by attending the Dawson-Boyd Robotics team’s 5-7pm open house and meal prior to Ring of Kerry’s 7pm performance at Memorial Auditorium. The robotics open house takes place at Dawson-Boyd High School’s Innovation Lab where the community will have the opportunity to learn about this year’s competition and witness the robot in action. The meal consisting of pulled smoked turkey, chips, a cookie and water will be available as a free-will donation in the nearby Ag Shop.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music, dance and technology as we celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Ireland and Robotics. These performances promise to be a delightful and enriching experience for all.

Upcoming show September 30: The High 48s Bluegrass Band

The High 48s Bluegrass Band: Meander Weekend Concert – September 30, 2023

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association announces the opening concert of its 23rd performing arts season with a concert by The High 48s Bluegrass Band during Meander Weekend on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00pm at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.

Since forming in northeast Minneapolis in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude. They’re a band with one foot in tradition and the other in the world of music today. The High 48s are also a band of songwriters. Here, too, they take a modern approach, heeding the well-worn advice to writers: write what you know. Their songs ring true to their lives as northern city-folk rather than an imagined “sweet, sunny south” of coal miners.

Event sponsors for this event are FM Bank, Pioneer PBS, and Norma Powers. Coffee from Marc’s on Main will be served in the lobby. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for the concert are currently available online at or through the box office at 320-312-2311. Concert tickets will also be available at the door.

June 24: Folsom Prison Experience features music of Johnny Cash Tickets on Sale now!

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association announces that tickets are now on sale for the Riverfest Weekend show, Folsom Prison Experience, at Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, June 24 at 7:00pm. Described as “an immersive tribute drama,” Folsom Prison Experience is a musical that merges live concert, stage drama, audience participation and interactive theater. The show recreates one of the most important days in Johnny Cash’s storied musical career – January 13, 1968 – when he and his entourage put on two shows for the inmates of California’s Folsom Prison.

At the center of the production is Church of Cash, the award-winning Johnny Cash tribute band featuring Jay Ernest as The Man in Black. Folsom Prison Experience was written by Ernest and his friend and collaborator Tom Pickard.

The critical and commercial reactions to Johnny Cash’s iconic 1968 live recording, At Folsom Prison, are well documented – a No. 1 smash that catapulted Cash to crossover stardom and cemented his reputation as an artist who didn’t play by the conventional rules.

Audiences are encouraged to become a part of the production by wearing inmate attire and consider themselves part of that same captive crowd that cheered during Cash’s 1968 concert.

Sneak Peek at Mike Brody show in Dawson MN on Feb 4

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is presenting comedian Mike Brody on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:00pm at Hilltop Bar, Grill & Event Center with a meal option beginning at 6:15pm.

It’s going to be a great show and we thought a sneak peek might get your week started off right!

There are a limited number of tickets available for both the meal and the show due to the size of the venue; tickets for both the show and meal must be reserved in advance. The box office will be open on weekday mornings beginning Wednesday, January 25 from 9am-noon.

The pre-show meal includes a burger bar with fixings, salad & chips. Cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Tickets for the show only may be purchased online. For more information or to reserve tickets for the meal and the show, call the box office at 320-312-2311.

Holiday music, silent auction part of Dec. 3 concert at Memorial Auditorium

Audiences at the December 3 concert (Dennis Warner and the D’s!) will be treated to holiday music, treats and a chance to bid on the silent auction fundraiser at Memorial Auditorium.

Donated items include original artwork, hardangar, holiday baskets, handmade mittens and lefse. Bidding begin at 6:30pm.

Here are the items:

  • Framed white & blue framed hardangar handwork – from the Phil & Jean Maus collection
  • Signed & numbered framed etching print of a Viking ship on the high seas – from the Phil & Jean Maus collection
  • Holiday baskets from Pioneer PBS – one for adult; one for youth
  • Lefse by Mavis Hutt
  • Handmade woolen mittens
  • Extreme Chocolate Basket – donated by the DBAA Board

Proceeds from the auction will be designated to improvements to the newly-refreshed auditorium lobby.

News for tomorrow: Auction in the lobby and the streets are clear

We’ve added a silent auction to the fun tomorrow night! The silent auction fundraiser AND coffee from Marc’s on Main will be located in the Commons area. Bidding will continue through the end of intermission.

Please come prepared to enjoy live music by Six Appeal, drink good coffee and bid on quality work by Meander artists!

  • Oatmeal pitcher from Tokheim Stoneware – 7″ tall – holds 1.5 quarts
  • Sami bracelet by Patrice Guyen
  • Raku fired tile by Julie Berndt

Also – the streets are open around Memorial Auditorium! Pine Street, Chestnut Street and 9th Street will all be open this weekend. Big love to the street construction crews!

Riverfest Shows June 26: The Dollipops and Divas through the Decades 

We are excited to share our line up for Riverfest Weekend in Dawson – and the good news is that both shows are FREE!

At 12:00pm [NOON] this Saturday, June 26, The Dollipops will perform at Riverside Park. Bring the kids for this family show with music and laughs!

At 2:00pm, Divas through the Decades will take the stage and perform a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music. Music, choreography, costumes & high energy will make this show a highlight of your weekend!

Bring a chair and enjoy these shows in the shade of the trees at Riverside Park – at the south end of Main Street in Dawson.

Thanks to our event sponsor – Dawson Co-op Credit Union!

Spread the word – fun for all ages!