Matt Vee Family & Friends Celebrate the Music of Neil Diamond – DATE CHANGED

We just received word from the members of the band that the “Matt Vee Family & Friends Celebrate the Music of Neil Diamond” concert scheduled for Riverfest Weekend on June 29 needs to be rescheduled to Friday, August 2, 2019 because one of their band members died suddenly last week. Here is a message from the band:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that due to the sudden and untimely passing of our brother, friend and guitar player Kurt Rodman, we have rescheduled our Saturday, June 29 performance at the Dawson-Boyd Memorial Auditorium to Friday, August 2, 2019. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you all on August 2.”

Matt Vee & The Killer Vees

We extend our sincere sympathies to these musicians. We appreciate that they were able to postpone and not cancel – and that they offered a summer date.

This situation is a new one for us and we understand that some of our ticket-holders will have questions. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who asks about tickets already purchased. The box office will be staffed for several days as we work through the lists of ticket-holders. This may take several days, so if you are not called immediately, please be patient.


We intend to contact all ticket-holders. If you have purchased tickets, and can still attend the concert on August 2, you do not need to do anything. The seats you chose will be reserved for that August 2 concert.

If you purchased tickets and cannot attend on August 2, you will be contacted by our box office staff to determine how you want to handle your tickets. We will refund tickets for this unforeseen situation in the same manner as the tickets were purchased.

If you purchased tickets and cannot attend, feel free to find someone else to use them! We cannot manage re-sale of tickets through the box office between parties, but since our members were the first to buy tickets, we know you all have great seats!

If you purchased tickets and cannot use them and would like to turn them back in to the box office as a charitable donation, we are happy to provide a charitable receipt for the amount of your purchase.

Meander Weekend will launch new work by local poet Lauren K. Carlson

On Saturday, October 6, Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents the premiere of a new work during Meander weekend at 7:30pm at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson: A Life on the Prairie: Poem, Story & Song from Lac qui Parle.

Poet and writer Lauren K. Carlson, in collaboration with regional and local musicians, combines her experiences as a writer in a performed reading featuring art song and musical accompaniment. Themes of Carlson’s work include celebrating the natural world while recognizing the challenges of life and work in a rural setting.

Collaborators for this production include composer Andy Stermer, formerly of Montevideo; pianist Brandon Hurley and bassist Allysa Larson, and mezzo-soprano Heidi Felton, all residents of the Prairie Waters region.

Event sponsors are Farmers for Dawson and Pioneer Public Television. Coffee from Marc’s on Main will be available in the lobby. Tickets are on sale now online and will also be available at the door. For more information, contact the box office at 320-312-2311. Order Online: Click here!

Arts Association opens 18th season with White Whale Productions’ Ishmael September 20

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association announces the opening event of its 2018-2019 performing arts season on Thursday, September 20 with a performance of Ishmael by White Whale Productions at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson at 7:30pm.

Drawn from Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick, Ishmael tells the tale of a country schoolteacher who signs on to a whaling trip with a captain he’s never met. A shape-shifting actor and a multifaceted musician conjure a funny, thoughtful, harrowing play about one man’s drive to see the world and another man’s insatiable quest to destroy it.

Originating at the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Ishmael was chosen for development into a full-length theater piece at the 2016 Big Sky Conservatory and premiered at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in 2017. Ishmael opened the season for Minneapolis’ Jungle Theater in 2018, successfully selling out daily performances for three weeks.

A Life on the Prairie: Oct 6

A Life on the Prairie: Poem, Story and Song from Lac qui Parle by Lauren K. Carlson
Saturday Oct 6
7:30 pm
Tickets $15 Adult or $5 Students
Meander Weekend Performance

Pioneer Public Television
Farmers for Dawson

Comedy Night with Tommy Ryman! Feb 2

Winterfest Comedy Night
Saturday Feb 2
7:00 pm
Tickets $15 Adults or $5 Students
Pasta Buffet beginning at 6:00pm – $11 per person
Limited seating of 150 for this meal & show
Meals must be purchased by Jan. 30

NEW Location:
Hilltop Bar, Grill & Event Center
712 Oak Street on Hwy 212 – Dawson

Join us for a night of laughs with Tommy Ryman – and have dinner before the show!

Tommy Ryman grew up with a new-age, folksinging mother and a traditional, Lutheran insurance-agent father. This XY equation evidently equals: acclaimed comedian. Ryman has earned the title of Semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, where judges raved about Tommy saying, “they had never seen anything like him, one of a kind, fantastic!”

Ryman’s act is absurdist and clever, masked behind a very likable and innocent demeanor, often thought of as disturbingly adorable. He is a favorite among audiences at top clubs, colleges, and corporate events around the nation, and he is regularly featured on SiriusXM, and iheartradio.

Ryman recently won the title of Best in the Midwest at the prestigious Gilda’s Laugh Fest,and voted best comedian in the Twin Cites by City Pages. He was invited to perform at the Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theater.   Ryman’s newest album “Having the Time of My Life” hit #2 on the iTunes comedy charts, and he also has a brand new comedy special on Dry Bar Comedy

Johnson Memorial Health Services
Dawson Chamber