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Respected folk singer appearing in children's show

Americana, folk and acoustic musician Dennis Warner will entertain at a free children's show on July 27. (Submitted photo)

Park Rapids Crazy Days not only offers bargains for parents but also entertainment for children.

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Friends of the Library is sponsoring a free kids show with Minnesota folk singer Dennis Warner at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 27.

Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy Warner's smooth vocals, accompanied by his six- and 12-string guitars on the 2nd Street main stage.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, the Smoky Hills Singers from Pine Point will entertain at 4th Street and Main. "Unpolished" will play an eclectic mix of roots, Americana and bluegrass from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday on the main stage, followed by the Park Rapids Area High School "Theater in the Park" fundraiser on the main stage.

An Americana, folk, acoustic musician, Warner performs in over 100 cities each year.

His ninth CD, "Seeds," was named one of the top CDs of 2012 in folk music based on radio play.

"Beep Beep," is his first album intended for children. "Beep Beep" weaves together Warner's favorites from his childhood with newer songs, either written by him or friends and colleagues in the folk music world, like Tom Rush and Tom Paxton.

Warner's book, "Beads on One String," evolved from one of his songs and led to the creation of The Beads on One String Project, an elementary school curriculum used throughout the country as a meaningful and fun way to teach kids about the negative effects of bullying and the positive effects of recognizing our "connectedness" with each other.

For his songwriting talents, Warner was honored with an invitation to perform in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Other accolades include being a three-time "New Folk" finalist for songwriting at the internationally acclaimed Texas based Kerrville Folk Festival, co-founded by legendary performer Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary).

He has appeared on numerous regional television and radio programs as well as NPR's Great Acoustics, Live! and River City Folk. Warner has also been featured on Minnesota Public Radio's "Radio Heartland," and in concert on the internationally syndicated Soundstage program from Chicago.

He has collaborated with many noted musicians, including rock and roll legend Bobby Vee, vocalist Prudence Johnson, and instrumentalists Peter Ostroushko, Paul Diethelm, Freebo and George Maurer. Most recently, he recorded with musician and humanitarian J.D. Steele.

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