The Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band will close out the 2019 Sounds of Spirit Lake concert season at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.
The outdoor concert is held on the shore of Spirit Lake in Menahga, near the boat launch. Bring your lawn chair.
The Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band started in the spring of 1967. Over the past decades, they have performed at many jazz festivals, including Sacramento and Palm Springs, Calif.; Suncoast, Fla.; Bix Beiderbecke in Davenport, Iowa, and jazz festivals in Illinois, Ohio, Montana and Washington.
Barbary Coast is made up of six musicians. Dick Peterson, a founding member, is one of a few left-handed banjoists in the country. Russ Peterson plays trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, sax and bass. Steve Pikal is a world-class bass and trombone player. Tom Andrews is one of the finest Dixieland drummers in the nation. Jim ten Bensel has his bachelor and master’s degrees in music from the University of Minnesota. As a performer, ten Bensel has toured with Henry Mancini and Stan Kenton. He has backed up folks like Bob Hope, Vickie Carr, Red Skelton and many others. Fred Richardson, the newest member of the band, plays clarinet, bass, sax and banjo.
The band was flown to Washington, DC to perform for the Special Olympics and for a special concert for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 1983, the band performed for President Reagan when he visited Minneapolis. In 1984, the band performed their first Dixieland worship service. They have continued a musical ministry that is still going strong.
In 1990, the band accompanied the Mayor of St. Paul to Nagasaki, Japan on a Dixieland goodwill tour. In 2001, the band was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
In case of rain, the concert will be moved into the Menahga School. Food and refreshments are available at the lakefront site, provided by the United Methodist Church. On the menu are hot dogs, sodas, root beer floats, coffee and water.