Full of humor, music and surprises, Walkin’ Shoes brings together Kevin Kling, one of Minnesota’s most significant storytellers, and Dan Chouinard, accordionist, pianist and writer, for tales from the roads they’ve traveled. Throughout their journeys, Kling and Chouinard kindly rely on the strangeness of others to inspire stories and songs.
Kling, who is in his second year of a three year stint as MPR’s Artist-In-Residence, will also participate in an educational workshop at the East Grand Forks Senior High School in March.
About Kevin Kling: Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. Kevin Kling is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, which deliver hilarious, often tender stories. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.
About Dan Chouinard: Pianist, accordionist and occasional storyteller Dan Chouinard is a Minneapolis native who plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster of musicians and writers. Dan regularly creates special programs which blend storytelling, interview and music, many of these for Minnesota Public Radio, including “Cafe Europa” and “Mambo Italiano” which have been aired on Twin Cities public televison and broadcast statewide on MPR, as have his frequent radio collaborations with Ann Reed, Peter Ostroushko and Patricia Hampl. He has performed on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and was rehearsal accompanist on the movie set of the Robert Altman-directed movie “A Prairie Home Companion.”
The Walkin’ Shoes Tour
Thursday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
Empire Arts Center, 415 Demers Avenue, Grand Forks
Tickets: $12 (general admission); $10 (MPR members, military, students, seniors).
For tickets, call 701-746-5500.
Reception: There will be a reception following the concert performance.