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Pearl Street Banjo Band

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The Pearl Street Banjo Band tenor banjo player is Paul Erickson - who was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in September 2017 - along with John McEuen of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Roy Clark of country music fame. He produces the annual Midwest Banjo Fest in La Crosse, is a member of The Seven Rivers Jazz Band and Four Shades of Jazz, andis a featured soloist at national banjo events. Paul performed for years in the Rev. Al Townsend's Wonderful World Jazz Band, and got his start playing at Shakey's Pizza in La Crosse.

The plectrum banjo player is Fred Dodd who retired to West Salem after being the banjo player on the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen for 25 years - and plays with several banjo bands annually in California jazz fests. He also plays with The Gate City Jazz Band in Winona. Les Fields plays pocket trumpet, washboard, hi-hat cymbal and sings. He's 89 and was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2005. His (still active) Turkey River All Stars represented Minnesota in the 1984 World's Fair; and have played at the Clear Lake, IA, Dixieland festival, in and around Rochester, and on riverboats. He previously played in Mayo Clinic's 22-piece big band, the Notochords.

Neil Duresky played bass 15 years in the Grumpy Old Men swing band, and currently plays in ThePearl Street Banjo Band, The Seven Rivers Jazz Band, and Four Shades of Jazz; and has performedwith The Turkey River All Stars, Jazz Reunion, Contraband, and Joe, Lynn & the Boys. His claim to fame is appearing with Logan High School's Top Hats Dixieland band on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour in 1959.
$10.00 Cover at the door.