Art in the Park 2017
Schedule at a Glance
10:15 am – 11:45 am - Carlis Faurot (violin) & Mike Maas (guitar)
11:45 am – 1:15 pm - Dave Arnold (guitar)
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm - “Lar” Larry Bister (guitar) and Jan Leman (concertina)
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm - Marshall Hjerstedt (guitar)
Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas are Cedar Rapids area musicians. Carlis works at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and has family ties to Vinton. For over 20 years, Carlis has played with many of the most popular bands in the region. Carlis and Mike were original cast members of the Liar’s Holographic Radio Theatre and were part of the folk rock group Black Sheep. Carlis is currently playing every Thursday with Wild Bill and the Pony Express at the VFW in Cedar Rapids. Carlis is also currently performing locally with Mike Maas, who joins him on guitar and vocals.
Dave Arnold is a former resident of Vinton now living in Cedar Rapids. Dave is a solo artist who teaches music, sings and plays both guitar and saxophone. He has opened for some of today’s biggest current stars, including Dorks Bentley and Trick Pony. Dave can often be found performing a various local venues and has also performed nationally, including solo performances in Washington DC.
The Jan Leman Band features Jan Leman, an accomplished concertina player and vocalist. Jan is backed up by Lar Bister on guitar and vocals. The band plays a wide variety of old favorite polkas, waltzes, foxtrots, and popular selections with Lar sprinkling in some of his country songs from time to time. It's an entertaining show performed by two experienced performers who are certain to please any audience.
Larry "Lar" Bister was born and raised on a farm near Marquette, NE, singer/songwriter Larry Bister has been performing professionally for most of his life. He is a seasoned veteran of country, folk, and rock & roll. A multi-instrumentalist, Lar plays guitar, his principal instrument, as well as baritone guitar, bass, keyboards, mandolin, 5-string banjo, and ukulele. These days Lar performs regularly with Texas '55, a Milwaukee based classic country band, as well as with the Jan Leman Band. Lar also has an active solo career. In 2016 he released "Cottonwoods", his first solo album. Lar is currently working on a second album due for release late in 2017.
Jan Leman started performing professionally when she was 14. The first edition of the Jan Leman Band played polka music in the Milwaukee area and eventually, as Jan puts it, played every VFW hall between Milwaukee and the Mississippi River. Later, when Jan became a wife and a mother she put away her concertinas and they remained untouched for 35 years. This past summer some friends urged her to start playing again. Fortunately, she followed their advice and now she's back again and better than ever.
Jan and Lar were in Garrison recently! Jan was interviewed by Vinton Today: Concertina concert: Milwaukee musician brings Polish polka tradition to Garrison. She talks about learning to play the concertina and how she is looking forward to coming back for Art in the Park. There is also a link in the article to a video of her playing at the Mercantile.
Marshall Hjerstedt is an award winning songwriter from the Chicago Metro Area. He performs Original material and interpretations of classic songs from many genres. Gary Tuber of The Chicago Folk Examiner, said this about Marshall’s last release “Painting the Scene": “If you are one of those people who believes in buying local, then Marshall Hjertsedt's latest CD, Painting the Scene, is for you. Engineered locally by Bruce Roper, it was also recorded and mastered in the area. Did we mention that Marshall Hjerstedt is a Chicago-area singer/songwriter? Well, he is. We noticed familiars names such as Sandy Andina, Bruce Foster, Jordi Kleiner, and others, providing vocals and background instrumentation. Marshall Hjerstedt has a fine voice, and is a creative songwriter. Most of the cuts on Painting the Scene are original, with a little help from a guy named “Longfellow.” (Not a local guy, but we like him anyway). And we now know what it is like to attend a Redneck Wedding.”