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Palace Theatre will feature new music

LUVERNE -- Caravan du Nord will be gracing Luverne with its presence with a goal in mind -- to spur local talent.

As part of the Minnesota Music Coalition, Caravan du Nord is a new project by the coalition, funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and also in part by money from the Legacy Amendment.

Caravan du Nord will be touring several locations throughout the state, showcasing Minnesota bands and offering educational workshops for budding musicians.

"It is an outreach project going to different cities across the state, helping to reinvigorate culture and music themes in small towns," said Caravan du Nord tour manager Jade Tittle.

Twin cities-based bands Heiruspecs and Roma di Luna will be performing at the Palace Theatre on Oct 1. The audience can expect a mix of genres between the two -- with Heiruspecs being a rap/hip hop band and Roma di Luna, a folk band.

"It's different music than we're used to -- it's new," said Minnesota Presenters Network member, Ben VanderKooi.

In line with Minnesota Music Coalition's mission of supporting independent local artists, Tittle said a community band would perform at each location. This is where Luverne's own heavy metal band, Idyl Exhibit enters the picture.

"We want young artists who want to be musicians to know that they can be sustainable," Tittle said.

Also on the agenda for the day are free workshops encompassing two facets of the music industry.

The first workshop will be 2 p.m. at Coffey Haus, Luverne, and will feature "industry insider people" Tittle said, ranging from label representatives and band managers to social media marketers.

"It's to answer questions through open dialogue for those who want to be artists," she said. "They can learn about their options, their legal rights, and how to be a sustainable artist."

At 3 p.m. a writer's workshop will be organized at the same venue for interested parties to learn various music-related skills like composing and finger picking from band members.

Tittle and VanderKooi agreed that a highlight of the event was to attract a new audience.

"That's why we're bringing popular artists to typically, fine arts venues," Tittle said.

"We don't want to rule anyone out," VanderKooi added.

The concert will be 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Palace Theatre. Tickets are available in Luverne at Herb N' Legend, Coffey Haus and Carnegie Cultural Center; and in Sioux Falls at Last Stop CD Shop and Ernie November.