Event Link: https://www.pioneer.org/blogs/events-screenings/
Event Phone Number: 800-726-3178
Pioneer PBS will host a special screening, discussion and dance party to celebrate the release of Ken Burns’ new documentary Country Music in downtown Fergus Falls at A Center for the Arts on 124 Lincoln Ave on Thursday, August 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. The free event will feature a song writing workshop, live country music, line dance instruction and previews of the sweeping documentary which will air nationwide for eight nights starting September 15 on PBS. Pioneer PBS is teaming up with Bush Foundation Fellow Ashley Hanson of the Department of Public Transformation, A Center for the Arts and the Lake Region Arts Council to sponsor this event. For more information visit www pioneer.org or call 1-800-726-3178
Country Music is an eight-part,16-hour documentary series that explores the history of a uniquely American art form. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, hymns, minstrel music, and the blues performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, the series explores how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century and emerged to become America’s music.
Country Music focuses on the biographies of the fascinating characters such as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more,
Pioneer PBS is also producing a companion documentary that will feature Minnesota’s connection to the history and evolution of country music. Host Diana Pierce will trace how Minnesota-based musicians like Walter Benton from Dovray, Minnesota, Ardis Wells from Alexandria, the Big Bend Barn Dance gang and We Fest all contributed to the development and spread of country music in the North Star state.