August 16, 2022

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

Flekkefest music features variety

Music, live music, has always been an integral part of Flekkefest, Elbow Lake’s annual Scandinavian celebration… and 2022 is no exception. Flekkefest 2022 takes place August 5-7 this year and features music from country, the Caribbean islands, American rock and roll, from hard rock to pop hits, Scandinavian folk music, and even some easy-listening jazz.

Keyboarder Jay Johnson, kicks things off Friday afternoon with a performance at the outside stage in front of the Community Building. Jay will be playing his easy-listening pop tunes from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

It’s authentic county music at Friday evening’s Flekkefeast, with the Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys playing on the Veterans Park stage from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

With their name taken from the 1971 Lefty Frizzell song, The Honky – Tonk Stardust Cowboys, “play the country tunes of bygone days.” The band is one of the very few in central Minnesota performing traditional country music in the spirit and sound of the original recordings. Their song list includes classic hits from artists such as: Martina McBride, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, and many more, as well as some early rock and roll songs.

The Knotty Pine parking lot will host the rock band 8th Hour, Friday night starting at 9:00 p.m. This Fargo, ND – based band plays your favorite rock, country, pop, oldies… you name it, they do it!

On Saturday, the calypso sounds of Bruce Neumann and Tiki D will be performed on the outdoor stage in front of the community building from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

This is not your ordinary duo. They are organic, free range, home grown music with a twist of lime! Bruce plays guitar, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals, all while kicking the bass drum. Tiki D plays tropical steel pan, bass ukulele, bongos, shakers, maracas, samba whistle, harmonica, lots of percussion,……and yes…more cowbell!

The  Winter Sloths, an alt/rock/blues band from the Fergus Falls area, featuring WCA band instructor Nick Ganoe, will play rock hits, old and new, at the Fireman’s Street Dance from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.

This Flekkefest, the Sister City Program is combining with the Lions Fish Fry Sunday morning and will feature the Stenslie Brothers, playing at the fire hall from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Johan and Kristian Stenslie were raised by their North Dakota father and Norwegian mother in Norway. 

“My parents and our home church really raised us to be musicians,” said Johan. “By the time we were all in middle school, we led the music in our church almost every Sunday. Personally, the music I think we played best was bluegrass gospel. In the years that followed, music has taken us down many different paths.”

Sister Solvei is a singer/songwriter living on a sailboat docked in Tromso, Norway.

“As for my brother, Kristian, and I, who will be playing at Flekkefest, we have experience playing multiple instruments and genres of music – jazz, rock, gospel, traditional, and more. For this event, my brother will be playing guitar and I’ll be playing accordion as we share a variety of Scandinavian folk music. We will be playing instrumental music in addition to songs sung in Norwegian and Swedish.”

The Winter Sloths