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Summer Music Series 2023

Thursday June 22, 2023

Life in Progress with Friends of Cornstalk Convergence

Thursday, July 13, 2023


Humbletown is a folk/bluegrass duo featuring Morgan Carnes on clawhammer banjo and Dylan Lewis on flatpick guitar and mandolin. The duo primarily writes their own songs in eclectic styles but also plays traditional songs, fiddle tunes, and folk and country covers. The duo prides itself on unique harmonies and vibrant traditional and improvisational instrumentals. They have shared the stage with Trout Steak Revival, Woodbelly, Charlie Parr, Jalan Crossland, and John Craigie. They have performed at Revival Music Festival and at the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition. They also won the 2018 South Dakota Folk Off contest.

While they primarily play as a duo, they often play as a full band featuring upright bass, fiddle, and cello. The full band brings an energetic and dynamic performance, featuring awe-inspiring instrumentalists and added vocal harmonies.

Image by Destyn Humann

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Dana Cooper

Cooper’s lifelong passion & devotion to music began at age 2 in Kansas City. His father, George, was a huge influence. One of Dana's earliest memories is of his father taking him to the Calico Cat, popping a coin in the jukebox and listening to Dana sing along with Hank Williams & Ernest Tubb.


At age 20 a move to LA resulted in a record deal with Elektra Records where he recorded his first album with members of “The Section” Russ Kunkel and Leleand Sklar, as well as other luminary players Jim Horn, Al Perkins, Jim Gordon, Joe Osborne, and Lee Holdridge. This album still wins accolades today and was recently reissued on the Warner/Japan label.


After several years in California and a year recording in Seattle, Cooper moved to Texas where he wrote and performed with Shake Russell. They released several independent albums and one album for Southcoast/MCA.


Dana formed his own experimental bands, DC3, and Nuclear Family and released his first solo project Complicated Stuff. In 1988 he moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his songwriting career collaborating with other songwriters: 

Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Don Henry, Pat Alger, Hal Ketchum, Kim Carnes, Josh Leo, Pierce Pettis, Kim Richey, and Allen Shamblin.   


His years as a Troubadour are measured by his impressive 28 Albums and Collection of Accolades:


• In the Spirit of Folk Award from Folk Alliance International (2015)

• Heritage Musician Award from The Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City,              

   MO (2014)

• Veteran Recurring Performer at Kerrville Folk Festival

• Best Male Songwriter Award Indie Acoustic Project, for Made of Mud (2005). 

• Best Record Award The Tennesseean, for Harry Truman Built a Road (2002)

• Nashville Music Award Nomination Best Pop Album for Miracle Mile (1997)


Cooper’s songs have been recorded by a variety of artists such as bluegrass singer Claire Lynch, Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell, Nashville songbird Jonell Mosser, as well as songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. His incredible catalogue and musical sensibilities have led to endorsements from AirPlay Direct and Elixir Strings.

September 14, 2023

Alma Andina


Alma Andina combines traditional instruments from South America with Latin rhythms such as Cumbia, Salsa, Folk, Guajira, Latin Rock, Reggae, and other danceable styles. They have been playing music in the Twin Cities for more than 7 years, always evolving in their instrumentation, line up, and sound in general. With a diverse line up of members from Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the USA, Alma Andina brings a mix of musical flavors and invites the community to feel unified and represented by the beautiful and always evolving diversity.


3rd Annual Salsa Competition

2023 Salsa Competition Application

Fill out the application on the application and complete it prior to Wednesday, September 13th including the ingredients in your homemade salsa (we do not want your recipe, it is to avoid any food allergies) and bring at least a pint of your precious dip to the Art Center prior to 3:00pm on Thursday, September 14 th so we can prepare each entry for the competition. Two $50 gift certificates to local Jackson restaurants will reward the two winners of the salsa contest plus bragging rights. All concert and Farmers and Makers Market attendees will be given a plate of chips to taste the salsas and vote for their favorites. One award will honor the Taster’s Choice, and the second will be selected by judges from the Jackson County Central School District.

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