We are delighted to have Feeding Leroy back with us again this year, and are also excited to announce a whole new lineup of great music consisting of Roe Family Singers, Cedar Creek Singers (Traditional Native American music), Jacob Mahon, Drew Hines, Nathan Frazer, Brandon & Mike, and the Langertsons. The Holy Hootenanners will end the night with a mix of new album hits, rock-and-roll, country and good old traditional gospel tunes. This Hootenanny will also feature an acoustic stage, where songwriters and musicians from both near and far will keep the tunes going all through the day.
Beyond the great music, the 5th Annual Mahtowa Hootenanny will also be utilizing Salem's Mahtowa Hall to serve up pulled pork sandwiches fresh off the spit, along with potato salad and baked beans in true Lutheran style. It's a perfect opportunity to see what spectacular changes The Hall has made since its purchase! There will also be dancing, prizes, and games; fun for the whole family.
This little shin-dig started out as a fundraiser for a community center our church, Salem Lutheran, purchased a few years back. We called it Revive the School: Gospel Fest and More, and held it at the Carlton County Fairgrounds. Its success helped move this building forward, now officially dubbed Salem's Mahtowa Hall. We have watched this little building evolve over the past 4 years as new flooring was put in, the kitchen was renovated, walls were painted and bathrooms were updated. With money flowing in from every Holy Hootenanners' event and massive building and remodeling efforts from the members of Salem Lutheran Church, it is now a place we are proud to open up to community members for weddings, showers, parties and other events, as well as a place where musical magic happens.
Our focus has changed since that first fundraiser, and now our Mahtowa Hootenanny is a way for the Hoots to give back to the community by providing a day of free entertainment and fun for all ages every year. In its evolution, the Mahtowa Hootenanny has showcased the talents of artists such as Duluth's Feeding Leroy, Fishheads, and Care Bears, Care Bears, Yeah!, as well as Milkbone, Matt Ray, The Gilbertson Brothers, and other wonderful musicians.
Photo Credits from the 2015 Mahtowa Hootenanny: Rahw Photography