Fesler-Lampert Performing Arts Series 2019-20

The Fesler-Lampert and Acoustic Roots Performing Arts Series feature an exciting array of musicians and entertainers. Events are open to the public. Check out our events for the 2019-20 season!


For more information, contact the SSM box office:  507-333-1620 or by email: [email protected]  

*All performances take place on campus in historic Newhall Auditorium.

Season Tickets - 
Fesler-Lampert Performing Arts Series - Adults $70, Students $42
Acoustic Roots Music Series - Adults $55, Students $33
“Pick Four” Discount - Save 10% on a combination of any four shows.


Che Apalache

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Adults $25, Students $15

Che Apalache
is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. He met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), and from their picking sessions, Che Apalache was formed and hit the stage. They began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, “Latingrass,” is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange. “This is a band to watch!” — Béla Fleck

The OK Factor - Have Yourself an OK Christmas

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Adults $18, Students $11

Join The OK Factor as they celebrate the holidays with traditional carols, seasonal songs, and original arrangements of holiday favorites!  Spend an evening immersed in the spirit of the season with your friends, family, and loved ones.  Playful and unexpected, The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by Americana and Irish fiddle styles, with an artistry that reveals their classical training. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan find great joy in defying expectations and delivering an experience outside of what audiences anticipate from a cello and violin combo.

Triple Espresso* - A Highly Caffeinated Comedy

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Adults $25, Students $15

Triple Espresso is a three man comedy with a 20+ year track record of making people laugh till their cheeks hurt!  It tells the story of three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell, and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. Butternut is a musician, a vulnerable soul with a lounge lizard smile; Maxwell is an uncertain magician with an attitude; and Bean is an irrepressible, all-over-the-map entertainer with big dreams. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to all ages. Triple Espresso had record-breaking runs in Minneapolis and San Diego. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the show as they take it on the road throughout Minnesota!

The Reminders

Monday, January 20, 2020
Adults $20, Students $12

The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat. Their unique mashup of razor-sharp rhymes; raw, soulful vocals; and reggae-tinged hip hop beats form the perfect backdrop for their relevant and inspiring themes. “Good luck leaving their show not feeling like you just witnessed something beautiful, rare, and absolutely infectious.” – Belly Up – Aspen, Colorado.  “Inspires, edifies, and uplifts in ways that very few things in this life can.” – Vocal Coalition

James Sewell Ballet*

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Adults $20, Students $12

James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse. In 1993, they made the bold decision to move the company to Minneapolis.  They envisioned a close-knit company of dance artists willing to both challenge physical limits and expand notions about ballet. Now, these many years later, critically acclaimed performances by James Sewell Ballet move and delight audiences across the country. The visit of JSB to the Newhall Stage at Shattuck-St. Mary’s is a retrospective celebration of 30 years of creative innovation. This special tour takes JSB to ten Greater Minnesota cities. A company of eight JSB dancers perform multiple pieces from the company’s first three decades. 

* This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota.