NORTHWOOD, ND – “Rainy Days and Mondays,” a Broadway-caliber show featuring the music of The Carpenters, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on July 23 at the Performing Arts Center in Northwood, ND
Aimee Lee and the Superstars, a 13-piece band based in Minneapolis, will perform the hits of brother-sister duo Karen and Richard Carpenter.
Sponsored by the Northwood Performing Arts Council, the show is part of Northwood’s annual Old Fashioned Saturday event and will take place at the arts center, which is connected to Northwood Public School, 420 Trojan Road.
Tickets, $55 each for reserved seating, can be purchased at www.NorthwoodpacND.org; you can select your seats online. The place is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“It will be a very special evening. We are very excited,” said arts council member Judy Engen. “(The musicians) perfected the sound of The Carpenters, and Aimee Lee sounds like Karen Carpenter, which is amazing.”
Karen Carpenter has won acclaim for her three-octave contralto vocal range. Along with her older brother, the couple achieved huge commercial and critical success throughout the 1970s. In 1983, she died of heart failure, aged 32, from complications from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder little known at the time.
Concert goers can expect to hear favorite Carpenters hits such as “Kind of a Hush”, “Ticket to Ride”, “Mr. Postman”, “Near You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “For all we know”.
The Performing Arts Center auditorium has “good sound and good sight lines,” Engen said. “Every seat is a good seat.”
“We are extremely fortunate to be working with (Aimee Lee and the Superstars) in the programming of their stellar show,” she said. “They really recreate the distinctive sound of the best-selling band of the 70s, The Carpenters.”
The band has never played in the Greater Grand Forks area, she said, “so we’ve lined up something really special.”
This is the second year the 400-seat Performing Arts Center has been open, Engen said. Last year, Robby Vee and his Rock and Roll caravan was the first big show at the center.
The Performing Arts Council had contracted band Medora Musical to perform in December, but the sold-out performance had to be canceled a week before the show date due to a COVID outbreak, she said. declared. “It was a big disappointment.”
Engen and other board members “knew we needed to bring in a Broadway-caliber band this summer to help rebuild trust and support in our community,” she said.
A few board members who had seen — and been impressed by — the Aimee Lee and the Superstars show in Chanhassen, Minnesota, suggested they be invited to perform at Northwood.
The group does not tour, but performs resident shows on special weekends at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, among other venues, Engen said.
Music group officials were convinced by board members to come to Northwood and perform for this special event, she said.
Northwood Old Fashioned Saturday is a community occasion that has been going on for many years, Engen said. Various businesses and non-profit organizations sponsor events, such as a demolition derby and a parade.
“It’s become almost a Wednesday-to-Sunday event,” she said.