Ann Reed launches Chatfield’s 2020 Chosen Bean Concert Series


SUBMITTED PICTURE Singer and 12-string guitarist Ann Reed kicks off the Chosen Bean Concert Series in Chatfield Saturday.

The spring season of the Chosen Bean Concert Series begins this weekend at Chatfield Center for the Arts.  Known for presenting premiere original artists in an intimate coffee house setting, the 2020 Chosen Bean Concert Series launches with Ann Reed on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Reed is a Minnesota-based songwriter, singer, and 12-string guitarist who’s been performing for more than 35 years.  Her rich, dark-chocolate voice, storytelling from the human experience, and songs that find a permanent place in the heart have been enjoyed by many thousands over her career.  Of course, some of her songs and stories might end up closer to your funny bone — as a little irreverence never hurt anyone. Reed has toured North America coast to coast, doing concerts, clubs, festivals, and she's met wonderful fans and made friends all along the way.

Reed began teaching herself how to play the guitar at the ripe old age of 12 and has been a performer for her entire adult life.  Growing up with two older brothers, she was influenced by whatever they were listening to — Kingston Trio, early Joni Mitchell, Vanilla Fudge, Cream, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, Beatles, Pete Seeger — plus the writers and singers of her parents' era: Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney.  Mary Travers — of Peter, Paul and Mary fame — was the first singer Reed heard who sang low, just like Reed!

Chosen Bean Concerts are presented in the American Legion Room at Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA).  With a capacity of only 100, patrons sit within a few feet of the performers or at tables arranged coffee house style.  Chosen Bean Concerts cultivate an intimate concert atmosphere offering audiences an immersive and engaging experience with the performers.  In the words of the series curator, CCA Board Member Joanne Martin, “The quality of the music and the musicians in the Chosen Bean lineup will tickle your ears, challenge your mind, make you laugh (and perhaps shed a few tears), all with the hope of offering insights to a better world through music.”

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 8.  Socializing prior to the show is encouraged and concert goers can enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks sold by CCA.  Complimentary tea and coffee are provided for your enjoyment.  Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and include two sets of music with an intermission.

Additional Chosen Bean concerts this year include Americana and country blues master guitarist Brooks Williams on March 14, folk music standout Kerry Patrick Clark on April 18, and the accomplished vocal and instrumental duo Moors and McCumber on May 2.  Tickets are $20 per concert in advance or $22 at the door; series subscriptions for all four concerts are available for $70 cash or check in the box office or $74 if purchased online.  Additional information can be found online at www.chatfieldarts.org, or by calling 507-884-7676.