Reuben Ristrom and the Bourbon Street Boys Jazz Band, featuring members of the Upper Mississippi Jazz Band and the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band, will perform in concert on Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Reuben Ristrom & The Bourbon Street Boys Jazz Band

Reuben Ristrom and the Bourbon Street Boys Jazz Band, featuring members of the Upper Mississippi Jazz Band and the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band, will perform in concert on Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

The popular guitarist and banjo player has gathered together a select group of musicians who specialize in traditional jazz and swing. These artists have performed at jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S. and with the best area jazz bands.

Ristrom has performed at the La Crosse Great River, Mid-America, St. Louis, Central Illinois, Decatur, Kansas City Jazz, and Bix Beiderbecke Festivals, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, and others. He has played with the Upper Mississippi Jazz Band, Barbary Coast Jazz Band, Mouldy Figs, and the Riverboat Ramblers.

Russ Peterson is a versatile musician on many horns and vocals. He has toured extensively with Ristrom and is also with the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band.

Art Katzman, trombone, is an original member of the Upper Mississippi Jazz Band, the Riverboat Ramblers, and many others.

Fred Richardson plays banjo and clarinet and is a singer as well. He appears with the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band, the Southside Aces, and many more. He also performed on the Delta Queen riverboat.

Steve Pikal is one the busiest bass player in the area, and played trombone for years with some of the best big bands before playing bass. He performs with the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band.

Jay Epstein is a master of many percussion styles and has toured with Ristrom extensively. In his early days, he was with Les Fields and the Turkey River All-Stars.

Ristrom’s wife, Diane, and son, Dan, will also sing a few numbers with the band.

Diane Ristrom is the director of music ministries, choir director, organist, and pianist for Lutheran Church of the Master in Brooklyn Center, in addition to singing with her husband for many events. She also taught vocal music for Robbinsdale District 281 for 25 years.

Dan Ristrom is a vocalist, bassist, and educator, who performs with his own funk/soul band, The Big Throwdown. He recently returned from an international tour of “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” a Rhythmic Circus production.

Tickets are $24 and $17 for students of any age. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at

2019-20 season tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019-20 season of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. Community theater and children’s theater productions, concerts ranging from popular to classical music, Wurlitzer theater pipe organ concerts, dance performances, gallery exhibitions, and classes in the visual and performing arts are all offered throughout the year.

The theater series consists of the touching comedy “Weekend Comedy,” the comic yet heartbreaking “Population 485,” the musical comedy “Singin’ in the Rain,” the hopeful drama “A Shayna Maidel” (A Pretty Girl), and the mystery-comedy “Busybody.”

The music series features traditional jazz pianist Bobby van Deusen, the Lake Wobegon Brass Band, country singer/songwriter Mo Pitney, the bluegrass/Celtic/roots quartet the Barley Jacks, and the dynamic piano trio Take 3.

The organ series consists of favorite nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians Ron Rhode, Dave Wickerham, and Justin LaVoie.

Special events include “Remembering the Little Prince” by Ballet Co.Laboratory, Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics, “The Gals o’ Comedy” “The Elvis Show,” The Phipps Festival Chorus holiday concerts, “The Best is Still to Come” by The Phipps Dance Theater, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” by The Phipps Children’s Theater, The Phipps Choral Society performing Mozart’s “Requiem,” guitarist Pat Donohue and the Prairie All Stars, and vocalist Colleen Raye with the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra.

In addition, “Sinatra and Company, Music from the Rat Pack Era” will be performed on New Year’s Eve, but is not available as part of a season ticket package.

A season package of any seven events costs $126, which is only $18 per ticket; a five-show package costs $95, only $19 per ticket; and a season subscription to three events is $60, only $20 per ticket. Subscribers are also able to exchange their tickets for another performance free of charge.

For a season brochure, contact The Phipps Center ticket office at 715-386-8409 or visit for a complete season schedule.

Minnesota orchestra to perform free outdoor concert July 1 in Hudson

The Phipps Center for the Arts proudly announces the 31st annual free outdoor concert by the Minnesota Orchestra on Monday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakefront Park band shell in Hudson, Wis.

Under the direction of assistant conductor Akiko Fujimoto, the acclaimed ensemble will delight music lovers of all ages with a mix of well-loved popular and classical music.

The Grammy Award-winning orchestra, now in its second century and led by music director Osmo Vänskä, has long ranked among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programs; and a visionary commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of tomorrow.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation and the William H. Phipps Foundation.

The Lakefront Park band shell is located west of The Phipps Center at the corner of First and Locust Streets. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Patrons are asked to respect the comfort of others by not smoking or bringing pets into the seating area.

For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715-386-2305.

‘Weekend comedy’ is light-hearted summer entertainment

“Weekend Comedy,” a touching comedy by Sam Bobrick which explores the meaning of love and the differences between generations will be performed July 12-28 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Peggy and Frank Jackson are a stoic, set-in-their-ways, middle-aged couple who rent a remote cabin for a long weekend. Peggy hopes to rekindle some romance with her stick-in-the-mud husband, but Frank wonders just what there is to do out in the woods all weekend, cut off from the rest of the world and his beloved routines. Peggy finally gets Frank “in the mood,” only to be interrupted by Jill and Tony. By mistake, this young couple has been booked into the same cabin for the weekend, with their own romantic plans to celebrate four years of cohabitation.

The younger couple is invited to stay for dinner and, eventually, to share the cabin for the weekend. The differences between the generations soon become evident and sparks fly. The two couples are confronted with the age-old question, “What is love?” Is it about passion and spontaneity, or is it about comfort and commitment? Both couples benefit from taking a fresh look at love and their own relationships.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $13 for students of any age. “Weekend Comedy” pricing will be based on demand and it will never be lower than it is right now.

In addition, The Phipps Center offers a theater series flex pass of five tickets for $95. Patrons may use one ticket for each of the five theater series shows or use all five tickets for one show.

Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at

‘The Snow Queen’ Theater Camp

“The Snow Queen” Theater Camp, for students entering grades 5 and 6, will be offered by Charles Fraser Monday-Friday, July 22-Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-noon each day at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. Campers will rehearse and perform a small production of “The Snow Queen.” With joyful guidance, children will be encouraged to explore personal creativity, receive rigorous instruction on focus-building skills, and learn to work as an ensemble. A pizza party will follow the final Thursday class, just before the performance that afternoon. The play will be performed for the public on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. The class fee is $379, and the maximum enrollment is 24.

Fraser is a teaching artist with the Guthrie Theater, Upstream Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Avalon Charter School, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and Saint Louis Park High School, as well as an adjunct professor at Concordia University.

Registrations may be made by calling 715-386-2305, or by going online to, or by sending the fee(s) to The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016.

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