Chris Koza Concert

Folk, Pop and Rock-N-Roll performance at NYM Cultural Center on September 28th, 2019

NEW YORK MILLS, MN, September 19, 2019 – The Cultural Center in New York Mills is pleased to present Chris Koza in concert on Saturday, September 28th at 7:30pm at the Cultural Center.

Chris Koza and his bandmates have toured internationally, bringing sound rich in Minnesota Music Culture far beyond its telltale border. Weaving together the threads of folk, rock-n-roll, pop, and even choral and classical influences, Chris embraces Americana music as inclusive of any genre rooted in traditions of storytelling, poetry, and strong songwriting.

Chris draws from his extensive catalog of original material both as a solo artists and his band Rogue Valley. His songs have wormed their way into millions of eardrums all across the world, having been featured in films and television such as Fox’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, ABC’s General Hospital, and MTV’s Jersey Shore. Chris and his bandmates have also performed in many of the beautiful theaters and stages throughout the state of Minnesota including Red Wing’s Sheldon Theater, St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater and the Historic Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes.

Chris and his band deliver an energized live set exploring both artful nuance and raw potential. Featuring acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, keys, drums, lush harmonies – and when possible – additional vocals and orchestration from students and musicians from local communities. In addition to Chris’ original music, his set also finds an opportunity or two to honor the great legacy of Minnesota musicians.

This performance is the culmination of a week-long residency supported by a MSAB Arts Tour grant. During his residency, Chris will spend time with students from the New York Mills School and Wadena Area Learning Center, as well as residents at Perham Living. He will also perform two pop-up “sneak peek” mini shows at Disgruntled Brewing in Perham on Wednesday September 25 @ 6pm and at Drastic Measures Brewing in Wadena on Friday, September 27. Once you get a taste of Chris’ music at our local breweries, you won’t want to miss his full show on September 28th!

Concert begins at 7:30; doors open at 7:00. Complimentary snacks are provided; pop, water, coffee and tea will be available for purchase. Before the show, check out our gallery fiber art exhibit “A Stitch in Time”, or peruse our one-of-a-kind artist/gallery gift shop.

Tickets are $15 Door / $12 Advance / $2 off for Members / $5 Students (college ID required). Students who work with Chris during his residency can attend FREE! Buy tickets online or at the door. Call ahead for advance pricing. For more information, call 218-385-3339, or visit

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Cultural Center in New York Mills is a rural hub for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts. We offer visitors intimate opportunities to encounter art and artists in our 80-seat concert listening room, two galleries in a historic building, a gift store featuring local artists, an artist residency program, a sculpture park, and a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive. Since our incorporation in 1990, we have been passionate about connecting people to artists and rich cultural experiences in rural Minnesota, celebrating the local and being a window to the world.

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