We’re starting the festivities early on CD Release Day! Join us for a pre-show party at 6pm at The Local. Enjoy hearty appetizers and a drink (and maybe even a surprise visit from some of the performers) while mingling with your fellow concert-goers. The reception will last approximately an hour and half.

Tickets are $30 per person, but you get two for $50, so grab a friend (or a random stranger if necessary) and come on down!

Big news for the New Year! Larry’s new album, Don’t Stand Still, will be coming out in early April. There will be a big CD release party on April 9 at the Loring Theater, and many of the musicians that appear on Don’t Stand Still will be joining Larry on stage.

Larry will be touring in support of the album later this Spring. Check back for Tour updates or visit Larry on Facebook.

Larry will be doing a small house concert this month. It’ll be a great chance to hear songs from the upcoming album (as well as plenty of old favorites).

There is a suggested donation of $15 per person. You can bring a snack to share with the group. The hosts (Ron and Becky) will have non-alcoholic drinks available (punch, apple cider, hot tea, etc). You are welcome to bring your own drinks, especially if you want to have wine or beer. Kids are welcome. No RSVP necessary. Lots of fun.

Larry will be working with filmmaker David McDonald in the coming months on a new documentary featuring Larry’s song, Tibet (Peace, Lovingkindness, Compassion), written in honor of Gyatsho Tshering and the Tibetan people.

The film project, which will feature members of the Tibetan community in Minnesota, is in preparation for the upcoming visit by the Dalai Lama to Minnesota.

Join us Sunday, October 3rd as some of the Twin Cities finest musicians and singers come together to support VEAP, the largest food shelf in Minnesota. It’s an exciting musical event you won’t want to miss!

Included in the line-up are Members of Minnesota’s First Family of Jazz; Patty Peterson and the Peterson Family, R&B singer Mick Sterling, jazz singer Arne Fogel, Larry Long, pianist Mary Beth Carlson, Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson from the Wolverines, vocalist Julie Esterley, 40’s jazz group “First Things First”, and the “Emmaus Praise Band” along with other celebrity musicians from the Twin Cities area.

Tickets are: $20.00 First Tier and $15.00 2nd Tier. Purchase tickets on-line at: www.veapvolunteers.org / Special Events or at the door.

VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) is a non-profit agency serving low-income families, individuals, elderly and disabled persons in the communities of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and South Minneapolis. VEAP offers emergency food to over 7,500 low-income monthly, over half of which are children. VEAP also provides transportation to the elderly and disabled, along with back-to-school & holiday toys to thousands of low-income children in the metro area. Visit their website at www.veapvolunteers.org.

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Jerry asked us to thank everyone who shared their kind words, songs and money in support of his life work last Tuesday evening at Coffee Grounds. Jerry requested that folks reach out directly to him through writing to:

Jerry Rau
PO Box 13014
Minneapolis, MN 55414

We are now closing down PayPal! With gratitude to everyone who pitched in.

As many of you also know by now, Jerry was admitted into the VA yesterday, but today he’s feeling great and hopes to be out of the hospital very shortly. So the evening with the Jerry Rau Band is still on for Oct. 2nd, 7:30 – Armatage School, 6625 Penn Avenue South in Minneapolis 612-861-3308.

One a last note it’s Jerry’s 72nd birthday this September 28th. Happy Birthday Jerry.

Monarch Butterfly in ReposeWe had a blast at Lake Nokomis on Saturday celebrating the monarch and enjoying great food, music and company. We had a great turnout with hundreds of people coming out to enjoy the day and learn more about the monarch.

And the festivities lasted well into the night over at Merlins Rest, where Larry and friends had the after-party.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the festival and thanks to Merlin’s Rest for hosting the after-party.

Jerry Rau Benefit

Join Larry, Fiddlin’ Pete, and special guests Lonnie Knight, Doug Lohman and Joe Savage next Tuesday at The Coffee Grounds in Falcon Heights. They’ll be playing a benefit concert for Jerry Rau, a Vietnam veteran whose health issues recently left him unable to perform around town.

This benefit is our small way of raising money to support Jerry through the coming winter and to give something back to a man who continues to serve his country and community through song.

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Larry will be opening for brothers Billy and Ricky Peterson, who’ll be performing with the Steve Miller Band Tribute (current and former Steve Miller Band members). Proceeds for this event will go to The Salvation Army – Harbor Light Center, who provide transitional housing with supportive services to formerly homeless veterans.

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Can’t make it to the show? You can still contribute to the Harbor Light Center to help them continue with their mission. Our vets need our support now more than ever. Visit their website to donate.

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Join Larry and others at the American Legion in Austin, MN, this Saturday. The afternoon will be spent sharing memories with old friends, enjoying music, and looking to our future by honoring our past. Speakers will include Jim Guyette, Ray Rogers, Pete Rachleff and Pete Winkles. Music will be provided by Larry Long and others."

Where: The American Legion (809 12th Street Southwest, Austin MN)
When: 2pm through the afternoon (Dinner will be served at 6pm)
Cost: There will be a small fee to cover dinner.

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MPR’s three-part series, "Austin at a Crossroads: 25 Years After the Hormel Strike," begins Monday on All Things Considered. Two songs, "Proud to March with P-9" by Dennis Jones and "Which Side Are You On" with new words and vocals by Larry Long & Carrie Gerendasy are featured in the series.

Larry produced and released the album Boycott Hormel: Live From Austin to raise funds for the Adopt-a-Family program to assist striking workers, raising over $5,000.

You can find photos, interviews and additional reporting for this project on the MPR website at http://www.mprnewsq.org