Live Music At The Farmers Market

By Judy Delperdang

Along with the traditional farmers market offerings like produce, baked goods, arts, crafts and youth activities, the Clear Lake Farmers Market entertains market-goers with live music.

Board member Kurt Nyguard is tasked with lining up musicians for the market.

“It adds a festival feeling and gives a great backdrop.”

While maybe not the main reason people come to the market, Kurt believes it’s an “added benefit.”

“It’s also a stepping stone for upcoming artists looking to make a name for themselves.”

Most of the talent is local, although this summer’s musicians are also coming from Des Moines and the Twin Cities.

Kurt says he looks not only for local talent, but also for diversity in music. Market attendees can hear covers of popular songs along with classic rock, bluesy tunes and pop songs. Several musicians also do original tunes.

“One girl plays ukulele,” Kurt said. “I think the variety is good. I would like some more.”

Most of the musicians are returnees from last year, which made Kurt’s job easier. The only market musicians he said he knows personally are Tahmyrah Lytle and Bill Wolf.

Scheduled performers are Bill Lester on July 7 and Aug. 3; Jim Thornton July 14, Aug. 18 and Sept. 29; Spenser Rahm July 21; Kristy Neidlinger July 28, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13; Bill Wolf Aug. 11; Tahmyrah Lytle Aug. 25; Dave Morris Sept. 8, and Desiree Castillo Sept. 22. There are still openings Sept. 1 (Labor Day weekend) and Oct. 22, the market’s last day.

Anyone interested in playing at the market, should contact Kurt Nyguard or Emily Margeson, clfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

For information on Clear Lake Farmers Market, visit http://www.clearlakefarmersmarket.com/ or search Clear Lake Farmers Market on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/clearlakefarmersmarket/ ).

Along with the traditional farmers market offerings like produce, baked goods, arts, crafts and youth activities, the Clear Lake Farmers Market entertains market-goers with live music.

Board member Kurt Nyguard is tasked with lining up musicians for the market.

“It adds a festival feeling and gives a great backdrop.”

While maybe not the main reason people come to the market, Kurt believes it’s an “added benefit.”

“It’s also a stepping stone for upcoming artists looking to make a name for themselves.”

Most of the talent is local, although this summer’s musicians are also coming from Des Moines and the Twin Cities.

Kurt says he looks not only for local talent, but also for diversity in music. Market attendees can hear covers of popular songs along with classic rock, bluesy tunes and pop songs. Several musicians also do original tunes.

“One girl plays ukulele,” Kurt said. “I think the variety is good. I would like some more.”

Most of the musicians are returnees from last year, which made Kurt’s job easier. The only market musicians he said he knows personally are Tahmyrah Lytle and Bill Wolf.

Scheduled performers are Bill Lester on July 7 and Aug. 3; Jim Thornton July 14, Aug. 18 and Sept. 29; Spenser Rahm July 21; Kristy Neidlinger July 28, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13; Bill Wolf Aug. 11; Tahmyrah Lytle Aug. 25; Dave Morris Sept. 8, and Desiree Castillo Sept. 22. There are still openings Sept. 1 (Labor Day weekend) and Oct. 22, the market’s last day.

Anyone interested in playing at the market, should contact Kurt Nyguard or Emily Margeson, clfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

For information on Clear Lake Farmers Market, visit http://www.clearlakefarmersmarket.com/ or search Clear Lake Farmers Market on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/clearlakefarmersmarket/ ).