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Mason City duo to Perform at Mainstreet Market

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mason City's Coates & Root will perform at Mainstreet Market Thursday.
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On Thursday, Robert D. Coates and Dennis Root will perform a program of Americana, country, and roots music at Mainstreet Market. This will be the Mason City--based duo's first appearance in Spencer.

Because of Crazy Days and Thanks with Franks, there will be no nonprofit food vendor at Mainstreet Market on July 26. There will, however, be commercial food vendors present.

Coates has been in the music business in the Midwest for many years, playing in various bands, doing session work, and playing one-man shows throughout the Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota region. During the past 10 years or so, he has been recording as well. His latest CD, "Down on the Ground," includes a blend of original acoustic and electric tunes. Since June 2009, Coates has been accompanied for live shows by Dennis Root on mandolin. Root is a classically trained musician and conductor of the North Iowa Symphony.

"Denny can play in just about any weird key I throw at him - like E flat or F sharp," Coates said.

Mainstreet Market takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the courthouse square through Aug. 16.

Along with free live entertainment, Mainstreet Market features fresh produce, original art by area artists, and food from a variety of vendors. Most weeks, food will be available from a local nonprofit group as a fundraiser.

Mainstreet Market is a joint venture of the Spencer Main Street Company and the Spencer Alliance for a Creative Economy (SPACE). In case of rain, the music will move to Arts on Grand.

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