Engebretson 'In the Gallery' at AOG
Area songster, George Engebretson, will be presenting the final performance of his "Delusions Of Grandeur, Fall Colors Tour" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Arts on Grand as part of their "Music in the Gallery" series.
Engebretson has been a lifetime resident of northwest Iowa with the exception of youthful expeditions to Colorado, a stint in the military including a visit to sunny Southeast Asia, and a few years in Mankato, Minnesota, finishing college and starting a family.
"I guess I've always appreciated music and storytelling," Engebretson said. "There always seemed to be music around our home in Rembrandt. My mother and her sisters were piano players -- when they got together they often lit up the keyboards with 'Boogie Woogie' tunes. My dad's family also had quite a bit of musical ability. There were two or three record players around the house and a bunch of radios so there was always some sort of music in the background. My sister, brothers, and I all had some sort of musical instrument during the school years. I started out with a cornet, then went to saxophone in band, even played a little bass drum for marching band. When the early '60s hit, everyone wanted to become a Beatle or Beach Boy and learning some guitar was mandatory. I think I had one lesson on guitar then self-taught. The guitar has stayed a part of my life through thick and thin. I've had a lot of fun playing tunes and writing my own stuff."
He continued, "I have a bunch of tunes I've written over the years which are fun to do, as well as a mixture of familiar folk, blues, country and rock tunes. My original stuff has a lot of local flavor, highlighting places and folks I've known and experienced over the years. I don't think I ever had the thought that I would become a big time performer, nor did I try to follow that path. I just have some fun picking and grinning, singing along and working the words into stories that I hope other folks enjoy."
"Music in the Gallery" concerts are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the evening. Further information is available by calling Arts on Grand at 262-4307.