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Winter Music Series Begins Friday | Local

If you have cabin fever and love local music, then the Ste. The Geneviève Region Chamber of Commerce has the event for you.

The Winter Music Series, which begins Friday and runs every Friday until March 11, will feature four local bands at the Orris Theater in Ste. Genevieve, 365 Merchant Street.

“After so many weeks of cold weather and bad weather, people have cabin fever and they just want to get out,” said House General Manager Dena Kreitler. “It kind of gives families an opportunity to go out and have dinner and go see a show. But it also promotes the music community.

The four bands scheduled, in order of appearance, are Saints Til Friday, Southern Gypsy, Crossroads and Sweetwater Holler.

The concerts will take place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person for each show. They can be purchased online at www.SteGenChamber.org or at the chamber office, 51 South Third Street.

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“Music is known for many things and probably one of the most important things is that it’s very good for the soul,” Kreitler continued. “And it’s very good for mental health. So when people have this kind of SAD, it’s a way for them to get out and enjoy what they would normally do in the spring or summer.

This is the first year for the winter event.

“It’s something my summer musicians have been asking me to do for a few years,” Kreitler said. “Finally, last summer, we were like, ‘OK, we’ll give it a try.

The chamber will host its annual summer music series in June and July.

“It’s done,” she explained. “We are entering our 14th year and each year it gets better and better.

“I feel like I was a little nervous at first to start a winter musical series, because I didn’t really know how the weather would play a role and things like that. But so far, everything is going well this year. Our ticket sales are great. Our programming is really good. And knock on wood, the weather has been cooperative.

The Winter Series will differ from the Summer Series in the groups that will be featured.

“We use all local groups,” she added. “So bands that you would see maybe at Midway or Dew Drop or Spokes or something like that. Summer Music Series is our bands that we hire that are usually in the St. Louis or Illinois area.

According to Kreitler, they didn’t want to pack for one of the tribute bands they have in the summer.

“So we decided to honor and promote our local talent,” she continued, “because we have a lot of local talent in our area.”

The Winter Music Series is dedicated to Duane Donze. Before losing his long battle with cancer about three years ago, he was the sound engineer for the Summer Music Series from the start.

“We dedicated the show to him because it was really his passion,” Kreitler said. “He was with us from the very beginning. So we wanted to honor and honor someone who has contributed to our success.

She said he was more than the sound man. He has assisted reconnaissance groups and worked directly with them, helping them set up and take down, as well as doing sound checks.

“Even when he was sickest, he still came to Summer Music Series and he led our sound,” she added. “And we were always like, ‘Duane, are you sure you can do this?’ and he said, ‘That’s what keeps me alive. I love the show. It gave me a reason to fight.’

They also created a music scholarship in his name, which will be awarded after the Summer Music Series to a student from Ste. Genevieve High School and a Valle Catholic High School student considering a career in music or acting.