Play On - Herlof on the Guitar

Flights and Fa La Las

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According to the internet,  47.5 million people were estimated to be traveling on US airlines over an 18 day holiday travel period. Herlof was lucky to be included in this group as he was able to visit the Denver, CO area. He experienced all types of music including a brass band on the street downtown, old time carolers outside of Union Station, and a fantastic jazz trio performing music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Of course Herlof had to join the musical fun by providing a few carols of his own a the Denver International Airport. ;) Video Link. 12/2019.

Returning with Christmas Cheer

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Herlof had a fun time performing at a nursing home in Valley City this summer and he was proud to be invited back for the Christmas season. From start to finish Herlof takes pride in running his own show. He introduces himself, talks through his set, and ends with shaking hands with each of the residents. Now...if only he didn't need his parents to drive him everywhere and carry his equipment!    Video Link 1. Video Link 2. Video Link 3. 12/2019.

The Christmas Gift of Music!

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The Christmas season brings gifts - and music is a great choice! Herlof had a busy day with TWO events scheduled. After school he was happy to share some Christmas cheer with residents at the nursing home. Hearing the room chime in with Silent Night almost brought his mom to tears! Then he made a few set list changes and traveled down the road. He was invited by his friend to provide entertainment during the social hour at a local Christmas party. It was a fun day from start to finish! Nursing Home Video Link 1. Nursing Home Video Link 2. Party Video Link. 12/2019.

Kids and Music

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Herlof was invited to share music at a memory care facility. Two things that residents enjoy are kids and music, so this was a perfect place for Herlof to share some joy! He is always polishing his performance and this time he had fun showcasing his ukulele along with his guitar. He sang familiar songs and encouraged sing-alongs. He also thought it was appropriate to match his hat with all of his music.  Video Link 1. Video Link 2. 11/2019.

Mayo Clinic Round 2

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Every few months Herlof's family gets to visit Mayo Clinic where his dad receives excellent care. Herlof had so much fun playing his little guitar at their visit last summer that he was ready to play again! A musical gift for patients and visitors walking through the atrium. His mom picks the music to try and keep it sweet, but Herlof also likes to slip in a few of those rock and roll ones!  Video Link. 10/2019.

Coffee and Chords

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While visiting Rochester, MN Herlof was introduced to "Open Mic Night" at the Cafe Steam coffee shop. His parents told him how it worked and Herlof was ready to sign up right away. It was a fun opportunity for him to see that musicians are all over the world. All kinds of people sharing all kinds of joy from music and other forms of art. Even his dad had to jump in and he let Herlof be his side kick! Video Link 1. Video Link 2. 10/2019.


Give the (Birthday) Gift of Music

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Two weekends in a row Herlof had the pleasure of giving musical gifts to family members at their birthday parties. First Herlof's great-uncle hosted a fun party in his awesome work shop for family and friends to celebrate turning 69.  Herlof was excited to share a few of his favorite rock-n-roll numbers. A week later Herlof's great-grandma celebrated her 95th birthday at a beautiful party with the community. Herlof hand-picked songs specially for  the guest of honor.  And of course a round of "Happy Birthday" was played at each! 10/2019.

Applefest

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The Bismarck Cancer Center hosted their annual Applefest fundraiser event. The weekend was filled with activities and entertainment at Buckstop Junction. Herlof was honored to be asked to participate and he created 2 unique performances. He shared a total of 20 songs that covered many different artists from a wide range of time periods and genres. He had the crowds swaying along or tapping their toes! It was a great experience and for a special cause. Video Link 1 . Video Link 2. Video Link 3. Video Link 4. Video Link 5. Video Link 6. 9/2019.

History Rocks!

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The Myra Museum with the Grand Forks County Historical Society hosts a "History Rocks" car show each year. People are invited to check out classic cars and also enjoy live outdoor music. The Kenny and the Classics band gave Herlof an awesome opportunity to share the stage. He got to perform a full set using great gear. He even had fun helping with the setup! Video Link. 8/2019.

A Music Connection

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Herlof was invited to provide entertainment at another nursing home this week. He organized a brand new set and had a lot of fun with the performance. Music is the perfect connection for bringing people of all ages together. Video Link. 8/2019.

End of Summer Fun

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A local business was hosting a grand opening event for the public. It was a night of summer fun and live music. Herlof was thankful to join in with the early set of entertainment. It was a great opportunity to perform a mini-show of his fun songs for a crowd. 8/2019.  

On The Road to Lake Country

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 Herlof was able to bring his guitar on the road. He was a musical guest at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Playing in the lake, sharing music, and making new friends in faith is a great way to spend the weekend! Thanks for the invitation! 7/2019. 

Gospel Music at the Lake

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Herlof was invited to perform a half hour of gospel music at a hometown summer festival. A hot day at the lake but the songs were sweet. Plus he made the local newspaper which proudly hangs  on the fridge! 6/2019

Music for Mayo Clinic

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Herlof is a big fan of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He gets to travel along with his family where Mayo takes great care of his dad. On a recent trip Herlof was able to spread the love and share some joy with patients from all over. A strong voice, a trusty guitar, and tiny doctor outfit! Video Link. 6/2019

Memorial Day

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It was an honor to share some patriotic numbers at a local Memorial Day service. 5/2019

The Nursing Home Set #1

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 This spring Herlof was busy visiting area nursing homes. Pulling from a group of hymns and other classic favorites, which we call his "nursing home set," Herlof arranged some fun performances. The events included sing-alongs and even breaks for jokes and hat changes! Here he is performing in Hatton, ND. 3/2019. 

The Nursing Home Set #2

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This spring Herlof was busy visiting area nursing homes. Pulling from a group of hymns and other classic favorites, which we call his "nursing home set," Herlof arranged some fun performances. The events included sing-alongs and even breaks for jokes and hat changes! Here he is performing in McCusky, ND. Video Link. 5/2019.

The Nursing Home Set #3

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 This spring Herlof was busy visiting area nursing homes. Pulling from a group of hymns and other classic favorites, which we call his "nursing home set," Herlof arranged some fun performances. The events included sing-alongs and even breaks for jokes and hat changes! Here he is performing in Mayville, ND. Video Link. 5/2019. 

Valley News Live #1

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Herlof was excited to be a guest on Valley News Live for the North Dakota Today Show. He has been back to visit his friends a few times and each visit is a little different. His first appearance he sang his heart out with Elvis. 11/2018.

Valley News Live #2

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At Christmas time Herlof was invited back to Valley News Live to share some holiday cheer. Leather coats and Christmas tunes! 12/2018

Valley News Live #3

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To help kick off the summer season Herlof visited his friends on the North Dakota Today Show to share his version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic." He invited everyone to sing along from their living rooms! 5/2019.

It's For The Kids

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Music is for people of all ages. Herlof was happy to entertain some Sunday school friends while visiting his grandparent's church. Sharing music is a great way to make friends! 5/5019.

Church Pickin'

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Herlof is always happy to share music at his church! 2/2019.

Living Room Concerts

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It is very fun for Herlof's parents to watch him grow with his music performances. But they have to admit that the BEST concerts are the "Living Room Concerts." But be careful - Herlof has been known to charge admission! Video Link. 12/2018.