Indie rock orchestral group comes to the Chalberg Theater



The 7 p.m. concert is part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center Cultural Arts Series. The group brings a unique sound and an innovative approach to music, says a press release.

Series producer Patrick Spradlin described the group as an intriguing mix of instruments and vocals.

“Miller has a countertenor voice, which is such an interesting sound,” Spradlin said. “It’s not a common voice in folk rock music. Coupled with instruments like cello, violin, guitars and drums, this will be a terrific concert for music lovers of all kinds.

We Are The Willows has been publishing music since 2007. It was in this year that Miller’s grandmother gave him over 350 letters written by his grandfather while he was stationed in the Southwest. of the Pacific during World War II. While on tour, Miller read letters and took notes, and eventually songs began to form. Over the next three years, Miller wrote songs cataloging his grandparents’ wartime courtship displays.

“Picture (Portrait)”, an album of songs based on these letters, was released in two parts, in 2014 and 2016, respectively. The album was hailed by National Public Radio, British Broadcasting Corp., PASTE magazine, Buzzfeed, The Brooklyn Vegan, and USA Today. The group toured extensively after the album’s release, including at South by Southwest, Treefort Music Fest and Summerfest.

The group’s appearance at Brainerd was scheduled to take place in 2020 as part of a touring grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The COVID pandemic has put this tour on hold and Spradlin has been able to reschedule for this current season.

“I really love that bands like We Are The Willows come on tour,” said Spradlin. “As part of the grant, they will run a full week of outreach activities. They will visit area schools, senior centers and long-term care facilities, organize workshops and give walk-in concerts. It’s a wonderful way to connect artists with the community.

In addition to Miller, We Are The Willows features Jeremiah Satterthwaite on guitar; Travis Collins on bass / vocals; Hilary James on cello / vocals; and Josh McKay on drums.

Tickets for the concert are available at the CLC Theater box office at 218-855-8199 or online at


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