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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:15 pm | Updated: 4:16 pm, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

OWATONNA — The Owatonna Arts Center is adding some ale to its next concert night.

On Saturday night, folk artists David Stoddard and Charlie Roth will perform at the Owatonna Arts Center’s “Taste and Sounds of Americana.” Unlike previous shows, Saturday’s show includes a beer tasting, which starts at 5 p.m. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

The beer and cheese pairing will be provided by regional breweries, including Brau Brothers Brewing Co., Stagecoach Ales and Porter, Mankato Brewery, Schell’s Brewing Co., Kinney-Creek Brewery, Summit Brewing Co., and Caves of Faribault.

Stoddard, a lyricist and composer from western Minnesota, rarely tours, and when he does, he plays in “dedicated listening environments,” including living rooms. He has also played at well-known singer-songwriter venues, including the Bluebird Café in Nashville and the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. Before cutting back on his tour schedule, Stoddard shared stages with Juice Newton, Leon Russell, Rik Emmett, Lou and Peter Berryman, Michael Smith, and Pat Donohue.

While Saturday’s show is an Americana Showcase, Roth has been known to play blues, Celtic and country music on stage. His music is played throughout the world, and is extremely popular across the pond. His fifth album, “Broken Ground,” charted at No. 6 on the Euro Americana charts. Roth has been asked to record with Sam Bush and Michael Bland.

Saturday’s show is the fifth Americana concert at the Owatonna Arts Center this year. Korey Borchert has been a promoter for the shows, which were championed early on by former arts center employee Scott Roberts. Borchert said new arts center executive director Megan Proft wants to continue the arts center’s concert calendar.

“Megan is really excited to not only bring this genre of music to the Art Center but, is also ready to bring on other genres that that the members and patrons are interested in,” Borchert said.

Tickets for the tasting and concert are $40. Tickets for only the show are $25.

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