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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 4:00 pm | Updated: 5:40 pm, Wed Jan 2, 2013.

Northfield musician, Jon Manners, performed in the inaugural Paradise Unplugged event on Friday.

It was Manners first performance at Boston’s and first time working with the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault. Manners said he is “always up for new places to play, and this [Boston’s] seemed like a good one.”

Manners describes himself as an artist who “fell through the cracks” and is a blues and roots-rock singer and songwriter.

“I play a very percussive acoustic guitar, my style is blue-sy roots-rock and I am kind of an aggressive player on the guitar,” Manners said.

Paradise Unplugged is a new performance series that was created when The Paradise Center for the Arts and Boston’s joined forces to bring acoustic music to the area. The series started Friday with Manners.

Paradise Unplugged brings regional musicians, duos or groups to perform a two-hour set at Boston’s on the fourth Friday of every month from 8-10 p.m., November through March.

Manners and the other four musicians or groups will then perform at the Paradise Center on April 5 in a concert. Paradise Unplugged came about when Travis Temke, owner of Boston’s, and Ryan Heinritz, executive director of the Paradise Center, were brainstorming ways to bring arts to the community and benefit local businesses.

“It is a Paradise event but we have it out of the center as a way to get arts not only in the actual center, but throughout the community,” said Temke. “It has been a collaboration. [Heinritz] has the resources to contact and book musicians and I have the restaurant.”

“This is a way to kind of showcase acoustic music in a different setting,” said Heinritz. “We are really hoping to use the arts as a tool to drive business to our local businesses. The Paradise Center for the Arts exists to not only educate and entertain, but to serve as an economic driver for the city of Faribault and its businesses.”

Temke and Heinritz both say Manners’ performance is an opportunity to enjoy live music during the holiday season.

“If you were looking for great live music in a comfortable setting, or to relax after all the Black Friday shopping and get some rest before Small Business Saturday, this would be a great event,” Heinritz said.

“It will be a chance for family, friends, college students and everyone who is around for the holiday to come out and enjoy live music,” Temke said.

For more information, call Boston’s at 331-3255 or the Paradise Center at 332-7372.

Reach reporter Ashley Klemer at 645-1115 or follow her on @AshleyKlemer.

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