89.1 KPVL PRESENTS Charlie Parr, as he makes his long-awaited return to Decorah for a special performance at the Steyer Opera House in the Hotel Winneshiek Friday, May 11.

Tickets are $5.

Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo -- all of which he taught himself to play.

His albums have received critical acclaim and have sold well into the thousands. He's toured the UK, Ireland and Scotland countless times; and he was a guest musician on "A Prairie Home Companion" (April 2004), starred in Travis Wilkerson's independent film, "Who Killed Cock Robin?" (2005, also contributed to the soundtrack) and has had his UK releases represented on the UK independent music charts.

His music also was featured on a PBS special (2004) and can be heard on regularly on KPVL 89.1 The Blend, as well as many other radio stations throughout the United States and Europe.

"We're very excited about bringing Charlie Parr back to Decorah after a five- or six-year absence," KPVL General Manager Adam Wiltgen said. "KPVL's mission is to build community and Parr's 'old-timey' blues sound appeals to a broad cross section of music fans. The Opera House is a perfect venue for his style of music and a dancing crowd."

Advance tickets are available at Mister Groovys in Decorah and at the Hotel Winneshiek Front Desk.

This concert is presented by Northeast Iowa's community radio station, KPVL 89.1 The Blend. For more on how you can get involved -- from hosting your own show to becoming a card-carrying member--visit http://www.891theblend.org/

This event is supported by the following community-minded businesses: Hotel Winneshiek, Albert's Restaurant, The Tap Room, Oneota Community Food Coop, Funny Bone Productions. McCaffrey's Dolce Vita, Oneota River Cycles, The Irish Shanti, Pizza Ranch of Decorah, Blue Heron Knittery.