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Betty Rydell to perform free concert on Thursday

Betty Rydell will perform a free concert on Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn in Alexandria. (Contributed)

Betty Rydell will perform at the Red Willow Arts Coalition free concert on Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Douglas County Courthouse in Alexandria.

An award-winning entertainer, Rydell is a member of the Minnesota Country and Rock Hall of Fame and the National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame. She has been honored as both Female Entertainer and Vocalist of the Year in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

For many years, Rydell has performed at clubs, fairs, festivals and conventions throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Central America.

Well-versed in a variety of instruments, Rydell has performed with Barbara Mandrell, Charlie Pride, Conway Twitty, Ernest Tubb, Tex Ritter, Carl Perkins, Marvin Rainwater, LeRoy Van Dyke and more.

She also sings a variety of styles, including country, bluegrass, gospel and pop, and she is an accomplished yodeler.

Rydell’s husband, Ed, has been performing with her for several years. Ed does standup comedy, and both do several comedy skits and songs, including the Fish Song, Winter Texan Tribute, The Funeral Song and I’m Gonna Wear the Pants.

Rydell most enjoys performing before a live audience. She strives to do more than just sing songs to the audience. Her goal is to entertain, to include the audience, to help them forget their problems and enjoy themselves.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, listen to KXRA 1490 AM for cancellation information.

The Red Willow Arts Coalition is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide the community with access to more musical experiences.

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council with McKnight Foundation funding.

The series sponsors are Anderson Funeral Home and Elden’s Fresh Foods. The nightly sponsor is Martinson Insurance.


May 29: Blonde and the Bohunk

June 5: North Country

June 12: Matt and Julie Velline

June 19: Skilly and Duff

June 26: Kool Whip

July 3: Jefferson Alumni Concert

July 4: A Red, White and Blue Thank You

July 10: Skal Klubben

July 17: Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys

July 24: The White Sidewalks Rock and Roll Revue

July 31: Tina and Lena

August 7: Doc’s All Stars

August 14: Charlie Roth and the Healers

August 21: The Pachanga Society

August 28: The Red Letter Band