Onstage Orange City: SongBlast

ORANGE CITY – Two men, two voices, and more songs than any duo could possibly know – that’s SongBlast. Onstage Orange City presents SongBlast on Wednesday, June 4 in Orange City’s Windmill Park. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by OC Sanitation and Joe’s TV and Appliance.

SongBlast’s Pat Balder of Maple Grove MN and Glen Everhart of Blaine came together just two years ago.

Balder grew up in tiny Foley MN, and taught himself to sing and play guitar, piano and drums.  After earning a degree in music and classical guitar performance from St. John’s University, he worked with Polygram Records, wrote and produced music for Target, Sun Country Airlines and Harley Davidson, and has done thousands of shows in the Twin Cities, New York, Las Vegas, Nashville, and elsewhere.

Everhart, originally from St. Paul, plays guitar, piano and harmonica, and earned a degree in vocal music at St. Cloud State. He has performed as a solo singer/ songwriter and comedian for years, plus did a 10-year run with “Fyder & Everhart.” He’s done many shows for 3M, a national tour for Super 8, two CHS national conventions and performances at state fairs in six states.

The two brought their electric and acoustic guitars together at the suggestion of Gary Berg of G.L.Berg Entertainment, meeting at Everhart’s home on May 17, 2012.  For six and a half hours straight, they played songs, discussed pop music history, told stories of the road, and compared their approaches to entertaining, writing, business, and family.

The two specialize in hilarious parodies, and perform everything from classics to contemporary.

According to an audience member, “I just kept laughing all night!” Others said: “They can play anything that you’d ever want them to play!” “The most fun I’ve had in years.” “Spectacular!”

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council.

Concessions will be offered June 4. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. To hear SongBlast, check songblast.net.