“Welcome Back!” is a fitting theme for the Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts’ (HCPA) return to the Northland Pines High School auditorium after being canceled last year due to COVID-19, announced Laura Plank of the HCPA.  

The new, shortened 2021-’22 concert season will offer four performances by award-winning and crowd-pleasing entertainers from a variety of musical genres.  

Concerts will kick off with  Monroe Crossing on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. This favorite group returns to Eagle River for an encore performance of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and their own heartfelt original songs.  

North Country Christmas featuring Kat Perkins will perform Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. Perkins gained national recognition as a stand-out performer on season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice.”  She now leads audiences through a winter wonderland of Christmas favorites with her five-piece band.  

After the first Eagle River show was canceled, “Tony DeSare . . . I Love a Piano” will return Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas, DeSare has been a rising star of traditional jazz. 

“Crocodile Rockin,’ ” Jim Witter’s tribute to Elton John, is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. Witter has charmed audiences all over the world and is well-known to HCPA patrons as well.  He returns to the auditorium stage with a powerful tribute to John’s iconic music.

HCPA will sell general admission seating only this year. Tickets cost $25 each and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  Single-show tickets for each of the remaining performances will go on sale three weeks prior to that show.  

Individual tickets for the Monroe Crossing concert only are on sale now at Eagle River Roasters. Season tickets will not be for sale at the coffee shop.  

Patrons who are interested in purchasing season tickets for all four concerts at a cost of $80 should contact HCPA ticket sales Chairman Rick Roder at (920) 676-3621.

“If there are shows you really want to see, your best chance of getting a ticket will be to purchase season tickets,” said Roder. “However, there is no obligation to purchase a season ticket this year to hold your existing assigned seats for next season.”  

Plank noted that since the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and changing, the HCPA will follow the guidelines established by the Northland Pines School District board of education and district administrator for safe use of the building and auditorium.  

“Certain seats and rows will be blocked off to accommodate social distancing,” HCPA President Norma Yaeger said.  

The auditorium doors will open at 7 p.m. and patrons are encouraged to find their seats upon arrival.  

Yaeger added that some board members will also wear masks and the usual round tables in the school commons area will be removed. Three rectangular tables will be set up and distanced appropriately to provide separate access to ticket purchases, program guides and merchandise sales.  

“Patrons are encouraged to engage in social distancing and wear masks as they feel appropriate for them personally,” Yaeger said.

The HCPA 2021-’22 series sponsor is IncredibleBank, and the individual show sponsor for Monroe Crossing is Northwoods Furniture Gallery and Outlet.  

For updated information about concerts and safety protocols, visit hcpapresents.com.