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Bill and Kate Isles to return to Encore for annual holiday concert

The Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery welcomes back acoustic singer/songwriter duo Bill and Kate Isles for a wonderful holiday performance at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

"Bill and Kate are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit," said General Manager Joel Soukkala. "They have become some of our favorite performers at the Encore. We are so excited to have them back this holiday."

The duo from Duluth uses a wide variety of musical styles, and their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. Words like "mesmerizing," "transcendent" and even "hysterical" are common descriptions from audience reviews. Audience members feel they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.

The performance will be filled with many of their familiar songs as well as some holiday favorites.

"If you are looking for a calming and heart-warming event to escape the holiday craziness, this musical performance by Bill and Kate is just what you need," said Soukkala.

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Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 or going online to Ticket prices are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

The Encore Performing Arts Center is located at 2035 Highway 33 S. (on Frontage Road) in Cloquet. The theater offers a full season of local performances, as well as youth productions, musical acts and has an art gallery featuring work by local artists.