SongBlast hitting local stage

FAIRMONT – After a last-minute cancellation, Grande Romanza will not perform a revue of love songs from Broadway musicals, operetta and opera this Friday at Fairmont Opera House.

In place of the two classically trained vocalists will be two guitar-bearing Twin Cities musicians belting out classic rock and contemporary hits, in what one of the performers called a “comedic, theatrical, crazy interactive show.”

SongBlast features Pat Balder and Glen Everhart, who have created a dueling pianos-type production – minus the pianos, of course.

The night will include a “guess that song” game, the transformation of an audience member into a rock star, and imitations of a few celebrity musicians.

“We want people to laugh, to clap along, to sing. We want to play their requests. … As much as we can, the show becomes a reflection of what the audience wants to hear, especially the second half,” Everhart said.

When creating the production, the performers knew they would have some challenges with the requests, especially given the diversity of the music scene today.

“As soon as we started this act, I thought this is going to be a challenge, because people no longer listen to the same three stations, back when everybody knew the same songs,” Everhart said. “So we try to play music that is entertaining to everybody.”

The all-ages show starts 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for tickets. Sales are available through the Opera House website,, or by calling (507) 238-4900.