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Three musicians take you on a trip through time and around the country.
150 years of Popular American Music including Music from Movies and Broadway Shows,
The Roaring Twenties, The Swing Era, Back to the Fifties, and More!


 

Route 3 has delighted audiences in concerts and at special events since 1989.

  • Evansville Art Center, Evansville, Minnesota
  • 50th Anniversary of the City of Blaine at Blaine City Hall, Minnesota
  • Music at First Concert Series, First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights, Minnesota
  • The Minnesota State Fair - one of America's largest expositions
  • Twin Cities Jazz Society Jazz from J to Z Concert Series - also broadcast on KBEM-FM Radio
  • Bloomington Center for the Arts - Minnesota's fourth-largest city
  • Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis
  • Route 3 played for the Minnesota Twins Home Opener during the Grand Opening of Target Field in MN in 2010
  • Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest Day of Music
  • St. Paul Winter Carnival - the nation's oldest and largest winter festival
  • Mall of America, Bloomington
  • Minneapolis Convention Center
  • International Market Square in Minneapolis
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • St. Paul Saints at Midway Stadium in Saint Paul
  • Hastings Concert Association, Minnesota
  • Wabasha on the Mississippi - Minnesota’s Oldest Town
  • Hormel Nature Center in Austin, Minnesota
  • Janesville Performing Arts Center, Wisconsin
  • New Richmond Heritage Center, Wisconsin
  • Wausau Festival of Arts, Wisconsin
  • The historic Municipal Auditorium in Richland Center, Wisconsin
  • Orange City Arts Council, Iowa
  • Community Partners in the Arts (COMPAS) awarded Ralph Hepola a McKnight Foundation Community Art Program Grant to present eight concerts in 2009 and 2010 with Route 3

Profiles

profile-teri_parker-brown.pngTeri Parker-Brown


Teri Parker-Brown is one of the most-active musical theatre performers in Minnesota. She has also enjoyed a successful career in the Twin Cities doing theater, voiceover and on-camera work for over twenty years.

Teri's credits

  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, the nation's largest professional dinner theatre, suburban Minneapolis: Beauty and the Beast (Belle); Good News (Connie Lane); Brigadoon (Meg Brockie); State Fair (Margy Frake); Nunsense (Sr. Amnesia); Nuncrackers (Sr. Robert Anne); Meshuggah-Nuns (Melody Joy Lapeedus); The Taffetas (Kaye); I Ought to Be in Pictures (Libby Tucker)
  • Ordway Music Theater, Saint Paul: The Wizard of Oz (chorus); Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story (Ms. Santiago)
  • History Theatre, Saint Paul: Sisters of Swing (Maxene Andrews)
  • Hey City Theater, Minneapolis: Beehive the 60’s Musical (Petula Clark, Joni Mitchell)
  • Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis: Annie (Grace Farrell); The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Mama Who); HONK: The Ugly Duckling Musical (Ida)
  • Old Log Theater, Excelsior: Dixie Swim Club (Sheree Holenger)
  • Teri voices many commercials and industrials including Best Buy, North Memorial, Diamond Crystal, Medifast, Target, Blue Cross, General Mills, and she is the voice of Big Lots!

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Guitarist Chris Olson has performed in venues from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Cordoba, Argentina. Chris earned a masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 1995. He holds bachelors degrees in both Jazz Studies and Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Chris has taught at several colleges and community music schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is currently on the faculty of the McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul as well as the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin. He has been a featured guest artist and clinician at events throughout the Midwest. Chris is featured on several recordings, many of which include his compositions, and he is currently part of a half dozen active ensembles. He has performed in diverse settings ranging from the National Mandolin Society, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and the JazzMN Big Band. Chris is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Guitar Society. A published author, Chris' books Contemporary Etudes for Acoustic Guitar and Horizontal Shapes for Guitar as well as his recording, Maintime, are available from Really Good Music, LLC.

profile-ralph_hepola.pngRalph Hepola


Click here for profile of Ralph Hepola.

 


Quotes

"People are still talking about the show and how great it was!" "Evansville is still talking about Route 3. If they aren't praising the show you guys did, they're bemoaning the fact that they missed it!"
– Karen Howell, President, Evansville Arts Coalition

"Ralph Hepola and Route 3 performed "On the Sunny Side of the Street: Uplifting Songs from the 1930s" to a sold out house in the Bloomington Center for the Arts Black Box Theater. The musicians were great and the audience loved it!"
– Jim Urie, Center for the Arts Manager

"You were terrific, we've had such a great response to your night…You brought in a great crowd and the "reviews" have been outstanding."
– Sue Franchere, New Richmond Heritage Center, Wisconsin

"The Independence Day concert was a huge success. We had a record crowd, beautiful evening, and wonderful music. Route 3 performed superbly."
– Ariel Dressler, Family Programs Coordinator, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

"…Route 3 provided great entertainment and had a wonderful performance. Thank you very much for your support of the nation's oldest and largest winter festival. We look forward to working with you in the future."
– Melissa Rowe, Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation

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