DETROIT LAKES — Dolly Parton, Cher, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, Heart, Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Pat Benatar… these are just a sampling of the iconic female artists whose music will be spotlighted at “Wild Angels : The Women of Rock, Pop and Country,” a new tribute show at the Historic Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes this Friday, November 11.

Singer-songwriter Pamela McNeill, who many Holmes Theater regulars will remember for her past appearances on shows such as ‘Rock & Roll Christmas’, ‘Rumours and Dreams’ and ‘What’s Goin’ On’, will be joined by Mary Jane Alm and Aimée Lee to headline the show which starts at 7:30 p.m.

“The three of us are best friends and you can hear it in our harmonies,” said McNeill, who is the show’s producer. “We know each other inside and out, and it’s like we can read each other’s musical thoughts.

“We all have different strengths that we bring to the show,” she added. With this in mind, “Wild Angels” is a unique blend of musical genres.

“I always wanted to do a show where we could showcase many of the greatest female artists of our generation,” McNeill said. “I really wanted it to not just be one genre, but to hit the whole gamut – country, rock, pop, blues…”

One evening, while the three women were at McNeill’s to celebrate his birthday, they were cleaning up after the party when one of their favorite songs, “Someone Like You” by Adele, started playing and they were singing along.

“Someone took the cell phone, recorded it, and put it on Facebook,” McNeill recalled. Although they were having fun, laughing and singing along to the music, the reaction on the social media platform was so positive that they decided to start planning the show which eventually became “Wild Angels”.

“That was about 10 years ago now,” McNeill said. “It’s just been a real joy to play.”

Although each is featured in turn, she added, “The harmonies are the star. It’s really fun for us to sing together. We all know each other’s voices so well. .”

The trio will also be backed by a band of seven A-list musicians from Minnesota, known collectively as The Handsome Devils. The group features some of the best in the Upper Midwest, including:

  • Boyd Lee – acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals
  • Jay Graf – electric guitar
  • Brian C. Peters – steel pedals and electric guitars
  • Richard Kriehn – violin and mandolin
  • Michael Dripps – keyboards
  • Dik Shopteau – bass guitar
  • Ben Kaplan – drums

“We have a really smoking group,” McNeill said. “They are amazing.”
She added that the show is perfect for a “girls night out” but also for a “steamy date night”. It consists of two one-hour sets, with a short intermission in between, although sometimes the second set lasts longer depending on how many encore songs they do.

“It’s just a really fun and uplifting show,” she said. “If you’re looking for something that will make you smile and feel good, with great harmonies, this is the show for you. We’re excited to bring it to Detroit Lakes.”

What: “Wild Angels – The Women of Rock, Pop and Country”
Where: Historic Holmes Theater, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes
When: Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Who: Featuring three of Minnesota’s most beloved singers – Pamela McNeill (“RRXS Rock and Roll Christmas Spectacular”, “Rumours and Dreams – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute”, “What’s Going on – Songs from the Vietnam War Era”); Minnesota Music Hall of Fame inductees Mary Jane Alm and Aimée Lee (“Rainy Days and Mondays – The Music of The Carpenters”) – who are backed by a phenomenal 7 piece band, “The Handsome Devils”.
How: Tickets are available online at

, by phone at 218-844-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as two hours before each show. The cost is $28 for adults and $14 for students.

Potter Michael Burgraff is one of more than 30 regional artists whose work will be featured at the 19th annual Holmes Art Exhibit, which begins Thursday, Nov. 10, in the ballroom of the historic Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes.

Contributed / Historic Holmes Theater

Before leaving, stop at the art exhibition

The “Wild Angels” show will be preceded by the second day of the 19th edition of the Holmes Art Show. The show, which runs from November 10-12, takes place in the ballroom located just across the hall from the main theater.

“Over 30 artists from our area have signed up,” said show coordinator Carmen McCullough. “We will be showcasing a lot of talent in our newly renovated ballroom.

“We have some returning favorites: Brakken Rourke, Carmen Bruhn, Kurt and Deb Anderson, Bonnie Juma, Deanna Nelson and many more,” she continued, “and we’re excited to introduce new artists as well ( on the show), including: Kara Schumann, Val Voigt, Maggie Peterson, Mary Bratrud, Marie Williams and many more.”

For a complete list of artists, visit

. The artists will sell their works during the show.

“Also new this year, we will have artist goodie bags,” McCullough said, adding that a raffle will take place each of the three days of the show to give away a new bag of artist-provided goodies.

Hours of operation are: Thursday, November 10, 4-7 p.m.; Friday 11 Nov, 9am-7.30pm; and Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the art exhibition is free.


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