Concert for Humota

Country singer to perform at fundraiser for theater

HUMBOLDT — A country music concert this Saturday in Humboldt will be used as a benefit to help raise money for the newly reopened Humota Theater.

Jason Brown will take the stage as part of his Along the Way Tour in front of the theater on Sumner Avenue in Humboldt.

Chad Theesfeld, president of the Humota Theater board of directors, said the gates to the concert will open at 4 p.m. Opening bands will start around 6 p.m., with Brown taking the stage an hour later and continuing until 10 p.m.

“They’re shutting down Main Street for it,” Theesfeld said. “They don’t do that very often. The weather hopefully will be very good.”

He added that he’s hoping for high attendance, as the concert is being held the same day as the Humboldt Arts Festival.

“With that going on, we hope everybody will come up and join us,” Theesfeld said. “Make it an all-day event for Humboldt.”

The Humota Theater was set to close in 2018 after Fridley Theatres, which owned the Humota, announced it was going to be selling the theater. Community members joined together and formed a nonprofit, which now operates the theater.

The money raised from the concert will help pay for renovations.

Theesfeld said they’re hoping to raise $150,000.

Among the renovations to the building include the relocation of one bathroom, the addition of another and making both them and the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“It was very difficult to get in and out of there,” Theesfeld said. “Now it’s much better. We took a little bit of area away from the lobby and concessions area.”

They also installed new cupboards, repainted the lobby and installed new ceiling tiles.

The theater reopened in April with the movie “Avengers: Endgame.”

Tickets for the concert are $15, with children 12 and under being admitted for free.

“It’s a family event because the theater is there for the community, and mostly it’s for taking your kids and family to the movies,” he said. “It’s not just for adults and it’s not just for kids either. It’s for everybody.”

Tickets are available at primeseats.com and at the Humota Theater box office.

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