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Local Band Collective Unconscious Pays Homage to “The Last Waltz” [VIDEO, AUDIO]

Pete Nyblom

ST. CLOUD – Classic rock ensemble “The Band” is universally held to be one of the greatest musical acts – and collaborations – of its day.

Now, you can catch a collection of central Minnesota’s top musicians recreating the lineup of songs from their Martin Scorcese-directed concert film, “The Last Waltz,” this week at Pioneer Place on Fifth.

At the core, Collective Unconscious is Nathan “Nature” Nesje, Jeff Engholm, Muggsy Lauer, George Maurer and Andy Deckard.

However, much like The Band, this week, Collective Unconscious has an extensive lineup of musical guests.

The list includes Stacy Bauer (BLIMP/Stearns County Pachanga), Mark “Hazzy” Hasbrouck (BLIMP, Surahoolies), Leon Laudenbach (Taboo Blue), Grant Haake (Revolution 5), Jeff Lee (The Receders) and a special appearance by Pioneer Place owner Dan Barth.

Collective Unconscious bass player Jeff Engholm says Collective Unconscious routinely makes a point of playing tributes to famous rock albums.

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Performances of “The Last Waltz” run tonight (Wednesday) through Saturday at the Pioneer Place beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door, but if you’d like to find out how to get them in advance, check out the Pioneer Place on Fifth’s website.

And, check out our video of the show’s final dress rehearsal.

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