Music Makes the World go ‘Round


Formed in 1979, the Clear Lake Area Concert Association (CLACA) provides quality musical performances at a reasonable price.  Catering to both young and old, they host a variety of live entertainment for all those who wish to experience it.

Their 2022-2023 season kicks off THIS THURSDAY, September 22nd at E.B. Stillman Auditorium with Portrait of a Queen, featuring award-winning singer Cece Teneal.  This first show will energize you with an array of life lessons to help you “Think” and “Respect” others.  Just as it was conveyed through Aretha Franklin’s 50+ year musical legacy.

Portrait of a Queen, based on Teneal’s 2016 hit album, is gaining traction across the nation and is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

If you’re interested, consider a membership to this great organization.  Becoming a member of the Clear Lake Area Concert Association is simple.  Reasonably priced memberships can be purchased at

And this year, they’ve added a new feature – single event passes for only $25!

Memberships or tickets may be purchased at the door of any concert, with these additional options available as well:


Other shows on the schedule for this season include an October 21st performance by Spencer Day, a witty singer/songwriter/pianist who is well known for arranging sophisticated pop tunes and orchestrating new versions of hit Broadway classics.   February 11th will bring The Travis Anderson Trio to town.  They are out of Minneapolis and give a modern twist to many classic jazz favorites.  How Sweet it Is rounds out the series on May 10th with a touching tribute to James Taylor and his repertoire of music.

Additionally, with a seasonal membership to the CLACA, you have the opportunity to enjoy other musical endeavors in Albert Lea, Algona, Forest City and Osage.  This “reciprocity agreement” with similar associations in these locations allows you to use your CLACA season ticket for admission into performances in these towns.

Talk about the best bang for your buck!

According to their website, the CLACA “encourages you to take advantage of this terrific cultural opportunity here in your own backyard. Come with a friend or bring the family! These concerts are a great way to introduce a young person to the experience of live performance. And you can enjoy great music while interacting with the artists in an intimate setting.”

Music is scientifically proven to improve your quality of life.  It can stimulate areas of the brain not often used on a daily basis and reduce stress. Music even lowers blood pressure.  Furthermore, many big occasions in our lives are inundated with music.  You just need to slow down and listen.

For more information on how YOU can enjoy these live performances in North Iowa, go to