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Cathy suffered a heart attack October 15, 2014 at Sanford Hospital, Thief River Falls. She was flown by air ambulance to Altru Hospital, Grand Forks where a stint was immediately put in. She is recovering at home and regaining her strength. Thank God she was around people in the medical profession at all times or she would not be here today.
Keep Cathy and her family in your prayers. Cathy is definately a miracle! She has so many more years of sharing her gift of playing music and enteraining people.
DECEMBER 2014 - DANCE STILL ON
4 - First Thurs.: 7-10:30 p.m. Free Dance, Theme: Christmas Spirit, Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 p.m., Band: TBD, Eagles Club, Thief River Falls, MN
Please check schedule when dances resume in 2015. Thank you.
Mollie B. Polka Party, Medina Ballroom, Medina, MN. Taping was held on August 10, 2013.
RFD-TV - Check your local cable, satelitte, dish network for channel information.
Prairie Musicians program on Praire Public Broadcasting TV show in Fargo, ND featuring the Cathy Erickson Band. Watch us on Prairie Public at www.prairiepublic.org. Search for Cathy Erickson Band. You can also watch us on www.youtube.com. Search Prairie Musicians; Cathy Erickson Band.
Polka Spotlight Cable TV Show, Brooklyn Park, MN. Watch us on www.youtube.com and search for Cathy Erickson Band.
RADIO INTERVIEW - Cathy Erickson did a radio interview on January 23, 2013 at 9:30 am with Lester Schuft from Hutchinson, Minnesota. The radio show features interviews with musicians.
WANT AN OLD TYME BAND?
We are the band for you! We provide with a good steady beat and a taste for old tyme that will put you on your feet? The Cathy Erickson Band brings that and much more to the stage with over 30 years of experience entertaining all ages with accordion music styled just for you. Our band has a mix of accordion, vocals, sax, and drums. Available for all occasions & Polka Masses.
MUSICIANS ON STAGE INCLUDE:
Cathy Erickson (accordion/vocals)
Mary Jo Sturman (also sax/vocals)
Frank Olson (alto/tenor sax)
A passion for old tyme music prompted Cathy to begin her entertainment career on New Year’s Eve at a little bar in Middle River, Minnesota in 1975. Since then she has taken her music throughout the state of Minnesota, as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin, Canada, and on a Caribbean cruise.
Growing up on a farm near Waubun, Minnesota, Cathy’s parents played a great part in her love for music, especially waltzes and polkas and good old fashioned pop/swing tunes and country. With a German/Czech/Swedish heritage, there were plenty of ethnic melodies to learn and play. These tunes continue to become part of her repertoire today. And having a “supportive husband like Virgil” made a musical career possible.
Sharing her music at dances, weddings, funerals, county fairs, special events, polka services at different churches throughout the area, and with residents at nursing homes and group homes has also become an important part of Cathy’s musical career. Three of the Erickson’s six children have shared the stage with their mother. Sheila (alto sax); Mary Jo (vocals & alto sax); and Andy (drums). Mary Jo continues to share her love of music with me. A recording studio in New Prague, Minnesota, was the site for four recordings Cathy and her fellow musicians used to preserve their musical heritage. In 2003, a studio in Bemidji, Minnesota has helped to continue to reinforce Cathy’s love of old time music.
In Loving Memory of Our Son:
Paul C. Erickson
September 3, 1965 ~ January 1, 2011
Paul Conrad Erickson, 45, Thief River Falls, passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Paul was diagnosed with systemic-diffuse scleroderma in December, 2004, and passed away from complications of double pneumonia, ARDS and scleroderma with his loving family at his side.