Minnesota's Last Waltz

The Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Avenue , Minneapolis, Minnesota

On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, The Band played their final farewell concert, called "The Last Waltz," and the performance saw the band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including their previous employers Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan, as well as Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, and Neil Young. The monumental musical event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same title, released in 1978, and ultimately considered one of the greatest documentary films of all time.

On November 25, 2023, over two dozen of Minnesota’s finest artists will come together to recreate the music from this legendary film. The Band:

Major label producer, songwriter and Mango Jam/Dark Pony alumni Jon Herchert will play the part of Robbie Robertson. Legendary veteran drummer/vocalist/producer David J. Russ will play the part of Levon Helm. Tim Mahoney/Kung Fu Hippies bassist & vocalist Chad Whittaker will play the part of Rick Danko. The Honeydogs/Turn Turn Turn keyboardist extraordinaire Peter J. Sands will be playing the part of Garth Hudson. Last but not least, Mango Jam/Gold Standard/Kung Fu Hippies keyboardist Buzz Chopper will be playing the part of Richard Manuel.

Additional performances by:

Dan Israel as Bob Dylan

Julius Collins as Van Morrison

Randy Casey as Eric Clapton

Nate Dungan as Ronnie Hawkins

Tristana Ward as Joni Mitchell

Bump Blomberg as Neil Young

Jared Rush as Dr. John

Steve Vonderharr as Paul Butterfield

Jerry Williams as Muddy Waters

Jenny Russ as Emmylou Harris

Gary Sklenar as Neil Diamond

Mo Engel as Ringo Starr


Katie Gearty, Nicholas David & Aja Parham as The Staple Singers


Minnesota’s Last Waltz Horns:

David Foley

Jim Haan

Bill Simenson