Les Vaagen and Kelly Kiemele, the "Old Five & Dimers," will give the final performance of the 2009 season of Music in the Park on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Les, from Bismarck, and Kelly, from Mandan, started playing music when they were young. They first got together about 13 years ago just to jam and found they had an appreciation for some- what obscure (but good) vintage music. They have also come to find that there are more and more listeners around who enjoy that music.
Throughout their years together as the "Old Five & Dimers," they have developed a reputation for arranging and playing old songs with the sound that was likely heard at the time they were written. Much of this "sound" is a direct result of their use of vintage instruments. A good example of their interpretive style can be heard on their recently completed CD, "The Memories Are Worth The Price."
During the past few years they have performed a number of times at the Heritage Center in Bismarck, which include presentations of period music for the Governor's Conferences on "Railroad Development" and "Prairie Settlers". During the past several years they've also been invited to play at the Cross Ranch "Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Festival," the "Bismarck Bluegrass Festival," and the Buckstop Junction "Corn Feed".They are also the "house" band for the Taylor, ND Horse Fest Hee Haw Show.
They still say they are strictly back porch kind of pickers who strive for fun and enjoyment in what they perform.
Their performance begins at 7 p.m.
The Music in the Park program is funded by the Rugby Lions Club and the Rugby Park District. A free-will offering is taken each week to help offset expenses. Free ice cream is served during all performances. The ice cream is provided by Cass Clay Creamery.