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Sister’s 7 group serenades at Ellery

July 11, 2014
Bryce Berginski - Tribune Reporter , Pierce County Tribune

Seven singing "sisters" serenaded Rugby citizens during Music in the Park Wednesday in Ellery Park.

Sister's 7, a group of seven ladies from New Salem and Mandan, received a warm reception as they performed on a warm, sunny evening in front of a crowd from Rugby and the Dunseith area.

"I thought it was great," group member Deann Bueligen said of the reception. "The park is beautiful. The town is great, it's bigger than I thought. The people are awesome."

They performed classic songs, including "Chapel of Love," "7 Bridges Road," and "Wagon Wheel," and they even tried their hand at a newer song, "Automatic," by country singer Miranda Lambert.

"We look for fun music, music with a message," Bueligen said of the music they played. "We like influences where they implement harmonies, and we're able to do that because there's seven of us."

The ladies who compose Sister's 7 came together three years ago, when they performed at a fair in the New Salem area. For over a year they performed without a name, until they settled on The Chameleons for a short time.

"Finally we decided we didn't want to be named after a reptile," Bueligen said. They then chose the name, Sister's 7 because they were like sisters, and because there were seven of them.

Ericksons return

Husband and wife country gospel duo Ron and Opal Erickson, of Branson, Mo., will return July 16 to perform at Music in the Park.

Ron is a native of the Fargo-Moorhead area and grew up in a musical family. He is an accomplished steel guitarist, playing for several Grand Ole Opry musicians, including Webb Pierce and The Kendalls. He also plays tenor banjo and mandolin.

Opal grew up in Georgia, and is a major vocal component of the duo.

Ron and Opal are three-time recipients of the Country Gospel Music Association's "Duo of the Year Award."

Music in the Park performances take place at 7 p.m. Wednesdays under the Mark J. Carlson Memorial Gazebo in Ellery Park. During performances, Lions Club members scoop free ice cream. Tune in to AM 1450 KZZJ in the event of inclement weather.



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