Will Matt become a "Star"?

For all of you reality TV fans, I apologize. It's not my cup of tea. With that said, I have to come clean. I have been watching one show, or at least a part of one. But I have a good excuse. I've been tuning in at 10 p.m. Saturdays on the USA Network for "Nashville Star." My excuse, or reason, is Matt Lindahl.

Matt spent his early years here in Stevensville. He was born here in 1975 and just celebrated his 29th birthday. His parents, Ken and Patricia Lindahl, taught at Lakeshore High School and were in charge of the former Lakeshore Summer Theatre. When they moved to Georgia in 1983, they took similar positions at Brookwood High School.

The show has been eliminating contestants as the weeks go by. Although known for wearing overalls, Lindahl appeared Saturday in a bright-red shirt and black pants instead. He's never without his baseball cap, though. The show featured scenes of the contestants in New York City, including their appearance on "Imus in the Morning."

The way the show has been working is that at the beginning, they announce how many contestants will be eliminated during that particular show. They call out the names of those contestants still in the show, and then they perform. Two weeks ago Lindahl was the second contestant to be called, and on Saturday he was the first to perform.

I've seen him perform different types of music, from serious country to novelty, accompanying himself on both the guitar and the washboard. When he finished last week, he took his washboard and broke it on the stage.

The contestants advance both through the votes of the judges and people who call in.

I don't know how far Lindahl will go on the show, but one thing's for sure: He's not your normal cookie cutter performer. He has his own sound, his own look and his own appeal. I wish him well.


One of the Box Factory for the Arts' major exhibitions is coming up soon.

The Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC) opens with a reception on May 7 and runs through June 6. This competition has invited artists from northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan to submit artworks.

A total of $6,500 in awards will be presented. Notifications of acceptances were to be mailed this week. The judge for the show is Phil Vander Weg, director of the school of art and professor of art at Western Michigan University.


Here's another event to put on your calendar. "We Sing" is a concert with Tom Chapin and Josh White Jr. at 3 p.m. on June 5 at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, Benton Township. The All God's Children's Choir also will sing.

The concert is a benefit for Calling All Colors, a program that brings together Twin Cities children from various ethnic backgrounds to interact in small groups. Prices range from $10 to $12 for adults and $5 to $7 for children and seniors. Call the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra office at 982-4030.

San Dee Wallace is a staff writer for The Herald-Palladium. Arts Notes is published each Thursday. You can e-mail her at swallace@heraldpalladium.com