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Sue Sitter/PCT Dressed as a Christmas tree, Kat Perkins sings with her orchestra at Rugby Ballroom Tilman Hovland, November 27.

Kat Perkins and her orchestra returned home to North Dakota for Christmas when they brought her in “Christmas in the North Country” To the Rugby Ballroom Tilman Hovland November 27.

Perkins, a finalist on NBC’s The Voice in 2014, gave a high-energy holiday performance on stage with her father Mark, four musicians and two backup vocalists.

The performers changed their costumes several times, moving from cozy black and red checkered flannel to gingerbread and Christmas tree.

Perkins scattered stories of her childhood in Scranton among songs such as “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree” And “It’s the most beautiful time of the year.” Kat and Mark Perkins sprinkled a great deal of humor throughout the show.

“I’ve been here a lot,” Mark Perkins told the audience. “In a way, being here at rugby, I kind of feel focused somehow.” The audience laughed.

“It’s good to see some familiar faces here in North Dakota,” Mark Perkins added as he said hello to three of the area guys who he said attended Cat Perkins Music Camp in Medora.

“Kat was a free spirit. Nowhere was it more evident than in the way she was dressed,” Mark Perkins remembered his daughter.

He went on to describe how his daughter would dress mismatchedly and, for a time, preferred a Spider-Man mask. “And she slept in it, the best part of the year,” Mark Perkins said with a smile.

Kat Perkins brought her face mask on stage. “I still have it! There he is!”

“My dad was a music teacher in Scranton, North Dakota. He was my teacher. He was a teacher there for 36 years. I’ve always said he taught me everything I know, besides my musical family – my mum, my grandmother, his mum, my grandmother, my grandmother, they were all very musical and I was very lucky to be older In this world of music, everywhere”, Kat Perkins said.

Perkins described how she decided to learn to play the French horn because her father played the instrument himself.

“Every time around Christmas it was very helpful, because the French horn is like a holiday and it’s like Christmas. We will take our work to church every year and we will play together,” Perkins said before she and her father performed, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” With French trumpets.

Other favorites included in the show “Hard Candy Christmas” And other melodies with touches of the western countryside.

Perkins invited audience members to learn more about the Rising Star Foundation, a charity she founded in 2017.

“We offer scholarships to children who have musical talent and are in financial need,” Perkins said.

“There are two different types of scholarships we offer. One of them is if your child wants to go to music camp anywhere in the country. I also run my own music camp in the Badlands of North Dakota in Medora. We have scholarships available for this camp as well.”

Perkins added, “We also have regular college scholarships for kids who want to get ahead in music, whether it’s education or performing at any kind of college across the United States. And the third scholarship, which is the most fun and unique, we have scholarships for young people who want to do something Crazy as auditioning for “The Voice” somewhere in the country. Just two years ago, we sent a 19-year-old girl to Italy to audition for an opera. It was one of my favorite stories with my foundation.”

“Just today, I came across it at the gas station when we were traveling here,” Perkins added. “It just reminded me of how much joy we have been able to give people. She smiled at me and said, ‘Hi,’ and just reminded me of who you are and how we helped her.”

Perkins invited members of the public to donate or obtain more information from www.risingstarfoundation.org. Perkins’ assistant, Jennings the Elf, received donations to the foundation at the ticket table outside the hall door.

Perkins noted that performing for those serving in the military abroad was an important part of her job. “We go (to military bases) quite often over the holidays. We haven’t done that in a while,” Perkins said. “We are looking forward to our next (performance) and look forward to bringing a piece of home to our male and female clients whenever we can. We will absolutely continue this business no matter when or no matter how.”

Perkins asked audience members who served in the military “Make yourselves known.” They received a round of applause. I asked the public to keep those serving outside “Near and dear in your hearts.”

The show ended with the introduction of Three Dog Night’s “joy to the world” A warm welcome from the audience.

The performance came to Rugby as part of the Heart of America concert series, with performances lined up for rugby and Bottineau. Next in the series is Baron Ryan, a talented pianist who was performing on March 26. The Alex Meixnar Accordion Duo performance on April 23 and the Children of the Pioneers performance on May 10.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 776-5443.

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