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North Star Sessions will bring holiday music to MAC Friday
Madison musicians, songwriters and vocalists Beth Kille and Erik Kjelland of Kerosene Kites will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Monroe Arts Center. Their North Star Sessions concert features a collection of original winter and Christmas-themed songs and favorite holiday classic tunes. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Hailing from Madison, musicians and vocalists Beth Kille and Erik Kjelland of the group Kerosene Kites, have combined their talents to create the "North Star Sessions" concert.

This concert of original winter and Christmas-themed songs, along with clever spins on favorite holiday classic tunes, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th St.

Kille and Kjelland are no strangers to the joy, beauty and perils of winter and the holiday season. With beautiful melodies, smooth harmonies, and meaningful lyrics, "North Star Sessions" includes songs and stories of struggling through the winter weather to return to a paramour after time on the road, trying to survive the dredge of the long, cold season by leaning on true love and making New Year's resolutions to start living life to the fullest.

After years of co-writing sessions, festival planning, sporadic performances and overall "big idea" cultivating, Kille and Kjelland decided to combine their talents to perform as a duo under the name Kerosene Kites. Shared experiences of life on the road and supportive families at home allowed for a common lyrical bond and a basis for their holiday-themed "North Star Sessions" album released in December 2014. This month Kerosene Kites released "Under Cover Holiday," an album of re-imagined classic holiday songs.

From 2000 to 2008, Kille worked at the Monroe Clinic as a physical therapist. During this time and before launching her solo career, she fronted the award-winning band, Clear Blue Betty. Her stage prowess was recognized in 2011 when she received Artist of the Year honors at the Madison Area Music Awards - a rare accomplishment for a solo artist. She also was honored in 2006 and 2010 with the MAMA for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Kjelland grew up in Mineral Point and is also a member of the four-piece Madison band The Mascot Theory, whose sound has an alternative folk influence with a rootsy bluegrass blend. They recently released their third full-length album "Trust and Bones."

General admission seat tickets for the North Star Sessions concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under, and free for Monroe Arts Center members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the box office at 1315 11th St., Monroe, call 608-325-5700 or look online at

This concert is supported by corporate underwriter Colony Brands Inc. and media underwriters Monroe Publishing LLC and Big Radio.