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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present folk, jazz and Americana music by Jami Lynn at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

The native Northeast South Dakota singer/songwriter will move seamlessly from her original songs to those that have stood the test of time.

"I enjoy tying the natural world and landscapes into the narrative of my songs. The Missouri River has had a big influence on my writing from the start. It's great to return to the area that first inspired me," she says.

Lynn began performing folk and bluegrass music at the age of 13. Thanks to a little coaxing from her grandfather, she made the transition from audience to stage where old-time country, polka and regional folk music reigned.

Today, she performs original folk music accompanied on claw-hammer banjo and finger-style guitar. She performs solo, with the Sioux Falls-based jazz group, The JAS Quintet, and as half the folk duo, The Nesters.

Lynn also brings folk music to elementary school students and hospital systems through the South Dakota State Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools & Communities program and Touring Artist program.