Alan Jesperson, the driving force behind Twin Cities bluegrass music scene, dies at 74

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He was the driving force behind bluegrass music in the Twin Cities.

Alan Jesperson, 74, died in his home on Thursday.

Jesperson organized the annual Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival at Minnehaha Park for more than two decades.

Jesperson also booked bluegrass acts at Dulono’s Pizza in Minneapolis and led the Middle Spunk Creek Boys band for 53 years.

Phil Nusbaum, who hosts Bluegrass Saturday Morning Show on radio station Jazz 88FM, says Jesperson’s legacy will live on.

"There’s no replacement for Al Jesperson," Nusbaum said. "People who know him are going to say, ‘Good singer, good song picker who was committed to the community.’"

A bluegrass pickin’ party to celebrate Jesperson’s life is planned for later this year.