9 Nights of Music

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Tuesdays June 28-August 30, 2016

Cost: FREE!

Location: The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, between the State Capitol and the Cathedral.

What is 9 Nights of Music?

9 Nights is an annual collaboration between Tapestry Folkdance Center and the Minnesota Historical Society, bringing you music and dance every Tuesday night from the end of June through August. Come for a half-hour of dance instruction suited to the evening’s music, then stay for more dancing or just listen to the band. Pack a picnic or buy food/beer/wine on site. If it rains, the party moves indoors to the 3M Auditorium.

9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy. Additional support is provided by MPR and Tapestry Folkdance Center. For more info, see the Minnesota History Center’s website.

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Bands and Dance Instructors 2016

BONUS NIGHT –  June 28, 2016
Music: Chords Karma Band
Dance instructor/caller: Divya Maiya
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Bollywood Live! music and dance, in conjunction with the History Center exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” Divya Maiya will be teaching hip-hop infused dance moves with classic Indian and folk influences.

July 5, 2016
Music: DJ Night
Dance instructor: Lisa Marie Firth
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. music

DJ night with a variety of diva-licious ballads, Adele-inspired covers, and a Dancing Queen contest. Feather boas optional.

July 12, 2016
Music: Bruce A. Henry & Friends
Dance instructor: To be announced
Time: 5:30 p.m. Saint Paul Welcome Hat information tables; 6:30 p.m. Faux Fur Hat Welcome ceremony, followed by dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Join the Bruce A. Henry Band for an evening of Motown, R&B, soul and Jazz. Presented in partnership with Rondo Ave Inc and St. Paul Welcome Hat, an initiative that introduces newcomers to the businesses, music and culture that make Saint Paul great.

July 19, 2016
Lush Country with Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson and The New Shoes
Dance instructor: To be announced
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Listen to country hits from the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette, brought to you by The New Shoes, which includes past members of the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band.

July 26, 2016
Celebrate Diversity in the Disability Community
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in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, presented in partnership with the Minnesota ADA Celebration Committee
Music by Tamarak
Dance performance by the Young Dance Company All Abilities Program
Dance and movement games with Angelique Lele
Time: 3 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

3-5 pm: 3M Auditorium, “Celebrating Diversity in our Community,” with keynote speaker Ken Rodgers and a panel discussion with members of the diverse disability community

6:30-7 pm: Dance lesson and movement games and dance performance

7 – 8:30 pm: Music and dancing with Tamarak. Pure driving, no-holds-barred classic rock with band leader Curt Jones.

The site is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpreters and audio describers will be on hand and CART will be provided. Other accommodations can be requested by July 12. Contact linda.gremillion@state.mn.us.

August 2, 2016
Itchy Fingers Hmong Minnesota Band
Dance instructor: Youa Yang
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Join Tou Ger Xiong, master of ceremonies, for an evening of Southeast Asian rock and pop music, with a line dancing class before live music begins.

August 9, 2016
Tim Patrick & His Blue Eyes Band
Dance instructor: To be announced
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Dynamic swing music and Sinatra style tunes from the Great American Songbook, for an evening of waltz and ballroom dance.

August 16, 2016
Mariachi Mi Tierra
Dance instructor: to be announced
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Rosalio Castro, vocalist Sylvia Rendon and a powerhouse ensemble of musicians present authentic Mariachi music.

August 23
Tjärnblom
Dance instructor: to be announced
Time:  6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Traditional and contemporary Scandinavian dance music.

August 30
Wild Colonial Bhoys
Dance instructor: Katie Stephens Spanger, with demo by Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers
Time:  6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Traditional Irish folk songs and original tunes, “Celtic rock that rocks!”

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