9 Nights of Music

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Time and Cost

Tuesdays July 4 – August 29

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 beginning of July through the end of 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 2017

 

July 4, 2017
Music: Salsa del Soul (Latin American)
Dance instructor: Julissa Angelik
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. music

Salsa del Soul is a Twin Cities-based, nine-piece orchestra performing various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean.

July 11, 2017
Music: Bassface (Motown, Funk and Classic Rock)
Dance instructor: Zina Winters
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. music

Bringing “Uptown Funk” to downtown St. Paul!

July 18, 2017
Music: Karibuni (Central East African)
Dance instructor: Kenna Cottman
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

African music quartet featuring Siama Matuzungidi, guitar-vocals-percussion-story teller; Lidia Wokolo Sanguma, dancer-singer-storyteller, Serge Akou, bass-percussion; mick laBriola, drums-percussion-vocals.

July 25, 2017
Music:
High 48s (Blue Grass)
Dance instructor: Julie Young Walser
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

August 1, 2017
Dan Chouinard and Friends
Dance instructor: Cindy & Terry Gardner
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

In conjunction with the new Minnesota History Center exhibit, WWI America, costumed and WWI dancers, along with reenactors, will help take us back in time! Join in recreating the mood by wearing your Downton Abbey apparel!(Season 2 of course)

August 8, 2017
The Dweebs (Ultimate Party Rock)
Dance instructor: Divya Maiya
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Appearing at premiere events across the nation, The Dweebs’ live concert offers the entertainment experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the classic hits of the legendary Johnny Cash and The Beatles to the modern hits of Fun, Pink, and Katy Perry. The Dweebs provide a fun memorable performance full of stage antics, crowd participation, mock rock icons, confetti, flying toilet paper and more!

August 15, 2017
Rockin’ Rinecones (New Orleans style R&B with spicy Cajun and Zydeco)
Dance instructor: Flory Katz
Time: 6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

The Rockin’ Pinecones play rootsy New Orleans-style R&B, with a little Cajun and Zydeco added for extra spice. The quintet covers hits and obscurities by the likes of Dave Bartholomew, Clarence “Bon Ton” Garlow, Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis, Snooks Eaglin, Professor Longhair, Queen Ida, and many other Louisiana greats.

August 22, 2017

Orkestar Bez Ime- Balkan Party

Dance instructor: Dan Garvin

Time:  6:30 p.m. dance instruction, 7 p.m. live music

Orkestar Bez Ime [or-KESS-tar behz EE-meh], meaning “orchestra without a name” in Bulgarian, was formed in 2002 to bring Balkan dance music to the Upper Midwest.

August 29, 2017
Boiled in Lead (Celtic and World Roots)
Dance instructor: Natalie O’Shea
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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