Music @ Franconia Concerts: August and September

While summer may be slowing down for some, here at Franconia Sculpture Park we’re still going strong. With two concerts on the horizon, we invite you to come sing and dance your last days of the season away amidst the abundance of new sculptural installations in park. Pack a blanket and some lawn chairs, bring your dog, and spend your day enjoying the tunes emanating from our Earthwork Amphitheatre, a performance space designed and built by artists Drew Goerlitz and Ali Della Bitta.

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This Saturday, August 16th experience music from around the world during our Global Rhythm Festival. With sounds from the Caribbean to Africa and everything in between, this event is bound to be a fun filled entertaining day for the whole family.

First up at 12:30, Lance and Chilly of Pan Dimensions will fill the park with sounds of their colorful steel band music. With Pan Dimensions’ roots running deep into the Caribbean and branching out all over the world, their steel drum music is a fresh sound that captivates audiences.

At 2:15 Guitarist, bouzoukist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Greg Herriges along with percussionist Michael Bissonnette will share an eclectic mix of original and traditional “whirled music,” with a unique approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles. Folkworld describes Herriges as, “…a gifted musician who is able to bring the best sounds from several cultures into one type of intriguing music.”

To end the day at 4:00 we will be transported to Africa by Duniya Drum and Dance. This inter-generational and interracial troupe fuse traditional West African rhythms in their percussion performances. In addition, their athletic dance moves are bound to get you up and out of your seat for an energetic dance party that will have us all smiling.

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From left: Pan Dimensions, Greg Herriges, Duniya Drum and Dance

If you’re not available to join us for the Global Rhythm Festival, make plans now to attend the American Roots and Country Festival on September 13th. First on the docket is rising country musician Geoff Elvee. A native Minnesotan, Elvee will surely connect with his audience here at Franconia.

Following Elvee will be Wisconsin’s American Roots duo, The DitchLilies. Stringed multi-instrumentalists/vocalists Kari Larson and Lisa Schultz introduce today’s audiences with rare old world melodies. “Various tender and bold, imaginative and well honed, The DitchLilies bring a refreshing sound to the roots music revival.”

Last but not least, to close out this year’s Music @ Franconia series, The High 48s will take the stage. The band combines traditional bluegrass music with more modern sounds to create original soundtracks that captivates their audiences.

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From left: The DitchLilies, The High 48s, Geoff Elvee

Let Franconia Sculpture Park extend your summer fun. Join us on August 16th and September 13th for full days of art, music, and fun. Concerts run from 12pm-6pm. With food vendors on site, artist-led tours, and of course great performances, you can’t go wrong!

The 2014 Music@Franconia Concert Series is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. The program is also made possible through the generous support of many community and business sponsors.  Thank you!

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