The Minnesota History Center presents live, outdoor “9 Nights of Music” every Tuesday in July and August. The events are free and open to the public.
The “9 Nights of Music” returns with Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with live music and dancing at 7 p.m., at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul.
Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or buy food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 p.m. In case of rain, performances move indoors. Call 651-259-3000 for rain updates at 4 p.m.
The “9 Nights of Music” 2014 summer lineup:
• July 1 – Café Accordion Orchestra, French/Latin/Gypsy mixer
• July 8 – Somali Camel Band with Abdulkadir Said and Najiib Elmi, Urban and traditional Somali folk dance and song
• July 15 – Rockin’ Rondo Jazz Quartet with Debbie Duncan, Half Pintz Drill Team kicks off the evening. Jazz, Rhythm and Blues potpourri honoring Rondo Days in collaboration with Rondo Avenue, Inc.
• July 22 – Explosion Big Band, A swinging soiree with Doug Haining and Scott Agster’s 17-piece orchestra
• July 29 – Dick Hensold Band, Scottish ceilidh
• Aug. 5 – Ole Olsson Oldtime Orkestra, Swedish social
• Aug. 12 – Gertie and the T.O. Boyz and Finn Hall, Waila (chicken scratch) and Finnish jamboree
• Aug. 19 – Okee Dokee Brothers, Grammy-winning American Folk for kids, Special activities 5:30-7:30 p.m., Lawn games, bubbles and toys, 6:30-7 p.m., Dance instruction (clogging). 7:15-8:30 p.m., Live music
• Aug. 26 – Ukrainian Village Band, Ukranian vechirka (party)
“9 Nights of Music” is presented by Xcel Energy. Additional support is provided by 99.5 Classical MPR and the Tapestry Folkdance Center.
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice.
The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at events.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.
The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.
For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773 and visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/9nights.