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Music@Franconia: Malamanya

Now in its 20th year, Franconia Sculpture Park has perfected the ultimate summer music series! Join them on July 16, at Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheatre for three excellent Saturday afternoon events. Concert admission is free – parking is $5 per vehicle. Free tours of the park exhibit between sets.

July 16th Malamanya: Afro-Carribean dance music! Malamanya is a United States based band comprised of musicians who share a mutual respect and enthusiasm for traditional rhythms and melodies from Cuba and Latin America. Their style is vintage and their sound is classic. Their onstage energy and compositions reflect the communal, complex, and celebratory spirit prevalent in these musical genres.

Opening on July 16th is the Tropical Zone Orchestra, a 12 member, award winning Puerto Rican salsa orchestra featuring a powerful horn section and 3 energetic singers.

Concerts are held on Saturdays from 2pm-6pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, grab a bite or beverage from the famous Lizard Lounge, and enjoy the afternoon with friends, family, and community.

This activity 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.


From the Nemaa Website:
Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 20 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country.
Art-A-Whirl takes place annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May. This event is free and open to the public.
Pick up an Artist Directory and Guide or download the 2015 Art-A-Whirl map
2015 Dates and Hours:
Friday, May 15th –  5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday,  May 16th –  Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17th –   Noon-5:00 p.m.
View Art-A-Whirl FAQ’s and “How to Whirl” articles with suggestions on how to navigate the event.
View artwork within more than 50 locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, including studio buildings, art galleries, homes, storefronts, businesses, and restaurants.
Plan your visit with NEMAA’s Artist Directory and Guide, which includes information about the NEMAA artists, a map of Northeast Minneapolis and the Art-A-Whirl locations, a dining guide, and more. Pick up your free copy of the Artist Directory and Guide at the information booths during Art-A-Whirl, or starting in April at the California Building, Casket Arts Building, Keg House Arts Building, Northrup King Building, or Thorp Building in Northeast Minneapolis.
See the work of more than 600 artists in more than 20 mediums including clay, furniture, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and much more.
The artists’ open studio tours may include demonstrations, live performances, and large-scale exhibitions. Studio tours offer a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss techniques, experience art first-hand, and purchase unique artwork directly from the artists.
Art-A-Whirl gives you a unique opportunity to meet the artists who make our community so vibrant, and purchase artwork that you connect with. Art-A-Whirl also offers you several ways of becoming more involved in the local arts community.

InIrie – Three mice and a blind cat – Band Profile


By Eddie Chisham

Profiling InIrie – a three-piece band from St. Paul

Aaron Ohnsorg was late enough to practice that if it were a job interview he wouldn’t be considered, but if it were a party – it was perfect timing. Greg Siganos and Erik Christianson were eager, yet not quite foaming at the mouth when he arrived, but they were excited enough to turn their usual slow strolls into bolting up the stairs. Continue reading