Art Hounds: Dakota Tour, Man Man, and a jazzy ‘Rite of Spring’

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This week’s hounds hunt down a jazz trio with Minnesota roots tackling Stravinsky’s signature work, an indie rock band from Philly that’s part vaudeville, part Modest Mouse, a musical dialogue between Native American and classical musicians.

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Thumbnail image for pamelaespeland.JPGLocal jazz writer and commentator Pamela Espeland says it’s no surprise a jazz trio such as The Bad Plus, which specializes in re-envisioning pop hits and classical masterpieces, would take on Stravinsky’s best known ballet in its entirety. The Bad Plus is performing “On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring,” Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 at the Loring Theater in Minneapolis. On Saturday, there’ll be an after-show party at the Red Stag Supper Club.

Allison.pngAllison Herrera, communications coordinator for Twin Cities Public Television’s “Minnesota Original” series, will be in Mankato on Sunday, May 22, for a very special concert. “The Dakota Music Tour” features the Mankato Symphony, the Maza Kute Drum Group from Nebraska, MinnOrch principal trumpeter Manny Laureano and native storyteller M. Cochise Anderson performing the music of Twin Cities composer and flautist Brent Michael Davids. Davids wrote a piece commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Dakota/U.S. war of 1862. In December of 1862, 38 Dakota men were hung in Mankato, the largest mass execution in American history. The Dakota Music Tour will also make stops in Redwood Falls, Granite Falls, and Winona.

IMG_3411.JPGGretchen Boyum is quite smitten with the music of the experimental indie rock band “Man Man.” Gretchen, who manages the Kaddatz Gallery in Fergus Falls, saw Man Man play in its native Philadelphia and was impressed by all the instruments the members employed and their sense of performance as art. Her memories are so fond of that show she’s making a three hour bee line from Fergus to First Avenue on Monday, May 23rd, to see Man Man live on the main stage.

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