The Minnesota State Fair is here and we couldn’t be more excited about how much jazz there is to offer this year. No matter what day you go, you should be able to take in a great jazz experience. We sincerely encourage you to come through on Friday, August 26 and/or Saturday, August 27 when we’ll be holding court in the Education Building. We’ll have live broadcasts from Manny Hill, Travis Ryder, and Sean McPherson on Friday. On Saturday, you’ll be able to catch a live broadcast of Bluegrass Saturday Morning with Phil Nusbaum, starting at 9AM, and Good Acoustics with Erik Brandt, starting at 1PM.
Come by and say hello! Grab some swag and witness the magic of live radio right before your eyes. Though, if your Fair schedule brings you down on a different day, there is still plenty of jazz to enjoy! Here is a friendly list of some jazz-related events to enjoy every day at the Minnesota State Fair:
Thursday, August 25 – Sarah Morris at the BOB FM Stage – 4pm
Celebrated songstress Sarah Morris is gracing the BOB FM stage on day one of the Minnesota State Fair. Though she pulls songs from all over the musical map, we’ve always been drawn to the jazzier side of her offerings, especially the song “Between Here and There” which frequently gets a spin on Sunday Morning Jazz when Bobby Vandell is in the booth.
Friday, August 26 – The Working Stiffs at the International Bazaar – 10:45am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm
Steve Clarke and the Working Stiffs are gracing the stage of the International Bazaar on Friday morning, celebrating the big band sound with expert saxophone delivered by Steve Clarke himself.
Saturday, August 27 – Ecuador Manta at the DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage – 10:00am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Enjoy music from this imaginative group of players celebrating the music of the Andes. While celebrating the rhythms of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia, Ecuador Manta also fuses in the sounds of contemporary Latin and Caribbean music.
Sunday, August 28 – Red Rock Swing Band at the DNR Outdoor Stage – 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Who doesn’t want to hear a brassy big band at the Great Minnesota Get-Together? Class up your day at the Fair and come swing with the Red Rock Swing Band.
Monday, August 29 – Annie Mack at the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater – 8:00 pm
Here at Jazz88, we love the bluesy sound of Annie Mack. She is also no stranger to wowing an audience in an outdoor setting, so catching Ms. Annie Mack at The Great Minnesota Get-Together looks like a win-win for her committed fanbase and newbies alike.
Tuesday, August 30 – Rhythm and Swing at the Cosgrove Stage – 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm
Jazz is a music best enjoyed while moving one’s body, and with Rhythm and Swing, you’ll get a chance to see steps like the Lindy Hop and the Charleston in action. Get the body moving while enjoying some of the dance moves that are such a central part of the jazz story.
Wednesday, August 31 – Siama’s Congo Music in Dan Patch Park – 10:00 am
I came up a little short for our Wednesday jazz offering, but I found a bounty of amazing music! Siama is bringing the music of the Democratic Republic of Congo straight into the Fair with support from acoustic guitar, drums, and traditional African instruments.
Thursday, September 1 – The Jimmys at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell Stage – 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm
This band out of Madison, Wisconsin packs a punch. They are a high-octane, multi-genre band that will bring you a variety of jump blues, a touch of big band power, and a healthy serving of traditional New Orleans sounds.
Friday, September 2 – Thomasina Petrus & The King’s Quartet at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell Stage – 10:30 am, 11:45 am
Minnesota musical royalty is taking the AM shifts over at the Leinie Lodge this year! Thomasina Petrus has been wowing crowds in the Twin Cities with her spectacular voice and her incredible stage presence. Grab a seat early and bear witness to one of Minnesota’s finest.
Saturday, September 3 – Passion Sax of Yunior Romero at Minnesota Wine Country – 6:30 pm
Get your sax fix while also enjoying a little bit of no-no juice in Minnesota wine country. Enjoy the sounds of the saxophone talent Yunior Romero as he traverses genres to bring you the dulcet sounds of his woodwind work.
Sunday, September 4 – Jennifer Grimm and Joe Cruz at Dino’s Gyros Stage – 11:00 am until 2:45 pm
Monday, September 5 – Salsa del Soul at the International Bazaar Stage – 7:30 pm
Let’s wrap up The Great Minnesota Get-Together with one of the hottest bands in the nation! Salsa Del Soul will get you moving and shedding those Pronto Pup calories in seconds flat with the hottest Latin dance sounds. It’s always a party with Salsa Del Soul.
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