Acoustic Campfire (2011)

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A great way to wind-down after Target Free Thursday Nights. Close out the evening with local musicians performing intimate acoustic sets. Join in a sing-along or just take in the music while savoring a summer sunset.

2011 LINE UP:

June 7: Hummingbirds
Lynne O’Brien, Sarina Yospin, and Kestrel Feiner-Homer combine ukelele, guitar, banjo, and vocals to present sweet, toe-tapping, folksy harmonies.

June 14: Cruel Haiku
Join us for an acoustic roots folk rock set of twisted originals and head-scratching interpretations of once-sacred classic songs by Gary Krainak, Steve Michels-Boyce and Paul Shambroom.

June 21: Aria Sing-along and Wild Bill and Cierra
Hear some of your favorite arias and sing-along with Music:Baroque, an evolving music group focused on the vocal repertoire of the baroque period.

Bill Gamble on vocals, guitar, ukelele, and Cierra Hill on violin and mandolin – presenting a happy amalgam of chamber folk, bluegrass and old country.

June 28: Picnic Operetta
Mixed Precipitation, a local performance troupe known for bringing a blend of food, horticulture, and operatic theater to community gardens, gives a sneak preview of their 2012 Picnic Operetta season.

July 5: Prairie Fire Lady Choir 
Prairie Fire Lady Choir, a Twin Cities vocal ensemble that creates harmony through democratic discourse and discord.

July 12: Dear Data
Yasmina Moore-Foster, Al Church, Charlie Ward and Matthew Sandstedt share a love of soulful melodies, semi-electronic beats, and warm organic sounds whose live show strives to be as performance and experience oriented as possible.

July 19: Jonathan Zorn and Hill Tribe
Join experimental musician, Jonathan Zorn for an activity that explores the sounds and acoustics that reflect off the building into Open Field. Participants will be given clapping devices and a simple score to play throughout the day. At Acoustic Campfire, participate in a group performance that involves 50 volunteer clappers making music together.

Hill Tribe is a Hmong Hip Hop trio based in St. Paul dropping a special acoustic set for this edition.

July 26: Cardboard Dreams
Cardboard Dreams’s music fits into a box that contains the musty smell of old sheet music, a couple of scratched dixieland albums that your grandpa couldn’t bear to part with, tickets to a staging of “Don Giovanni” from 1996, an unopened Pat Matheny CD, and a secondhand game of Scrabble.

August 2: Karaoke
Belt out the classics at a karaoke bonanza led by Adrian Freeman.

August 9: Jim Walsh with the Mad Ripple Hootenanny (and guests)
Former City Pages music editor and St. Paul Pioneer Press pop music columnist, Jim Walsh spins songs and stories to take us back to the Twin Cities, circa 1980-89. Expect special guests and other surprises.

August 16: Lynn O’Brien and HOLLY
The Hummingbirds’ front-runner (see June 7) returns to the Field for a solo set.

Holly Munoz, founder of Draw Fire Records and formerly of Aviette joins us for an evening with her new band HOLLY.  Expect a night of cheerful indie-pop.

August 23: Tango Pohjan Tähden
Tango Pohjan Tähden is a Minneapolis quartet that blends tango, jazz, and folk music within the context of classic Finnish tangos to create lush soundscapes.

August 30: Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade
Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade close out the summer with an infectious set of folk and bluegrass inspired happiness.


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