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The Ultimate Summer Music Series

Three excellent Saturday afternoon events, one BIG place!

The 2016 Music@Franconia festival series combines 3-D visual arts and music in a relaxing atmosphere: perfect for families and visitors of all ages to enjoy. Join us on June 25, July 16, and August 27, at Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheatre for three excellent Saturday afternoon events. Featuring headliners The Cactus Blossoms, Malamanya, and Chastity Brown, parking is only $5 per vehicle and the event is FREE! Blue skies, natural beauty, awesome art, and great music await you at Franconia!

Saturdays 2pm-6pm

June 25: Music@Franconia: The Cactus Blossoms and Eelpout Stringers

July 16: Music@Franconia: Malamanya and Tropical Zone Orchestra

August 27: Music@Franconia: Chastity Brown and Tim Mahoney

This upbeat concert series features some of the region’s best musicians who perform live for all who attend. Music@Franconia takes place among Franconia Sculpture Park’s interactive, cheerful, and dynamic sculpture exhibition. Free guided tours will be available during band breaks and food and drink will be available for purchase from on-site food trucks and at our famous Lizard Lounge. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon with friends, family, and community.

• Parking is $5 per vehicle
• Food and beverage available for purchase
• All events are family friendly and open to the public
• Dogs on-leash are welcome, please clean up after your pet
• Rain or shine

June 25: Country & Swing Festival
Cactus Blossoms  

Cactus Blossoms

Described by Garrison Keillor as “the brother duet that America is waiting for,” The Cactus Blossoms cut their teeth on the Minneapolis-St. Paul music scene performing well-known and obscure country songs “partly out of curiosity, partly out of deep appreciation for the genre, and mostly because it was fun.” The Cactus Blossoms’ outstanding repertoire of early country and western swing has made them fan favorites throughout Minnesota and across the country. Hear their single, “Stoplight Kisses,” on 89.3 The Current. Their new album, “You’re Dreaming,” is out now.
Eelpout Stringers

Eelpout Stringers

The Eelpout Stringers are a self-described” Minnesota-based bunch of old-fogies” that delight in playing turn-of-the-century (1800’s) “old-time” or “square dance” music (think “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”). Singing beautiful ballads and historic Civil War-era songs, they are devoted to making certain their audiences, young, old and in-between are having an excellent time. Since 2005, the Eelpout Stringers have played for audiences throughout the Midwest.

July 16: Afro-Cuban Dance Festival


Malamanya is a Minneapolis-based ensemble whose music celebrates the traditional rhythms and melodies of Cuban son, salsa, samba, and the local music of Central and Latin America. Adding a touch of their own ritmo (rhythm) to the mix with their original song writing, Malamanya’s acoustic-driven dance beats draw on the organic form of days gone by, projecting a vintage style and a classic sound. Convivial and contagious, they bring a nostalgic flavor into the present.
Tropical Zone

Tropical Zone Orchestra

This 12-member, award-winning Puerto Rican salsa orchestra features a powerful horn section and energetic vocalists. Tropical Zone breathes life into the rich Latin musical heritage with a cultural fusion of Puerto Rican and American traditions. A crowd favorite, the band performs lilting salsa, robust merengue, traditional cumbia and Caribbean bolero.

August 27: American Roots Festival

Chastity Brown

“Melding bits of soul, jazz and rootsy Americana into a potent stew, at times Chastity sounds like a young Mavis Staples, but with an edgy urgency instead of any retro affectation.”
—Jim McGuinn, 89.3 The Current
With her unique brand of American roots and rock, Chastity Brown has toured the USA and Europe, and has been cited by NPR, Country Music Television, American Songwriter, The London Times, and Paste Magazine as a songwriter to watch.
Chastity pulls from a diverse cross-section of talent for her live shows, playing with Robert Mulrennan (guitar/production), Luke Enyeart (guitar), deVon Gray (keys), Jim Anton (bass), and Greg Schutte (percussionist), resulting in restless, electrifying and enveloping performances.
Tim Mahoney  

Tim Mahoney

A talented singer/songwriter, Minneapolis-based Tim Mahoney launched his musical career with the pop/rock band the Blue Meenies and has been a steady performer in the Twin Cities area, releasing a series of solo albums since 1995. Tim regularly plays in venues across the Twin Cities and beyond, and was featured on NBC's hit reality show The Voice in 2011 where he was chosen by Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine as one of his 8 team members after hearing Mahoney's stunning rendition of Sam Cooke's "Bring it On Home to Me."
sponsor   This activity is made possible 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.

Community Sponsors

Participating Sponsors

Carlson Highland & Co
Eagle Valley Bank
IKEA Twin Cities
Parts City Auto Parts
Pleasant Valley Orchard
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