Now in its 23rd year, Franconia Sculpture Park has perfected the ultimate summer music series. July 27 at Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheatre, see headliner Scottie Miller Band with opening band Barbaro.
This event promises to keep audiences moving and grooving during an afternoon of honky-tonk and blues. Bring a blanket, grab a bite to eat from Asase Yaa Global Foods, Lake State BBQ, or Cotton Candy Ice Cream. Visit Mary Johnson’s famous Lizard Lounge for a beverage or freezie. Music@Franconia takes place among Franconia Sculpture Park’s interactive, cheerful, and dynamic sculpture exhibition with 120+ sculptures made on-site by Franconia artists-in-residence. Enjoy an afternoon of song, dance, and sculpture.
Concert admission is free - parking is $5 per vehicle. Concerts take place between 2 and 6 p.m. Free tours of the park exhibit between sets. In the event of rain, Franconia has a large tent set up to shelter guests. All events are family and dog friendly. Please pick-up after your furry friend.
2 p.m. Barbaro
Barbaro is an award-winning, progressive bluegrass band that plays music for films about cooking. Spicy instrumentals, savory harmonies, and to-the-point songwriting create a dynamic and captivating set for audiences of all ages and musical tastes. 2019 is a year of exciting momentum for Barbaro. Following the release of their self-titled EP, Barbaro joined the lineup of premier Midwest music festivals like Blue Ox, Boats & Bluegrass, and MBOTMA. Barbaro took home first place at the John Hartford Memorial Festival Band Contest and won Best Americana-Roots Band at the Minnesota Stage Fair. They look forward to releasing a full-length album in 2019.
4 p.m. Scottie Miller Band
Singer-songwriter, pianist Scottie Miller has been inducted in to the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame for both Contributions to Blues Music and Heritage (for his instructional book Rock Keyboards published by Hal Leonard), and in 2018 as Blues Performer (their highest honor). He founded the Scottie Miller Band in 2000 and has just released his tenth CD. He has also been the touring keyboardist for three-time Grammy nominated singer Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Records) since 2008. He is featured on her Blues Music Award winning CD/DVD "Live At Antone’s”, and recently performed to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Scottie met Ruthie while on tour as the keyboardist for Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame legend Bo Diddley. Scottie’s original brand of music is steeped in blues, and covers a wide pallet of styles including Barrelhouse Piano Blues, rock, funk, soul, jazz, classical, Americana and singer-songwriter.
Music@Franconia 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. Thank you!
If you go
WHAT: Music@Franconia: Scottie Miller Band
WHERE: Franconia Sculpture Park (29836 Saint Croix Trail, Franconia)
Highways 8 & 95, Chisago County, 3 miles west of Taylors Falls
WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 2 to 6 p.m.
Save the date
Visit https://www.franconia.org/events-programs/ to learn more.
July 20, 21, 27, 28, 31, August 1, 3: Community Mold-Making Workshops
August 3: Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour
August 10: Resident Artists Hot Metal Pour
August 31: Music@Franconia: Ipso Facto
September 28: Art & Artists Celebration