We’ve got a lot packed into the shortest month of the year. Our February calendar includes many wonderfully talented musicians, a live podcast taping, a stand-up act and a benefit for Doctors Without Borders. Check out our Spotify playlist featuring February artists, and read about our top picks below.
February 9th: Anda Union
Self described “music gatherers” Anda Union have made it their mission to preserve traditional Mongolian culture through music. The group finds inspiration in old and forgotten songs and draws upon their individual ethnic backgrounds and musicianship to make the music new again. The clip below is bonus footage from the film “AnDa Union: From the Steps to the City.” This rendition of their song “Galloping Horses” highlights their infectious spirit and features a spectacular special equine guest.
Buy tickets for an evening with Anda Union on Thursday, February 9, 2017 here.
February 10th: The Pachanga Society with Dan Newton
According to The Pachanga Society’s website, the Spanish word “pachanga” roughly translates to “get down, get loose, party, whoop it up and have a good time together.” The Pachanga Society embodies this definition with their emphasis on participatory, danceable music. With musical influence ranging from Brazilian Samba clubs and Cuban Cabildos to Spanish Charangas, the groups “meetings” give the audience ample opportunity to get involved by passing out percussion instruments at the start of the show, and encouraging everyone else to “dance and/or revel in the spirit of pachanga.” To catch just a glimpse of what is in store at their show, check out the video below.
Buy ticket for The Pachanga Society with Dan Newton on Friday, February 10, 2017 here.
February 17th and 18th: Pert Near Sandstone with The Lil’ Smokies and Fruition
Hometown heroes Pert Near Sandstone formed nearly ten years ago in a Minneapolis basement. From that basement, they have gone on to tour extensively and create a breadth of music. They have produced six full length albums along with one live compilation and performed everywhere from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie Home Companion. This clip from their 2011 performance on The Current shows just a hint of the incredible energy of their live performance.
Pert Near Sandstone will perform at their eighth annual Winter String Band Gathering with two special guests, The Lil’ Smokies and Fruition.
Having recently received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2016 Momentum Award for Best Band, The Lil’ Smokies are poised to explode. Hailing from Missoula, Montana, the five piece has been playing their “wholly unique melody driven sound” for six years now. Featuring spot on harmonies and a wealth of string instruments, The Lil’ Smokies are a band any lover of bluegrass needs to see. This Out of the Studio session shows them entirely in their element.
Buy tickets for Night 1 of Pert Near’ Sandstone’s Winter String Band Gathering with The Lil’ Smokies on Friday, February 17th here.
Fruition first came together eight years ago in Portland, after the band’s three lead singers discovered their voices fit perfectly together in stunning three-part harmonies. In the year’s since their fortuitous beginning, they have added two members, released four albums, and toured extensively. Their sound has also solidified, growing into themselves as a rock band with a “powerful grasp of soul, blues, and British era pop.” The day before their Red Rocks debut, they stopped by Mountain Star Studios and recorded a live version of their song “I Can’t Stop.” The resulting video perfectly captures their energy and excitement.
Buy tickets for Night 2 of Pert Near’ Sandstone’s Winter String Band Gathering with Fruition on Saturday, February 18th here.
February 21st: Os Mutantes
Originally founded in 1966 by brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Dias, with singer Rita Lee, Os Mutantes (or “the mutants”) have travelled a long and winding road to get where they are today. Beginning in São Paulo, Brazil as a part of the Tropicália movement, Os Mutantes made their way through a tumultuous decade of virtually constant lineup changes, near death experiences, and conflict with the militarized Brazilian government. They went on hiatus in the late seventies, waiting nearly three decades to reunite in 2006. They have since released two studio albums, Haih or Amortecedor and Fool Metal Jack, and toured North America extensively in support of them. This full live performance they did for Seattle’s KEXP features four songs from Fool Metal Jack, interspersed with an enthralling interview with Os Mutantes’s only remaining founding member, the iconic Sérgio Dias.
Buy tickets for Os Mutantes with Carly Bryant on Tuesday, February 21st here.
February 24th: Drone Not Drones
For the fourth year running, dozens of musicians from Hennepin County and beyond will gather to create a continuous, uninterrupted, 28-hour drone of unified sound to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. More information, and a continuously growing line-up, are available here. Check out the show that started it all below.
Buy tickets for the fourth annual Drone Not Drones on Friday, February 24th here.
For a full look at the events coming up, check out our upcoming events.
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