Summer concerts in Museum garden begin June 24

The North Dakota Museum of Art announces its second annual Summer Concerts in the Garden series. There will be five concerts throughout the summer in the Museum’s sculpture garden. Adult tickets are $5, children 12 and under are free.

The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and claim a place in the sculpture garden. Museum chef Justin Welsh will run the BBQ grill. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase, plus soda, chips and salad. In addition, beer and wine will be served. In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved into the galleries of the Museum.

This year’s concerts are sponsored by HB Sound and Lights, The Rite Spot Liquor Store, Summit Brewery of St. Paul, MN, and Economy Plumbing. The schedule is as follows:

Jazz on Tap with Brazilian jazz performers Selmara and Brian Rydell, June 24, 7 to 9 p.m.
The long-established Grand Forks trio, Jazz on Tap, has been performing more than 10 years. Performing members include founding guitarist and composer Kris Eylands, bass Bob Cary, and percussionist Mike Blake. Selmara is a Brazilian jazz singer and Brian is trained in Brazilian jazz music.

Knick Knackerson and the Minglers, opening act – North River Ramblers, July 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m. The North River Ramblers is a local, well-established group known for their unique folk-bluegrass style. The band is made up of James Feist, Montana Kris, and Twiddlin’ Josh Driscoll.

North River Ramblers and Knick Knackerson and the Minglers have agreed to play as a benefit for the Museum to ensure the continuance of this musical series. The Museum wishes to thank them for their generosity.

Paul Peterson with Matt Strand, Tom Wogsland, Mike Blake, and John Behling, July 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Paul is a St. Paul based jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger who performs regularly with the Nova Jazz Orchestra, Century College Big Band, sHorn hortZ, and CC Septet. He will be accompanied by local favorites Matt Strand (bass), Tom Wogsland (trombone), Mike Blake (drums), and John Behling (guitar).

Mary Marshall, Aug. 8, 7 to- 8:30 p.m. Mary Marshall experiments with introducing a new performance practice for jazz, which utilizes conventional classical forms. She believes that jazz is becoming stale in its present state and is an advocate for the new Jazz Expansion form.

Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Aug. 26, 7 to 10 p.m. Back by popular demand! Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome is the regions newest and hottest classic rock/horn band. Formed in 2007, this twelve-piece group (six horns, keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, male and female vocals) performs the best of classic horn band hits. PTFS will delight its audience with everything from James Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Jamiroquai, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Janice Joplin to Amy Winehouse.

For more information visit or call 777-4195. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195