The following is a press release from Dakota County Library.
Dakota County Library’s annual Silver Teas program is back—which means everything from bluegrass to ballads and steel drums to jazz stylings will get toes tapping at nine different Library locations this May. The musical programs—all free and specially created for adults 55 and older—are presented with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Library staff will be at each event to introduce older adults to Library services and programs designed specifically for them. Refreshments will be provided.
Greenwood Tree has been charming audiences for decades with a unique brand of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada and the United States.
When: 1:30–3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
Where: Farmington Library, 508 Third St., Farmington
More info: 651-438-0250
Accordionist Dan Newton fills the air with swing, Latin, French musette and European folk music styles—all with a touch of whimsy.
When: 2–3 p.m. Thursday, May 2
Where: Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave., Inver Grove Heights
More info: 651-554-6840
Sidewalk Café Trio
Sidewalk Café Trio steams up the stage with its Gypsy jazz stylings, performing music by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, as well as its own swinging originals.
When: 1:30–2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7
Where: Wentworth Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul
More info: 651-554-6800
Switched at Birth
Switched at Birth features the singing of KFAI’s Pam Kolapailo and the broadest repertoire of any bluegrass band in the area.
When: 2–3 p.m. Wednesday, May 8
Where: Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan
More info: 651-450-2900
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil offer the enjoyment of folklore, dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs and blues, yodeled and played on the fiddle, banjo, guitar and harmonica.
When: 1:30–3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9
Where: Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville
More info: 952-891-0300
The timeless folk music of Charlie Maguire is filled with Minnesota’s cultural quirks and rich history.
When: 1:30–3 p.m. Tuesday, May 14
Where: Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville
More info: 952-891-0360
Irish Lumberjack Songs with Brian Miller
Brian Miller, master of Celtic music, delves into Minnesota’s history and performs songs reflecting the Irish and Scottish lumberjacks who worked here in the 1800s.
When: 1:30–3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15
Where: Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount
More info: 651-480-1200
The Alzen Family
The Alzen Family delivers a wide variety of family-oriented bluegrass, gospel bluegrass and old-time music and hymns with four-part vocal harmonies.
When: 1–2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21
Where: Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings
More info: 651-438-0200
The Mouldy Figs
The Mouldy Figs tell stories of the 1950s through Chicago-style jazz.
When: 11 a.m.–noon Thursday, May 23
Where: Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley
More info: 952-891-7045