Lanesboro Arts kicks off the new outdoor music series Rhythms on the Root with award winning “newgrass” band Barbaro on Friday, June 11th at 6:00 pm in Gateway Park. Tickets will went on sale at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 1st, 2021.
Barbaro’s musical vision explores their collective life experiences through intricate instrumentation, creatively bending traditional music into a style that is all their own. The Minneapolis-Winona based rising stars have created their eclectic sound through original songwriting craft, with inspiration derived from bluegrass, jazz and chamber music. Their new album, Dressed in Roses, released January 2020, “Stands as a true testament to their musical identity and the sound that has launched one of the Midwest’s most in-demand acoustic acts.”
Barbaro has performed at premier music festivals including Blue Ox, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Boats & Bluegrass, MBOTMA, and will be at Strawberry Music Festival and Pickin’ On this summer 2020. In 2018, the band released their first EP and claimed two contest wins, at the John Hartford Memorial Festival Band Contest and MBOTMA’s Americana Roots Band Contest.
Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current had this to say about the band: “Barbaro’s music is at once lively and intimate, perfect for twirling around the dance floor or cooking with someone you love. The Minneapolis-Winona quartet have built momentum around their dynamic sound, each set flowing naturally between energetic jams and contemplative interludes. Their upcoming album, due out January 2020, showcases their captivating songwriting, layered over textures pulled from bluegrass, jazz, pop, and country-western.”
Rhythms on the Root is a socially distant outdoor music series was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to activate the vibrant asset of Gateway Park as a safe place for the Lanesboro community and visitors to gather and celebrate with regionally acclaimed live music. The concerts will take place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on the second Friday of every month June through September, hosting a family-friendly range of music including bluegrass, soul, folk, and blues.
The events will follow this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that corresponds with the State of Minnesota Guidelines for outdoor events, including sanitation stations at entrance, socially distanced seating pods of up to four people, masks required when not seated, and more. Tickets went on sale April 1st; each concert will be $10 per ticket, with youth under age 12 free (but ticket reservation still required).