The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 1, 2014

Editor's picks

Editor's picks

A sampling of arts and entertainment highlights for the upcoming week:

Dutchmen DVD release

Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen are hosting a DVD release party during the monthly taping of the TV show "Bandwagon" on Monday at the Kato Ballroom.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen, a Mankato-based polka band led by Kris Keltgen, will be releasing the band's first DVD. The DVD includes performance footage of 12 songs (equaling nearly an hour of music) that were professionally recorded during the band's appearance on the popular cable TV program The Mollie B Polka Party in August 2013. The host of the program, Mollie Busta, will be joining the band as a guest artist for the performance as will Karl Hartwich, a popular concertina player from Wisconsin.

Songs on the Lawn

The free, outdoor music series, Songs on the Lawn, resumes for its 11th year on Thursday.

Organized by Greater Mankato Growth and sponsored by XCel Energy, the series is held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday in June in the Civic Center plaza, in front of the Intergovernmental Center. In addition to live music and food vendors, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota will be coordinating children's activities.

Kicking off the music lineup is String Theory, an inventive four-piece band that will be joined by a pair of guest musicians for Thursday's performance.

Old Town Art Fair

The Old Town Art Fair begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Riverfront Drive and Washington Street in Mankato. The fair, organized by the Coffee Hag, is free and open to the public.

The event includes live music and entertainment as well as local artists and art vendors. The live music lineup includes: Joshua Whalen (11 a.m.), Raven Moon Rising (noon), Anne Deming (1 p.m.), Jill Zimmerman (2 p.m.), Ian Hilmer (3 p.m.), Will Bauermeister (4 p.m.), Sister Gin (5 p.m.), Good Night, Gold Dust (6 p.m.) and The Tinder Box (7 p.m.).

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