Americana, bluegrass, and folk music to be the focus of week-long residency coming to Southeastern Minnesota.
ROCHESTER, MN - The sounds of Appalachian South are coming to Rochester and surrounding communities via a week-long residency from acclaimed Americana/bluegrass band RUN BOY RUN.
RUN BOY RUN will spend the week (February 27 through March 3) in our local and surrounding elementary schools and libraries in a series of free performances, shedding some light on the music, instruments, and history of the Appalachian South; all leading up to a full-length ticketed concert at the Rochester Art Center on March 4.
ABOUT THE ARTIST(S):
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson Americana darlings Run Boy Run blend bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their new album, I Would Fly, has garnered early praise, as did their three other records from the likes of All Music Guide, Performer Magazine, PopMatters, The Guardian, and more. Their new album features three new original songs and one cover of a Carter Family hit, "Hello Stranger". It’s no surprise that the band counts Garrison Keillor of NPR's 'A Prairie Home Companion' and renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke among their growing legion of fans.
The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals) and sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals). With three strong female voices, singing separately or in harmony, and deeply rooted familial connection to traditional American music, Run Boy Run didn’t come lately to their sound; it's in their collective blood. On these tour dates, Ryan Alfred (Sweet Ghosts, ex-Calexico) will play bass.
The unique sound of the band is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, continuing a sense of innovation in traditional American music put forth by bands such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and The Wailin' Jennys. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and brimming with beauty. Three strong female voices weave a tapestry of sound, and the award-winning fiddlers cut a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is – at its core – captivating.
From winning the band contest at Pickin’ In The Pines (mere weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012, to two appearances on NPR's 'A Prairie Home Companion' (host Garrison Keillor was also impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to the band's debut album), they were tagged by Paste Magazine as “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear now.” They've been making fans across the U.S. with their open-ended musical approach and dynamic stage presence.
ARTIST-IN-THE-SCHOOLS RESIDENCY PROGRAM:
In celebration of national Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), RUN BOY RUN will spend the week (February 27 through March 3) in our local and surrounding elementary schools. Part of Riverside Concerts' Artist-In-the-Schools Residency program which brings world-renowned artists directly to our young people while at school. With General Music and General Arts classes being dissolved and Band, Orchestra and Choir programs being pushed out of the curriculum, Riverside Concerts is committed, by way of our mission, to continue to bring artists to the local schools that will not only spark an interest in musical performance, but also to plant a seed that will help solidify our young people's future as ongoing arts patrons. This program builds community and camaraderie among the students while teaching them the history of different cultures and those cultures' forms of musical art. Brought to you by Arts Midwest, the Mayo Clinic, the Friends of Riverside Concerts, and Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.
Monday, February 27 - 10:00 AM - Folwell Elementary School (Rochester)
Monday, February 27 - 1:45 PM - Ben Franklin Elementary School (Rochester)
Tuesday, February 28 - 9:30 AM - Elton Hills Elementary School (Rochester)
Tuesday, February 28 - 1:45 PM - Wabasha-Kellogg Elementary School
Wednesday, March 01 - 9:30 AM - Fillmore Central Elementary School (Preston)
Wednesday, March 01 - 2:00 PM - Holy Spirit Elementary School (Rochester)
Thursday, March 02 - 10:00 AM - Longfellow Elementary School (Rochester)
Thursday, March 02 - 2:00 PM - Jefferson Elementary School (Rochester)
Friday, March 03 - 9:45 AM - Sunset Terrace Elementary School (Rochester)
Friday, March 03 - 2:30 PM - Pinewood Elementary School (Rochester)
FREE CONCERT-PREVIEW LIBRARY TOUR:
RUN BOY RUN will also embark on a 5-city Southeastern Minnesota library tour featuring a 60 minute preview of their full-length concert. These mini-concerts are free and open to the general public. Attend the preview and receive a coupon for 10% off your ticket order for the full-length performance at the Rochester Art Center. Part of Riverside Concerts' Cultural Exchange Network which provides live musical events for citizens of rural communities who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Brought to you by Arts Midwest, the Mayo Clinic, the Friends of Riverside Concerts, and Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.
Monday, February 27 - 7:00 PM - Lanesboro Public Library
Tuesday, February 28 - 7:00 PM - Harmony Public Library-JEM Theatre
Wednesday, March 01 - 7:00 PM - Plainview Public Library
Thursday, March 02 - 6:00 PM - Buckham Memorial Library-Faribault
Friday, March 03 - 7:00 PM - Cannon Falls Public Library
The week concludes with a full-length concert featuring RUN BOY RUN at the Rochester Art Center on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 PM. Brought to you by Arts Midwest, the Mayo Clinic and KXLT Fox 47. GET TICKETS NOW
Single tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Riverside Concerts in City Hall, the Mayo Civic Center and all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone through Riverside Concerts at (507) 328-2200 or (800) 657-3980, or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Riverside Concerts Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. For more information, call (507) 328-2200 or (800) 657-3980 or visit us online at www.riversideconcerts.com.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Minnesota State Arts Board, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.
Brought to you by the Friends of Riverside Concerts with additional support provided by the Mayo Clinic. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. This project is made possible in part through funding from the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.
Riverside Concerts is pleased to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Please contact the music department at 507-328-2201 (TTY 1-800-627-3529) five working days prior to the event you plan to attend if you require a special seating assignment, sign language interpreter, audio describer, assistive listening device or written materials in an alternative format (large print, Braille, computer disk, etc.)