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Band in Northfield, Earthy in Bemidji

The trombone is a very popular brass instrument. Camilo Jimenez/Unsplash

July 25, 2022

The pandemic has not been kind to beloved summer music festivals, but one returns full-strength for the first time since 2019. Thursday, the Vintage Band Festival brings bands of all kinds to Northfield Minnesota for four days of band music. From vintage Civil War-era groups to British Brass Bands and even an oom-pah tuba quartet, there are more bands than you can shake a trombone slide at! The price is unbeatable, but go ahead with a free-will donation of course.



Free admission for all is the founding premise of the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, which gets underway this weekend with a soaring global musical adventure called “Tribute to the Earth.”  Put a placeholder on your mid-August calendar for their summer centerpiece, Richard Strauss’ operatic farce Ariadne auf Naxos.  Admission is pay-what-you-can, but tickets are required. Get yours early while the gettin’s good!