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I will put all the names in a hat this weekend and draw one lucky winner, who will receive a Vintage Band Festival pin (a $25 value). The pin entitles the bearer access to 50 outdoor concerts by more than 20 bands at the four-day festival in Northfield, set for Aug. 5-8.
The Russian Horn Capella from St. Petersburg is one of four international bands scheduled to perform at the Vintage Band Festival, Aug. 5-8 in Northfield, Minn.
The festival is about three months away, so mark it on your calendar now so you don't forget. It's going to be great fun and will offer something for almost everyone – including music lovers, history buffs, and families looking for inexpensive entertainment. Even if you don't win the pin, consider buying one to show your support for a worthy community festival.
Vintage Band Festival donors, board members and musicians are invited to attend a reception next week to kick off the summer season. The reception is Saturday, May 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Butler's Steak and Ale, 620 Water St. in Northfield. Come for the live wind music, the hors d'ouvres and the cash bar. To RSVP or for more information, contact festival organizer extraordinaire Paul Niemisto at (507) 645-7554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can't attend but would like to get a taste of the music that will be featured at the festival, you can listen to Prelude to the Vintage Band Festival, a 10-part radio series produced by KYMN Radio, 1080 AM. The episodes also are available in podcast form.
Thanks for reading, and good luck!