No worries: Norman and Terry are not scheduled to sing at this year’s 5th Annual JuneBug Festival of Music

Norman Butler and Terry VanDeWalker, Contented CowNorman Butler and Terry VanDeWalker were tuning up their vocal chords  yesterday afternoon on the outdoor stage of the Contented Cow, getting ready for this week’s 5th Annual JuneBug Festival of Music

Notice that they’re not scheduled:

Wed. 6/27/2012
5pm Barb Piper Jazz Duo
7pm Late for Lunch
9pm Wild Cathedral
11pm Alison Rae

Thurs. 6/28/2012
5pm East Side Collective
7pm Optimum Trajectory
9pm Toaster Fork!
11pm Giraffes Love Dinosaurs

Fri. 6/29/2012
5pm New Moon Trio
7pm Stone Soup
9pm Area 51
11pm Kinda Kinky

Sat. 6/30/2012
1pm Chance Meeting
3pm Carey Langer
5pm Occasional Jazz
7pm Tramps Like Us
9pm RCAs
11pm Gospel Gossip

Big bubbles as performance art in downtown Northfield

One of the cool things about Northfield’s downtown Riverwalk and footbridge area is that it intersects with the outdoor patio, deck, and stage area of the Contented Cow. So when there’s a big crowd at the Cow for outdoor music, it draws a crowd of observers on the footbridge and Riverwalk. And sometimes entertainers emerge from that crowd.
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On Friday night during the JuneBug Festival of Music, someone began entertaining the crowd with big soap bubbles.  My good camera is in the shop for lens cleaning but I managed to capture a bit of the performance art of big bubbles with my smartphone camera.

See BigBubblers.com for more about big soap bubbles as performance art.

JuneBug 2011 kicks off today. Featured bands: Optimum Trajectory; The Big Strong Men

JuneBug Festival of Music  
The Contented Cow’s 4 day JuneBug Festival of Music kicks off today. Although two of the bands performing today didn’t perform at last year’s JuneBug, I’ve blogged about their Northfield performances.

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Twin Cities jazz sextet Optimum Trajectory performed at the Cow in February.

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Last July I blogged about a band that "wowed the audience (wide age range) in ways that I’d not seen in a while in Northfield:" The Big Strong Men

They headlined a show at First Avenue back in Feb. See this article in the Badger Herald for more on the band.

Below: my two-minute video clip of them at the Cow:

 

See all the previous JuneBug blog posts, including those with photo albums.

JuneBug 2010 opens

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Ross and pals (New Moon Band) performed at the Contented Cow last night, the opening night of JuneBug 2010 that continues through Saturday.  The Cow has added a protective canopy on its outdoor stage, an upper deck perch for its sound control system, and a grassy knoll for expanded seating and yard games.

Other venues for JuneBug 2010 include the Rueb ‘n’ Stein and Butler’s Steak & Ale.

NAG 50th joins the blogosphere and the twittersphere

NAG 50th sshot Northfield area organizations are increasingly seeing the advantages of setting up blog sites (a website with regular pages but built with a blog platform) for special events (eg, ArtSwirl, JuneBug).

The latest is the NAG 50th Blog, "Celebrating 50 Years of the Northfield Arts Guild." Of course, they’ve also joined the twittersphere (twitter.com/nag50).

JuneBug 2009 photo album: musicians

See the album of all 99 JuneBug 2009 musical performance photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

JuneBug 2009 photo album: people and places

See the album of all 25 JuneBug 2009 miscellaneous people and places photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

JuneBug wraps up today at four venues

J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein The Tavern Lounge The HideAway Coffeehouse & Winebar The Contented Cow Pub
All four venues for the 2009 JuneBug Festival of Music have performances scheduled today, the final day of the 4-day bash. See the schedule. Left to right in the photos above:

Video: A JuneBug happy birthday to Rob Schanilec from Toaster Fork!

Rob Schanilec and Felicia PetersRob Schanilec and Felicia PetersThe band, Toaster Fork!, sang Happy Birthday to Northfield Entertainment Guide head honcho Rob Schanilec at the Contented Cow last night during the JuneBug Festival of Music. Felicia Peters, Shop Manager & Gallery Coordinator at the NAG, apparently had something to do with it.


Click play to watch. 39 seconds.

JuneBug Festival of Music 2009: more acts, more venues, more social media, incl. Twitter

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The JuneBug Festival of Music gets going in downtown Northfield this week on Wed. eve and runs through Saturday. (Click the thumbnail of the left for the PDF poster.)

 Tavern Lounge J. Grundy’s Rueb 'n' Stein The HideAway Coffeehouse & Winebar  
In addition to the Contented Cow, the Tavern Lounge, J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein, and The HideAway Coffeehouse & Winebar are all hosting performances this year. See the JuneBug 2009 schedule for details.

JuneBug is making the most of social media this year. See the JuneBug blog, subscribe to JuneBug RSS feed, follow JuneBug on Twitter, and join the JuneBug Facebook group.

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Throughout the four days of JuneBug ‘09, Twitter will be used to announce upcoming acts and their venues, 30 minutes prior to each performance. So follow JuneBug on Twitter.

See Jessica’s Paxton’s blog post on Northfield.org for more JuneBug details.

Continue reading JuneBug Festival of Music 2009: more acts, more venues, more social media, incl. Twitter

JuneBug Marketing Goes International

JuneBugDoesWinnipeg.jpgTaking a page from the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee’s marketing plan, I figured I’d just take my promotional efforts on the road with me. Here I am with my JuneBug t-shirt at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

When I spoke to some Canadian music lovers about JuneBug, I realized there’s a bit of work to be done. “Northfield, is that east of Crookston?” Well, yes, east of Crookston, and south of the Twin Cities. “South of the Twin Cities, you drove that far?”

The Canadians are always so nice, except maybe on a hockey rink, and the Festival is always so enjoyable, though maybe a little less so in the rain. It was well worth the drive.

Maybe not my absolute first favorite for music but without question my biggest cultural thrill was watching David Grisman perform with his Bluegrass Experience while standing next to none other than Spider John Koerner. Mr. Koerner was dressed more appropriately for the weather with his bright yellow Souwester.

He is, after all, a more experienced bluesman.

Video: The Zillionaires at JuneBug 2008

I took this videoclip of The Zillionaires playing at JuneBug night #3 on Saturday. I panned the crowd a bit, too.

Click play to watch. 2 min 30 sec.

Photo album: JuneBug Festival of Music, night #3 of 3

Last night was night #3 of the First Annual JuneBug Festival of Music.

The cold front came through earlier in the day, bringing some wet and dreary-looking skies in the afternoon. Weather radar showed a massive, spinning low pressure system over the entire states of Minnesota and Wisconsin that indicated the entire night would be wet.

A massive hunt for additional virgins to be sacrificed to the weather gods was conducted around 4 pm throughout downtown Northfield, packed with women shoppers at the time, but alas, none could be found.  Crossed fingers, however, did the trick. The front spun the rain to our north and south and the event remained dry the entire night.

Performances in order of appearance: Fish Frye, Loafers, Matthew Bunch, Gospel Gossip, Jon Manners, The Zillionaires.

See the album of seven dozen photos from last night or this slideshow:

Photo album: JuneBug Festival of Music, night #2 of 3

Last night was night #2 of the First Annual JuneBug Festival of Music. Very few virgins needed to be sacrificed to the weather gods to ward off approaching thunderstorms. The evening was warm and the stars shone all night long.

Performances: Occasional Jazz, Blue Moon, Meredith Fierke, and Last Known Whereabouts.

Performances today begin at 3 PM and include:

See the album of two dozen photos from last night or this slideshow:

Photo album: JuneBug Festival of Music, night #1 of 3

Mr JuneBug, Ross CurrierI saw Ross Currier this morning at the James Gang Coffeehouse & Eatery (see, he’s a Hwy 3 guy, too!!) sporting a JuneBug t-shirt.

Last night was night #1 of the First Annual JuneBug Festival of Music and by all appearances, Ross was happy. And when Ross is happy, everybody is happy.

Two bands performed last night: Marty Anderson and the Goods; and the RCAs (Rice County All Stars).

See the album of two dozen photos or this slideshow:

Tonight’s lineup:

NDDC and Contented Cow team up to launch 1st Annual JuneBug Festival of Music

JuneBug Ross CurrierSince Taste of Northfield has turned out to be a huge hit for downtown, LoGroNo co-host Ross Currier, with his NDDC hat on, must figure he’s got the magic touch.

He’s throwing the entire weight of the NDDC (see his blog post here) behind Northfield’s First Annual JuneBug Festival of Music in hopes that it becomes another signature event for downtown Northfield.

This first year, Norman Butler and Julie Bixby at the Contented Cow have bellied up to the bar taken the lead to put it on. The website for the event is NorthfieldJuneBug.com to encourage other Northfield entertainment establishments to participate next year.

Hey, if Austin, Texas can have South By Southwest, why not something similar for Northfield?

Leigh and Charles JohnsonJuneBug mobile stage JuneBug mobile stage 

Brothers Leigh and Charles Johnson (Built by Johnson) have constructed a mobile stage in the parking lot between the Cow’s riverfront patio and the Riverwalk.  It was tested last Saturday and found to be more than acceptable.

The current music line-up for the three-day fest:

Thursday, June 26

  • Marty Anderson and the Goods
  • RCAs

Friday, June 27

Saturday, June 28

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