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