“Farewell to Summer” Block Party
Loud at the Library continues with a free block party in Central Library’s Kellogg Blvd. Courtyard. Live music by Charlie Parr, Brass Messengers, and The Poor Nobodys. Cash bar, food trucks and good friends in a fabulous outdoor setting. Show your library card for a free beer sponsored by Summit Brewing Company (with valid 21+ ID). Music starts at 2 p.m.
Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota’s Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr’s heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don’t strive for authenticity: They are authentic.
The Brass Messengers of Minneapolis started as a street band playing the music of the Carribean and Balkans, but now play anywhere from the small stages of local bars, throwing in a country song to the crying drinkers, to Northeast Minneapolis, where a high speed polka or two is essential, to parties for kids, to heavy metal for the Black Sabbath crowd, and their own originals. Their music of choice is anything that fits in the twisted brass tubing, from originals to “covers” from around the globe, as long as it makes a joyful noise.
The Poor Nobodys
Easily characterized as music from a film score, The Poor Nobodys are a 7-piece band from Minneapolis with the instrumentation of piano, violin, banjo, acoustic/electric guitar, vocals, upright bass, mandolin, cello and accordion. Begin with a solid bluegrass framework, add a layer of piano, stark electric guitar, haunting female vocals and you’ve got that gypsy-chamber Americana sound of The Poor Nobodys.
“…a sound borne of rustic grace and ingenious inspiration….[the band is] an ensemble of fine musicians who take the folk music genre to wondrously strange places…” — Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet