A couple things seem to sum up Twin Cities’ summers best: the outdoors, music, and art, preferably together. Another installation of this combination is taking place in Burnsville this weekend, for the eighth annual Art and All That Jazz Festival. Staged at Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville’s Heart of the City, the festivals wide range of offerings appeals to die-hard jazz enthusiasts, savvy art lovers, and everyone just looking to spend a day soaking up the last days of summer surrounded by good food, friendly faces, and diverse entertainment.
The music kicks off at noon with the Dakota Combo, an all-star high-school ensemble directed by Adam Linz. The Jack Brass Band keeps things rolling with their unique New Orleans-style jazz, complete with notes of blues, rock, hip-hop, pop, funk, and reggae. The Super Pilots change up the pace with progressive jazz fusion, getting you ready to cha-cha-cha to Salsa del Soul‘s Latin American dance music. Wrapping up the night is Mick Sterling and the Irresistibles, described as a “combination of passionate vocals, razor sharp rhythm section, and soulful horns.”
While the music’s playing, be sure to browse the vividly captivating illustrations of Steffany Schmit, this year’s featured artist. By the end of the night, there’s a good chance you’ll walk away not only with a smile and bounce in your step, but a few new bands to add to your favorites list.
Art and All That Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 20
12 p.m.–10 p.m.
Nicollet Commons Park, 126th St. and Nicollet Ave., Burnsville