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July 2012

The fun begins on August 2, with a group described by City Pages as “the perfect selection to launch this year's Patio Nights at City House series.” Brian Just Band features a folk-pop sound with abstract touches of piano, flute, trumpet and banjo for a sound that evokes memories of summers long gone. August 16 will feature Greycoats, a band filling the airwaves of Cities 97 and 89.3 the Current with songs from their latest EP, Helicline, released this June. Last but not least, August 30 will wrap up the series with original compositions by Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers that translate Country Blues, Western Swing, and Ragtime traditions from their album Mississippi Roll, described as “one of the best local albums of the year.”

Last year's Patio Nights revived the museum's summer music series to new acclaim, and its return was very well received indeed. Previously held in MMAA’s former home in the West Publishing Building, the series now features three bands with music appealing to all ages. Hundreds of people found it hard to resist City House’s unique setting on the river, 128Cafe’s delectable menu, a cold Summit beer, and music from talented locals like Communist Daughter and Dan Rowles and Band. This year’s Patio Nights will provide music ranging from Folk Pop, to Anglo-rock, to Blues and Swing, and the 128Cafe food truck will once again serve up its tasty offerings. As you can see, Patio Nights is gearing up to be as big as ever–and you won’t want to miss it!

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Under the cover of the City House pavilion, there will be plenty of tables and chairs for you and friends to comfortably enjoy food, libations, and music, while still experiencing the warm summer breeze and scenery of the river through the large open doorways. You can also bring your own chair and either sit on the balcony overlooking the Mississippi, or out front of the building enjoying the setting sun. Wherever you choose to sit, this string of free, all-ages shows gives Twin Citians a chance to not only share an evening of festivities with old friends, but the opportunity to make new ones.

MMAA works diligently to bring its range of initiatives to new audiences and, through a commitment to innovative programming, seeks to become an integral and ever-present force in enhancing the artistic life of St. Paul and the surrounding communities. Patio Nights @ City House has been a tremendous catalyst for these efforts, and as MMAA moves closer to securing a permanent home in St. Paul, it is our goal to make Patio Nights “the place to be” on the list for enjoyable Twin Cities summer activities. 


Click here to visit the Patio Nights @ City House event page!


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Event Time:
6:30-9:30 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m. 


Dates and Bands:

August 2: Brian Just Band
August 16: Greycoats
August 30: Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers


Parking and Directions:


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