Connie Evingson back on the Range for benefit concert

Culture, music and history converge this weekend for a special benefit concert in Virginia, Minnesota. Connie Evingson is a great talent who is back to the Range often and Sam Miltich always does a good show, whether in a concert hall or the V-Dub in downtown Grand Rapids.

Shows like this remind us of the Iron Range’s unique and complex past, which includes a musical tradition that goes far beyond barroom polkas.

B’nai Abraham Center presents jazz vocalist Connie Evingson

Minneapolis, Minnesota — The B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center in Virginia, Minnesota presents Twin Cities jazz vocalist Connie Evingson and her Quartet in concert Friday, June 8 at 7pm. Evingson performed at B’nai Abraham in 2011 and is returning for a second appearance due to popular demand.

Connie Evingson was born in Hibbing, MN and is still a regular visitor to the Iron Range. Based in Minneapolis, she appears regularly at the Dakota Jazz Club and at concert, theater and festival venues in the Twin Cities and around the world. Her quartet includes saxophonist Dave Karr, active in New York big bands in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s and a first-call player in the Twin Cities since arriving in 1954 to attend the University of Minnesota, Grand Rapids guitarist Sam Miltich, founder of the Clearwater Hot Club and Big Dipper Jazz Band, bassist Matthew Miltich (father of Sam), also of Grand Rapids, and Minneapolis drummer Jay Epstein, a veteran of many popular Twin Cities jazz ensembles.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased after June 1st at the Virginia Area Historical Society, 800 9th Avenue North, Virginia (218)741-1136. Tickets are also available at the door beginning at 6:15 the night of the concert. We can accept cash and checks only, payable to the Friends of B’nai Abraham.  Ticket sales and donations help the Friends of B’nai Abraham bring outstanding entertainment to Virginia and continue the restoration of the building.  B’nai Abraham is located at 328 5th St. South (corner of 4th Avenue and 5th Street) in Virginia, Minnesota.

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This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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