Sam Miltich & Co. to perform at B’nai Abraham on Iron Range

Matthew Miltich, Mike Miller and Sam Miltich will perform Saturday, Aug. 1 at the B'nai Abraham Cultural Center in Virginia, Minn.

Matthew Miltich, Mike Miller and bandleader Sam Miltich along with Tony Balluff on clarinet will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at the B’nai Abraham Cultural Center in Virginia, Minn.

The B’nai Abraham Cultural Center in Virginia continues its free summer concert series with a show this Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. featuring Sam Miltich and his band.

Sam Miltich is a Gypsy Jazz guitarist, born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. He is a musician by profession and plays regularly in the Upper Midwest as a soloist and with his band the Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club. In addition to gypsy jazz and traditional jazz his musical interests include Brazilian choro, French musette, Eastern European tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music. Sam now hosts the weekly Jazz at the VFW in Grand Rapids, MN, on Wednesdays with a rotating cast of musicians who play regularly with him. Playing with him at B’nai Abraham will be Matthew Miltich, bass, Mike Miller,drums and Tony Balluff, clarinet. Sam continues to live in northern Minnesota where he gardens, hunts, fishes, and roots for the Minnesota Twins.

Sam is a friend of mine and has played the Great Northern Radio Show a number of times. His father’s family comes from the North Side of Virginia, where they arrived after emigrating from Croatia.

The B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center is located at 328 5th Street South in Virginia, Minnesota. It is the site of last practicing synagogue on the Iron Range, where a small but vibrant Jewish community once flourished through the early 20th Century. Remaining members and supporters from around the country keep the place going as a cultural gift to the people of the region.

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