WORTHINGTON — Latin music lovers rejoice: Salsa del Soul is bringing dance tunes from Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean to Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center with a performance starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The event is part of the Minnesota Music Coalition’s 2021 Caravan du Nord, a traveling showcase of Minnesota musicians, and will also include performances from the modern bluegrass band The High 48’s and the Americana band Cyr and the Cosmonauts.
“I think it’s just going to be a really fun, wonderful concert with just a ton of talent coming from our musicians, and I’m so excited for everybody to experience that,” said Joanna Schnedler, executive director of the Minnesota Music Coalition. “And I hope they’ll join us.”
Tickets are required for the concert, but the MMC is also presenting two free workshops for musicians prior to the performance.
The MMC’s “Minnesota Music Toolkit” Workshop will be from 3 to 3:50 p.m., and Scott LeGere will present “Music in Minnesota: Community, Careers, and Creativity” from 4 to 4:50 p.m. In addition, an industry social hour will begin at 6 p.m.
The workshops are tuned to people who are musicians, whether they are extremely skilled and experienced or just starting out, Schnedler said.
“Toolkit” shows what MMC offers and summarizes the resources available for musicians in the state. LeGere’s workshop focuses on how musicians can market themselves, and what digital pathways exist that can help musicians build their careers.
“Our mission is to support and connect Minnesota’s diverse communities of musicians,” Schnedler said.
Saturday’s concert is a good example of that diversity. Salsa del Soul’s catchy dance beats come straight from the Twin Cities, though they play a wide variety of music styles that originated in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, including son, son montuno, plena, cha-cha-cha, bachata, timba and — as one would expect — salsa.
The High 48’s, by contrast, play more traditional bluegrass, but with lyrics and sensibilities that reflect their northern roots in the city of Minneapolis. Their eighth studio album is called “Daddy Was a Bank Robber,” and the band’s name originated as a slang term for boxcars transporting troops during World War I, which could hold either 40 horses or 8 horses. Later the boxcars were used in the U.S. by train-hoppers seeking work during the Great Depression, according to the band’s website.
Cyr and the Cosmonauts, a band out of Duluth, has an Americana sound, but played with an unusual mix of instruments, including the guitar, cello, viola, harmonica and trombone. Their set list could go from a guitar-driven folk tune about a “Greyhound Bus” to the gentle groove of a “Bossa Fossanova” or an ominous warning of impending doom in musical form, “Bones.”
“Minnesota’s music community is quite remarkable across the entire state,” Schnedler said. “I’ve been continuing to hear more and more of our musicians in every part of Minnesota and everything I’m hearing is phenomenal, it’s really remarkable. We just have a ton of talent.”
Advance tickets to the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students, or $25 at the door for adults and $15 for students.