A Free Evening of Jazz Music and History in Mendota on Aug. 14

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 24, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Tom Pfannenstiel • Sibley House Historic Site • 612-725-2430 •

Quick facts: 

Event: Jazz in June
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 14 (rescheduled from its June date due to weather)
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Place: Mendota VFW, down the road from the Sibley House Historic Site
Address: 1323 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota, MN 55150
Cost: FREE
Phone: 651-452-1596
Email: sibleyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/sibleyhouse

A Free Evening of Jazz Music and History in Mendota on Aug. 14

Jazz in JuneVisit Mendota for a free evening of live jazz on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Originally planned as an outdoor concert in June, "Jazz in June" was cancelled due to weather, and is now being offered for free at the Mendota VFW on Highway 13.

Jazz legend Butch Thompson will serve as bandleader and guest speaker, telling stories of Mendota's rich jazz history. Thompson will play piano and clarinet and will be joined by Charlie DeVore on trumpet and vocalist Lee Engele.

Mendota was well-known in the 1940s and '50s as the place to go to hear the best local, national and international jazz musicians. Mitch's Roadhouse, a popular club, hosted big names in Dixieland and Ragtime jazz. In the mid-1960s the Emporium of Jazz opened and became the home of the Hall Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band, featuring performances by Butch Thompson and Charlie DeVore. The Emporium closed in 1991.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Capacity is limited.

About the Sibley House Historic Site

The Minnesota Historical Society site is in Mendota at 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy. (Hwy. 13). It features four original limestone buildings from the era when the American Fur Company operated a regional trade with the Dakota, between 1825 and 1853. The home of Henry Hastings Sibley is on the site, as is his office as first state governor. Call 651-452-1596 for more information.

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