Bands on the Boulevard Showcases Musical Acts Representing World Cultures

Free concert series returns to Minnesota History Center this summer

For immediate release


ST. PAUL, Minn (June 6, 2023) – Music fans of all ages are invited to the Minnesota History Center lawn for Bands on the Boulevard: five nights of free music, dancing, and family-friendly activities starting June 27th.

The summer concert series features local acts that represent cultures from around the world. Enjoy food trucks, dancing, crafts, and lawn games starting at 6:30 pm. Make sure you bring a lawn chair for concerts, which run 7:00 pm–8:30 pm.

Performances include:

  • June 27th: Dred I Dread  - A Minneapolis-based reggae band that features talented musicians who come from Jamaica, New Orleans, Minnesota, and Turkiye.
  • July 11th: NUNNABOVE - Features music that has been described as positive alternative pop. They have the skill to weave in and out of many different styles, and the musicianship to back it up.
  • July 18th: Barbaro - A group of Minneapolis-based rising stars who have created their eclectic sound through original songwriting craft, with inspiration derived from bluegrass, jazz, and chamber music.
  • July 25th: The Northerly Gales - With soaring melodies and driving rhythms, The Northerly Gales put their own high-energy spin on Celtic Folk and Americana.
  • August 1st: Ecuador Manta - This St. Paul-based Andean band created their music style by using the traditional rhythms from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and combining them with more contemporary Latin and Caribbean rhythms.

For more information or to set up an interview, please email

Support for this program has been provided by the Marney and Conley Brooks Endowment.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs, and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories, and connects people with history.