This St. Paddy’s Day concert will go down in history for the Irish Minstrels of Spring Valley.

Not only will the popular Irish music group carry on the tradition of playing Irish sea shanties, drinking sing-a-longs and fiddle tunes on this Irish day — but live video footage from the concert will be turned into a DVD available later this year.

Sam Hurne of Audio Visual Images and Aaron Manthei from Tom Jones Recording Studio, both in Rochester, will be on hand to record all aspects of the show.

You can join in the fun. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. N.E. in Austin.

Tickets are $12, 434-0934.

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From Irish to Americana

Fresh from the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Tex., The Get Up Johns from St. Paul will open Rochester’s next Americana Showcase March 23.

Their impassioned old-time country sound has made a mark in the Twin Cities with the band performing at the 2004 Best New Bands showcase at First Avenue and being named in the City Pages Picked 2 Click of 2005.

Also playing at the showcase will be the Russian-influenced gypsy punk band Murzik from Minneapolis.

The Get Up Johns start the show at 6:30 p.m. Murzik plays at 7:30 p.m.

Hosts of the event, Six Mile Grove, go on at 8:30 p.m., featuring several new tunes to be released on the band’s new album due out this summer.

It all takes place at The Break Room, 1635 Hwy. 52 N. in Rochester. No cover.





That’s not all folks

Ben Weaver, a modern folk musician who was once a regular player in southeast Minnesota, is slated to perform at the Winnipeg Folk Festival which takes place July 5-8.

Weaver, who is based in St. Paul, will have good company at the fest, including Randy Newman, The Indigo Girls, Béla Fleck & the Flectones and Los Lobos just to name a few. Have no fear though, Weaver can hold his own. The New York Times called Weaver’s style " Americana full of weary determination and aphoristic clarity, somewhere between the Band and Tom Waits."

Before May 31 tickets to the festival are $136 for a four-day pass and $49 for a daily pass, available through Senior, youth and camping passes also available.

Online: www.winnipegfolk,,

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