Welcome to summer — it’s here, we made it! And that means it’s high season for The High 48s, so there’s a good chance that soon we’ll be playing a show near you. We wanted to highlight a few of our public gigs for the month of July that we are really excited about. For a complete listing of our summer performances check out our calendar page.
On Wednesday, July 9, from 7-8:30pm, we’ll be playing a concert at Wayzata’s Depot Park as part of the Wayzata Summer Concert Series. It’s all happening on the shore of beautiful Lake Minnetonka and the weather forecast looks good…so this is promising to be a downright civilized way to spend a summer evening.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, the 48s will be playing the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. This is our first time back since 2008, and we’re thrilled to be back! If you are in the neighborhood, here are our set times:
Sat. July 12th 1:00 pm - West Stage
6:00 pm – BandshellSun. July 13th
11:00 am – West Stage
4:00 pm - Bandshell
On Thursday, July 17, we’ll back on the front porch of the Eidem Homestead in Brooklyn Park. This year, we’ll be joined by the Grammy Winners The Okee Dokee Brothers. For those of you haven’t heard the Okee Dokees, check ‘em out — they are bona fide rock stars among the kindergarten set (and their drivers). Music starts at 6pm.
Just over six months ago, we were playing Anthony’s song “Great Northern Railroad” for the first time in a rehearsal when the light went on. We thought, Why not record an entire album of train songs?
Let’s just say it’s been a busy six months since then. In that time, we launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, drove down to Nashville and recorded an entire album at Randy Kohrs’ studio in a whirlwind three-day session, released the album and put together a CD release concert with two of our favorite musicians, jazz maestro Don Stiernberg and alt-country giant (he is actually pretty tall) Robbie Fulks.
We’re pleased to pronounce that concert a success! Last Friday, with a packed house and good vibes aplenty, and with the help of Robbie and Don, we played the new album in its entirety…and then some.
We feel it was one of our best performances ever, and we want to thank everyone who shared the evening with us. And we especially want to thank every one of you who have been with us over these last six months, making all of this possible.
We’re heading into festival season now, our busy time of year, and we hope we’ll see you on our travels, so we can do the shake and howdy – as they say in bluegrass – and say thanks again, in person.
The High 48s (Anthony, Chad, Eric, Marty and Rich)
UPDATE: pre-sales have ended but tickets will be available at the door for $15.
Save the date! The High 48s have booked a concert to celebrate the release of our upcoming CD “Great Northern Railroad” on May 2nd at the O’Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium on the campus of the University of St. Thomas (IMPORTANT: NOT the O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine’s…directions here).
Joining us will be alt-country giant Robbie Fulks and mandolinist extraordinaire Don Stiernberg, who will close out the evening with a duo set, featuring original songs and classic “brother” duets in the spirit of the brothers Louvin, Delmore, et al.
We’re super excited to have Robbie and Don on hand for our CD release show. They’ve been playing regular duo gigs at the Hideout in their hometown of Chicago, but they rarely go on the road as a duo, so this is a rare treat. They’re both killer bluegrass pickers and are steeped in the genre.
And small world: Robbie and Don are both alums of Special Consensus, as is the 48s’ very own Marty Marrone.
Tickets are on-sale now: Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page.
More info forthcoming, but in the meantime, here’s a little preview of the Robbie and Don show: