Saturday, March 19, 2011, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)leading Swedish folk revivalists $22.50 advance / $24.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
March 19 8:00 pm

The Swedish word Väsen has three meanings—essence, spirit, and hullabaloo—making it the perfect moniker for a band that is part Nordic tradition and part whirling dervish. Rooted in the musical traditions of Uppland, Sweden, Väsen transforms venerable polskas and marches into modern groove masterpieces, all the while retaining the consummate playing skills and ageless appeal of the best traditional music.

The trio's unique sound showcases the playing of Olov Johansson, a virtuoso of the nykelharpa (a bowed, 16-string instrument related to both the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle), along with violist Mikael Marin and guitarist Roger Tallroth. On stage and on albums like their recent Väsen Street (NorthSide), the group executes dense, sinuous arrangements with sizzling intensity and deft interplay. Don't miss their exhilarating live show which the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls ". . . at turns, entrancing, enchanting, uplifting, lilting, lovely, and just plain fun."

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