Caitlyn Smith – Leinie Lodge Bandshell – Minnesota State Fair – August 27th 2022

Lens on Music at the Fair – Day 3

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The first Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair was a busy one, despite a chance for rain likely at some point during the day. The weather really didn’t interfere much for most of the day, but wouldn’t you know it – a strong system moved through just prior to the time frame that Grandstand headlining act Portugal. The Man was scheduled to perform. That unfortunately was unable to take place safely, but the show billed as The Current’s Music on a Stick was able to fulfill sets by Manchester Orchestra and Bad Bad Hats.

My musical journey for the day ended up having an unintentional, but rewarding multicultural component throughout. I first enjoyed Jenny and the Mexicats at the Leinie Lodge. I loved the Latin inspired acoustic guitar licks, but their sound would be hard to pin down to any one genre. They played with a log of spirit and were a joy to watch. I next spent time at the International Bizarre Stage for a set by Grupo Mio. They are a talented local band that brings the Tejano music experience to Minnesota. I ended my afternoon back at the Leinie Lodge for what I would call a hidden gem show by the Dallas String Quartet. The group is led by 3 outstanding violin players and they cover a wide range of well know songs in a really cool way.  You must check them out.

Caitlyn Smith

Manchester Orchestra

Dallas String Quartet

Jenny and the Mexicats

Grupo Mio