Road Stories Blog

Le Vent du Nord visits Forest City, IA

By Stephen Manuszak

Le Vent du Nord created an incredible buzz in Forest City, Iowa! Eager students danced and learned Québécois songs during workshops early in the week, incredible partners spread word of the ensemble’s visit throughout the community, and an all-ages audience celebrated the residency at the culminating public concert.

Le Vent du Nord visits Brookings, SD

By Ken Carlson, photos by Heather Kallhoff

Le Vent du Nord visited Brookings, South Dakota and enjoyed a fine week thanks to Heather Kallhoff and the Brookings Arts Council.

Baladino visits Lebanon…Illinois!

By Ken Carlson

Members of the Israeli band Baladino really looked forward to their trip to Lebanon—Lebanon, Illinois, that is! Peter Palermo, Liz Crabtree, and all the folks at McKendree University and the surrounding community welcomed Baladino so warmly. It was the last full residency week of Baladino’s tour, and we couldn’t have written a better ending.

Baladino creates new fans throughout Plymouth, IN

By Stephen Manuszak

The week in Plymouth, Indiana, featured traditional songs of welcome, roving student reporters, short pauses for selfies, and questions from curious audience members of all ages! Many thanks to our program partner, Debi Gidley at Encore Performing Arts, for sparking wonderful connections and discussion across Plymouth and neighboring communities.

Baladino connects with groups of all ages in Adrian, MI

By Ken Carlson

Baladino enjoyed a splendid week in Adrian, Michigan. Jere Righter and her Croswell Opera House staff did a wonderful job with plans for the week.

Baladino greets community members across Wilmington, OH

By Ken Carlson

The first week of Baladino’s latest tour was packed with connections all across Wilmington, Ohio, and neighboring communities. The ensemble enjoyed connecting with so many different segments of the community.

Le Vent du Nord builds connections in Thief River Falls, MN

By Ken Carlson

Many bands live only for the concert. Thank goodness Le Vent du Nord is not one of them! Each Le Vent du Nord residency with Arts Midwest World Fest is much more about personal connections. About sharing Québécois culture and music with community members through workshops and interactions of all kinds.

Le Vent du Nord gets folks dancing in Wahpeton, ND!

By Ken Carlson

The dancing didn’t start immediately though. First Le Vent du Nord had to get to Wahpeton. With knuckles as white as the driven snow through which the ensemble drove, Le Vent du Nord pushed through 50 mph hours winds and white-out conditions the night of February 8 to finally reach its Wahpeton hotel about 2:45 a.m. that day.

Call the fire department! Le Vent du Nord heats up Rhinelander, WI

By Ken Carlson

Actually, the members of Le Vent du Nord were invited guests of the Pine Lake Fire Department and other emergency responders from the Rhinelander area. It was an exciting way to reach folks who do such important work in the community.

Wahpeton, ND, puts an exclamation point on Baladino’s fall tour!

By Ken Carlson

Baladino had a wonderful week in Wahpeton, ND, where the ensemble’s first tour with the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest came to an end.