Road Stories Blog

Baladino in Orange City, IA

By Emily Anderson, Photos by Eric Young Smith

Midwestern communities have much in common, but there are always fun surprises that make each one stand out for the Arts Midwest World Fest artists. Baladino wrapped up their spring tour in Orange City, Iowa, where they were pleasantly surprised by the old-world European charm of the coffeehouses there.

The ensemble raved about the delicious coffee and the intimate atmosphere of the venues that made their time in Orange City unique. What a wonderful place to wrap up their spring tour with Arts Midwest World Fest!

Baladino in Bemidji, MN

By Emily Anderson, Photos by Eric Young Smith

Bemidji, Minnesota is a small community with a huge interest in arts and culture, and Baladino enjoyed their weeklong residency there in mid-March. Each residency with Arts Midwest World Fest is a little different, reflecting each community’s unique culture and values. In Bemidji, the band fit right in and found lots of opportunities to share their passion with music lovers of all ages.

Le Vent Du Nord in Medina, OH

By Stephen Manuszak

Le Vent Du Nord—“The North Wind”—arrived in Cleveland on the heels of a snowstorm to start their final tour as part of Arts Midwest World Fest. The group had just finished tours through Europe and Alberta, Canada, as well as Idaho and Montana, but their workshops were as energetic and joyful as ever.

Their week in Medina, Ohio, and the surrounding area started with a welcome reception that included homemade sweets, a short performance, and discussions with local residents, including the mayor of Medina.

Baladino in Grand Forks, ND

By Emily Anderson, Photos by Eric Young Smith

Although Baladino’s tour with Arts Midwest World Fest has come to a close, the spirited energy they’ve brought into the communities they’ve visisted in the Midwest will remain long after the tour.

Baladino in Sisseton, SD

Baladino in concert

By Emily Anderson, Photos by Eric Young Smith

Sisseton, South Dakota is a community that many visitors from other countries may not find an opportunity to visit when traveling in the United States. Earlier this month, however, Baladino spent a week performing and giving workshops in Sisseton, and the group was impressed by the rich Native American culture and strong sense of community on the Lake Traverse Dakota Indian reservation.

Baladino in Rice Lake, WI

Adults posting together in a school gymnasium

By Emily Anderson, Photos by Eric Young Smith

It seems like the members of Baladino make fast friends in every community they visit with Arts Midwest World Fest. Their week in Rice Lake, Wisconsin was no exception. Even with bone-chilling cold fronts preoccupying the region, the band’s experiences of wonder and awe at Midwestern snow and cold lightened the mood in Rice Lake, as did the playfulness and warmth of the Mediterranean melodies they shared in workshops and performances.

Minneapolis charmed by Baladino

Baladino kicked off their spring tour last week with stops across the Twin Cities. From visits to a local radio station, Arts Midwest offices, and the local headquarters of the program’s primary sponsor, to a stellar performance at The Dakota Jazz Club, the five-member ensemble charmed Minneapolis, making fast friends with our staff, our donors, and local arts patrons.

Le Vent Du Nord in DeKalb, IL

By Emily Anderson, Photos by Eric Young Smith

Le Vent Du Nord is back on tour with Arts Midwest World Fest! The first stop was DeKalb, Illinois, where the band led local language and music students in workshops on Québecois folk music. Throughout their time with Arts Midwest World Fest, the band has conducted some incredible workshops, and this residency was no exception.

Baladino to perform at the Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis


This February, Baladino’s Arts Midwest World Fest tour will include a special stop at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis for a public concert on Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 pm.

Le Vent du Nord in Orange City, IA

By Emily Anderson

Le Vent du Nord’s last stop on their Arts Midwest World Fest tour was a weeklong residency in Orange City, Iowa. In addition to many workshops at schools in the community, the Juno-award-winning band played at several local coffee shops, giving the community the unique opportunity to experience their music in an intimate, casual setting. Many thanks to Le Vent du Nord for sharing their music throughout the Midwest this fall!