Caravan du Nord, a traveling showcase of Minnesota music, will be making its stop in Austin Saturday, Oct. 22, with an assortment of concerts, artist workshops and meet-the-artist events.
The caravan has already made stops in Winona and Red Wing and will be heading to Ely, Faribault and Detroit Lakes after its Austin event.
Now in its sixth year, the caravan brings together and supports both established regional musicians and up-and-coming local talent. The focus is also on providing audiences hungry for live music an opportunity to hear seasoned musicians and new and local artists.
Workshops are also provided, featuring performers and industry professionals who can provide insight on the business and creative skills necessary to succeed in the music business.
The showcase in Austin includes:
• Artist workshops that allow people to meet the performers and network with DJs and other music industry types over drinks. The two workshops will take place at the Austin Artworks Center, 300 N. Main St., from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 2:30 p.m. workshop is about getting grant money, and the 3:30 p.m. workshop is a songwriting forum. Workshops are free to attend.
• A social hour at Dusty’s Bar & Lounge, 422 N. Main St., from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Just in case you missed the chance to meet the performers at the workshops, you can meet them for a social hour.
• A three-band concert at the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE. The bands include Bad Bad Hats, an indie rock band from Minneapolis (which just released their debut album, “Psychic Reader,” last year); Erik Koskinen, a singer and band whose music blends folk, country, rock-and-roll and blues; and the Austin-based rock-and-country band Severe Logic. Tickets cost $10.
Organized by the Minnesota Music Coalition and sponsored by 89.3 The Current, the caravan is funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The grant was made possible through legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
During its six-city tour across greater Minnesota, the traveling roadshow will bring 18 bands and solo artist to local audiences. The events feature a diverse range of music styles from indie-pop to vintage blues and Americana.