Celebrate the coming of spring on the eve of May Day with a night full of fire, games, music, live art performances, drinks and DIY crafts.
In Sweden and other parts of Europe, April 30 happens to be Valborgsmässoafton, a celebratory festival that’s a bit difficult to say in English, but easy to understand in content—welcoming spring with large bonfires, music and partying late into the night.
At ASI, we’ll be celebrating (and featuring talent from members of our very own FIKA staff) with live music from local bands/artists Teenage Moods, Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir, and Zac HB, plus an ongoing DJ set from Slipmats Radio.
The night includes bonfires, a cash bar, live art performance, and FIKA food stands in ASI’s outdoor courtyard between the historic Turnblad castle and the contemporary Nelson Cultural Center. You’ll have the opportunity to make your own birchwood plaque like those in the exhibition #NameThisExhibit – 1200 Birchwood Plaques from Sweden’s Postfuturistic Society. Come and compare your artistic hand to those of the itinerant, informal artists of the 1950s. Staff from Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop + Coffee Bar will be on hand to do bicycle safety checks, minor repairs, and serve coffee.
This event has a cover charge of $7 per person. This event is for ages 18+. Doors open at 7 p.m. Bar closes at 11 p.m.
We love bikes! Ride your bike, bring your helmet in and receive $1 off beverages all night.
Purchase tickets at http://cocktailsatthecastle.eventbrite.com/# or by calling 612-871-4907. We appreciate knowing in advance if you plan to join us!
RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!
Staged between the Castle and the Nelson Cultural Center, the evening features two outdoor live sets by:
8 p.m.– Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir Airtime on radio stations 89.3 The Current and RadioK have catapulted the sounds of Dan Mariska and his band, described as “harmoniously pleasing and a surefire escape for any listener” (AbsolutePunk.net), across the airwaves.
9 p.m. - Teenage Moods Best described as floral rock, sugar pop, hard cute, Teenage Moods is a three piece Minneapolis based-band.
8-10 p.m. - Slipmats Radio brings to you DJs Adatrak and D'Jo. Adatrak has an eclectic sound that can only be heard by playing two tracks at once. D'Jo will set a blaze your shoes with his jukework mastery.
10 p.m. - Live set by hip hop artist, Zac HB. An eccentrically creative hip-hop artist with a background in reggae, blues, and funk, Zac HB's music is consistently both melodic and conversational, plus comes rounded out with an intimate and interactive live set.
Live Art Performance
With the support of The Soap Factory, six contemporary artists will revisit the craft of decoupage under the influence of the heavy sounds of Zac HB. Each artist (from tattoo artists to collage) will bring their tools of choice and spend 30 quick minutes creating their own signature Birchwood Plaque in front of a lively crowd.
Artist lineup includes (more to be announced):
Hannah Frick - a collage artist who loves bikes, art, cats and puns, many of her ideas sprout from the idea of reusing, a new way of looking at materials. Perfect for decoupage.
Noah Prinsen - a printmaker from Grand Marais, Minn., he spends his days scrapping together a chilly existence in the north woods. He considers himself much more of an arranger than an artist.
Food and beverages
An event at a Castle deserves its own cocktail! FIKA will be serving up two signature drinks - a Barrel-Aged Brandy Manhattan (Germain-Robin brandy, Vya vermouth, Bittercube cherry bark vanilla bitters & a cherry) and a French Gimlet (Prairie Organic vodka, St. Germaine & lime) - $8. Of course you can also find $4 cans (Indeed Day Tripper, Indeed Midnight Ryder, PBR, Brooklyn Lager) and $7 wine (Cono Sur Chardonnay – Chile, and Charles & Charles Cabernet/Syrah – Washington).
Plus, FIKA will be serving street food at outdoor food stands all evening.
When & Where
American Swedish Institute
The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts & cultural center and museum. The historic Turnblad Mansion first became home to the organization in 1929. The new Nelson Cultural Center addition opened in June 2012 and added a welcoming reception area, café, gallery, event center, studio craft classroom, terrace, courtyard, and new Museum Shop space.