Friday, August 21, 2009

Of the Baltica Festival, American Style!

Being an International Folklore Festival, the Baltica events looked beyond the borders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Special guests included this traditional band from our homeland (well, Minnesota - close enough). While they were slated to participate in formal events later in the day, they put on a quick impromptu show -- including banjo, washboard, and clogging -- at a sidewalk cafe we were sitting at. They had the crowd of traditional-Latvian-garb-wearing locals clapping and singing along. And I guess that these vaguely old-timey looking clothes are as close as we Americans have to a "traditional costume." Well, maybe not the dreadlocks. But you should have seen the old-timey suspenders a couple of the guys were wearing. It was totally unexpected, and totally great.

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