Three Days of Jazz

Over the last three days, I have spent many hours in St. Paul, MN enjoying the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.  If you are in the area next year, I highly recommend this event.  Not only are there multiple outdoor stages located around the downtown area, the night is alive with club action.  Many fantastic professional acts share the stage with the up and coming young musicians from the upper midwest.  The Saturday highlight of the festival was an appearance by New Orleans artist, Dr. John. Hopefully, if you come, you will be treated to the same amazing weather the festival was blessed with this year.  Oh, by the way, the entire festival is free!  But donations are welcome.
I took time to visit the renovated Union Station, home to many forms of transit coming and going from St. Paul.  I also had a chance to speak with the mayor of St. Paul.  I so appreciate that we have some elected politicians that are willing to be out, mixing with the public, supporting the arts and willing to converse with all the citizens of the city instead of hiding in their offices behind security, afraid to answer for their ideologies and voting patterns.  Mayor Coleman, and my own mayor, Don Ness of Duluth, are two such politicians who are out there with their constituents, supporting their communities.

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