Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum welcomes members of the band Bjärv, an exciting, traditional Swedish folk band, performing from 3-5 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the museum courtyard outside the main entrance.
Infused with youthful charm, their innovative, stunning harmonies and show-stopping improvisational musicianship make their live performances a memorably rocking good time for all audiences.
Attendees will hear fiddle by Olof Göthlin, 2006 Riksspelman (Fiddler of the realm in Sweden), and nyckelharpa by Ben Teitelbaum, the first American to earn a degree on that instrument. The nyckelharpa is a bowed and keyed stringed instrument from Sweden.
The duo is fresh from Nisswastämman, the premier midwestern festival of traditional Scandinavian music in Nisswa, Minn.
Vesterheim is celebrating Iowa Museum Week and the opening of "The National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition." Voting for People's Choice Awards in the exhibition is now under way, and everyone can vote for their favorite weaving, rosemaling, carving and knife.
For more information on the museum's exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities and ways to donate, go to vesterheim.org.