Ready to dance? Head to Franconia Sculpture Park

Mu_Daiko drummers Emma Valentine, Jennifer Weir, Jeffrey Ellsworth, Greg Amundson, Iris Shiraishi, Susan Tanabe and Craig Schultz.

Mu_Daiko drummers Emma Valentine, Jennifer Weir, Jeffrey Ellsworth, Greg Amundson, Iris Shiraishi, Susan Tanabe and Craig Schultz.

As part of its summer-long music series, Franconia Sculpture Park will host a World Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17.

At noon, listen to jazz sounds from Brazil, with the St. Paul duo of Mira and Tom Kehoe of Xibaba.

At 2:30, gear up for Taiko drumming by Minneapolis’s Mu Daiko of the Mu Performing Arts Center.

Taiko (“big drum” in Japanese) is a dynamic art form born from ancient traditions that has evolved in North America, combining driving rhythms and movements inspired by martial arts.

At 4:30, Viviana Pintado and the Q-Band will present traditional Cuban music with influences of modern pop, Cuban salsa, bachata and cumbia.

Two bands that were scheduled to perform at the sculpture park on June 15 will make their appearance in the evening.

At 6 p.m., L’Assassins, self-described “vixen rockers,” will snarl their way through the roots of garage rock and female angst.

At 8 p.m., The Chalice will present a blend of hip-hop, funk, pop and R&B.

The event is free after paying $5 for parking. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Lizard Lounge. During breaks, take guided tours of the outdoor sculpture exhibition.

Music@Franconia is made possible, in part, by Minnesota taxpayers through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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