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Heritage Hillside music series kicks off July 9

The New Richmond Heritage Center brings back the popular Heritage Hillside Series next Wednesday, July 9, with the return of The Pig's Eye Jass Band.

They begin at 6:30 p.m. and will play until 8 p.m. This group is dedicated to the earliest and purest form of jazz, as it was originally played. The band was founded in 1961 and is the oldest continuous traditional jazz band in the Twin Cities.

The musicians play at jazz festivals, on riverboats, at churches and nightclubs all around the area; they've played for 10 years at the Minnesota State Fair; they've been on MPR; and countless concerts celebrating the sounds of jazz.

The band was named after the original name of St. Paul, Pig's Eye, which in turn was named after the first settler, Pig's Eye Parrant. This band supports restoring an old tradition by changing the name of St. Paul back to Pig's Eye.

The spelling of "Jass" is the original spelling of jazz on the label of the first jazz record which was made by the Original Dixieland Jass Band. The band is in favor of restoring old traditions, both in music and in names.

The Pig's Eye Jass Band is devoted to the original style of jazz, uniquely American, and perhaps the most exciting and moving music ever composed. It features music by King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Kid Ory and Bessie Smith among others. Their performances are entirely collectively improvised, as was the original music by these composers.

So pack a picnic supper, bring a lawn chair and enjoy a great family evening of entertainment.

One of the historic buildings will be open, and there will be pop and popcorn for sale. This is a rain or shine event. In case of inclement weather the music will be in either the Pavilion or the church.

This evening is sponsored by Liquid Waste Technology LLC. For more information, call 715-246-3276.