Music in the trees: performing from tree stands

Jarelle Barton performs among the trees near the Belwin Conservancy Education Center

AFTON — The return of Music in the Trees, a two-day outdoor event showcasing a diverse group of instrumentalists and vocalists, on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in and among the trees near the Belwin Education Center at 1553 Stagecoach Trail S. in Afton. 

Music in the Trees was first held in 2019 and this year’s event features live performances from an eclectic group of artists that includes Gospel and Hip Hop vocalists, found-object percussionists, a Zither player, jazz musicians, and more. Each day will feature a different roster. With such a wide range of performers, audiences are sure to encounter sounds both familiar and novel. 

On Sunday, August 15 at 2 p.m., the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) will present a fully accessible performance, including ASL and Hmong-English interpretation. Performers will include Hillary Lor, a Hmong flutist, and Celestials, a Hmong dance team. 

The cost to attend each day is $10/car. Attendees are invited to carpool and to bring a chair, food, and non-alcoholic beverages; no refreshments will be sold onsite. The Education Center building will be open for restroom use and water bottle refills. Face masks are required inside the building. 

— From press release

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