Stary Olsa Performing at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!
SHAKOPEE, Minn., (August 30, 2016) – Belarusian band Stary Olsa is making a journey to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! Giving modern rock songs a twist while keeping some of Belarus’ musical traditions alive, the band wants to show the crowd how much their culture has in common with songs that are being produced today. Joining the festivities during the Passport to Adventure weekend, Stary Olsa is making a stop at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival to perform one of their concerts over September 3rd – 5th.
Stary Olsa is a medieval Belarusian band. Their name comes from a brook in the west part of Mahilioŭ Region, which is located in Belarus. The band originated in the late nineties by Zmicier Sasnoŭski. He wanted to bring back to life traditional Belarusian music, showing a new audience his culture’s rich history and traditions. The band comprises of people with a wide variety of talent who are either classically trained musicians or self-taught. Their different musical backgrounds bring forward a sound that is unique and special to today’s music world. Looking at old images and pictures the band has created many of their own instruments such as bagpipes and drums, that give the band the tools needed to create the traditional Belarusian sound. Constructing their own instruments pays tribute to the traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania where Belarus was the main cultural and geopolitical part in the 13th – 18th centuries, and where there was a unique combination of Belarusian folk and aulic music.
The band has access to songs from the 16th and 17th century allowing them to create music that incorporates their country’s past with modern day music. They have recorded twelve albums featuring songs that are popular European songs from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and some that have traditional Belarusian ballads, marital songs, and canticles. Stary Olsa recorded YouTube videos of them re-creating classic rock songs, and fans from around the world began commenting on their videos saying how fresh and new these old classic rock songs sounded. They requested the band make a CD of these songs by artists like Metallica, AC/DC, The Beatles and more. In February of 2016, Stary Olsa had launched a Kickstarter to campaign to help raise money for their new album by offering different handcrafted projects and individual performances. Reaching their initial goal in one week, they decided to stretch their goal out to fund a U.S. tour, and by mid-March they had reached that goal and were planning a tour in the U.S.
You can watch Stary Olsa perform at the Pavilion Stage. Performances happen daily over Labor Day Weekend at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:15 p.m.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival begins its 46th season on Saturday, August 20, and ends on October 2, 2016. The Festival is open weekends; Labor Day and Festival Friday, September 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., rain or shine. The Festival is located seven miles south of Shakopee on Highway 169. Festival patrons can enjoy 16 stages of live entertainment, 250 artisan vendors and 7 theme weekends, full combat jousting and food fit for a king! Admission at the gate: Adults $23.95; Children 5 – 12 $14.95; seniors $21.95; four and under are free! Discount tickets are also available at participating Menards, Super America, and Walgreens. Coupons toward admission are available at participating Subway and Papa Murphy’s locations. Visit www.renaissancefest.com or call 952.445.7361 for more information. Also make sure to follow us on social media, @MNRenaissance!
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