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MACOA heats up winter blues

Although the active holiday season may have come to an end, Mineral Area Council on the Arts is ready to kick the new year off with two well anticipated events.

The group will kick off the year with one of its most popular events when they host a Zydeco Dancehall Concert featuring the Boudin Brothers on Jan. 19 at Alexander’s Ballroom at The Factory.

“We are planning the event to be very similar to the event we had two years ago,” said Danielle Basler, the executive director for the Mineral Area Council on the Arts. “This is a great opportunity to come out and enjoy some great zydeco music.”

According to Basler, zydeco music is a form originating in southern Louisiana that combines tunes with French origins with elements of both Caribbean music and the blues, and features guitars, washboards and the accordion.

“Each year on our schedule we like to highlight a style of music or art that is from outside of what is standard for our area,” Basler said. “This year is to bring back the art of what is traditional to southern Louisiana.”

The featured musicians for the evening are the popular group the Boudin Brothers, a zydeco band with a St. Louis following.

“We are so fortunate to have the Boudin Brothers return to Farmington,” Basler said. “This is a group of musicians who all play in other bands so they don’t get to play together all that often. It’s exciting to be bringing them together for this event.”

Joining the popular group once again will be Dancin’ Donna to teach some dancing moves that compliments zydeco music.

“Dancin’ Donna gives dancing lessons throughout St. Louis,” Basler said. “Once again, she will be joining us to give lessons prior to the concert. The band will also play some of their music while she is giving lessons and (it is included in) the price of the ticket.”

Individual tickets are $10 and are available at Eventbrite.com or at the door. The evening begins with dance lessons at 6:45 p.m. and the concert at 7:30 p.m. 

In addition to some great music and the chance to learn some new dance steps, the council will also be holding a silent auction that evening. According to Basler, there will be several nice items to bid on including a sports basket, a wine basket and some works from local artists.

Also, returning for the fourth year, the council will join forces with the City of Farmington for the “Art Blooms in Farmington” Banner Design Contest, a favorite council art contest for area students.

“This is a great kids’ art contest,” Basler said. “Once again we are partnering with the City of Farmington to offer 60 students a chance to have their banner hang from the light poles in downtown Farmington from April to November.”

As in years past, the art contest is open to local students from K-12 in public, private or home schools. Basler added a student does not have to be sponsored by an art teacher. They merely need to fill out an application, which will be available on the council’s website in coming weeks.

To meet the area’s enthusiasm for the program, Farmington has increased the number of students who will be selected to have their banner flown. This year 60 students will be selected. This is an increase from last year, when 50 students were selected, and double the amount from three years ago.

“It is really exciting to continue our partnership with the City of Farmington,” Basler said. “They have shown great support for the arts. They pay for each banner produced, do all the labor and hang them all up for us.”

Every year since it began, the banner design contest has a different theme and this year the young artists will have to relate their drawing to the theme is “It’s a Zoo Out There.”

“This should be a lot of fun,” Basler said. “It’s a nice theme and I think they will have a lot of animals (displayed) in Farmington this spring.”

To acquire an application for the art show, contact Danielle Basler at dbasler@MineralArea.edu.

Mineral Area Council on the Arts will host a Zydeco Dancehall Concert on Jan. 19 at Alexander’s Ballroom at the Factory in Farmington featuring music by the Boudin Brothers. 

Mineral Area Council on the Arts will host a Zydeco Dancehall Concert on Jan. 19 at Alexander’s Ballroom at the Factory in Farmington featuring music by the Boudin Brothers. 

The Mineral Area Council on the Arts will soon begin accepting applications for the popular

The Mineral Area Council on the Arts will soon begin accepting applications for the popular “Art Blooms in Farmington” Banner Design Contest. Some 60 young artists will have their work displayed throughout the community.

Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press an can be reached at 573-518-3629 or at cvaughn@farmingtonpressonline.com

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