Nordic Jam Heads North

Nordic Jammers in the 2005 Nisswa-stamman paradeNorthfield's Nordic Jam, a group of local musicians who have been gathering every Monday evening at the Contented Cow for over three and a half years, is taking its show on the road this weekend.

For the third year in a row, Nordic Jam has been invited to perform at Nisswa-stämman, a Scandinavian Folk Music Festival held every year in Nisswa, Minnesota. The festival, now in its seventh year, has become one of the largest traditional Scandinavian music festivals in the region, featuring some 140 musicians from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Washington D.C. and, of course, the upper midwest.

If you're vacationing up in the Brainerd lakes area this weekend, you might just want to take in some great Scandinavian music. The festival kicks off with a Friday night concert featuring the international musicians, followed by a dance, with the rest of the festivities beginning at 10 am Saturday in downtown Nisswa. More information is available at

Doug Bratland is a member of Nordic Jam.