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BSU's MIDiots group to perform at The Dakota in Minneapolis

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State University’s electronic music ensemble, the MIDiots, has landed a performance at one of the Midwest’s premier jazz clubs.

On Feb. 15, the group will follow Kansas City blues artist Kelley Hunt at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis.

They will play two 45-minute sets featuring jazz standards, original pieces, and a few rock covers. Hunt’s performance begins at 8 p.m.

The MIDiots include BSU faculty members Del Lyren, professor of music; Erika Svanoe, assistant professor of music and director of bands, adjunct faculty members Gred Gaston and Eric Sundeen, and Bemidji State alum Lee Foster.

“This is pretty exciting for us,” Lyren said of the group’s first out-of-town booking in a commercial venue. “The Dakota is the premier jazz club in Minnesota, and if you draw a line from Chicago to Denver.”

The booking came from conversations Lyren had with operators of The Dakota during the 2010 International Trumpet Conference, which he helped organize in Minneapolis. The Dakota hosted a number of late-night jam sessions during the conference, which allowed Lyren to develop relationships with the staff.

Lyren hopes the group’s pairing with Hunt will lead to an enthusiastic audience for the MIDiots performance. “She’s a big name, so hopefully we’ll have a big crowd sticking around to hear us,” Lyren said.

The Feb. 15 show at The Dakota will follow a Valentine’s Day show at the Minnesota Music Educators Association’s Midwinter Clinic in Minneapolis.