Small audiences join the performers on the Hardy Center stage, creating a close and more informal concert where members can interact with the performers.
Led by Sam Miltich, the Hot Club’s gypsy jazz-meets traditional swing band captivates audiences. Michael Dregni, biographer, is quoted, “Clearwater Hot Club is one of the most exciting and joyful of Gypsy bands anywhere.” Sam, a jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota, plays regularly in the Upper Midwest as a soloist and with his bands The Sam Miltich Trio and The Sam Miltich Quartet. In addition to gypsy swing and traditional jazz, his musical interests include Brazilian choro, French musette, Eastern European tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.