Concert, New Orleans style church service set at Zion Lutheran

The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band will make its fourth appearance at Zion Lutheran Church on Franklin Lake August 15-20. Perhaps the best-known New Orleans-style jazz band in the history of Minnesota, Barbary has forged a special relationship with the lakeside church–performing nearly annual in recent years.

It is being billed as a “farewell appearance” at Zion Lutheran Church on Franklin Lake, as a jazz band specializing in the hot sounds of the far southern end of the Mississippi performs an August 19 concert, and August 20 worship service.

The “Barbary Coast Dixieland Band” will be performing again at Zion Lutheran Church on Franklin Lake. Showtime is 7 p.m., August 19, with desserts served pior to the concert, at 6 p.m. A New Orleans style worship service will be Aug. 20, at 9:30 a.m.

The Saturday night event is an ice cream social, with proceeds going toward the Luther Crest Bible Camp Building Construction Project.

The Twin Cities based band is among the oldest working music ensembles in the state–observing its 50th year in 2017. The group specializing in New Orleans jazz–of the Louis Armstrong and Pete Fountain variety–has performed at Zion four times over the years.

Though Zion is situated in the north, not far from the Mississippi headwaters, the church will be filled with music from Louisiana streets and bayous when the Barbary Coast Dixie crew performs.

Zion’s connection to the Barbary Coast group is through Cal Larson, church member and longtime fan–who developed his relationship with the band during his years as a legislator at the St. Paul Capital. Larson, a Fergus Falls Republican since retired from the legislature, is a longtime seasonal resident of the Pelican area lake country, who describes himself as a devoted fan of the Barbary Coast band.

The band dates to 1967 and has compiled a music timeline with unusual highlights and red letter dates:
•July, 1976: Band plays for Senator Hubert Humphrey at the Minnesota Fairgrounds.
•April, 1983: Band performs for President Reagan at the Leamington Hotel.
•June, 1984: Performed at St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville for Dixieland type service. This is the beginning of a musical ministry that is still going strong, approximately 40 Sundays per year.
•August, 1990: Band is invited to accompany the Mayor of St. Paul to Nagasaki, Japan on a good will Dixieland tour.
•November, 2001: Inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.