The 22nd season of Concerts in the Barn at Aten Place will open this week with Minnesota based singer-songwriter Reina del Cid.
Del Cid, who had developed a devoted online following as a solo artist, has teamed up with talented musicians Toni Lindgren, Zach Schmidt, and Andrew Foreman to develop a sophisticated sound with broad appeal.
Their following is a mixed crowd of jam-heads, college students and white haired intelligentsia.
In 2012, Reina del Cid began a weekly residency at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown St. Paul where she played with her band every week for nearly two years.
Del Cid, a naturally introverted bookworm, used this regular stage to lay down the blueprints for what would become her characteristic self-effacing stage banter.
Flash forward three years to 2016 and the band has emerged from the pressure cooker of more than 300 shows over two years into what has become an even more exciting, tighter, bolder, and more sophisticated in style and form.
Del Cid has also blossomed into an authentic storyteller with a kaleidoscope of onstage charm.
It is the kind of metamorphosis one might expect from all those nights of experimentation in front of live audiences.
Reina del Cid is no longer the singer songwriter she was five years ago, shyly posting songs to the Internet from a college dorm.
As the new album exhibits, she is the front woman of a band that knows its music and performs it with the passion that comes from having stretched boundaries, transformed together, and infused each song with the magic of a live show.
Aten Place tickets are $16 and can be purchased in advance by using the online order form or calling (231) 549-2076.
Ordering advanced tickets is highly recommended.
Tickets can also be purchased the evening of the show starting at 6:00 pm, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Advanced tickets and schedule details are available by visiting www.atenplace.com .
Aten Place is located 1/2 mile south of Cherry Hill Road on Old Mackinaw Trail in Boyne Falls.
The venue is a ninety plus year old oak frame barn with seating for 180, overlooking the Boyne River valley, in the shadow of Boyne Mountain.
Aten Place is a non-profit endeavor, and no food or beverage is sold on the premises.
Many patrons bring snacks and desserts to share at intermission.
There is also a covered picnic pavilion for those who wish to come early and enjoy the grounds and peaceful setting.