Sam Miltich Duet Series feat. Tony Balluff at RBC!
Join us at Rapids Brewing Co. for the second night of an exciting duet series with the talented Jazz guitarist Sam Miltich!
Each night of the residency will feature a unique set of themed food pairings, perfectly curated to complement the music and create a truly immersive dining experience.
Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or simply looking for a fun and memorable night out, you won’t want to miss out on this series.
March’s performance features Tony Balluff with a New Orleans style of Jazz paired with a New Orleans themed dinner special.
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐒𝐚𝐦 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐡:
Sam Miltich is a self-taught jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. Sam burst on the scene in his teens as a young lion of gypsy jazz, joining Paul Mehling’s Hot Club of San Francisco and touring internationally with the world-renowned Robin Nolan Trio. Sam’s fluid and instinctive sound has graced hundreds of stages, from small town bars on the Iron Range to Lincoln Center.
In addition to fronting his own band, the Clearwater Hot Club, Sam records and performs extensively with Minneapolis-based jazz singers, Connie Evingson and Charmin Michelle; legendary Twin Cities saxophonist Dave Karr; and Dutch swing violin maestro, Tim Kliphuis. Sam has also collaborated with mandolin virtuoso Peter Ostroushko and classical guitarist Joan Griffith. In 2010, he received a grant to study intensively with Belgian guitar icon Fapy Lafertin and has since then received many more regional and federal arts grants to further his musical development and creative projects. In addition to gypsy swing and traditional jazz Sam’s musical interests include Brazilian choro, French musette, Eastern European tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music.
By choice, Sam lives in northern Minnesota, performing at a very high level while maintaining life in a working class, small-town setting. Sam is committed to bringing world-class jazz to a part of the country where live jazz performances are otherwise quite rare. In addition to a busy touring schedule, Sam also hosts a weekly Jazz at the VFW night in his home town of Grand Rapids, MN where audiences can expect to see frequent cameo appearances by well-known musicians from the Twin Cities and beyond. He also organizes the Itasca Orchestra String Program Summer Jazz Camp which teaches young classically-trained musicians how to improvise.
Sam has also been featured on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” and performed for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. He also hosted his own radio program “Sam and Friends” which showcased a year of interviews with renown Minnesota jazz musicians for KAXE radio.
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐓𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐟𝐟:
Tony Balluff has been playing clarinet for most of his life. He learned traditional jazz from members of the Hall Brothers Jazz Band, including Butch Thompson and Charlie DeVore. For two decades he has led Southside Aces, a band performing traditional jazz ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to Louis Armstrong to Duke Ellington to Preservation Hall. Tony is also a composer of jazz, creating all the songs for the ninth and most recent Southside Aces record.