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Swedish punk rock band to perform in NYM Friday

Kraa Band -- a six-person punk rock ensemble from Sweden -- performs this Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. inside the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Submitted Photo

Kraa, a punk rock band from Sweden, will perform in New York Mills at the Cultural Center on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The band is on tour in Minnesota from mid October to mid November. Tickets are $12 advance sale and $15 the night of the concert. Student admission is $5. 

The Kraa Band started nearly eight years ago in a little northern city of Sweden called Härnösand. Since then the six-member group have driven through a landscape of progressive rock and folk music and on their way got inspired with disco, punk, and pop music. They gradually morphed into becoming entirely independent of any genre.

Kraa together creates an odd framework of music; Nordic pansar-violins in disco glitter or synths the color of dirty snowdrifts in Sunset Beach. Kraa creates their own culture as they go. Kraa wants their music massive and energetic and their audience euphoric.

During the summer of 2010 Kraa began a collaboration with Nordic Arts Alliance in Minnesota, an organization that works to spread Nordic music in the United States. After two years of cooperation Kraa will make the same journey that so many Swedes did a century ago, the trip to Minnesota.

During a three-week tour gigs are scheduled at everything from roller derby matches to local pubs and mental hospitals.

Nordic Arts Alliance began in 2009 with its mission is to educate and connect people through tribal and contemporary Nordic Arts. The group has brought four bands, including the Krauka Viking Band and one performance artist, to the U.S. from Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Canada, and has presented the Ordinary Vikings exhibit in the U.S., which supports the work of Swedish American artist Jill Johnson from Minnesota.

The Alliance works to connect all audiences, especially the 18-34 year old audience to new forms of Nordic expression and to support US artists working in new cultural art forms.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

The Cultural Center is located at 24 Main Avenue North in New York Mills. For more information about upcoming exhibits and performances, please call 218-385-3339 or visit