Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club – SILVER BAY MUSIC IN THE PARK SERIES

August 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | City Center Park, Silver Bay, MN


[Reunion Hall back up site if bad weather]

“A story of achievement under unlikely circumstances from the woods of Minnesota.”
– Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition

Rocky Wall Productions invites you to join Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club for an evening of world class jazz at City Center Park in downtown Silver Bay.
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.
Thanks to Lovin’ Lake County and Best of the North Shore for financial and in-kind support. Thanks also to the City of Silver Bay, Lemondrop, Northstar Sound for their generous in-kind donations.