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Kraa: Swedish punk rockers

Submitted photo Six-woman Swedish punk rock band, Kraa, is coming to New York Mills.

Swedish punk rock in Minnesota? You betcha!

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

Kraa members want their music massive and energetic and their audience euphoric.

The band started nearly eight years ago in a little northern city of Sweden called Härnösand. Since then, its music has traveled through a landscape of progressive rock and folk music, finding inspiration in disco, punk and pop music along the way.

During the summer of 2010, Kraa began 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 is now making the same journey to Minnesota that so many Swedes did a century ago.

The band is on tour in Minnesota from mid-October to mid-November.

According to a press release from the band, "In the meeting of American culture and Scandinavian roots, we want to explore how environment and culture shape identity and music. We are also interested in preconceptions that we may meet about the Swedish identity... Our goal is to create a meeting between contemporary Scandinavian musical culture and audiences in the United States."

Nordic Arts Alliance began in 2009 with a mission to educate and connect people through tribal and contemporary Nordic Arts.

Visit for additional information about the show at the cultural center, and call 385-3339 for tickets.

This activity is made possible through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation.