May 22—If you didn't get tickets to see the Okee Dokee Brothers live outdoor performances that will be part of the Flint Hills Family Festival, you will be able to see one of the shows virtually.
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will livestream the Okee Dokees in a performance from the Concert Hall on June 4. It will also be available to access on demand. Performing with Sonia de los Santos, the show will feature folk music of the Americas and will be bilingual, according to Dayna Martinez, the Ordway's senior programming director.
It's also the Okee Dokees first live shows since the pandemic shutdown, Martinez says. Stilt-walking Chicks on Sticks and a kite display will also be part of the outdoor performances from the Ordway loading dock.
The annual Flint Hills Family Festival, which has drawn thousands of kids to downtown St. Paul for 20 years, was canceled last year due to COVID shutdowns. It's presented by the Ordway and Flint Hills Resources and will be mostly virtual June 1-12.
Virtual festival events include free, pre-recorded performances, activities and workshops available for schools and families at ordway.org/festival. Featured virtual performers will include festival favorites such as Dan and Claudia Zanes and Squonk Opera as well as local artists like Native Pride Dancers, House of Dance and more. The Ordway will also host a virtual ARTwalk where children can submit art online for a chance to have their work featured in the windows of the Ordway.
Virtual workshops for families include "Dancing Familias," a workshop with Ana Maria Alvarez, the artistic director of CONTRA-TIEMPO Dance Company, at 11 a.m. on June 5. "It's free and it's just a lot of fun," Martinez says.
According to an Ordway news release, the Flint Hills Family Festival is one of the largest and longest-standing family festivals in the country and has attracted nearly 1 million visitors since it started in 2001. More than 21,000 students and teachers have attended the festival on field trips.
For more details, go to ordway.org/festival.