Cloud Cult to Perform at Gustavus on June 27

Hosted by the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics, the concert will take place in the Linnaeus Arboretum at 7 p.m.
Posted on June 12th, 2019 by

The genre-defying band Cloud Cult will perform in Gustavus Adolphus College’s Linnaeus Arboretum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 as part of the College’s Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics. General admission tickets for the outdoor concert are on sale now for $35 at

Described by The New York Times as “a sprawling kaleidoscopic invocation of the life force with songs that veer from jubilation to simmering prayerful meditation,” Cloud Cult was founded in 1995 in Duluth, Minnesota and has been recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the top ten greenest bands. For Gustavus Chaplain Rev. Maggie Falenschek, the group was a natural fit for this year’s Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics, which is exploring climate change and sustainability.

“The original idea to invite Cloud Cult came because they live out their values when it comes to the environment,” Falenschek said. Cloud Cult founder Craig Minowa created his own production company, Earthology Records, which has a recording studio on an organic farm that is powered by geothermal energy. The band travels in a biodiesel van and is committed to using sustainable and responsibly sourced materials for their album covers and liner notes.

“We’re excited to host Cloud Cult to celebrate the importance of sustainability for all of us and highlight the good work of the young people in the Gustavus Academy who are working to address big issues at the intersection of faith and science,” Falenschek said, adding that the band would be meeting with academy fellows leading up to the concert.

The concert will take place on the lawn of the Linnaeus Arboretum on the south end of the Gustavus campus. Attendees are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the concert and food trucks will offer concessions beginning at 5 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will take place across the street in the College’s Björling Recital Hall. More details are available online.

The Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics is a two-week residential program to prepare high school students to be leaders in their communities while building creative alliances between religion and science to ethically address contemporary challenges. This year’s Academy focuses on modeling a just response to climate change and will bring together scientists, theologians, activists, and artists to explore the topic with selected fellows. The Academy is made possible through a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.


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