The Faribault Parks and Recreation Department announced publicly this month its concert in the Park lineup set to kick off on June 10.
The series – a summer staple in the community – continues to benefit the Faribault area by not only building on its reputation as an inviting, art-friendly town, but even more so by enlarging and enhancing leisure options, while also creating additional opportunities to socialize.
During a year in which many events were cancelled, the Parks and Recreation was grateful to offer its series in 2020 due to the outdoor nature of the series, and hopes now in 2021 that it can continue to grow its following it its 134th year.
While the music has - and always will be - the focal point, we’ve also come to learn Faribault boasts impressive crowds that the musicians thoroughly enjoy performing for.
“These musicians and bands take pride in playing for Faribault because of how interactive and enjoyable the crowds are,” said Communications Coordinator Brad Phenow, who organizes the series. “This series has become synonymous with summer in Faribault – and for good reason. ”
Again this year, the series will close with its final performance at the River Bend Nature Center to help the nonprofit raise awareness about this wonderful asset in the community. Parks and Recreation will also be offering three visual art classes with local artist Kate Langlais on June 10, June 24 and July 29. These classes are free of charge, but pre-registration is required at the Parks and Recreation website.
Additionally this year, the Parks and Recreation Department will be soliciting donations leading up to the series due to tighter restrictions surrounding grant dollars. The typical grant the City applies for is only available to arts organizations in 2021, therefore resulting in a substantial decrease in dollars available for the series. If you wish to donate toward a specific band or date, please reach out at 507-334-2064.
2021 Concerts in the Park Series
All concerts held at the historic Central Park bandshell at 7 p.m. unless noted otherwise.
June 10 - Back Up & Push
Inspired by the music of first-generation bluegrass visionaries, Back Up and Push brings to the stage an infectious enthusiasm for a straight-forward and unvarnished traditional bluegrass sound. Formed in Minneapolis out of an overlapping love of Kenny Baker fiddle tunes, Jim and Jesse vocal harmonies, Stanley and Scruggs banjo licks, and a healthy skepticism of guitar breaks, you can be guaranteed a strong dose of high lonesome, blended with skillfully written originals.
June 17 - Gold Star Band
The Gold Star Band is a group of six Mankato-area musicians who love playing classic and current country music. With nearly 200 years of band experience, the band consists of Brenda Kopischke and Lynda Kiesler on vocals, Howard Mock, Gary Pfeiffer and Frank Howard on guitar, and Brian Jentges on drums. Howard and Brian are members of the MN Music Hall of Fame.
June 24 - Little Chicago
Little Chicago is a cover band for hits of the 1960s and 1970s, based in New Prague, with a focus on pop/rock music, with a smattering of country. The band has informally been together for over 15 years, but only in the past couple years has begun to play more regularly around the Twin Cities area.
July 1 - Tony Rook Band
Tony Rook Band features Terry Johnson, Graham Sones, Tom Schaefer, Derek Birkeland and its namesake, Tony Rook. The quintet has achieved massive success across the Midwest, as well as success in key markets across the nation. Original music is their focus, with over nine original hits in their recently released album, Reflections. Their sound highlights tight trio vocals and complex harmonies; on stage, this band gives a high-energy performance that brings a universal appeal to the world of bluegrass.
July 8 - Roe Family Singers
Bonfire Music Group recording artists the Roe Family Singers are a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the tiny community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife & husband Kim and Quillan Roe, the band marries old-time sounds from barn-dances, fiddle pulls, and county fairs with the rock & roll passion of youth. The Roe Family Singers mix original music and contemporary takes on old-time, traditional, and gospel tunes into one roiling & rollicking river of fresh yet familiar American music. Every performance raises a ruckus.
July 15 - Everett Smithson
The Everett Smithson Band brings you music from up and down the big river with the Music of the Mississippi show. Zydeco (swamp rock), blues, rackability and roots music is the focus of this band, which has a soulful creole flavor that will bring a party atmosphere to any show they play.
July 22 - Eclipse
Eclipse is a versatile and unique duo consisting of Martha Brown on keyboards and vocals and Kathy Wickwire on drums and vocals. Throughout their 25-year history they have performed on cruise ships and at outdoor festivals, country clubs and private parties. This talented and entertaining duo has a crowd-pleasing repertoire that will take you on a nostalgic musical journey.
July 29 - Dee Miller Band
Dee Miller is a longtime Minnesota musician who has shared the stage with Koko Taylor, Janiva Magness, Bobby Messina as well as local favorites Lamont Cranston, Annie Mack, Renee Austin and so many more incredible musicians. From her early days as a child listening to her mother singing the blues around the house in Maplewood, MN, Dee has been a singer.
Aug. 5 - Bend in the River Big Band
Bend in the River is currently one of the Twin Cities top jazz big bands. The band originated in St. Peter, when the majority of the players were college classmates under Dr. Mark Lammers. We began booking the ensemble when they first started playing, and they often return because of the loyal crowd they’ve developed and they play here for a greatly reduced fee.
Aug. 12 - KidsDance
Kidsdance DJs are spinning the hottest new music, the coolest classics, & non-stop contests - activities for today’s absolute best parties. Kidsdance DJs are Americas source for family fun! Kidsdance has a format that can target all ages - toddler, teen & everyone in between.
Aug. 19 - Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing
***Held at River Bend Nature Center***
Jivin' Ivan and The Kings of Swing have been making music together for over a decade. The 6 person band includes Renaissance Man -Ivan Whillock, Hall of Fame and Violinist Extraordinaire -Michael Hildebrandt, Piano Man -Doug Madow, Bassist -Paul Ousley, Drummer -Mark Whillock and Vocalist -Dallas Musselman. Music from the Golden Era performed with flair and expertise. Listen, or dance to a swing combo that lights up the stage and gets your feet moving.