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Bigtree Bonsai will play vintage rock music at 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. (Submitted photo)

Bigtree Bonsai are 2nd Street Stage finale performers

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Bigtree Bonsai will close the summer’s 2nd Street Stage season - rain or shine - Thursday, Aug. 21, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Smokey Hills Outdoor Store.

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When Bigtree Bonsai regrouped in 2010, the band wasted no time carving a niche in the upper-Midwest music scene. Rather than settle into one particular genre, they created their own, blending the sounds of Americana, alt-country and vintage rock into something evocatively familiar, yet completely new. Bigtree’s unique brand of “whiskey rock” features driving rhythms, powerful harmonies and deeply rooted lyrical themes.

The band has grown - both as musicians and as people - over many late nights, early mornings, long drives and great stories. Their shared experiences and revelations are woven into the songs that became their first full-length album, “Awoken.” A welcome change from bands unable to recreate their studio sound on the live stage, Bigtree Bonsai doesn’t disappoint. Bigtree brings a level of musicianship to the stage that combines the studio magic captured on “Awoken” with the pure joy of performance and a rowdy good time.

2nd Street Stage offers free live bands, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71 (at Armory Square if it rains). Please bring your own chair.

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