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Hardwood Groove playsthe opening of 2nd Street Stage Thursday night at Armory Square in downtown Park Rapids. (Nick Longworth / Enterprise)

Rain doesn’t dampen the music at 2nd Street Stage

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By Nick Longworth

Not even the rain can stop the rock.

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On Thursday, June 19 the 2nd Street Stage season premier was set to kick-off with Detroit Lakes natives Hardwood Groove ready to bring their brand of bluegrass, blues, rock, folk and funk music to Park Rapids.

There was only one problem: The rain outside made a show nearly impossible without it being a miserable experience for all involved.

But the show must go on. After all, it was the season opener.

And so the show was moved inside Park Rapids Armory Square, equipped with built-in seating, a beer garden, caricature drawings and Riverside Methodist Church volunteers packing food for Kids Against Hunger.

“We’ve played at Nevis’ Terrapin Station and Muskie Days, but never Park Rapids before. We’re excited to kick it off with all of this beautiful weather,” said founding member Dan Thornby, who plays guitars and sings, before the show.

Both the band and audience members alike were pleased that the event would still go on as planned, despite the rain.

“Everybody is into the music and it’s a really good time. It’s nice to find people who have never heard us before, and see them get into it. It’s all about having fun and connecting with people,” Thornby said.

“We’re here to see the show. A little bummed it’s not outside. It’s more fun outside. This is our second full summer, we came all last summer. We like meeting people and watching the music,” said Janie Lee. She and her husband David moved to Park Rapids from Minot nearly two years ago and see the event as a great community gathering.

“It’s one of the best things to do on a Thursday night,” David said.

Around 100 people were in attendance by halfway through Hardwood Groove’s set.

Some were sitting down, some were standing, but nearly all were bobbing their heads along to the melodies.

“We’re just trying to get the community engaged and let everyone have fun. I just hope to see everyone having a good time. Hopefully they’ll get into it, get involved and come back next week,” said David Moody, emcee for the evening.

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Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
(218) 732-3364
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