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The Downtown Business Association, for the second week in a row, hosted a crowd to hear Good Noise of Bemidji perform Thursday night. People hauled their lawn chairs to Second Street, where they listened to the band play an eclectic mix of blues, rock and oldies. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Second Street Stage crowd grows each week

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The Downtown Business Association, for the second week in a row, hosted a crowd to hear Good Noise of Bemidji perform Thursday night. People hauled their lawn chairs to Second Street, where they listened to the band play an eclectic mix of blues, rock and oldies. The weekly concerts, featuring a different band each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., will continue throughout the summer. Some merchants stayed open late for shoppers to stroll around. A small beer garden quenched the thirst of adults and kids alike, who partook in non-alcoholic beverages. Some listeners even bought movie popcorn to go and munched on it. And a bouncing tent kept kids be-bopping all night. Visitors and locals have expressed amazement at the quality of the music and the turnout. Two years of construction downtown is over, as Park Rapids celebrates its makeover.

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Tree Party will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 5 as part of the Second Street Stage summer music series.

The group tips their hats to the roots of country music, covering the likes of Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Gillian Welch, Webb Pierce and Willie Nelson.

Stemming from their small, humble hometowns (including Park Rapids) and evolving in the hub of Minneapolis, Tree Party makes those old songs feel young again.

Their first original album, self-titled and hot-iron branded, took on Western motifs and Midwest themes, while their following album evolved over a year collaborating with "The 7-Shot Symphony," an epic, live cowboy show.

Tree Party has all the basics for an old-time country band: Rockabilly upright bass, fiddling, four-party harmonies, and of course, a little bit of yodeling.

Band members are Joey Ford, Jenna Wyse, Travis Bolton and Andy Carroll. Tree Party will also play with "Switch" at the rodeo dances July 4 and 6.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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