2nd Street Stage kicks off June 15
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association celebrates summer with 2nd Street Stage — free, live street music on Thursday evenings from June 15 through Aug. 17.
2nd Street Stage concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. with regional bands, a beer garden and family activities. The stage is set on 2nd Street, between Main Avenue and Highway 71.
This season, the beer garden opens at 5 p.m. for a social hour with $1 off on beer. Buy a button at the beer garden for a free cup or koozie and extra prize drawing tickets all 10 weeks.
Weekly sponsors are ready to meet and greet while audience members find a spot, listen to the sound check and greet neighbors and friends. Bring your own lawn chair.
This month's lineup involves the following bands:
• June 15 - "Frogleg"
"Frogleg" is a fresh, young band out of Minneapolis. Known for their songwriting and improvisational live performances, this seven-piece band would be best described as a soul band, as their influences are not drawn from one specific genre. A typical "Frogleg" show will feature a blend of funk, reggae, rock, jazz and bluegrass. Band members are Joe Dun, guitar and vocals; Demitri Rallis, guitar and vocals; Elliott Wachs, saxophone; Jimmy Geisinger, bass; Doug Christianson, percussion; and CJ Vanderpoll, drums.
• June 22 - "Circle of Heat"
Based in Minneapolis, "Circle of Heat" returns to 2nd Street Stage. Drawing inspiration from genres such as funk, jazz, classic and '90s rock, their music is ever-expanding into an original sound with a familiar feel. For their album, "Some People Say," "Circle of Heat" continued their focus on musicianship and diversity in songwriting all while allowing room for spontaneity and improvisation.
• June 29 - "The Plott Hounds"
Formed in April 2014 with an angst to revive the sounds and stories of country music with a rock and roll backbone, "The Plott Hounds'" newest release is a live album titled "Blue Collar Hippie Music." "Plott Hounds" aim to put their own spin on classic, southern rock sound, one founded heavily on talented lead players, powerful lyrics and heaps of raw energy. It is music from the heartland of America, part southern, part Midwest.
Bring youngsters on June 29 for a photo with Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron, sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications.
To see the complete summer line up, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.