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Bluegrass band performing Aug. 20

The WoodPicks will play at 2nd Street Stage Aug. 20. Band members are Greg Dally, mandolin; Dustin Keller on bass fiddle; Gene Lunsetter, guitar; Milo Ballingrud, banjo; and J.D. Kezar, fiddle, harmonica, jaw harp and guitar. All five contribute vocally.

“The WoodPicks” from Thief River Falls will entertain with traditional bluegrass and Americana at 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 on 2nd Street in downtown Park Rapids. The unique talents of the five members of northern Minnesota’s “The WoodPicks” have helped them forge a special blend of instrumental dexterity and vocal presence. Their show incorporates strong harmonies and musical styles that feature their own arrangements of original music and old favorites. The group came together in 2005 when the band started playing northern Minnesota venues. Their acoustic mix includes gospel, bluegrass, country and Americana.

One of their original arrangements, “Barn Again!,” was included in a collection of rural Americana for the Smithsonian Institute. In 2012, “The WoodPicks” were featured on the PBS television show “Prairie Musicians.” Celebrate summer with free music, a beer garden and family activities at 2nd Street Stage. Bring your own chairs. 2nd Street Stage will continue Thursday, Aug. 27 featuring “Urho, “rescheduled from  Aug. 6 due to weather.