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Free summer concert series starts July 10

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) announces the lineup of entertainment for the 2014 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series, a series of free concerts scheduled for the college’s outdoor-indoor amphitheater.

The popular performances are open to the public and will be held from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday evening July 10-31. All concerts will be held rain or shine under the dome of the spectacular amphitheater.

“This is our 16th summer that we will have presented free concerts at the college,” said Tom Urbanski, director of public information at FDLTCC. “The series has been very popular among families and individuals, many who keep coming back every summer to hear great music in a wonderful setting. It’s tough to find something more fun than free music with friends and family on a nice summer evening.”

The 2014 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series features two new acts to the concert series and two crowd favorites from past seasons. In addition to the Thursday evening concerts, the college will host three Monday evening concerts by the Cloquet Community Band. These hour-long concerts are also free and begin at 7 p.m. each week on July 14, 21 and 28.

Each entertaining evening of music is designed for family fun and for people of all ages. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets or seat cushions to sit on. Beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. each Thursday concert evening, Chefs’ Marketplace Outdoor Grill Barbeque Wagon will sell award-winning food specialties.

“We have already received phone calls and emails asking about our summer concert series, and the callers tell us that they look forward to the concerts each summer,” added Urbanski. “The word is out that we provide high-quality, professional performers each week.”

For more information, call 218-879-0800.


Hot Summer Nights Concert Series 2014

Thursday, July 10: Geoff Elvee

Hardships, heartaches, and heroes have always been key subjects in country music, but in the hands of rising country musician Geoff Elvee, these topics are eloquently transformed into first-rate songs. Originally from St. Peter, Minn., he spent his early career traveling the western states playing with pick-up bands, performing solo shows and working construction sites along the way. Elvee has spent recent years performing regionally and occasionally makes trips back to Nashville to expand his fan base.

Thursday, July 17: Sarah Morris with Eric Blomquist

Sarah Morris captivates audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. Her lyrics have the unflinching honesty and poetic tenderness suggestive of Patty Griffin, sung with a strength and softness reminiscent of Norah Jones. Having spent several years honing her skills in Nashville, Sarah is now a regular in the Twin Cities music scene. Her country sensibility is enriched with her classical music roots producing a unique sound that, as she calls it, “is a little twang and a lot of heart.” Sarah’s special guest is accomplished guitarist and music producer Eric Blomquist.

Thursday, July 24: Three to Get Ready

Don't miss this group of outstanding local musicians who have been absent from the concert series since 2006! They dazzled the audience then and are sure to do it again this year. This popular local group performs familiar favorites with lots of jazzy stuff and plenty of popular standards to appeal to everyone. Fabulous musicianship that's fun to hear and see.

Thursday, July 31: Rock-a-Billy Revue

The best at providing popular hit music and crowd-pleasing fun! With frontman Don Buck leading the way, you’ve got to come see the show. This is their 16th summer concert performance at the college, and the group loves to perform here.

Mondays, July 14, July 21, July 28: Cloquet Community Band

Cloquet-area neighbors and friends play classic Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes, and familiar concert band music. They perform a different song list every week.