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Enjoy the last songs of summer

The Northeast Timberland Band plays during a Hot Summer Nights concert on a hot and humid Thursday evening at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Hot Summer Nights are coming to an end as the annual concert series winds down with one last performer this week.

This year marks 19 years that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has been hosting the popular series.

"I have gone to all of them this summer," said Betsy Anderson, who said she enjoyed the variety.

While Northeast Timberland Band played mostly mellow music from the '70s, Rock-a-Billy Revue had people of all ages up and dancing to lively music the week before.

The weather held up to the concert series name last week. Thursday was indeed a hot and humid summer night and many members of the audience fanned themselves. A few lay on a blanket on the grass looking very relaxed. Many people tapped a foot in time to the music and a few sang along. The door was opened to the amphitheater, allowing concert goers to sit inside as well as outside.

Come enjoy the final hot summer night with Jillian Rae — a multi-talented violinist, vocalist and songwriter — as she wraps up the 2017 series from 7-9 p.m. tonight (Thursday, July 27).

Rae grew up on the Iron Range, an environment as open to country, folk (and yes, polka) as it is to pop, rock and the blues. Rae was hooked early when she began violin lessons at age 7. She began to sing, dance and perform and has been working hard at perfecting her art ever since.

The free concert will be held rain or shine under the dome of the college's amphitheater. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, or seat cushions.