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FDLTCC announces lineup for Summer Concert Series

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College announces the lineup of entertainment for the 2008 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series, a series of free concerts scheduled for the college's outdoor-indoor amphitheater. The popular performances are open to ...

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College announces the lineup of entertainment for the 2008 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 for five weeks beginning July 3 and concluding July 31. All concerts will be held rain or shine under the dome of the spectacular amphitheater.

"This summer is our 10th year of offering the concert series," said Tom Urbanski, director of public information at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. "It's been a great campus activity that the community has certainly embraced. The average weekly audience size between 300 and 400 people is a solid indicator that the concert series is a success."

The 2008 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series features a combination of popular performers that are new to the venue, and crowd favorites from past seasons.

The series opening act on July 3 is "Don't Panic," a veteran group that plays everything from the Beatles to country music. On July 10, Claudia Schmidt, a national touring act and featured performer on The Prairie Home Companion Show, will grace the stage. July 17 brings back the audience favorite from two years ago, the "Big Hill Quartet," an act that surprised and held the crowd spellbound with a unique flair and outstanding musicianship. The fourth week, on July 24, showcases traditional Celtic music and the fiery double fiddling of McInnis' Kitchen. The final concert brings back the only group to play all 10 years of the concert series, "Rock-a-Billy Revue" featuring leader Don Buck, who loves to interact with the crowd.

"As always, we try to select quality acts that are good performers and entertainers so that no matter what type of music people prefer, the concerts are enjoyable for everyone," said Urbanski.

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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 concert evening, the Chefs' Marketplace Outdoor Grill Barbecue Wagon will be selling award-winning food specialties.

Scheduled to appear during the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series 2008 are:

Thursday, July 3, Don't Panic! - Start the Fourth of July weekend with a bang! Don't Panic is an outstanding vocal variety band featuring veteran musicians who like to have fun. Literally performing an A-to-Z list of songs, with plenty of familiar tunes to make their music appeal to everyone, they feature a little bit of the Beatles, mixed with a little bit of country, plus a little bit of everything in-between to guarantee a great show.

Thursday, July 10, Claudia Schmidt - A musician who has always hated categories, Schmidt describes herself as a "creative noisemaker." She has delighted many audiences, and you can expect anything at a Schmidt concert - hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire, and the gamut of emotions. Her joy and love of performing are contagious. She can weave the elements of music and stage into a program so unified and full of life that you never know what's going to happen next, but chances are it's going to be wonderful.

Thursday, July 17, Big Hill Quartet - Don't miss this group of outstanding local musicians, they were the fan favorites two summers ago. Mostly on the jazzy side of things, with plenty of familiar tunes to make their music appeal to everyone, this is fabulous musicianship that's fun to hear and see.

Thursday, July 24, McInnis' Kitchen - This group offers a delightful and unique arrangement of vocal and instrumental music that is traditional to Ireland, Scotland, New England, Newfoundland and Cape Breton, plus original music influenced by those Celtic and Northern Maritimes styles. Their tightly performed music has infectious energy that radiates throughout a performance. Listeners will be captivated by the fiery fiddling and other interesting instruments played by the performers.

Thursday, July 31, Rock-a-Billy Revue - This band of veteran musicians is known throughout the area as being the best at providing popular hit music, crazy antics, and crowd-pleasing fun. Rock-a-Billy Revue is the only group to play all 10 years since the college started the summer concert series, always drawing a big crowd.

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 free and begin at 7 p.m. each week on July 14, 21 and 28.

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The Hot Summer Nights Concert Series 2008 is sponsored by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. For more information, call 218-879-0800.

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