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Blues, Beer & BBQ returns to Detroit Mountain June 29: Adam Thielen among those to be on hand for Kiwanis fundraiser

The inaugural "Blues, Beer & BBQ" fundraiser for the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club, held last year at Detroit Mountain, was an outstanding success. This year's event is set for Friday, June 29 starting at 5 p.m. (Submitted photo)1 / 5
Reverend Raven & the Chain-Smokin' Altar Boys will be performing at the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis' fundraiser, "Blues, Beer & BBQ," set for Friday, June 29 at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. Tickets are on sale now. (Submitted photo)2 / 5
Detroit Lakes native – and 2018 NFL Pro Bowler — Adam Thielen will be stopping by the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club's "Blues, Beer & BBQ" fundraiser on Friday, June 29 for a 7 p.m. question and answer session with fans. (Photo by Brian Basham)3 / 5
The Lamont Cranston Band, Minnesota blues legends, will once again rock Detroit Mountain as headliners for the second annual "Blues, Beer & BBQ." The concert fundraiser for the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club is set to take place on Friday, June 29. (Submitted photo)4 / 5
Former 32 Below frontman Matt Aakre will be bringing his blues trio to open the evening's entertainment at the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club's "Blues, Beer & BBQ," set for Friday, June 29 at the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. (Submitted photo)5 / 5

Last summer's inaugural "Blues, Beer & BBQ" fundraiser for the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club was such a success, they decided to bring it back for an encore.

The Kiwanis' second annual event is set to take place on Friday, June 29 at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, with Minnesota blues legends the Lamont Cranston Band returning as headliners.

"They've been really good for us," says organizer David Larson. "People love them."

Before Lamont Cranston takes the stage at 10 p.m., however, there is plenty of other entertainment planned, he added.

"Our DL Kiwanis members will be serving up some delicious pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, beans, coleslaw and potato chips, from 5 until 8 p.m. — or while supplies last," he added. "We'll also have plenty of craft beer, provided for us by Finnegan's of Duluth, who are well known for supporting charity events like this."

A variety of other beverages will be available for purchase as well, Larson said. Detroit Mountain itself will also be open until 8 p.m., offering scenic lift rides and plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking its trails. (Visit www.detroitmountain.com for details.)

"We'll also have a couple of food trucks out there," said Larson, noting that they would be serving up barbecue sandwiches and other "fair food" favorites until dark. "The DL Ice Cream Truck will be there as well."

And that's not all. Former 32 Below frontman Matt Aakre will be bringing his blues trio with him to perform, starting at 5 p.m., and Detroit Lakes native and 2018 NFL Pro Bowler Adam Thielen will be stopping by for a Q & A with fans, taking the stage at 7 p.m.

"He'll be talking about his new foundation, which raises funds to help troubled youth in the Twin Cities area," said Larson. (More information is available at www.thielenfoundation.org.)

Another traditional blues band, Reverend Raven & the Chain-Smokin' Altar Boys, will follow Thielen at 8 p.m.

"They play real Chicago blues," Larson said, adding, "Blues is the roots of rock and roll. It's truly American music."

Tickets for the event are $20 each, and may be purchased in advance at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce (814 Summit Ave.), online at www.eventbrite.com, or from any Kiwanis member. They will also be available at the gate, Larson said.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will primarily go toward supporting the Kiwanis' new Technical Scholarship Fund, which offers scholarships to recent graduates from area high schools who are looking to pursue technical careers at M State in Detroit Lakes.

"Through proceeds from last year's event, we were able to provide three initial $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-19 school year," Larson said, adding that the first recipients of the scholarships were Mary Jo Schaumburg (nursing), Taylor Delair (radiologic technology) and Megan Vogt (radiologic technology).

"This year, up to $15,000 of what we raise will go toward scholarships, with the rest to be used for the other local charities we support," Larson said.

Some of those other charities include Becker County 4-H, Detroit Lakes Special Olympics, the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, Let's Go Fishing, the United Way, Becker County Museum and more. For more information, please visit www.kiwanis.org.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

(218) 844-1454
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