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Hardwood Groove to open the summer season at 2nd Street Stage Thursday

The popular Detroit Lakes-based band Hardwood Groove will kick off Park Rapids’ weekly summer concert series at the 2nd Street Stage, this Thursday, June 19 at 6 p.m. Band members are Dan Thornby, Jake Seelye, Keith Thornby, Dustin Ellingson and Ryan Stetson. SUBMITTED PHOTO

One of the area’s up-and-coming bands, Hardwood Groove, will open Park Rapids’ 2nd Street Stage summer season on Thursday, June 19.

Hardwood Groove is rooted in Detroit Lakes. They are a group of musicians who draw inspiration from many varieties of music.

On stage, bluegrass, blues, folk, rock and funk all meet in one electrified show.

Roots inspired songs are tied together with vocal harmonies and spiced up with a collaborative improvisational aspect.

Founding members, Dan Thornby and Jake Seelye, started out as a mandolin, guitar and drum folk trio in the fall of 2009. 

The band has since grown to add Keith Thornby on saxophone, Dustin Ellingson (of Insideout Strings and the Carluster Krumplebee Orchestra) on bass, and Ryan Stetson (Go Murphy) on drums.

Sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, 2nd Street Stage continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 21 with free live bands, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71.

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