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Music & food: Tuesdays will be better than ever at City Park

A Detroit Lakes summer tradition for the past several years, the Tuesdays in the Park concert series resumes this week (June 2) with a 7 p.m. performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band.

There are many familiar faces, and a few new ones, on the concert schedule this summer.

"We had more acts (sign up) than we could schedule this year," said Vicky Williams, event coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, who also organizes the summer concert series.

Besides the Lakes Area Band -- which will also close the season with a second performance on Aug. 25 -- community bands from Park Rapids (June 9) and Ulen (Aug. 11) are scheduled to appear as well.

As has been the tradition since the series first began several years ago, Doc & the Scrubs will perform once a month throughout the summer, on June 23, July 7 and Aug. 18.

Also making return appearances on the schedule this year will be Vincent & the Van Goes, June 16; Mark Fogelson, June 30; and the Purple Pan Steel Drum Band on Aug. 4.

Williams said Fogelson, who hails from Arizona, is "a great acoustic guitarist and a wonderful storyteller" who proved to be a popular addition last year, while Vincent & the Van Goes and the Purple Pan Steel Drum Band are local favorites.

Two more local favorites are new to the lineup this year: acoustic musician Tim Eggebraaten on July 21 and classic rock band Crashing Down on July 28.

Williams is also excited about a new "Picnic in the Park" partnership this year with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Starting on Tuesday, June 9, Habitat members will be grilling and serving up hot dogs, brats and burgers for sale in the park shelter prior to each concert, starting at 6 p.m. Proceeds will go toward local Habitat projects.

"It's going to be a fun series," Williams said.

And for those who want to stay late following the concerts on June 16 and 23, there will be an opportunity to see a special preview of the Holmes Theatre's upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of "Taming of the Shrew."

The actors will be rehearsing at the bandshell for the two weeks prior to the first performance, which is set for Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Additional Shakespeare in the Park performances will take place at the bandshell on Saturday, June 26, Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.; there will also be two Sunday matinees on June 28 and July 5 at 2 p.m. As with the Tuesdays in the Park concerts, all performances of "Taming of the Shrew" are free and open to the public.

Tuesdays in the Park lineup

• June 2: Lakes Area Community Concert Band.

• June 9: Park Rapids Area Community Band.

• June 16: Vincent & the Van Goes

• June 23: Doc & the Scrubs.

• June 30: Mark Fogelson.

• July 7: Doc & the Scrubs.

• July 21: Tim Eggebraaten.

• July 28: Crashing Down.

• Aug. 4: Purple Pan Steel Drum Band.

• Aug. 11: Ulen Community Band.

• Aug. 18: Doc & the Scrubs.

• Aug. 25: Lakes Area Community Concert Band.

There is no concert scheduled on July 14, due to the fact that the park will be hosting activities for the Northwest Water Carnival throughout that week.

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the City Park Bandshell, and are free and open to the public. In case of rain, the alternate location for the concerts will be the DL Pavilion or the Historic Holmes Theatre, whichever is available. Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) for more information.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 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