Though pandemic safety restrictions have kept the main stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre shuttered since early March, the staff of the local entertainment venue has found a way to launch its 2020 fall season — by hosting an outdoor concert.
The Holmes Theatre will host a Concert in the Park beneath the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The featured band will be a Fargo-Moorhead favorite: Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome.
This 12-piece classic rock band includes a full horn section, says Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns, and they play a wide variety of tunes, from the 1960s era up to the present.
"They'll be playing a lot of super-fun music to help say goodbye to summer and welcome fall," she added.
Though Stearns says the event was inspired by the success of the theater's annual Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series, what will differentiate this concert from the weekly live music series is that they are charging admission.
Tickets will be $50 for reserved seating and $25 for general admission.
"We will have areas of the park roped off (for seating)," Stearns explained. Ticket holders will also be escorted to their seating area by theater staff.
The event will be held "rain or shine," she added, though they are hoping for optimal fall weather to maximize attendees' enjoyment.
Nevertheless, said HHT marketing coordinator Rachel Hofstrand, it's important to "dress appropriately for the weather — bundle up, and bring an extra sweatshirt or blanket if you like."
As an incentive for purchasing reserved seating, Stearns said, each reserved ticket holder will receive a complimentary, customized plaid camp chair — branded with the Holmes Theatre logo — that will be theirs to keep.
They will also receive seating priority. General admission ticket holders will have to bring their own chairs or blankets, she added.
Social distancing protocols (a minimum of 6 feet between groups) will also be observed with regard to where concertgoers are seated around the bandshell; because of this, ticket sales are limited to a maximum of 200 seats for reserved and 50 for general admission. Proceeds will go to help pay the musicians and support staff providing the sound and lights, and to support the theater as well.
If you go
What: Concert in the Park featuring Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
Where: Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, 1361 Washington Ave.
Ticket Info: $50 reserved seating (includes customized camp chair), $25 general admission (bring your own chair). Call 218-844-7469 or visit dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html.