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A little Diamond, a little Cash, and a whole lotta fun

Local musician Mike Hokanson will be bringing along his band to perform with Steve Kelly at Friday afternoon's free concert in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Though he won't be bringing along his Neil Diamond tribute band, Cherry Cherry, this time, Steve Kelly plans to perform some of Diamond's biggest hits during his Friday concert at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell. The 4 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

If you're looking for some good music to get you pumped up for the weekend, then come to the Detroit Lakes City Park a little early on Friday and enjoy a free concert featuring nationally touring entertainer Steve Kelly and local musician Mike Hokanson.

"We'll be performing at the bandshell at 4 p.m.," says Kelly, noting that he last played Detroit Lakes in 2011, as part of the Northwest Water Carnival.

"I brought my whole band out with me for that one," added Kelly, whose regular gig is being the frontman for the Neil Diamond tribute band, Cherry Cherry. "This time I'll be utilizing some great local entertainers, Mike Hokanson and his band.

"He's an amazing guitar player," said Kelly of Hokanson. "We will do a real variety of music, including the hits of Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, the Eagles, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver and some other fun songs the audience will be able to dance and sing along with."

Though Kelly will be coming from his home in Atlanta, Georgia, for Thursday's concert, he is not charging admission.

"It's my way of doing community service," he said, adding that he likes to visit Detroit Lakes at least two or three times a year.

"My grandmother Caroline, my grandpa, Louise Brunette, and my aunt Doris all lived in Detroit Lakes, and my mom Clare and brother David still do," he explained.

While he's here, Kelly also hopes to get in some fishing. "The fishing is real good in Georgia.... but I gotta get out on Detroit Lake and get a walleye," he said, adding, "It's going to be real fun to come back and play in Detroit Lakes again."

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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