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Detroit Lakes' Trucks & Tunes, Live at the Lodge set for alternating Thursdays starting June 16

Detroit Lakes' Live at the Lodge Thursday concert series was severely curtailed by the COVID pandemic, with just two concerts held last summer, and none the summer before that. Now, they're back — and partnering with the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary's Trucks & Tunes to present live music on alternating Thursdays this summer, June 16 through Sept. 1.

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Matt Aakre was the featured performer at a special Trucks and Tunes event held July 29, 2021 in conjunction with Detroit Lakes' 150th Birthday Bash at the City Park Bandshell. Aakre is scheduled to perform again as part of the Trucks and Tunes night concert series on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 5 p.m.
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DETROIT LAKES — Live summer music has been a staple at the Detroit Lakes City Park every Tuesday night since the early 2000s, and now, Thursday nights at the park will be filled with the sound of music as well.

The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club's Trucks & Tunes concerts are set for every other week from June 16 through Sept. 1 — except Aug. 4, which is the opening night of WE Fest, and Aug. 25, when a concert is scheduled at the Historic Holmes Theatre.

After a couple of years of struggling with pandemic concerns, the Lodge on Lake Detroit is also bringing back a full schedule of Live at the Lodge concerts this summer — though instead of holding concerts every week, they will also be hosting live music every other Thursday, with the alternating dates set for Trucks & Tunes.

"Partnering is the new normal," said Scott Mehlhaff, co-owner of the Lodge on Lake Detroit, explaining that rather than competing for the same Thursday night crowds, the Lodge and Noon Rotarians decided working together would be a better option.

"Things always go better when you work together," added Amy Stoller Stearns, who aside from being a Noon Rotarian, is also the director of the Historic Holmes Theatre, a Trucks & Tunes co-sponsor since the event first began in 2019.

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Though the Live at the Lodge series has been around a lot longer, since 2006, Mehlhaff said it hasn't always been on Thursday nights, as they experimented with different daysand performance times.

Last summer, scheduling difficulties — in large part due to COVID concerns that continued to be an issue through much of the first half of the year — led to the Lodge only hosting two nights of live music. This year, however, that schedule has been expanded to four nights, while Trucks & Tunes is scheduled for five nights, starting next Thursday, June 16 with a performance by The Forefeathers.

The Live at the Lodge schedule starts June 23 with a rare local performance by the Deb Jenkins Band.

All of the concerts will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., and all of them will include a variety of food and beverages, with the latter including "both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options," Mehlhaff said.

As the name suggests, Trucks & Tunes will include a selection of local food trucks, set up in the park across from the bandshell where the concerts will take place. The Live at the Lodge concerts in the hotel's Fireside Lobby, meanwhile, will also have a variety of food and beverage choices available for purchase from Lola D's, its in-house bar and restaurant.

There are some differences aside from the fact that one event takes place outdoors, and the other inside: The Lodge's concerts include artists focused on "jazzy and classical" music, Mehlhaff noted, while Stearns said the Trucks & Tunes artists are mainly of the "indie rock" genre.

Thursday music schedule

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The Forefeathers will open this year's Trucks & Tunes summer concert series at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. There will also be a variety of food trucks set up in the park across from the bandshell.
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June 16: Trucks & Tunes, The Fourfeathers

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The Deb Jenkins Band kicks off this summer's Live at the Lodge concert series at the Lodge on Lake Detroit, Thursday, June 23 at 5 p.m. The concert will be held at the hotel's Fireside Lobby, with food and beverages provided by its in-house bar and restaurant, Lola D's.
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June 23: Live at the Lodge, The Deb Jenkins Band

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Chris Koza performs as part of the Trucks & Tunes summer concert series at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m.
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June 30: Trucks & Tunes, Chris Koza

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The Excelsior Trio performs as part of the Live at the Lodge summer concert series at the Lodge on Lake Detroit, Thursday, July 7 at 5 p.m.
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July 7: Live at the Lodge, The Excelsior Trio

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The Cropdusters Contry and Bluegrass Blowout will perform at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell on Thursday, July 14 at 5 p.m., as part of the Trucks & Tunes summer concert series.
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July 14: Trucks & Tunes, The Cropdusters Country & Bluegrass Blowout

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The jazz duo of David Ferreira, left, and Russ Peterson will perform at the Lodge on Lake Detriot on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m., as part of the Live at the Lodge summer concert series.
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July 21: Live at the Lodge, David Ferreira & Russ Peterson (jazz duo)

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Matt Aakre will perform at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell on Thursday, July 28 at 5 p.m., as part of the Trucks & Tunes summer concert series. Aakre also participated in Trucks & Tunes last summer.
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July 28: Trucks & Tunes, Matt Aakre
Aug. 4: WE Fest Opening Night, Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes
Aug. 11: Live at the Lodge, Ferreira & Peterson (second performance)

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The JT Kennely Band will perform at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, as part of the Trucks & Tunes summer concert series.
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Aug. 18: Trucks & Tunes, JT Kennelly Band
Aug. 25: Remembering Bobby Vee, Historic Holmes Theatre , Detroit Lakes, 7:30 p.m.

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The final Trucks & Tunes concert of 2022 will be a 5 p.m. performance by Whiskey Business on Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell.
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Sept. 1: Trucks & Tunes, Whiskey Business

All Trucks & Tunes performances will take place at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, while all Live at the Lodge concerts will take place in the Lodge on Lake Detroit's Fireside Lobby. The music, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., is free at both venues, which will each have a variety of food and beverage options available for purchase. (Both WE Fest on Aug. 4 and the Holmes Theatre concert on Aug. 25 are ticketed events.)

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For more information about Trucks & Tunes, visit the Historic Holmes Theatre's website, dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html . For more information about Live at the Lodge, visit the Lodge on Lake Detroit's website, thelodgeonlakedetroit.com .

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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