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.
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.
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
June 16: Trucks & Tunes, The Fourfeathers
June 23: Live at the Lodge, The Deb Jenkins Band
June 30: Trucks & Tunes, Chris Koza
July 7: Live at the Lodge, The Excelsior Trio
July 14: Trucks & Tunes, The Cropdusters Country & Bluegrass Blowout
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.)
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 .