Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s annual free summer concert series begins Thursday, June 7.
The popular local group, the Rockin’ Hollywoods, which has frequently performed at the outdoor concerts, will kick off the 2012 season at 7 p.m. in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.
Formed in 1973, the band plays 1950s and 1960s rock music, utilizing costuming from that era with very physical choreography and staging.
The Rockin’ Hollywoods was voted Best Performing Artist for 1987 in the Minnesota Music Awards, while The Minnesota Ballroom Operators Association voted the Rockin’ Hollywoods Band of the Year for 1986 and 1989.
The Rockin’ Hollywoods has worked with the Beach Boys as well as Rick Nelson, Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Gary Puckett, Four Tops, Neil Sedaka and many others.
This year’s arts commission concert series has a sponsor.
Ray McManus, owner of the Shortstop Bar & Grill on Northdale Boulevard, has donated $7,500 to sponsor eight of the nine concerts this year.
The Minnesota Sinfonia concert July 12 will be sponsored by the Pentair Foundation.
All the concerts, except one, will take place in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m..
The exception is the Thursday, June 21 concert featuring country performer and Coon Rapids resident Rockie Lynne which will be at 7 p.m. in Sand Creek Park.
The rest of the 2012 schedule is:
• June 14 – Dan Perry and Ice Cream, variety.
• June 21 – Rockie Lynne, country, at Sand Creek Park.
• June 28 – The Elvis Experience, a tribute to Elvis.
• July 12 – Minnesota Sinfonia, family pops concert.
• July 19 – Bill Koncar, accordion variety.
• July 26 – Island Time Band, island party/dance.
• Aug. 2 – Betty Rydell and Randi Rae, country/gospel.
• Aug. 9 – The Hillbilly Mafia, top 40 country.
According to Kris Linquist, deputy city clerk and staff liaison to the arts commission, Anoka County has once again agreed to waive the regional park parking fee for the concerts.
During the concerts, Boy Scout Troop 524, Church of the Epiphany, will sell popcorn, candy, soda and water, while the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club will be selling food items such as hamburgers, hot dogs and brats.
“The arts commission appreciates the opportunity to continue presenting this series to the community,” Linquist said.
The commission, which is a volunteer advisory commission to the city council, plans arts events in Coon Rapids throughout the year.
Members include chairperson Mary Ann Kehn, Cindy Bornetun, Patty Sathre, John Kocon, Lewis Peterson, Jalai Laiel, Charlie Pitts, Kristin Shields, Jennifer Stone, Elaine Stulc and Jim Ulwelling.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]