Variety show presented at the Coon Rapids concert series

A variety show will be presented in the second concert of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s annual free summer series Thursday, June 14.

Dan Perry & Ice Cream will be in concert at 7 p.m. in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Dan Perry & Ice Cream will be in concert at 7 p.m. in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Dan Perry & Ice Cream will be in concert at 7 p.m. in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Since 2007, the band has been performing 1960s and 1970s classic rock, blues, pop, jazz, country and original music in city parks, festivals and fine arts centers all over the Twin Cities and beyond.

And it also gets the children attending the concert involved during songs like “The House on Pooh Corner” or “Over The Rainbow,” according to the band website.

Band leader Perry has been singing, playing guitar and writing songs since he was eight years old.

He has performed as a solo act with vocals and guitar, in duos and trios and with bands.

Members of Dan Perry & Ice Cream include Jim Allen, bass guitar and vocals; Anne Atchison, piano; Christine Brough, flute and saxophone; Joe Brough, keys, hats and vocals; Judy Buerkle, guitar, percussion, vocals; Julie Conzemius, vocals; Jennifer Kehler, vocals; Julie Keller, vocals; Rose Kubiatowicz, mandolin; Joanne Pauley, vocals; Dan Perry, vocals, acoustic and electric guitar; Laurie Peterman, vocals; Joe Scanlan, drums; and Josh La Mere, roady.

All the nine concerts in the series, except one, 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 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.

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 is sponsored by the Pentair Foundation.

Boy Scout Troop 524, Church of the Epiphany, is selling popcorn, candy, soda and water during the concerts, while the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club has food items such as hamburgers, hot dogs and brats for sale.

Anoka County has once again agreed to waive the regional park parking fee for the concerts.

The Coon Rapids Arts Commission, which is a volunteer advisory commission to the city council, plans arts events in Coon Rapids throughout the year.

For more information call 763-767-6432 or 763-757-4700.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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