Concerts in the Park under way in Anoka

Musical sounds fill the air at George Green Park in Anoka each Sunday as part of the city’s annual Concerts in the Park series.

Now and Then Country. Photo submitted
Now and Then Country. Photo submitted

The 2012 concerts kicked off June 10 with a performance by the saxophone duo, CODA.

Up next is a June 17 performance by David Harland, a singer/songwriter. He has been described as a “boundary pushing solo acoustic guitar player.”

BZ Girls, a duo that performs pop songs from the past and present, along with original songs about life, love and everything else, will take the stage June 25.

July’s concerts start with the Fabulous Fairlanes July 1. They are a four-part doo-wop a capella barbershop quartet that has performed in and around the Twin Cities for the past 15 years. The show will include classic doo-wop music from the 1950s to the present.

July 8 Now and Then Country performs. The group plays blue grass, vintage country and gospel blended together. The band has been playing together since 2004 and features fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar with harmonizing voices.

Blue Stratum performs July 15. This is a co-ed vocal duo, with guitar accompaniment, which performs original music and covers in many genres including pop, rock, folk and blues. The duo performs regularly in the Twin Cities at cafes, public events and private parties.

The sounds of the Everett Smithons Band will fill the park July 22, creating a Mardi Gras party atmosphere. The band plays Cajun zydeco, blues, roots hillbilly hoedowns, gospel and more.

July winds down with a concert by the St. Pete Street Stompers Jazz Band July 29. In the spirit of Preservation Hall, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the Stompers consider themselves purveyors of New Orleans-styled jazz. The band plays a mix of ragtime, blues and popular songs of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Jeff Brooks, a singer/songwriter, takes the stage Aug. 5. Brooks has a unique acoustic style, playing both original pieces and covering the work of artists such as Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and John Denver. Brooks will also be joined by his daughter on stage.

The Blue Drifters Quartet performs Aug. 12. The group preforms a wide variety of 1960s and 1970s popular tunes, delta blues, swing jazz and vintage country in a bluegrass style.

Performing Aug. 19 is Manny and Debbie Corte, a husband and wife duo that blends their musical talents to provide a unique show of sing along favorites from yesteryear. Manny is a prolific song writer, accomplished singer and musician. Debbie is a professional flutist. They have been married and performing together for 25 years.

The Concerts in the Park series closes Aug. 26 with a performance by the Legendary Percolators Live Band. The band plays mostly 1960s rock, country, blues, R&B, ballads and an occasional waltz or polka. The Percolators encourage requests and have been playing together since 1992.

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately an hour.

They are held weather permitting, with no rescheduling of canceled shows due to the weather.

George Green Park is located at 1498 Sixth Ave., in Anoka.