Elvis Experience takes the stage at free Coon Rapids concert

The Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s annual free summer series returns to the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Thursday, June 28 with the Elvis Experience show.

Steve Marcio and his son Tommy Marcio will present a tribute to Elvis Presley in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m.

Steve Marcio and his son Tommy Marcio will present a tribute to Elvis Presley in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m.

Steve Marcio and his son Tommy Marcio will present a tribute to Elvis Presley in the performance pavilion at 7 p.m.

Eight of the nine shows in the nine-concert series are scheduled at the regional park; the June 21 concert featuring country music star and former Coon Rapids resident Rockie Lynne was switched to Sand Creek Park.

Steve Marcio has performed in many theater productions and was lead vocalist in a band for many years.

He has entered and won many awards for his performances as “Elvis,” including being a finalist at the Elvis Explosion in LaCrosse, Wis., in 2008.

Steve and Tommy perform in the Cruising for the King show on Royal Caribbean cruise lines.

Tommy Marcio recorded a CD with his dad at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tenn., in 2006 during a trip to Graceland, Presley’s home.

He has performed as a special guest at the Contest for the Kings at Mall of America.

There will be no concert Thursday, July 5.

The remainder of the 2012 concert schedule is:

• 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.

The Shortstop Bar & Grill on Northdale Boulevard is sponsoring eight of the nine concerts this year with the Pentair Foundation sponsoring the Minnesota Sinfonia concert July 12.

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

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

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department is co-sponsoring the series. It is not charging admission to the regional park for the concerts. For more information call 763-767-6432 or 763-757-4700.

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

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