Classic rock ‘n’ roll kicks off Coon Rapids series

Classic 1950s rock ‘n’ roll will kick off the Coon Rapids Arts Commission 2013 free, outdoor summer concert season.

The Holy Rocka Rollaz will perform the first concert in the 2013 series of free summer concerts offered by the Coon Rapids Arts Commission. The band will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6 at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

The Holy Rocka Rollaz will perform the first concert in the 2013 series of free summer concerts offered by the Coon Rapids Arts Commission. The band will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6 at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

The Holy Rocka Rollaz will perform Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m., in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Eight of the nine concerts scheduled this year will be at the regional park, courtesy of the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department, with one concert scheduled at the city’s Sand Creek Park Aug. 8.

There will be no concert Thursday, July 4 because of the annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display that night at Sand Creek Park.

The Minnesota-based Holy Rocka Rollaz presents the early rock ‘n’ roll sounds of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and others.

According to the band’s website, the trio “collectively bring decades of live and studio experience to their shows and music.”

Front man Mark Flora is joined by standup bassist Paul Jongeward and drummer Matt Alexander.

Flora’s wife, Lisa, and Alexander’s wife, Steph, often join them on vocals.

They have performed at the Back of the ‘50s Car Show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, First Avenue, the Cabooze, historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the Hinckley Grand Casino concert hall, the Uptown Bar and the Fine Line as well as for wedding dances, barn dances, sock hips, private shows and prisons.

“We really do enjoy playing 50s rock ‘n’ roll just the way it was played back in the day,” Flora states on the band’s website.

All the concerts start at 7 p.m. in the annual Thursday Nites Live at the Dam series which runs through Aug. 8.

The remaining concerts are:

• Thursday, June 13 – Blue Drifters, blues.

• Thursday, June 20 – Dan Perry and Ice Cream, variety.

• Thursday, June 27 – Bellows & Brass, old tyme music.

• Thursday, July 11 – Minnesota Sinfonia, symphony.

• Thursday, July 18 – Island Time Band, steel drums.

• Thursday, July 25 – D.L. Cajun, cajun music.

• Thursday, Aug. 1 – Ecuador Manta, Ecuadoran music.

• Thursday, Aug. 8 – Rockie Lynne, country (Sand Creek Park).

The concerts in the performance pavilion at the regional park take place rain or shine.

People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket on which to sit.

Food and beverages will be available to purchase and Anoka County waives the $5 parking fee at the regional park for the concerts.

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

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