Blue Drifters to perform in Coon Rapids June 13

The Blue Drifters, a Minneapolis-based quartet, which performs blues and a variety of other music, will present the second Coon Rapids Arts Commission free, outdoor summer concert of the 2013 season.blue drifters.4by4 b:w jpgThe group will play Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m., in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Steven Earl Howard, who is lead vocalist and plays guitar and banjo, founded the Blue Drifters in 1990.

The other members of the quartet are Gary Schulte, fiddle; Andrew Bergman, bass; and Phil Nusbaum, banjo.

On its website, the Blue Drifters Acoustic Quartet is described as “an American roots/variety musical ensemble on guitar, banjo, upright bass and fiddle.

“We play a wide variety of blues, bluegrass, top 40 hits from the 60s-70s, swing, vintage country and cajun.”

Eight of the nine concerts scheduled this year are at the regional park, courtesy of the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department. One concert is scheduled at the Sand Creek Park, Coon Rapids, 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.

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 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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