Bellows and Brass in June 27 Coon Rapids concert

Old-time music will be featured at the fourth in series of nine Coon Rapids Arts Commission free, outdoor concerts this summer.

Bellows and Brass will be on stage 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

A five-member group, Bellows and Brass plays foxtrots, waltzes and polka.

Members are Joe Mulvihill, Art Ohotto and Dave Sowada on chemnitzer concertinas, George Hebaus on trumpet and Ron Kuzelka on drums.

They are all members of two area concertina clubs – the Czech Area Concertina Club based in New Prague, which is the world’s largest concertina club with some 250 members, and the North Star Concertina Club based in Cottage Grove.

Eight of the nine Thursday Nites Live at the Dam concerts scheduled this year are at the regional park, courtesy of the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department, with one concert 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 series which runs through Aug. 8.

The remaining concerts are:

• 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).

Food and beverages are available for purchase; bring a lawn chair or blanket on which to sit. Parking in the park is free.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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