Cajun music being featured at Coon Rapids concert

Cajun music will be showcased in the seventh concert of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s outdoor summer series in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.

Members of the DL Cajun Band.

Members of the DL Cajun Band.

The DL Cajun Band will provide the entertainment that evening in the commission’s annual Thursday Nites Live at the Dam series.

The band plays Cajun music from the prairies and bayous of southwest Louisiana: two steps, waltzes, blues with Cajun accordion, fiddle, guitar, triangle, snare, bass and French vocals.

According to its website, the group draws from the time when the Saturday night dance was the community’s main form of entertainment and socialization.

Before electricity and amplification, the acoustic instruments and voice were the only way of making music and this band seeks to recall that time and feeling in its music, the website states.

Band members comprise Doug Lohman, guitar; John Terr, accordion; Mary DuShane, fiddle; Dawn Doering, triangle and snare; and Eric Paulson, bass.

There are two concerts left in the 2013 series.

Ecuador Manta will perform Ecuadoran music at the 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

But the final concert of the series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 will move to Sand Creek Park where Rockie Lynne will present a country music show.

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department provides free parking for the concerts at the regional park; parking is always free at the city of Coon Rapids’ Sand Creek Park.

The concerts take place rain or shine and people are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket on which to sit.

Food and beverages are available to purchase at the concerts from the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club.

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

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