South American music at Coon Rapids concert

Music from South America will be featured in the eighth concert of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s outdoor summer series in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.

Music from South America will be featured in the eighth concert of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s outdoor summer series.

Music from South America will be featured in the eighth concert of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s outdoor summer series.

Ecuador Manta will perform that evening in the commission’s annual Thursday Nites Live at the Dam series.

This Andean band originates from a small village called Atahualpa in Ecuador, South America.

Ecuador Manta, based in St. Paul, started in 1992.  According to its website, the group has a unique style compared with other traditional Andean bands.

The band has created its music style over the years by using the traditional rhythms from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia and combining them with more contemporary Latin and Caribbean rhythms.

The final concert of the 2013 series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 won’t be at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Instead the series moves to Sand Creek Park, 1008 Northdale Blvd., where Rockie Lynne, a former Coon Rapids resident, will present his 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, both at the regional park at Sand Creek Park.

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

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