Summer Concerts in the Park will offer a broad variety of music Wednesday nights all summer long this year, from June 12 through Aug. 28.

"We have a busy, fun summer" planned, according to Red Wing Arts Executive Director Emily Guida Foos. "There is great diversity of genre."

Free concerts are at 7 p.m. weekly in the Central Park Bandshell, plus there will be a special evening of music on the Fourth of July. Three bands will perform from 4 p.m. till dusk.

Strong support from the local business community enabled the arts organization not only to extend the series, but also to bring in some exceptional bands, she added.

"We both got to pick our favorite band," Foos said, speaking for herself and program coordinator Lacy Schumann.

She was prompted by a comment from her daughter, Gabby, Foos said. They were listening to a group perform on Minnesota Public Radio and Gabby suggested, "Mom, you should ask them to be in the concert series."

Foos learned that the folk-pop group Lula Wile is based in Buffalo, N.Y., but will be touring this area. They will perform in the Central Park Bandshell on July 31.

Schumann's pick is Black Market Brass from Minneapolis, which will perform Aug. 21. "You can't sit still," said Schumann, who has seen them perform live. "It's a genre we haven't had here" in recent years - original Afrofunk/Afrobeat music and classic 1970s West African songs.

A broad range of styles will be covered over the summer, Foos said. Performers include local and traveling entertainers, community favorites and groups that are new and different. "That's part of our mission," she explained.

The series begins June 12 with local entertainers David Melbye & Friends, a collection of local entertainers including Everyday People (Brent Wyatt and Sheena Tisland), Brooke Elizabeth, Antonio Limon and Laura Bryngelson-Pelz.

Finishing the month will be Salsa Del Soul, a Twin Cities-based, nine piece orchestra; and the ever-popular Patchouli/Terra Guitarra from nearby Wisconsin.

Minnesota's Wild Colonial Bhoys, an Irish/American band, will make their Red Wing debut on July 3.

Rounding out July Wednesdays will be the blues and swing music of Miss Myra & The Moonshiners; Pierce County's Colleen Raye with Debbie O'Keefe and Katie Gearty singing 1950s-70s and Broadway tunes; The Tony Cuchetti Band performing country/soul music; and Lula Wiles.

August kicks off with the Generation II Big Band on Aug. 7, followed by bluegrass band Double Down Daredevils, Black Market Brass, then Chris Koza on Aug. 28. Koza participated in the Big Turn Music Fest, but is new to the band shell.

Concerts are held rain or shine in Central Park, which has limited seating. People should bring their own chairs or blankets. No admission is charged, but Red Wing Arts will pass the bucket to collect donations in support of the series.

Summer concert series

  • June 12 – David Melbye and Friends
  • June 19 – Salsa Del Soul
  • June 26 – Patchouli/Terra Guitarra
  • July 3 – Wild Colonial Bhoys
  • July 4 – Matthew Inkala & The Hostages; The Bored; Back Channel Blues Band
  • July 10 – Miss Myra & The Moonshiners
  • July 17 – Colleen Raye and Friends
  • July 24 – The Tony Cuchetti Band
  • July 31 – Lula Wiles
  • Aug. 7 – Generation II Big Band
  • Aug. 14 – Double Down Daredevils
  • Aug. 21 – Black Market Brass
  • Aug. 28 – Chris Koza


Fourth of July concert

Three bands will perform rock, folk, country and blues music in Central Park on the Fourth of July. Red Wing Arts has lined up Matthew Inkala & The Hostages, 4 p.m.; The Bored, 5:30 p.m.; and the Back Channel Blues Band, 7 p.m.