Concerts in the Park: Wednesdays June 7 – July 26

This summer’s line-up includes:

Wednesday, June 7

Retro Swing Sister

Led by vocalists Rhonda Laurie and Maryann Sullivan and backed by an incredible group of some of the finest Twin Cities musicians, Retro Swing Sister makes up a fun, retro-swinging, vibrant ensemble with a classic yet fresh approach to the Great American Songbook from the 20s to the 50s. From vintage-style swinging standards to early dance rock, Retro Swing Sister appeals to a wide age range of both listeners and dancers.

Wednesday, June 14

Reina del Sid

Part singer songwriter group, part rock band, Reina del Sid and company meets at the intersection of lyrical storytelling, catchy riffs and scorching solos. Their music has recently been featured by Paste Magazine, NPR and Baeble Music, and they plan to release their next full-length record this year.

Wednesday, June 21

Sheldon Brass Band

Red Wing’s own 20-piece traditional British-style brass band will perform marches, overtures, classical transcriptions, jazz and popular tunes.

Wednesday, June 28

Tim Cheesebrow Band

Classically trained but influenced by classic Americana artists like John Prine and Jackson Browne, Tim Cheesebrow’s music pays homage to roots and folk music with lyrics that focus on the issues of today.

Tuesday, July 4 Special Tuesday evening concert  (NOTE: No Wednesday, July 5 concert)

A Hard Day’s Night (Beatles tribute band)

Celebrate Independence Day and the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with John, Paul, George and Ringo!

Wednesday, July 12

Tony Cuchetti and the Afterwhile Band

Tony Cuchetti derives his spirit and creativity from an eclectic blend of folk, blues, country and Americana. Compared to the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Ray Lamontagne, Tony Cuchetti bleeds soul. Whether he is performing songs from his mentors, or his own original compositions, Tony leaves the listener with a deep sense of satisfaction for the power of simple yet provocative music.

Wednesday, July 19

Generation II Big Band

Generation II Big Band returns to Central Park to perform the Big Band music of the 40s and 50s. Playing together for nearly 20 years, the band specializes in the music of Glen Miller and Benny Goodman.

Wednesday, July 26

Siama Congo Roots

Sponsored by Edward Jones

Siama is Minnesota’s resident Congolese pop star! Touring the world with many beloved artists of soukous music (a genre known as “the sound of happiness”), Siama is now based in Minneapolis.  His quartet offers intricate guitar work, spirited vocal harmonies, percussion, harmonica, mbira/kalimba and balafon/marimba, providing a danceable and transfixing journey through the traditional music of his home country, the dance floors of East Africa and beyond.

Concerts happen rain or shine! In the event of bad weather, concerts will take place indoors at First Lutheran Church, 615 Fifth St. West, in Red Wing.

For more information, visit redwingartsassociation.org or call 651-388-7569.