Bring a Chair and Enjoy the Music: Artists Hold Outdoor Concerts Across West Central Minnesota – West Central Tribune

Mother Nature and regional musicians are teaming up this summer for a variety of free outdoor community concerts.

Folk artists, country musicians, bluegrass bands, concert musicians, marching bands and rock-and-rollers can all be found in parks, vineyards, backyard breweries and city streets. town.

Some musical events take place on a weekly or monthly basis, such as the Prairie Winds Concert Band at Rice Park in Willmar, and some are one-time community events, such as Porchfest in New London.

Seating is provided at some sites, but you are advised to bring your own lawn chairs.

Concerts will be held from 5-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in June, July and August as part of the Maker’s Market along the Minnesota Riverwalk in downtown Granite Falls. The musicians on June 2 are Kindred Spirits; July 7 is Christa Bohlman; and August 4 is Machinery Hill.

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Litchfield Downtown Council presents “Thriving Thursdays” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Central Park in downtown Litchfield. A different non-profit organization will be selling food each week.

Thursday concerts are June 2, Everett Smithson Band; June 9, Litchfield Area Men’s Choir; June 16, Mr. J’s Quintent; June 23, Mark Jensen; June 30, “Dad and Drea” by Terry Shaw; July 7, Watercade special event “Tricia and the Toonies”, a puppeteer for children; July 14, Ali Gray Country; July 21, second violin; July 28, acoustic relativity; August 11, DJ Stacy; August 18, Crimson Edge and August 25, Sunday in October.

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Charlie Parr, right, and Liz Draper, were the featured performers on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Porchfest in New London, which included the official opening of the Bill Gossman Memorial Stage, honoring the former mayor , potter and musician from New London. who died last year.

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The New London Porchfest kicks off at 11 a.m. on June 4 in New London. There will be music on Main Street and concerts on the porch all day. The event was created in honor of the late Bill Gossman, former Mayor of New London, and is organized by the New London Arts Alliance.

Concerts will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays at the belvedere in the park of the Depot Museum in Danube:

June 14, the Kingery family; June 28, Wheelhouse Trio; July 7, Tim Eggebraaten, the “Off Duty Cop”, Thursday as part of the Danube Fun Days; July 26, Los Lobos Nortenos and August 2, Jackson and The Burn.

The Prairie Winds Concert Band will perform concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Rice Park in Willmar. The dates are June 8, June 15, June 22, 29 and July 6.

Group practice is at 6 p.m. in the park, followed by an opening group at 7 p.m., then the group at 7:30 p.m.

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Pioneerland Music Festival

The 35th Annual Benson June 14 Flag Day Festival and Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

The 38th Annual Vikingland Band Festival Parade Marching Championships will be held at 1:30 p.m. on June 26 in Alexandria. The website is and on Facebook at

Summer concerts will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Riverview Park Bandstand in Appleton. In case of bad weather, but not serious, the concert will take place in the auditorium of the ’52 squadron.

Tuesday concerts are June 14, Swift County Concert Band and the Lac qui Parle Valley High School Choir; June 21, Beatles tribute band from A Hard Day’s Night; June 28, Prairie Waters troubadour Tom Watson; July 12, Blue Ox Jazz Babies; July 19, Wendinger Band; July 26, Route 68 Big Band; August 2, Brianna Helbling and Lars Hegland.

The Community Education Concert Series will be held Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park in Paynesville during the month of July. The weekly concert schedule is July 7, Gig Noonan; July 14, Wheelhouse Trio; July 21, Crystal Breeze and July 28, Alex Lageson.

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Music in the Park will be 4-6 p.m. on Sundays beginning July 17 at Pirrotta Park on the shores of Green Lake in Spicer.

The Sunday concert schedule is July 17, Robby Vee and his Rock and Roll caravan; July 24, Allie and Joe; July 31, Miss Myra and the Moonshiners; August 7, Harpers’ Chord; On August 14, West Addison Blues, a tribute to the Blues Brothers and on August 21, Custom Made.

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Audience members enjoy live music during the first Rockin’ Robbins concert of the season Tuesday evening July 13, 2021 at Robbins Island Regional Park in Willmar. The series of free outdoor concerts continues for three more nights: July 20, July 27 and August 3.

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This series of free outdoor concerts, sponsored by the Willmar Rotary Club, raises funds for improvements to Robbins Island. Each event includes a free concert, food vendors, beer/wine tent, kids’ activities, and a craft market.

Concerts are held at Robbins Island from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays starting July 12 with Xpedition; July 19, Johnny Holm Band; July 26, Good for Gary and August 2, Fabulous Armadillos.

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