Our committee hires and promotes musical groups to entertain people in the Longville lakes area, mostly underneath the tall pines on the church grounds of Salem Lutheran Church.
The first four Music in the Park events will be held outdoors at the gazebo on the park-like grounds of Salem Lutheran Church in Longville. All performances are from 5 to 7 p. m. on the designated Sundays. Free admission. Ample parking. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic food. In case of inclement weather, performances will be held inside Salem’s spacious sanctuary.
The fifth event is an indoor choral concert on Oktoberfest Sunday afternoon in Longville. The specific time is TBA and will be announced in April. Free admission.
We have scheduled five concerts for 2017
Sunday, June 18 – Pushing Chain
Pushing Chain duo Boyd Blomberg (guitar and vocals) and Adam Moe (fiddle and vocals) from Minnesota’s north shore show their Americana music roots playing original and familiar songs known as folky-tonk. Strong songwriting, tight harmonies and an exuberant style have won fans in Minnesota, across the Midwest and beyond. Starting as Pushing Chain in 2012 the duo has performed together in different ways since 1997. The pair has performed as featured artists at the Minnesota State Fair, played at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Lowertown Guitar Festival (Minneapolis), Harmony for Mayo Music Series (Rochester, MN), Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association’s August Festival (Richmond, MN) and has been featured on television and radio.
Sunday, July 2 – Monroe Crossing
One of the best, if not the very best, bluegrass bands in the country, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with electrifying blends of classic bluegrass, gospel and heartfelt originals. The five-member band’s airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport pleases and excites audiences across the United States, Canada and world wide. Though Caribbean Bluegrass Cruises, tours of the American Southeast and Southwest, tours of Europe and Asia have taken this great band away from its home state Minnesota, the band returns home in the summer to perform at community concerts, fairs and festivals. Monroe Crossing has produced 15 CD albums including its latest – a bluegrass treatment of songs from the golden era of country music entitled Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country.
Sunday, July 23 – Sam Miltich & The Clearwater Hot Club
Sam Miltich is a professional jazz guitarist from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He performs regularly in the Upper Midwest as a soloist and with his band the Clearwater Hot Club. Sam toured with the Robin Nolan Trio in the United States and Europe and later joined the Hot Club of San Francisco before starting his own band, the Clearwater Hot Club. Sam hosts a weekly jazz program at the VFW in Grand Rapids with a rotating cast of musicians. As a teenager, Sam began playing folk and bluegrass guitar and has played the piano since he was four years old. As an adherent of the late gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, he is dedicated to the study of gypsy jazz. For Music in the Park, Sam and the band will focus on jazz swing, gypsy jazz and Kansas City style jazz featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sydney Bechet and Djan.go Reinhardt
Sunday, August 27 – Roe Family Singers
The Roe Family Singers are a good-time old-time music band from the Mississippi headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, Minnesota. Led by wife and husband Kim and Quillan Roe, the seven to nine members band blends old-time sound with rock & roll urgency and influence. Instruments played by band members include banjo, autoharp, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, stand-up bass, washboard, saw, jug and kazoo. Kim Roe also clogs. On Monday evenings since 2005, fans fill the 331 Club in Minneapolis to see and hear the Roe Family Singers perform a mix of original and contemporary versions of old-time, traditional and gospel songs. The band has been awarded the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and won the title of “World’s Best” at the annual Battle of the Jug Bands. Wherever the band goes, each performance “raises a ruckus”.
Sunday, September 17 – Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus
In the Spring of 2016, the Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus celebrated 60 years of choral performances in and outside Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The chorus has welcomed men of every age and singing level. The mission of the chorus is to perform choral music for the enjoyment and benefit of the members and their audiences and to encourage a lifetime of singing among men of all ages and backgrounds. The chorus sings a wide variety of music including show tunes, folk songs, classical, spirituals, sacred and humorous selections. Inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and 2016 recipient of a Blandin Foundation Legacy and Leadership Award, the 33 members of the chorus are ably directed by Eileen Grosland. The chorus schedules three major events in Grand Rapids every year and performs throughout northern Minnesota at numerous fundraisers, community events and church services among other venues.