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Sinfonia and soprano Maria Jette will kick off the Red Wing Arts Association's summer concert series at 7 p.m. June 13.1 / 2
The North Suburban Concert Band will play at 1 p.m. June 17 in Central Park.2 / 2

Tunes and lawnchairs soon will fill Central Park as the Red Wing Arts Association kicks off its summer concert series Wednesday June 13.

"This is the most concerts and most exciting series we have sponsored," Executive Director Dan Guida said. "Our opening act will be amazing."

The series will begin with family pop overtures from Sinfonia, featuring soprano Maria Jette. The professional orchestra will stop in town as part of its Greater Minnesota Touring summer schedule. The concert will feature Broadway and movie tunes, as well as marches, polkas, rags and more.

Typical concert sites include Como Park, the Minnesota Zoo and Lake Harriet Band Shell. This year Red Wing joins the venues.

Looking for an unusual experience? Try taking in both art and live music as the contemporary folk/pop group Southwood performs among top-quality painters.

"This music group is excellent and there will also be artists painting in Central Park that evening," adds Guida.

The painters are part of the annual Plein Air Art Festival, a major summer event for RWAA, taking place June 25-30 in and around Red Wing. In plein air painting, artists paint outdoors and create pictures from an outdoor setting. Look for painters to start their work in the park around 5 p.m.

The summer lineup also includes a music festival as three groups perform in the park. The Rolling River Music Festival will happen Saturday June 30 and will include the bluegrass tunes of the Barley Jacks, singer/songwriter and R&B hipster Ryan Shaw, and headlining Milwaukee-based country band the BoDeans.

"We intentionally try to get a variety of artists," said Guida about the concert series. "We have a committee to come up with a schedule to provide interesting mix of music that the community will enjoy."

Please your tummy and your ears during the Wednesday night performances and enjoy a feature added to the evenings - the Maid-Rite food truck, he said. Sandwiches will be available beginning around 5 p.m. and end near the start of the show. A portion of the purchase price will help sponsor the concert series.

This year, look for everything from American big band sound to intimate acoustic songs to the nitty-gritty blues to even yummy food - and don't forget your lawnchair.

"We are very excited and think this year will be great," Guida added.

The series includes:


Symphony pop concert featuring soprano soloist Maria Jette, sponsored by the Clean Water Land and Legacy Ammendment and made possible through the Legacy Touring Grant.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday June 13

Where: Central Park Band shell, 400 West Ave.

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North Suburban Concert Band

North Suburban Concert Band was created in large part to enhance the sense of community of the Northern Suburbs of Minneapolis. As such, NSCB is not a club of exclusive musicians requiring auditions and recommendations. Rather, it is a community group designed to encourage the participation of the Twin Cities residents in the performance and enjoyment of music. The band plays an assortment of concert band music, including pop tunes, marches, classic pieces, as well as some original works and medleys.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday June 17.

Where: Central Park

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Sheldon Brass Band

The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band was founded in 1989 as the resident performing ensemble at the then-newly restored, turn-of-the-century T. B. Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing. The band is in its 21st season of music-making and uses the instrumentation of traditional British-style brass band.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday June 20.

Where: Central Park

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The group performs contemporary folk/pop music. T the concert is sponsored by the Red Wing Area Fund.

When:7 p.m. Wednesday June 27.

Where: Central Park

Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone represents the sound and camaraderie that members said they had been looking to find for a long time. Originally the band was created because of the shared love of the classic Bluegrass and old-time string band tunes. The members are Ben Manning (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Katryn Conlin (string bass, vocals), Leo Rosenstein (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Barry St. Mane (banjo), and Mike Hildebrandt (fiddle, mandolin, vocals). The concert sponsor is Red Wing Area Fund.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday June 30

Where: Depot Gallery, 418 Levee St.

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Rolling River Music Festival

Take in an evening of music beginning with bluegrass singer Barley Jacks, followed by R&B singer/songwriter Ryan Shaw and then country/roots/rock band the BoDeans as the headliner. The event is sponsored by the RWAA and area business consortium including Jones, Lawrence, Sweasy and others.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday June 30

Where: Central Park

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Westside Trombone Quartet

The Westside Trombone Quartet has been playing together since May 2003 and has no plans to stop. The group has been quite active, performing at concerts, church services and the occasional private party. The quartet comprises individuals whose abilities and experience come together to share a common goal -- to present great music that both entertains and challenges listeners.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday July 4

Where: Central Park

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Sawtooth Bluegrass

In the tradition of classic bluegrass brother harmonies, the Sawtooth Bluegrass Band, with two sets of brothers, melds the sounds of the original bluegrass masters with the sounds of today. The repertoire includes traditional and contemporary bluegrass, classic country, gospel, original pieces and even some 1970s era rock. The band has made several appearances in Branson, performed at numerous bluegrass festivals, the state fair and on stage with Garrison Keillor of "A Prairie Home Companion."

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday July 11

Where: Central Park

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Generation II

The group plays big band overtures.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday July 18

Where: Central Park

Back Channel Blues

The band will perform bluegrass music.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday July 25

Where: Central Park


Nationally touring, award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds. Patchouli's "New American Folk" blends elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms. Patchouli's sound has been described as "the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 8

Where: Central Park

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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