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As a prolific composer and guitarist from DR Congo, Siama now calls Minneapolis home. He'll perform at 7 p.m. July 26, 2017, in Red Wing Central Park. Photo by Dallas Johnson

Red Wing Arts Association opened its Summer Concerts in the Park on June 14 with the eclectic, rock-leaning Reina del Sid. Now the hometown Sheldon Brass Band will take the Central Park Bandshell stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21.

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

"Marking its 65th anniversary in 2017, the Red Wing Arts Association is a catalyst for celebrating the importance of artists and the power of art in our lives," the RWAA said in a press statement.

That includes music. The weekly series will wrap up July 26 with another distinct musical style: soukous from the Congo.

RWAA Director Mary Lee said the organization decided to condense the season to June and July this year and concentrate on bringing a wide range of quality music to the park.

All performances start at 7 p.m.; the rain site is First Lutheran Church off the park's southwest corner.

The summer lineup includes:

Wednesday, June 28

Tim Cheesebrow Band

Classically trained but influenced by classic Americana artists like John Prine and Jackson Browne, band leader 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

A Hard Day's Night is a Beatles tribute band. The performance will celebrate Independence Day and the 50th anniversary of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" of John, Paul, George and Ringo fame.

Then sit tight for the fireworks.

Note: There is no Wednesday concert that week.

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. People have compared the new Red Wing area resident with the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Ray Lamontagne.

Wednesday, July 19

Generation II Big Band

Generation II Big Band returns to Central Park to perform music of the 1940s and '50s. The band specializes in the music of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.

Wednesday, July 26

Siama Congo Roots

Siama, Minnesota's resident Congolese pop star, comes to Red Wing courtesy of Edward Jones. 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.

For more information, visit redwingartsassociation.org or call 651-388-7569. These concerts are made possible in part through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant.

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