2nd Street Stage opening night will feature rebuilt stage

The first night of 2nd Street Stage summer concerts will be like no other. 

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) will not only celebrate the 10th anniversary of these community events, but will unveil a rebuilt stage with a brief program at about 5:30 p.m. It will be a work of art!

“The PRDBA per the recommendation of the 2nd St Stage Committee voted to fund the complete remodel of the 2nd Street Stage itself.” said Denny Ulmer, committee chair. “The remodel design will integrate a ‘North Woods Theme’  and is being completed by local chainsaw artisan Scott Forbes.”

The 10 free concerts will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays from June 16 through Aug. 18 with bands, a beer garden and family activities on the second block of South Main. Bring your own lawn chair.

The beer garden will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour while you find your spot, listen to the sound check and greet neighbors and friends. Support this great event by buying an official 2022 button and receive $2 off all beverages at the beer garden.

Farewell Milwaukee will open the series June 16. Farewell Milwaukee brought their Americana and folk rock music to 2nd Street Stage in 2016 and again in 2017. Mainstays of the Minneapolis music scene since 2008, Farewell Milwaukee embraces the role their Midwestern towns have played in shaping them artistically, garnering fans through their authentic lyrics, lush vocal harmonies and an honest sincerity at live shows. It is because of this, they have gathered accolades from local and national press, landed a song placement on major-network TV, opened for the Lumineers and are featured on compilations alongside Mumford & Sons, Adele and Amos Lee. Farewell Milwaukee recently released their 4th full-length album, FM, the product of successfully achieving the balance of furthering their artistic careers with a family life. Band sponsor June 16 is Park Rapids Walker Eye Clinic. Arrive at 5 for the social hour, sponsored by Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative.

To see the complete summer line up, go to events on our website.

Weekly major sponsors are Monika’s Quilt & Yarn Shop, R.D. Offutt Farms and TruStar Federal Credit Union.