2nd Street Stage will start June 24

It’s back! 2nd Street Stage will start June 24 and run through Aug. 19.

The Downtown Business Association 2nd Street Stage Committee and Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber staff met frequently this winter and spring planning for the worst and hoping for the best. The ninth year of the great community get-together will be shortened from 10 to nine Thursday nights. Every year people have said they look forward all year long to these special nights that celebrate summer. Now it’s been a two-year wait and many of us are anxious to reconnect with friends or just settle into our chairs and enjoy the music.

As excited as everyone is for 2nd Street Stage to bring some normality to our lives and regain a sense of community, please be aware Covid-19 guidelines will be followed and pay attention to announcements, volunteers’ instructions and signs. And remember to bring a chair.

The beer garden opens at 5 p.m. for a social hour, time to meet social hour sponsors and buy this year’s collectible button for $2 off all beverages at the beer garden.

The 2nd Street Stage concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. except on Aug. 12 when the concert will follow Water Wars. Social hour and band sponsors offer a variety of activities and give aways as well as a prize at the end of the evening to someone with a lucky ticket.

Bands are chosen for their musicianship and stage presence and to represent various musical genres (soul, rhythm and blues, rock ’n roll, folk, bluegrass, hillbilly and swing). Many of the bands have played at First Avenue and other venues in the Twin Cities and/or are part of the Duluth music scene.

The 2021 line up is:

June 24 Boss Mama and the Jebberhooch

July 1 the 4onthefloor

July 8 Pat Lenertz Band

July 15 New Salty Dog

July 22 Rich Mattson and the Northstars

July 29 Mae Simpson Music

Aug 5 Everett Smithson Band

Aug 12 Corey Medina & Brothers

Aug 19 Joyann Parker

For more about all the bands, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com. For weekly updates, go to 2nd St Stage on Facebook.

Weekly major sponsors are Enbridge, R.D. Offutt Farms and TruStar Federal Credit Union.