Soul Blues / R&B
The Joyann Parker Band will close the summer 2nd Street Stage concerts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. A classically trained pianist with a degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Joyann Parker sang in church and with a wedding band, until the blues/soul music ‘discovered’ her. After singing Aretha Franklin’s classic, “Chain of Fools,” at a contest, Parker was invited to join a blues band. The following year, the band, Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea, won the Minnesota Blues Society’s band competition and in 2015 went to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. That experience inspired her to write the songs on her album, “Hard to Love.” Joining Parker and Lamoine on stage are band members Brad Schaefer, bass; Bill Golden, drums, vocals; and Tim Wick, keys. Major sponsors are Enbridge, R.D. Offutt Farms and TruStar Federal Credit Union. The band sponsor Aug. 19 is Smokey Hills Outdoor Store. Arrive at 5 for the social hour, sponsored by Knute Nelson / Crystal Brook, and remember to bring your own chair.