Pert Near Sandstone
July 6 – 2nd Street Stage 6-8 p.m.
Hailing from Minneapolis and St. Paul and founded by childhood friends within the vibrant Minneapolis music scene, Pert Near’s chemistry hearkens back to the family bands of yesteryear. They cut straight to the heart across the musical landscape of the Great North and beyond. Formed soon after the turn of the millennium, they have been tireless stewards of the midwestern roots music community ever since. Privileged with co-founding, curating and hosting the prestigious Blue Ox Music Festival, Pert Near performs with infectious energy and an undeniable joy. Strong songcraft melds with old-time sensibilities in a unique brand of modern string band music delivered to fans around the world. Their new album, “Rising Tide,” reaches a new height in their songwriting, addressing issues directly relating to our modern times and not holding back commentary on politics and society. Band members are Nate Sipe, mandolin and fiddle; Kevin Kniebel, banjo; J Lenz, acoustic guitar; Justin Bruhn, upright bass; and Matt Carter, clogs and fiddle. Major sponsors are Monika’s Quilt and Yarn Shop, TruStar Federal Credit Union and R.D. Offutt Farms. Band sponsor July 6 is the Park Rapids American Legion. Arrive at 5 for the social hour, sponsored by State Farm Insurance Agents Marie Luetmer and Patrick Sullivan, and remember to bring your own chair.