Music

Virtual Music in the Park – 2020

Over the past 13 years, Music in the Park has been a much-anticipated event to kickoff summertime in the Cuyuna Lakes area with great music, food and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Due to unforeseen challenges related to COVID19, the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber is unable to hold the in-person event at Crosby Memorial Park this year. That is why we are adapting to hold the event virtually in 2020, so our Music in the Park audience can still enjoy a high-quality, local musical experience from the safety of their electronic device (as featured in articles by MPR News and Explore Minnesota Tourism).

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber’s Virtual Music in the Park is a free, family-friendly video concert series. On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in June, July and August, virtual performances featuring area artists will be posted to the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and website (www.cuyunalakes.com). Watch from your phone, tablet or computer, or connect to Bluetooth radio or television.

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.”Also, thank you to the City of Crosby for its significant support of the 2020 Virtual Music in the Park series.

Listen to Virtual Music in the Park via Bluetooth!

Just go into your smart phone or tablet settings and “turn on” Bluetooth to connect to your vehicle, smart TV or another speaker device. Then hit “play” on the Virtual Music in the Park YouTube video… and ENJOY!

You can also connect your smart phone, tablet or laptop via HDMI cable to your television or a larger screen.

June 11: JPACK

JPACK is a neighborhood band based out of Aitkin, MN. The band was formed in 2013 by a group of friends and co-workers who simply enjoyed making music together and wished to share that love of music with the community. It has since grown into a group of six members with a wide variety of vocal and instrumental talents. Band members include Pat Perrine (Vocals/Guitar), Pat Sharbonda (Vocals/Guitar), Kathy Hakes-Fastner (Vocals/Guitar), Rich Courtemanche (Vocals/Bass), Gina Courtemanche (Violin/Mandolin/Percussion), and Jennifer Johnson (Vocals/Guitar/Ukulele/Percussion). They are also joined occasionally by Aaron Perrine (Vocals/Keyboard) and Larry Fontaine (Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica). JPACK performs a wide variety of music from the 60s to today and enjoys any chance they get to share their music with others.

Performed songs:
“Angel From Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt
“Betty’s Diner” by Carrie Newcomer
“Our Town” by Iris Dement
“Wherever is your heart” by Brandi Carlile
“Love of the Common People” by John Hurley / Indigo Girls
“True Colors” by Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly
“Summers end” by John Prine
“Have it all” by Jason Mraz
“Matter of Time” by Vanessa Carlton

June 25: The Tangled Cords

The Tangled Chords are a classic rock cover band, with a lighter side. They play songs that are fun to play and hear, but keep the volume at a level that promotes family and friend conversation at the table. Their blend of rock and roll from the 1950s to the late 1990s includes fan favorites from Elvis, Credence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bryan Adams, and Kenny Wayne Sheppard – just to name a few. They take each song and make it their own, resulting in a uniqueness that you’ll be sure to enjoy. They also mix in a few of their original compositions to add to the fun.

The Tangled Chords formed in early 2018, and started without a name until July when they had a contest with friends and family to help come up with a suitable one, which became The Tangled Chords. With the name chosen, they played in Crosslake, Brainerd, and Nisswa at local breweries, private parties, and other area events.

The Tangled Chords are Eddie Binda on lead vocals, light percussion, and kazoo. Jonny Mickelson on acoustic and electric guitars, and James Moses on bass guitar and backing vocals. In Mid 2019, Kira Moses, Eddie’s wife and James’ daughter, joined the group on several songs as the lead vocalist and backing vocals, and added an additional depth to their sound.

Performed songs:
“A Horse With No Name” by America – 1971
“Do It Again” by Steely Dan – 1972
“Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult – 1976
“Enter Sandman” by Metallica – 1991
“Long Road” by The Tangled Cords – 2019
“Will You Wait For Me?” by James J. Moses – 1993
“The Letter” by Box Tops – 1967
“Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett – 1965
“Too Much To Do” by James J. Moses – 1993
“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James and the Shondells – 1967
“I Hate Myself (For Loving You)” by Joan Jett – 1988
“All Right Now” by Free – 1970
“We Are Here To Play” by The Tangled Cords – 2018

July 9: Avery & Duncan

Avery & Duncan is a Minnesota duo comprised of the two life-long friends, Avery Georges and Duncan Vinje. They’re well known for taking popular songs from across the charts and adding their own acoustic twist. They cover artists such as John Mayer, Amy Whinehouse, Tom Petty, and many more.

Performed Songs:
“It Ain’t Me Babe” by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
“Faith” by George Michael
“XO” by Beyonce
“Is This Love?” by Bob Marley
“You Wreck Me” by Tom Petty
“Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots
“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
“First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
“Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
“Valerie” by Amy Winehouse

POSTPONED/TO BE RESCHEDULED: AutoSmith Service Group will be offering a free drive-through dinner at their shop at a date to be determined. They will be serving hotdogs, chips, cookies, waters and smoothies. A staff member will assist families so there is no need to leave your vehicle. Kids will also be receiving treat bags! They will also be having a tow truck lined up for kids to look at as they are driving through for dinner.

Thank you AutoSmith!

July 23: Gawker Slowdown

Clark, Shawn and Rick are the musicians that make up Gawker Slowdown, a band that focuses on original music written primarily by Clark Hamdorf.

The group has been together for 30 years, took some time off and are now creating music again.

Clark Hamdorf, lead guitar/vocals, is also a guitar technician and audio engineer. Shawn Hamdorf is the drummer/percussionist and vocals as well as the business manager. Rick Bandy, bass guitar/vocals, is also an acoustical engineer manufacturing audio cabinets used for their larger events. Kraig Burdick joined the band in 2014 as lighting/technical director as well as webcast and video engineer.

Performed Songs:
“Deck of Cards” by Clark Hamdorf
“Rain” by Clark Hamdorf
“Close your Eyes” by Clark Hamdorf
“Gold Dust Woman” by Fleetwood Mac
“Leech” by Clark Hamdorf
“Balloons in the Dark” by Clark Hamdorf
“Down to Size” by Clark Hamdorf
“Ain’t it Nice?” by Clark Hamdorf
“Picket Fence” by Clark Hamdorf
“Since You’ve Been Away” by Clark Hamdorf
“I Shall Be Released” by Bob Dylan
“In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine

August 13: Radda Radda

Radda Radda, comprising long-time pals and Minneapolis music scene veterans Mo, Grant, Allen & Duncan, came together in an atom bomb of pop-rock rainbows in the spring of 2017.

The song stylings of Radda Radda traverse a bridge betwixt heartbreak and hell-why-not, built from howls at the moon, heartfelt declarations and mighty walls of Telecaster twang, all the while maintaining an unmistakable pop sensibility charismatically imbued with Americana overtones that succeed in fighting shy of the predictable.

The group has supported the like of Huey Lewis & The News, Kelly Clarkson, The Wallflowers, Red Wanting Blue, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more.

Performed songs:
“Our Holiday”
“Sunday Girl”
“Tennessee”
“Whatever”
“World Goes Crazy”
“Haunted Places”
“Not Gonna Lose Your Mind”
“My Shifty Eyes”
“Into the Dark”

August 27: Jeff Mozey

This week featuring Jeff Mozey. He plays original and covers a variety of pop/punk songs.

Performed songs:
“Don’t Want You Anymore” by Mozey
“First Date” by Blink 182
“Bang Bang” by Shake Em Dirty
“Honest” by Mozey
“Hold On” by Mozey
“Dream” by Mozey
“She” by Greenday
“Sun’s Out” by Mozey
“Turning Tricks” by Shake Em Dirty

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