Popular concert series returns with four shows
By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Four shows will be featured in this year’s Concerts in the Park series with a variety of talent to please any musical taste.
Throughout the summer, on four Wednesday evenings, musical performances are offered to the public at the gazebo in Central Park in Delano.
Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and perhaps a take-out dinner from one of Delano’s local restaurants for a picnic, said Betsy Stolfa of the General Federated Women’s Club (GFWC).
The first concert in the series, which is presented by the GFWC of Delano, will feature the local favorite, JARS Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. The band can commonly be found playing as the house band at Three Crows Café and Coffee House in Delano.
This week’s performance will be a great evening of folk, blues, country, bluegrass and pop delivered by JARS.
Wednesday, July 22: The Minnesota Percussion Trio
The Minnesota Percussion Trio has been performing for the past 17 years throughout the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and western Wisconsin, and will be at Central Park Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Performing venues have included libraries, schools, museums, churches and fine art series. The Minnesota Percussion Trio was honored in 1999 as the artist of the year presented by Young Audiences of Minnesota.
Founding member Robert Adney has been a freelance percussionist in the Twin Cities for 30 years.
In that time, he has played percussion for many organizations including Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, North Star Opera, Dale Warland Singers, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra.
He has recorded more than 20 CDs with both the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As an educator/performer he works with young students via KinderKonzerts and Adopt a School through Minnesota Orchestra. Adney is on the faculties of Gustavus Adolphus College, Northwestern College, and is celebrating his 30th year at MacPhail Center for Music.
Steve Yeager is a percussionist and a jazz vibe specialist who teaches, performs, produces, and writes music.
Yeager has recorded 3 CDs as a leader, featuring the Vibes in the Jazz idiom. He’s a regular performer at clubs, festivals, and events throughout the Twin Cities. Yeager is a composer, producer, and arranger. He has taught in the percussion department as an affiliate faculty member at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis since 1999, and also teaches privately at his home studio in St. Paul.
The third member of the trio, Eric Strom, is a dedicated educator and percussionist.
He is a member of the percussion faculty at MacPhail Center for Music where he teaches and works with several community partnerships.
Strom is president of the Percussive Arts Society, Minnesota Chapter a music service organization promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. He also performs in his sibling percussion duo, Times Two, and is founder of the Impulse Percussion Ensemble.
He has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, is a former member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and can be heard on the debut CD releases of Bobby Llama and Snakehips.
Wednesday, Aug. 5 (Taste of Delano) The Irresistibles
The third concert in the series will be taking place in conjunction with the popular Taste of Delano Wednesday, Aug. 5.
The Irresistibles is an unabashed celebration of American and British retro-soul and rhythm and blues, performed by a razor sharp nine-piece band.
Featuring some of the top talent in the Twin Cities, The Irresistibles is led by longtime frontman/singer-songwriter and multiple Minnesota Music Award winner Mick Sterling.
Also handling the lead singing duties are two very soulful singers and fresh faces in the Twin Cities music scene, Shalo Lee and Cate Fierro. The Irresistibles’ horn section features two of the members of the well-regarded Jack Brass Band.
The rhythm section for the Irresistibles is the Twin Cities version of Booker T. and the MG’s. They call themselves Toby Lee and the HD’s, led by Toby Marshall.
The song list for The Irresistibles consists of selections from Marvin Gaye, Staple Singers, Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Carole King, James Brown, and Otis Redding, just to name a few.
Wednesday, Aug. 26 Jack Pearson
The final concert in the series will feature veteran children’s musician and storyteller Jack Pearson Wednesday, Aug. 26.
His rare ability to delight an audience of all ages shines in his trademark songs like “Velcro” and “Googolplex,” and each show features his (almost) famous amplified toy box lid.
Come prepared for a rich time of stories, instruments, audience involvement, and a chance to experience living music the way it used to be.
More about the Concerts in the Park
The annual Concerts in the Park series is presented by the GFWC Women’s Club of Delano, and is sponsored by Delano Community Education, Landscape Structures, Dave’s Town Club, State Farm-Lloyd Griep Agency, Crow River Bank, State Bank of Delano, Metrowest Title, Edward Jones Investments, John V. Reuter Ltd, Kevin Max of Ameriprise, MacLean Law Office, Delano Early Childhood, Tiger Kids Club, Delano Area Chamber of Commerce and the Delano Herald Journal.
The series is made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board through funding by the Minnesota State Legislature.
Delano’s Concerts in the Park series
The Concerts in the Park series, presented by the General Federated Women’s Club of Delano, will take place four Wednesdays through the summer at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Park gazebo. Concerts include:
• Wednesday, June 24 The JARS
• Wednesday, July 22 Minnesota Percussion Trio
• Wednesday, Aug. 5 (Taste of Delano) The Irresistibles
• Wednesday, Aug. 26 Jack Pearson