North metro town briefs: Summer music series are at hand

  • Updated: June 3, 2014 - 2:12 PM

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Concert series kicks off on Thursday

Coon Rapids’ annual Thursday Nites LIVE Summer Concert Series will begin on Thursday, June 5, with a performance by the High 48s bluegrass band at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 9750 Egret Blvd.

The free concerts take place at 7 p.m. at the performance pavilion, and Anoka County Parks waives the $5 parking fee for the evening.

Concerts will be held each Thursday, except July 3, through Aug. 16.

The lineup: June 12, Sherwin Linton & The Cotton Kings (country); June 19, Erin Schwab (cabaret); June 26, Minneapolis Commodores (barbershop); July 10, MN Sinfonia (symphony); July 17, Ecuador Manta (Ecuadorian); July 24, D.L. Cajun Band (Cajun); July 31, Holy Rocka Rollaz (50s); Aug. 7, The Tony Garry Band (variety); Aug. 16, Rockie Lynne (country, at Sand Creek Park)


Summer event series starts June 12

Roadhouse Blue, a variety/classic country/rock band, will launch The Draw Summer Event Series 2014, a free weekly series at the Draw Amphitheater in Ramsey.

The band will perform from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 12. The amphitheater is located at 7401 E. Ramsey Pkwy. Concerts will be held at the same place at the same time each Thursday, except July 3, through Aug. 28.

The lineup: June 19, BOB FM & Coborn’s, featuring the Shane Martin Band; June 26, High Brow and the Shades (variety band); July 10, the Killer Hayseeds (country); July 17, Stimulus Package (from classic rock to rocking country); July 24, Two Hicks and a Chick (acoustic trio); July 31, Elvis, Todd Anderson; Aug. 7, Rubber Soul (Beatles tribute); Aug. 14, Church of Cash (Johnny Cash tribute); Aug. 21, The Castaways (rock ’n’ roll); Aug. 28 (5:30-7 p.m.), community picnic with a live broadcast from BOB FM and performance by Shirts and Skins.

For information, go to:

Flag Day 5K run/walk to help vets, families

The third annual Flag Day 5K walk and run will take place Saturday, June 14, in Ramsey. The event, sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, raises money for the Fisher House near the Minneapolis VA Hospital. The Fisher House provides accommodations for patients and family members while a veteran is receiving major care at the VA hospital.

The June 14 event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Northwest Metro VA Clinic, 7545 Veterans Drive, Ramsey. Runners will start first.

Participants will receive a T-shirt, and awards will be given to top finishers. Registration is $25 in advance at or, or $30 on race day.

The Fisher House in Minneapolis is one of 60 such facilities in the United States and Germany, offered by a private/public partnership. For information, go to


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