BEMIDJI-Tea and Sympathy, a Minneapolis-based group, kicked off the 2019 of the Mississippi Music concert series Wednesday evening at the Lake Bemidji waterfront.
The group is centered on songwriter and musician Alicia Corbett. An earlier press release said Corbett's folk/alt-rock songs and exceptional voice would remind listeners of early Aimee Mann and Ani DiFranco.
This summer will mark the fourth season of the popular Mississippi Music concert series, which brings in free, family friendly performances in Paul Bunyan Park by bands and musicians from across Minnesota and elsewhere.
Thousands of locals and visitors of all ages have enjoyed the live performances and the organizing group looks forward to presenting another rousing summer filled with a variety of music, the release said. Mississippi Music is a local nonprofit corporation formed by volunteers who started producing concerts on the waterfront in Bemidji in 2016.
The concerts will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through August. A beer garden area is available to fans older than 21, and food trucks provide a variety of meals and snacks each week.
This season, live music also will be presented at the waterfront on Wednesday, July 3, by the Bemidji Jaycees 75th Water Carnival and on Wednesday, July 31, by the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival.
The rest of the 2019 Mississippi Music summer concert lineup:
• June 19: Faith Boblett, the daughter of musicians, grew up in Cross Lake, surrounded by a family who supported her early musical abilities beginning with her songwriting at age thirteen. Boblett pulls her inspiration from singer-songwriters such as Brandi Carlile, Stevie Wonder and Ryan Adams.
• June 26: The Slamming Doors play music often written by Duluth musician and songwriter Adam Herman. After spending many years traveling across America, listeners can hear a twinge of the South from the steel guitar on some of their original roots, blues and rock tunes.
• July 3: Bemidji Jaycees 75th Water Carnival
• July 10: The Hooten Hallers, a trio from Columbia, Mo., are a high-energy, blues-rock band known for their enthusiastic live shows throughout the country.
• July 17: Rich Mattson, one of Minnesota's most respected, prolific and notable musicians and songwriters, teams up with Germaine Gemberling and the rest of the Northstars in presenting what they call Cosmic Folk. Think roots rock buoyed by The Byrds.
• July 24: Originally from Chicago, Lila Ammons is part of a family musical legacy that includes bop and boogie woogie. Ammons lives in Minneapolis and has forged a new career path internationally by performing classic blues and jazz.
• July 31: Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival
• Aug. 7: Six Mile Grove is a seasoned, five-piece country rock band from Austin, Minn. Referring to themselves these days as "dads in a band," Six Mile Grove has weathered 20 years of the tumultuous music scene as a self-managed, self-produced and self-recording band.
• Aug. 14: The Everett Smithson Band performs a variety of styles and genres that add up to a musical trip down the big river. Hear Zydeco, funky roots, Tex-Mex, blues and more.
• Aug. 21: Honky-Tonk Jump plays swinging Texas dance hall music in the tradition of Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb. The group, which includes an accordion and pedal steel, will throw in some Hank Williams and other early honky-tonk legends just for fun.
• Aug. 28: Since the 1970s, Known Only Locally and Friends has been the perfect venue to present the original songs of late Bemidji musician Jim Miller, and they have been performing in one form or another ever since. Backed by Kristi Tell Miller on mandolin, Miriam Tell on guitar, and Gary Broste on bass, KOL has extended invitations for others to join them as Jim Miller's musical traditions continue.