The Slamming Doors to perform at Mississippi Music

BEMIDJI-Mississippi Music will present their next free concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, on the waterfront at the Paul Bunyan Park. The concert will feature The Slamming Doors.

The Slamming Doors play music often written by Duluth musician and songwriter Adam Herman. After spending many years traveling across America, you can hear a twinge of the south from the steel guitar on some of their original roots, blues and rock tunes, a release said.

A beer garden will be available to those over 21, and food trucks will be located on the premises with a variety of items. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets or boats to enjoy this family friendly music event. In case of rainy weather, local media will make announcements

and signs will be posted near the venue directing concert goers to Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

Community Band sets patriotic concert June 30

BEMIDJI-The Bemidji Area Community Band will present a patriotic summer concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, on the south lawn of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU.

The concert program will feature well-known classics to celebrate American music and Independence Day including the infamous "Stars and Stripes Forever" march, a medley of Armed Forces service songs, and other classic patriotic music to celebrate Independence Day.

The band will also be featuring Sarah Sundeen on clarinet performing "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Hermann. Sarah is a long time member of the BACB, holds a bachelor's degree in clarinet performance from BSU and is a member of multiple performing ensembles in the Bemidji area.

The band will be under the direction of Terry Bradley, a retired music educator who lives in Bemidji with his wife Linda. Terry's teaching and military careers span 35 years in education and 20 years as a National Guard bandsman. He holds degrees in music education from Minot State University, Bemidji State University, with additional graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been active as a band adjudicator for 45 years and has conducted bands in the US, Canada, Australia and Jamaica.

Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a beverage to enjoy with complimentary treats provided by concert sponsor Raphael's Bakery Cafe. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Bangsberg's Thompson Recital Hall.

Future concerts will be held at 7 p.m. on July 14 and 28.

BACM presents fourth summer recital June 26

BEMIDJI-Melanie Hanson on violin and piano, and Michael Hanson on soprano saxophone, will perform at the next concert in the Recital Series sponsored by the Bemidji Area Church Musicians at noon on Wednesday, June 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 123 29th St. NE.

Their 30-minute program will include a variety of classical and sacred selections, including their arrangement of the hymn, "How Great Thou Art," a release said.

Melanie Hanson is concertmaster for Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Both Hansons teach music at Red Lake Schools. Melanie is also the director of the Park Rapids Classic Chorale.

A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. A free-will offering will be received at the door for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs of the Bemidji Area Church


Bagley Community Theater presents 'Mamma Mia!'

BAGLEY-The Bagley Community Theater will present the musical theater hit, "Mamma Mia!" at the Bagley High School auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 6, and at 4 p.m. on July 7.

Set on a small Greek Island, the play is very similar to the movie and features the upbeat, memorable music of the 1970's group ABBA, a release said. Audiences will hear songs such

as "Super Trouper," "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia!" and many other familiar favorites.

Local actors from Bagley, Fosston, Solway, and Shevlin comprise the cast, directed by Marilyn Hood, with Josh Gunderson as musical director and Gwen LaVine as choreographer.

Reserved seating tickets for the show are available at Mark's Hardware in Bagley or by emailing ticket requests to Tickets can then be picked up at will-call on the performance date at the theater or at Bagley High School during the Bagley All-School Reunion from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 3-6.

Headwaters to offer music camps June 24-28

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts will be holding several music camps from Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Cost is $90 per participant. For more information, contact or (218) 444-5606.

• Suzuki Jump Start Camp: Will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. for children ages 4 to 13, with no prior playing experience. This camp will offer an introduction to stringed instruments using the Suzuki method. Suzuki's 'Mother Tongue' approach to teaching music builds on the principles of language acquisition. Those principles include an early beginning, listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children and then learning to read, a release said. Violin, viola or cello rental for children and adults is included in the program courtesy of Schmitt Music Co.

• Beginner Fiddle Camp: Will be held from noon to 3 p.m. for ages 5 and older. This camp will help students with limited playing experience gain an introduction to playing in groups and prepares students for Headwaters' annual summer Fiddle Camp for string players of all ages.

• Piano Camp 1: Will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. for children ages 5 to 14. This camp is meant for students with at least one year of lessons, and will help them to focus on piano and musicianship skills.

• Piano Camp 2: Will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. for ages 5 to 18. This camp will be led by Headwaters instructor Jessica Westlund, and is for those who attended last year's Piano Camp or have two or more years of playing experience. At the beginning of the week, students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and level of advancement and appropriate repertoire will be selected for them to learn. Headwaters piano instructors will teach private and small group lessons, and students will have the chance to play ensemble repertoire for more than one pianist at one piano. Campers will also enjoy specialty classes such as musicianship, jazz piano and improv.

Kind Country at 2nd Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS-The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association invites the public to celebrate summer at 2nd Street Stage events Thursday evenings from June 13 through Aug. 15 except July 4, (that week the concert will be Friday, July 5).

The 2nd Street Stage concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. except on Aug. 8, when the concert will follow Water Wars.

• June 28 - Kind Country. A Minneapolis-based band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music.

• July 5 - The Front Fenders. A Fargo-based band, The Front Fenders have been entertaining audiences since 1995 and rocked the 2nd Street Stage last year.

To see the complete summer line up, go to

Headwaters to hold Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music and Arts will hold Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley in three sessions July 15-19. Led by musician, singer and song-writer Téa Renee, Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley introduces participants to the skills and techniques of playing the ukulele. Learn about tablature, fingerboard charts, chord charts, strumming patterns, common chords, tuning methods, tuner apps, different sizes and names of ukuleles, strings, and types of picks. Try out popular

chord progressions and song forms such as country, folk, pop, rock and blues.

The week will wrap up with a potluck meal and short final performance.

No previous experience needed. All learning materials, instruction and songbook are included with registration. Bring a ukulele and tuner, or purchase through Headwaters for an additional fee. Cost for the class is $70 per participant.

The following sessions will be offered from Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19.

• Session 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, for adults.

• Session 2 from 1 to 4 p.m., for ages 12-17.

• Session 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., for adults.

For more information and to register, contact or (218) 444-5606.

Headwaters to hold Musical Theater Camp

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a week-long Musical Theater Camp that will prepare participants to take part in community theater or school productions while giving them an opportunity to have fun and be creative with friends, a release said. This year Kari Ekhoff directs The Quantianius Connection, where aliens travel through space and time to discover the secret of the performance talents of Purple Floyd.

Participants, ages 8-18, will spend the week exploring the entire process of musical theater, from character development and set construction to costuming and working off-script for a final public performance. This Musical Theater Camp provides a gentle, inclusive and successful environment for children from the most basic to advanced levels to shine, the release said.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 22-26, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

There will be breaks built in for lunch, board games, art activities, and team building challenges.

The cost to attend is $150 per student. Supplies are provided but participants should plan to bring a bagged lunch each day. For more information and to register by 5 p.m., July 1, contact or (218) 444-5606.

Fosston Children's Theater to perform 'Mary Poppins JR'

FOSSTON-The Fosston Children's Theater will be performing a production of Mary Poppins JR, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, at the Fosston Community Library Arts Theater, 403 Foss Ave. N.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces the audience to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.

The play is directed by Abby Pearson. There is no admission fee, seats will be on a first come first served basis. Freewill offerings will be accepted and appreciated.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk summer tour schedule

BEMIDJI-Join the Bemidji Sculpture Walk on the first and third Sundays of each month now through August. Each tour lasts about an hour and focuses on learning about each piece of art and the artists who created them. Local Bemidji history and architecture will also be discussed. Tours will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sundays, July 7 and 21; and Aug. 4 and 18. Meet at the Bemidji Visitor Center next to Paul and Babe. Tours are free of charge and no pre-registration is required. For more information, visit

Headwaters to hold Pottery and Pints classes

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts will hold Pottery & Pints art classes from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 18 and Aug. 15, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Attendees can enjoy a relaxing afternoon glazing pottery. Headwaters resident potter, Tom Daly, will walk attendees through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. In between pieces they can try their hand at basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer. A cash bar will be available courtesy of Brigid's Pub. No art experience is required. For those ages 21 and older. Advance registration required. Cost is $45 ($40 for Headwaters members). Find out more or register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online at