Celebrate summer 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. Nightly family activities include face painting, caricature artist and cornhole tournaments with proceeds going to benefit local nonprofits. Band sponsors also offer a variety of activities and giveaways as well as a prize at the end of the evening to someone with a lucky ticket. The beer garden opens at 5 p.m. for a social hour, time to meet social hour sponsors and buy this year's collectible button and a 2nd Street Stage T-shirt.

The line up begins with the following bands:

• June 20 - Collapsing Stars. This Twin Cities-based band plays blues, roots, folk and Americana.

• 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 www.parkrapidsdowntown.com.

Turner to perform at Music Under the Pines

BEMIDJI-Back once again for Father's Day, Doyle Turner and his father, Doyle Turner Sr. will perform at Music Under the Pines from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at the amphitheater in Lake Bemidji State Park, 3401 State Park Rd. NE.

Doyle Turner Jr. plays guitar and sings songs ranging from well-known country to blues, folk, 1950s rock and modern Top 40 songs. Sponsored by the North Country Snowmobile Club of Bemidji.

Carlson to perform at BACM third summer recital

BEMIDJI-Sarah Carlson, organist at First Lutheran Church, will present the next concert in the Recital Series sponsored by the Bemidji Area Church Musicians at noon on Wednesday, June 19, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Carlson will demonstrate the sounds of the new Casavant organ at First Lutheran with a variety of composers and musical styles. The 30 minute recital will include works by Paul Hindemith, G. F. Handel, Frederick Swann, Gerald Near, and William Albright. The listener will hear the sounds of the trumpet, strings, flutes, and low 32-foot stop of the pedal in music selected. Carlson has organ performance degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Iowa. She performs locally and internationally and enjoys learning newly written music for the organ, a release said.

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


Headwaters Fiddle Camp instructors to perform

BEMIDJI-Every year Headwaters Music and Arts hosts one or more public performances as a part of the Headwaters Fiddle Camp. This year there will be an evening performance by Fiddle Camp instructors Brian Miller and Rose and John Vincent, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

The concert is open to the public and will feature lumberjack stories, local song history, and great music, a release said. Admission is $5 and is free for Fiddle Camp participants. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event.

With strong harmonies and energetic rhythm, John and Rose Vincent perform throughout the Midwest at dances, special events, concerts and festivals as the John and Rose Band.

Brian Miller fell in love with Irish traditional music as a teenager in Bemidji (where he formed The Gaels) and followed the music to its source in Ireland and to its many strongholds in the U.S. Miller provides guitar and bouzouki accompaniment for the Chicago-based Irish traditional band Bua and for his duo The Lost Forty, in which he also sings. Miller has devoted much of the past 10 years to the research and revival of Irish-influenced folk songs once popular in the north woods of Minnesota and throughout the Great Lakes during the old time logging era of the 1800s, a release said.

Find out more by calling (218) 444-5606 or by visiting https://headwatersmusicandarts.org.

BSU to hold Native American flute festival, workshop

BEMIDJI-A Native American Flute Festival and Workshop will be held at Bemidji State University, June 28-29. A free concert featuring Randy McGinnis will start things off at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Main Theater in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

McGinnis is of Cherokee descent and was named 2017 Native American Flutist of the Year.

Also performing at the concert will be Ann Humphrey, Jon Romer, Louisa Barta and dancers and drummers from Red Lake.

A "make a flute" workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the American Indian Resource Center. The workshop is limited to 25 people, with a registration fee of $25.

For more information and to register, contact Kathy Towley at (612) 219-3394 or dtowley@paulbunyan.net.

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, June 16; 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 www.bemidjisculpture.org.

Family Art Saturday on June 22

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center will host Family Art Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 22 for a morning of creating and planting. Families will create a design to paint on clay pots, then add small succulents to complete the project. This class is $10 per family. No pre-registration required. This is a drop-in style class; come between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to ensure completion of project.

Coming in July, Watermark will be launching two "Mark Makers" art camps for grades one through six. Watch the website for upcoming details, www.watermarkartcenter.org

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Headwaters to hold Fiddle Camp June 17-21

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts will hold its eighth annual Fiddle Camp, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. This camp is for adults and youth with a minimum of one year performance experience. Cost is $100 per participant. This will be a week-long day camp with both private and group instruction, enrichment activities and games, and public performance opportunities. There typically are two performances during the week, concluding with a Friday afternoon performance.

The camp is open to children ages 7 and older, as well as adult string players who want to experience an environment that both advances their abilities and offers a creative and collaborative experience. Rose Vincent of Eau Claire, Wis., serves as this year's director, and will work with instructors John Vincent, Brian Miller and Sarah Hamrin to develop and fine-tune each day's activities. Brian Miller will bring his knowledge of lumber camp history and traditions, and vocalist and performer Carrie Dlutkowski will joins in as the special guest presenter.

Register or learn more by calling (218) 444-5606, or visit headwatersmusicandarts.org

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 headwatersschool@yahoo.com 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.

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 Thursday, June 20, 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 https://headwatersmusicandarts.org.