Concert Series Ready to Rock in Expanded Park

May 17, 2017

Elk River’s Riverfront Concert Series will kick off June 15 in an enlarged River’s Edge Commons Park.

The park, which overlooks the Mississippi River at Jackson and Main in downtown Elk River, has been undergoing an expansion and will be able to seat about 2,000 people for the 2017 concert season.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and park grand opening celebration will run from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. The event will feature magician Jerry Fraiser. The park grand opening will usher in the 2017 Riverfront Concert Series. The free concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 22 through August 24, except for the week of July 4.

The concert series is sponsored by The Bank of Elk River and the city of Elk River.

This will be the series’ 11th season. Elk River Parks and Recreation Director Michael Hecker said the concerts became so popular the people were complaining that the park was full and there was no place to sit. So when the city began looking at the need to replace some failing pavers in the park, the City Council decided to expand the park as well.

With the improvements, the park will have expanded seating to the west and a second staircase. The stage will be larger and turned 30 degrees to face the center of the newly enlarged seating area.

The park also will have Wi-Fi and enhanced technological capabilities that will allow for live broadcasts from the park, if desired.

Work on the park is scheduled to be completed May 15 but the park will remain closed until June 1 to allow new sod to get established, Hecker said.

2017 concert lineup
Four of the bands in this year’s line-up are new to the concert series. They are Tonic Sol-Fa, Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band, The Ponzi Scheme Band and Boogie Wonderland. Returning to the Riverfront Concert Series stage are five crowd favorites: Rockin’ Hollywoods, A Hard Days Night, The Jimmys, Fabulous Armadillos and Arch Allies.

All of the concerts except Tonic Sol-Fa and the Fabulous Armadillos will be two hours rather than 90 minutes as Hecker said they were getting feedback that the concerts weren’t long enough. The last two concerts of the season will take advantage of the shorter days and have light shows as part of their performances, Hecker said.

To view the concert lineup and read the rest of this Star News article by Joni Astrup, go here:

2017 Riverfront Concert Series Lineup
June 15 Park Grand Opening Celebration Magician Jerry Frasier
June 22 Rockin' Hollywoods Classic Rock and Roll
June 29 Tonic Sol Fa A Cappella Vocal Band
July 13 A Hard Days Night Beatles Tribute
July 20 Mark Stone & The Dirty Country Band Country
July 27 The Jimmys Blues
August 3 The Ponzi Scheme Band Blues
August 10 Fabulous Armadillos Classic Rock
August 17 Boogie Wonderland '70s Rock and Roll
August 24 Arch Allies '80s Rock and Roll