Summer Concerts 2015
It is here—Summer! The Summer Concert season for Prospect Park will be launched at the same wonderful, quaint amphitheater on the northeast corner of the Pratt School and Community Center. On May 12, at 6:30pm, Song leader Brett Hesla of "Minnesota Community Sings” invites you to join them for a community sing. Everyone is welcome—rain or shine. This is a free event.
Three of five of 2015's Summer Free Outdoor Concerts are at Pratt Outdoor Amphitheater (performance circle) at the corner of SE Malcolm Ave and SE Sidney Ave. 7:00 p.m. The Pratt amphitheatre is Wheelchair accessible. In case of rain, the concert moves indoors to Prospect Park United Methodist Church across the street.
The fourth event will be performances by Dread I Dread and 30 Degrees North at Luxton Park on August 11th at 6 - 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Luxton Park Community Center using the Minneapolis Parks mobile stage!
The fifth event will be a performance by returning jazz and folk favorite, Claudia Schmidt at Prospect Park United Methodist Church on September 8th.
Community Sing led by Brett Hesla, Tuesday, May 12th, 6:30 p.m.
Song leader Brett Hesla of "Minnesota Community Sings" invites you to join for a community sing. Community sing events are growing in number, with many being held regularly in neighborhoods around the Twin Cities. It is an event where everyone who attends joins in the singing. Please bring a Rise Up Singing songbook if you have one. All ages and voices welcome! Family-friendly. Come join in this historic community building event with a 100 year tradition in Minneapolis, including right here at Tower Park.
The May North progressive, American folk in the north country, Tuesday, June 9th, 6:30p.m.
There have always been good bluegrass musicians in the Twin Cities...some younger, less traditional artists have emerged and brought the music to a larger, more diverse audience. - The May North
Ticket To Brasil Tuesday, July 14th, 6:30p.m.
TICKET TO BRASIL is a Bossa Nova, Afro-Brazilian Samba and Latin Jazz Fusion project created around a collective love for the celebration of rhythm and for the spirit of experimentation. The group was founded in 1998 by classical and contemporary jazz guitarist and composer Pavel Jany, and is based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota. They regularly perform at Summer concerts at Lake Harriet Bandshell and Minnehaha Park. PPERRIA neighbors and friends: you do not want to miss this one!! Dance, sway, or just sit back, and relax while listening to an intoxicating tapestry of elegant Bossa Nova, groovy, Latin Jazz, and hot Afro-Brazilian Samba. www.TicketToBrasil.com
Music Festival at Luxton Park: Dred I Dread & 30 Degrees North Tuesday, Aug 11th, 6-8:30p.m.
The Luxton Park Community Center will have the Minneapolis Parks mobile stage as a backdrop to contemporary music performances by artists (such as hip hop, spoken-word, etc.). This year we feature:
- Dred I Dread - a Minneapolis- based Reggae Band formed in 1998 and chosen as "Best Local Reggae Band" by City Pages in 1999.
- 30 Degrees North - Calypso & Latin
Claudia Schmidt Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Claudia Schmidt has been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. It is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama, and celebrating the moment. Work in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV, radio has added depth and dimension, and since she has always included her original work along with very personal versions of the work of others, what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder. The San Francisco Bay Guardian said: Schmidt's shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what's going to happen next, chances are it's going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you'll never be the same again." More succinctly, Garrison Keiilor said "when Claudia sings a song, it stays sung"
Summer concerts are presented by the PPERRIA Community Events Committee and are funded in part by the Pratt Community Council, PPERRIA, Luxton Park, Tom Sengupta of Schneider Drug & Tierney Brothers, Inc. Many others belong on this list, and are thanked with deep appreciation. Your voluntary donations will help these concerts continue.