Summer Concert Series

Summer Concerts are done for the season!

The Summer Concert Series is held at the performance pavilion of the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, located at 9750 Egret Blvd. The schedule is released in early spring, and features a variety of music genres and styles - everything from jazz and big band to country music and rock n roll!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. Anoka County Parks is a partner for this event and waives the park entrance fee for the evening. There will be no shuttling available from the visitor center to the concert pavilion this year, but a drop-off/pick-up area is available near the pavilion. 

The Summer Concert Series is organized by the Coon Rapids Arts Commission with funding from the Coon Rapids Community Strength Foundation

Meet the bands from the 2023 Concerts!

RedLetterBand_SizedforWeb copyThe Red Letter Band

This chart-topping group enjoys entertaining audiences up-close and personal. Their debut single, “Bring Me” climbed to #2 on the Inspirational Country Music charts out of Nashville. The full-scale, family friendly, professional sound of The Red Letter Band delivers classic country hits along with the original music. 

Learn more and listen here.


Ecuador Manta

This Andean band originating from a village in Atahualpa, Ecuador has been playing together since 1992! Now based in St. Paul, the group has spent over two decades together developing their unique style. Ecuador Manta combines distinct traditional South American rhythms to create a contemporary Latin sound.

View a performance here.


Gypsy Mania Hot Club Quartet

Gypsy Mania “Hot Club” Quartet, a Twin Cities-based swing Jazz band, performs a timeless jazz tradition commonly known as Gypsy Jazz, a blend of traditional Roma music and swing jazz. Originating in the early 1930s, the ‘Hot Club’ jazz tradition brings back happy memories of the swing jazz era, and for all an opportunity to nod, tap, or hit the dance floor. 

Learn more and listen here.

Rockin all starsJust Dave and the Rockin' All Stars

Don’t miss this one time performance featuring five original rockers that performed in famous rock bands back in the 60’s. This show performance includes special guest star "Cadillac Sally," the first female drummer to be inducted into the Mid-America Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  All 5 All Stars are honored inductees into the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

NewRiversideRamblers_SizedforWeb copyNew Riverside Ramblers

The Cajun music of the New Riverside Ramblers comes from the rich musical heritage of the bayous and prairies of south Louisiana. The band covers a spectrum from old-style fiddle tunes, lively two-steps, soulful waltzes, gritty blues to rockin’ honky-tonk sounds. Inspired by legendary Cajun musicians, the Ramblers overlay their own infectious feel that gets toes tapping.

Learn more and listen here. 

TheHigh48s_SizedforWeb copyThe High 48's

The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude since 2006. They are one of the very few bands who can find an overlooked bluegrass classic in a song by M. Ward or the Clash then throw down hard on a standard by Bill Monroe.

Learn more and listen here.

placeholder_SizedforWeb copyThe Naked Cowboys

The Naked Cowboys are a 4 piece classic, outlaw country band with a “splash”  of classic and southern rock. Playing Waylon, Willy, Merl, Hank, and Cash among others, they are a crowd friendly, engaging, “sing along” band. This talented group comes from a solid background in the entertainment business.

Learn more and listen here.

Jonahandthewhales_SizedforWeb copyJonah and the Whales

Jonah & The Whales have been entertaining audiences in Minnesota for more than 40 years. Always featuring the best musicians and singers from the Twin Cities, the band is well known for its seamless, non-stop combination of rock, pop & modern country. Jonah & The Whales feature classics from the 70’s all the way through the radio hits of today! 

Learn more and listen here.


The Revolution 5

The Revolution 5 is a Beatles Tribute band that strives to capture the sound and energy of a Beatles performance with chart-topping hits and a handful of deeper tracks. The band consists of Aaron Barthel on guitar, keys, harp and vocals, Kevin Jennissen on guitar, keys and vocals, Terry Vermillion on drums and vocals, Jake Hagedorn on guitar and vocals and John Tetrault on bass and vocals.

Learn more and view a performance here.


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The community gathers for a summer concert at the Coon Rapids Dam
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