Free summer concerts return

The band “Hitchville” entertained a large crowd during the first Isanti street dance, held on Saturday, June 22. Despite having to dodge a brief shower at the beginning of the show, the audience enthusiastically enjoyed the band’s original music, along with their covering of some long-time classics. There will be two more street dances this summer; one on July 20 and another on Aug. 17.

The hills, parks and streets of Cambridge, Isanti and North Branch will again be alive with the sound of music throughout the summertime, as each city presents multiple free concerts for the communities to enjoy.

Cambridge

Cambridge’s concerts, which are held at the bandshell in City Park, begin on Thursday, June 27, with a performance by “Brass Barn Polka Band.” 

There will be no concert the following week due to the Fourth of July falling on that day. On July 11, one of the longest-running and wildly popular area bands, “The Whitesidewalls,” will bring their sounds to the park. On July 18, the Tom Petty tribute band “Free Fallin’” will perform. “Boogie Wonderland” will take the audience back to the groovy ’70s on July 25. Finally, a comedy/music combination of Chad Filley and Sonny Winberg will close out the series.

The concerts will run from 6-8 p.m. each of the dates. There will also be food trucks on site. 

In case of inclement weather, the concerts may be moved to the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School.

North Branch

Central Park will again be the location of North Branch’s “Concerts in the Park: A Hometown Celebration,” which will be held on Tuesdays in July and August.

The fun gets started on July 9 with kids’ music favorite “Bob the Beachcomber.” On July 16, acoustic rock, country and pop musician Andy Spofford will entertain the crowd. July 23 features “Sweethearts Dinner Band,” with a rock, pop, alternative music selection. Country and rock band “Good Timin” will play on July 30.

There will be a one-week break from live music as Night to Unite is scheduled for Aug. 6. That event will feature a DJ, however. The series concludes with popular country band “Monroe Crossing” on Aug. 13.

Each concert will begin at 7 p.m., with a kids’ story time taking place at 6:45 p.m. The first 50 families will each receive a free book.

There is no alternative, indoor location for these concerts, so in case of inclement weather, the affected concert will be canceled by 2 p.m.

Isanti

The popular street dances that run from 7-11 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Isanti have already begun, with “Hitchville” performing last Saturday.

Next in line will be “Audio Circus,” who will bring their unique take on all forms of music to the stage on Saturday, July 20. 

The third and final performance will be Saturday, Aug. 17, with “Good for Gary,” who will cover current Top 40 hits. Their performance will also be the finale for the day’s “Celebrate Isanti” event.

In addition to the music, multiple food and beverage vendors will be on site.

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