The annual Hot Summer Nights Concert Series is a series of free concerts performed in the college’s outdoor-indoor amphitheater.
The Hot Summer Nights Concert Series has been presented by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College every summer since 1998. The series is very popular among families and individuals, many who keep coming back every summer to hear great music in a wonderful setting. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family on a nice summer evening.
The free performances are open to the public and are held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings in July. All concerts are held rain or shine under the dome of the spectacular amphitheater. In the case of poor weather, the concerts are held indoors. Average audience attendance each week ranges from 200 to 500 people.
Known for providing high-quality professional performers each week, the concert series features a range of musical styles and acts, from solo acts to small groups to bands. Each entertaining evening of music is designed for family fun and for people of all ages. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, or seat cushions to sit on.
Thursday, July 6: Todd Eckart
Join us for opening night of the 2017 Hot Summer Nights Concerts Series featuring the fabulous and fascinating Todd Eckart. An amalgam of raw energy, classic charm, bygone-era romance and a formidable stage presence grace every note of Todd’s live performances. He is equal parts wistful crooner, country songsmith, and rock-n-roll heartthrob. Don’t miss this show by a man armed only with his guitar, his songs, and a burning desire to tell his story and, most importantly, touch the hearts of his listeners, male and female, young and old alike. Voted Best Musician by the Northland Reader in the 2016 and 2017 Best of the Northland Polls!
Thursday, July 13: Rock-a-Billy Revue
This enduring group from Duluth is noted for providing popular hit music and crowd-pleasing fun. With the always-entertaining Don Buck leading the way, the show is full of surprises and good humor–and the group loves to perform here. If it is a classic song from the radio that you want to hear, then this is the group for you. This is their 19th consecutive summer concert performance at the college.
Thursday, July 20: Northeast Timberland Band
The Northeast Timberland Band has been making music in the Twin Ports since late in 2013. The trio features outstanding lead and harmony vocals on popular music that everyone has heard. This is their first appearance in the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series, and this is a performance you will not want to miss! The Northeast Timberland Band loves to make music, and it shows in the enthusiasm and energy of the three musicians.
The Northeast Timberland Band is an energetic trio playing the biggest hit songs of popular music artists ranging from Dan Fogelberg to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to the Marshall Tucker Band, plus many other all-time favorite songs. It’s safe to assume the group uses crisp, clean instrumentals to provide the backing for tight, multi-part vocal harmonies. Everything from ballads to blues and bluegrass to country is fair game for this outstanding group.
Thursday, July 27: Jillian Rae
Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing combines spectacularly with her lifelong experience as a performer. Like many of Minnesota’s finest musicians, Jillian Rae grew up in the north on the Iron Range, an environment as open to country, folk (and yes, polka) as it is to pop, rock and blues. Growing up in a music-loving household, Jillian was hooked early when she began taking violin lessons at age seven. She began to sing, dance, and perform, and has been working hard at perfecting her art ever since. Jillian has been a heavy hitter in the Minnesota music scene for years, playing with as many musicians as humanly possible–on stage, in the studio, or both.
The Cloquet Community Band will also perform one concert this summer at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10
Cloquet-area neighbors and friends play classic Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes, and familiar concert band music.