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 7: Vicky Emerson & Sarah Morris
Two powerhouses of Americana music from Minneapolis are bringing it to Cloquet as part of their regional Highways & Heartstrings Tour! Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris both wowed the audience in previous performances at our concert series, and combined this time will make for a special evening of music.
Emerson’s music has always been steeped in blues, folk and traditional country, blended in her Americana trademark sound. By letting it all go, vocally and musically, Vicky is able to tap into that spark and sass that fans love to see when she plays live. Her recently released album Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down has garnered much critical acclaim on a local and national basis.
Sarah Morris captivates audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. Her lyrics have unflinching honesty and poetic tenderness, yet are sung with strength and softness. Having spent several years honing her skills in Nashville, Sarah is now a regular in the Twin Cities music scene. Her country sensibility is enriched with her classical music roots producing a unique sound that, as she calls it, “is a little twang and a lot of heart.”
Thursday, July 14: McInnis’ Kitchen
McInnis’ Kitchen has become synonymous with the energy, spirited fun, and tradition experienced in any downhome kitchen party. Their repertoire is founded on the traditional Celtic music of Newfoundland, Ireland, Scotland, and the Canadian Maritimes. McInnis’ Kitchen combines the vocal talents of members Sue Spencer and Jim Ofsthun with the fiery double-fiddle style fiddlers Mark Monroe and Chuck Butler. The driving rhythmic music is performed on fiddle, guitar, bodhran, button accordion and whistle. The songs often tell the stories of the people, their journeys and the sea. The energy and fun these musicians project in their performances attest to their own kitchen music roots and cultural upbringing. They have performed twice before in our Hot Summer Nights Concert Series and were an audience favorite.
Thursday, July 21: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
The GCO describes it as “mind-freakin’ music,” or, a liberating melting pot of genres elevated by riff magic, hummable melodies, and groovy jams. Often featuring poetic lyrics, characterized by sophisticated harmonic, dynamic and technical complexity, it requires performers of considerable training and skill. When you combine that type of music with four fun-loving musicians who don’t take themselves too seriously and who have a love of so much music, you get a bit of magic. It all culminates in an intensely energetic live performance because, as they say it, “we freakin’ love what we do and love that the fans dig it too!” The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has performed twice before in our Hot Summer Nights Concert Series and received standing ovations, certainly a favorite of musicians and everyone else.
Thursday, July 28: 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 18th consecutive summer concert performance at the college.
The Cloquet Community Band will also perform one concert this summer at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11
Cloquet-area neighbors and friends play classic Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes, and familiar concert band music.