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: To Be Announced
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 thi 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.
Neil Witikko performs lead and harmony vocals, and plays guitar, mandolin, and banjitar. Neil has been performing live music for over 40 years and his passion for quality live music continues unabated. He has spent most of his working career as a high school teacher, and is now a professor of education at the collegiate level. Xavier Witikko adds lead and harmony vocals, plus 6 & 12-string guitar. Xavier is Neil’s son, and worked his way into live music by borrowing his dad’s guitar and teaching himself to play the songs we love so well. He is currently a senior at a Twin Ports area high school, and will spend his summer coaching in a youth summer rec program. His primary responsibilities are to be a student, athlete, musician, son, and friend. Tim Lang also sings lead and harmony vocals, and plays harmonica. From the lakes region of west central Minnesota, Tim has a long history of live performance but until about twenty years ago, it was confined to theatrical settings. He has been a dairy farmer, ranch hand, contractor, technical college instructor, tech industry QA lead, and will spend part of his summer back in construction as a technical adviser to Northern Bedrock Corps, assisting with historic building restorations.
Thursday, July 27: To Be Announced
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.