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.
Each Thursday evening the food truck from Room at the Table Catering & Bakery will feature Paul Sapyta’s chef-inspired food items for purchase, so come hungry!
Thursday, July 11: Todd Menton
Join us for opening night of the 2019 Hot Summer Nights Concerts Series featuring world-wide touring musician Todd Menton.
Todd’s calling card is his wry, edgy performing style, focusing on warm, vibrant vocals and sharp playing on guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, bodhran, and tin whistle. Audiences can expect all the drama and hilarity of traditional Celtic songs and tunes, and the darkly humorous word-play of his original songs, delivered with wit and crackling energy.
Menton is the lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the legendary folk-rock band Boiled in Lead. A native Minnesotan, Todd first toured with the band for eight years, playing at major festivals and concert venues in Europe, the U.K., Canada and the U. S. He contributed songs and tunes to three award-winning albums, including From the Ladle to the Grave and Orb.
Todd and Boiled in Lead parted ways in 1992, and he hit the road playing solo shows in pubs, clubs, and festivals throughout the Midwest. During this time he released two acclaimed solo discs on New Folk Records, Punts and Where Will You Land. At the band’s invitation, Todd rejoined Boiled in Lead in 2005. They released their CD, Silver, in March 2008. Todd continues to forge new ground with the band while pushing boundaries and making joyous, raucously eclectic folk-noise in his ongoing solo work.
Todd also teaches bodhran for the Center For Irish Music in St. Paul. This is his third appearance in the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series.
Thursday, July 18: 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.
Thursday, July 25: The Twins of Franklin
The Twins of Franklin are not, in fact, twins.
They are two dear friends and Minneapolis musicians Becky Shaheen and Laura Lou. But after being regularly mistaken as such for years as best friends, roommates, and each other’s solo backup singers, they decided to embrace the label when they formed their new act. Turns out, a decade of singing together means the pair can do some pretty neat things. Like delivering tight, delicate harmonies that can suddenly become one world conquering belts or even encouraging a group singalong when covering your favorite Goo Goo Dolls song.
To the Twins, nothing is more fun than making music together, as a duo or as a full six piece band. That’s the feeling you’re let in on when experiencing the Twins of Franklin’s delightful ballads and zesty uptempo folk songs live. Becky & Laura are in the process of recording new original songs in duo form and plan on releasing their first music as The Twins of Franklin in 2019.
This is their first time performing in the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series.
Thursday, August 1: Geoff Elvee
Hardships, heartaches, and heroes have always been key subjects in country music but in the rugged working hands of Geoff Elvee these topics are eloquently transformed into first rate songs written or co-written by this rising country musician. A Native of St. Peter, Minnesota, he spent his 20s traveling throughout the western states playing with pick up bands, performing solo shows and working construction sites along the way.
In 1998 he moved back to Minnesota where he eventually wrote, co-produced and released his first and second albums “It’s About Time” and “Big Wheels.” Elvee has spent recent years playing around the regional area with a cast of top notch professional musicians from all over the country who are now living in Minnesota and occasionally makes trips back out west and to Nashville to expand his fan base. Elvee is currently working on his third album “Being A Man” due to be released sometime this year.
Elvee also has been involved with producing and performing veteran military appreciation charity concerts that have sparked public interest and have provided a venue for vets and their families to have a good time.
The Cloquet Community Band will also perform one concert this summer at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15.
Cloquet-area neighbors and friends play classic Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes, and familiar concert band music.