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 19: Tim Houlihan
Join us for opening night of the 2018 Hot Summer Nights Concerts Series featuring the engaging troubadour Tim Houlihan. Minneapolis-based Tim Houlihan is a singer songwriter whose songs are carved from real life with articulate enthusiasm, strong grooves and sophisticated playing. Tim has traversed the United States and Europe and his performances draw listeners in through intimate stories and warm anecdotes. Tim’s library of Americana music continues to grow across a never-ending horizon of Midwestern attitudes and perspectives.
Thursday, July 26: Lehto & Wright
Former Esko resident Steve Lehto performs a rare local gig to showcase his outstanding guitar talent. As Lehto & Wright, the trio takes cues from Irish, English and American folk traditions and interprets them with contemporary, guitar-based arrangements. The result is a fresh approach to the world of Celtic folk-rock music. Hear them use modern tools to achieve the effect of a six-piece band while using only three musicians.
Thursday, August 2: 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, August 9: Laura Lou DuSchane
Laura Lou is the breath of fresh air you didn’t realize you needed to take. With songs that focus on authenticity, presence, and timelessness, Laura Lou draws you in with her full-body vocals, tender ballads, and fun-driving folk rock bangers. Yes, folk/rock bangers. It’s fun music, and she’s great…don’t judge without hearing her perform because her shows are a special experience you won’t want to miss. She’s recently released her first full-length album “ECHO” which can be listened to in all of the places music can be heard.
The Cloquet Community Band will also perform one concert this summer at 7:00 p.m. on a Monday to be determined.
Cloquet-area neighbors and friends play classic Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes, and familiar concert band music.