by Jim Boyle
If you’re looking for a concert, you don’t have to go far. And if you miss one, you won’t have to wait long for the next one.
With the addition of Classic Rock Fridays at Rockwoods, there are now concerts three nights per week to choose from along the Mississippi River in Elk River and Otsego.
The Riverfront Concert Series on Thursday nights at Rivers Edge Commons Park in downtown Elk River has the longest history and mixes it up all summer with various acts and musical genres.
Across the Parrish Avenue Bridge and less than a mile down County Road 42, BonFire Wednesdays are back at Rockwoods. This series features some of the hottest local country acts and some national acts, too. This series picked up on June 5 right where it left off last year with a nice turnout for the Ashley Buchart Band.
“It has become a nice community party,” said Dave Peterson, the owner of Rockwoods.
Its success and people’s interest in rock music has spurred another night of music. Rockwoods has added Classic Rock Fridays. Its lineup includes some tribute bands that will seemingly bring Prince, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Otsego.
Another highlight of the new Classic Rock Fridays is the attention to detail put into the costumes. The number of costume changes are quite frequent at many of the shows, including Ladies of the ‘80s.
Shane Martin will help kick BonFire Wednesdays up a notch this coming Wednesday. He will perform the 7-10:30 p.m. set with the help of BUZ’N Country Radio.
Classic Rock Fridays, which start at 8:30 p.m. and run until midnight, are bolstered by KQRS 92 and Jack FM Radio.
Rockwoods’ two concert series are designed in part to feed the Rockwoods JamFest on Aug. 9 and 10. Tickets for JamFest are available at BonFire Wednesdays and Classic Rock Fridays for half price on general admission and by discounted $30 for VIP seating.
“We’re hoping to make JamFest one big community party,” Peterson said. “We really want to see the locals come out and have a good time.”
This year’s JamFest will feature Creedence Clearwater Revisited. There will also be tribute bands to the Rolling Stones, The Eagles and ZZ Top to help open the show.
“The lead singer for Satisfaction looks and sounds just like Mick Jagger.”
Greg Bates, Josh Thompson and Joe Nichols will be featured on the second night of JamFest when country music takes over. The Shane Martin Band and Tim Sigler will be the opening acts.