Monday, May 13, 2013

Big-Band Insanity! 2013 Summer Concerts in the Parks

The Capri Big Band

Big-band fans, this is for you: a list of all 96 big-band concerts planned for this summer in parks in and around the Twin Cities, thanks to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. All are outdoors, most are free. Hat tip to Jerry Swanberg, big-band aficionado and host of KBEM's "Big Band Scene," for compiling this beast.

Big-band sounds aren't all you'll hear in parks around the cities. Here's the complete program of Minneapolis' Music and Movies in the Parks for 2013. And here's St. Paul's Music in the Parks schedule.


Brio Brass


91 Concerts by 36 Big Bands in 41 Parks

MAY
Sun, 5/12 – Capri Big Band - Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Mon, 5/13 – BBB Jazz Orchestra - Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Tues, 5/21 – Mpls Southwest High School Big Band & Combos, Lake Harriet – 6:30 PM 
Tues, 5/28 – Roseville Big Band - Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Thur, 5/30 – South Mpls Community Jazz Band  Minnehaha Falls, Mpls  7 PM

ACME Jazz
JUNE   
Sat, 6/01 – Jazz on the Prairie Big Band – Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie – 3 PM
Mon, 6/03 – Adam Meckler Orchestra – Rice Park, Downtown St. Paul – Noon
Mon, 6/03  BBB Jazz Orchestra  Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 7:30 PM
Mon, 6/03 – Southside Big Band  Centennial Lakes Amphitheatre, Edina – 7 PM   
Tues, 6/04  South Mpls Community Jazz Band  Como Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Thur, 6/06 – Red Rock Swing Band  Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Sun, 6/09 – 23rd Annual Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie, Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie
• 2 PM – River City Jazz Orchestra
• 3 PM – Good News Big Band
• 4 PM  Just Friends Big Band
• 5 PM  ACME Jazz Company
• 6 PM – Bend in the River Big Band
• 7 PM  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band
Sun, 6/09 – Southside Big Band - Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 3 PM
Mon, 6/10 – Maple Grove Jazz Ens.–Maple Grove Town Green Amphitheater –7PM
Mon, 6/10 – Mpls Police Swing Band  Como Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Tues, 6/11 – River City Jazz Orchestra – Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 7:30 PM
Thur, 6/13 – River City Jazz Orchestra – Como Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Thur, 6/13  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band  Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 7:30 PM
Mon, 6/17 – Southside Big Band  Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 7:30 PM
Tues, 6/18 – Roseville Big Band – Frank Rog Amphitheater, Roseville – 7:30 PM
Wed, 6/19 – Classic Big Band  Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Wed, 6/19 – Good News Big Band  Centennial Lakes Amphitheatre, Edina – 7 PM  
Mon, 6/24 – Brio Brass  Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Wed, 6/26 – Bend in the River Big Band  Centennial Lakes, Edina – 7 PM
Wed, 6/26  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band  The Village at Mendota Heights – 7 PM 
Wed, 6/26  Brio Brass – Minnehaha Falls Bandshell, Mpls – 7 PM
Thur, 6/27  Bend in the River Big Band – Hopkins Downtown Park – 7 PM
Thur, 6/27 – Brio Brass – Casey Lake Park, North St Paul – 7 PM
Sat , 6/29 – Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park, Downtown St. Paul
• 1 PM  MPS Summer Jazz Around Mpls Youth Big Band  Youth Stage
• 1:30 PM  Brio Brass  Union Depot Stage
• 2 PM -– Stillwater High School X-tet  Dakota Foundation Youth Stage
• 4 PM  Main Stage  JazzMN Orchestra with Connie Evingson
• 5 PM  6th St Stage  Adam Meckler Orchestra
Sat, 6/29 – Capri Big Band  Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek, Brooklyn Center – 8 PM

Adam Meckler Orchestra

JULY  
Mon, 7/01 – Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble  Como Park Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Tues, 7/02 – Pizzazz Jazz Band – Dance at Ojibway Park, Woodbury – 6:30 PM
Thur, 7/04  Roseville Big Band – Frank Rog Amphitheater, Roseville – 7:30 PM
Thur, 7/04  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band – Round Lake, Eden Prairie – 5:30 PM
Thur, 7/04 – Wolverines Big Band – Excelsior Commons  6-10 PM
Thur. 7/04 – St. Croix Jazz Orchestra – Pioneer Park, Stillwater – 7 PM
Sun, 7/07 – Beasley’s Big Band  Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Mon, 7/08  River City Jazz Orchestra  Centennial Lakes, Edina – 7 PM
Tues, 7/09  Bend in the River Big Band – Town Square Park, Blaine – 7 PM
Tues, 7/09 – Brio Brass – Minnetonka Civic Center Campus - 7 PM
Wed, 7/10 – Brio Brass – White Bear Avenue Parade - 6:30 PM
Thur, 7/11 – Classic Big Band  Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 7:30 PM
Thur, 7/11  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band – Hopkins Downtown Park – 7 PM
Thur, 7/11 – Andrew James Big Band – White Bear Marketfest, 4701 Hwy 61  6 PM
Sat, 7/13 – Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble – Maple Grove Days  Town Green Amphitheater – time TBD
Sun, 7/14 – Stan Bann’s Big Bone Band  Como Lakeside Pavilion, St. Paul – 7 PM
Mon, 7/15  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band  Centennial Lakes, Edina – 7 PM
Tues, 7/16  Tim Patrick & His Blue Eyes Band – Ojibway Park, Woodbury – 7 PM
Wed, 7/17  Bend in the River Big Band – City Park, Victoria – 6:45 PM
Thur, 7/18 – BBB Jazz Orchestra  Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth – 7 PM
Thur, 7/18  Roseville Big Band – Salo Park, St. Anthony Village – 7 PM
Thur, 7/18  Bend in the River Big Band – Rivers Edge Park, Elk River – 7 PM
Thur, 7/18 – Zuhrah Flames Big Band – Bryant Square Park, Mpls – 6:30 PM
Tues, 7/23 – Minnesota Jazz Orchestra, Normandale Lake, Bloomington – 7 PM
Tues, 7/23  Bend in the River Big Band  Como Lakeside Pavilion, St. Paul – 7 PM
Tues, 7/23 – Capri Big Band – MN History Center, DT St. Paul – 6:30 PM
Thur, 7/25 – Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra – Rice Park, DT St. Paul (Dance) 7:15 – 10 PM
Thur, 7/25 – Brio Brass – Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth – 7 PM
Sun, 7/28  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band  Staring Lake, Eden Prairie – 7 PM
Mon, 7/29 – Brio Brass  Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 7:30 PM
Tues, 7/30  Red Rock Swing Band – Dance at Ojibway Park, Woodbury – 6:30 PM
Tues, 7/30  Roseville Big Band – Frank Rog Amphitheater, Roseville – 7:30 PM
Tues, 7/30 – Classic Big Band & the Nostalgics – Boerboom Park, Osseo – 7 PM
Tues, 7/30 – White Bear Big Band – Shoreview Community Center Pavilion – 4 PM
Tues. 7/30 – Zuhrah Flames Big Band - Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM

River City Jazz Orchestra
AUGUST
Thur, 8/01  Bend in the River Big Band  Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 7:30 PM
Thur, 8/01 – Minnesota Jazz Orchestra – Lakefront Park, Hudson, WI – 7 PM
Sun, 8/04  Roseville Big Band – Centennial Lakes Amphitheatre, Edina – 7 PM
Sun, 8/04 – Tim Patrick & His Blue Eyes Band – Lake Harriet, Mpls – 5:30 PM
Sun, 8/04 – Brio Brass – Canadian Days Parade, Little Canada – 12 Noon
Tues, 8/06  Bend in the River Big Band – Minnetonka Amphitheater – 7 PM
Wed, 8/07 – EXECS Big Band  Centennial Lakes Amphitheatre, Edina – 7 PM
Thur, 8/08  Bend in the River Big Band – Central Park, Faribault – 7 PM
Thur, 8/08 – Swingbeat Big Band  Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul – 7 PM
Wed, 8/14  Andrew James Big Band – Eagan Marketfest, Central Park – 5:30 PM
Thur, 8/15 – Moonlight Serenaders – Fillbrown House, White Bear Lake – 6 PM
Fri, 8/16 – Brio Brass – Sounds of MN, Ettinger Field, South St. Paul – 7 PM
Wed, 8/21 – Moonlight Serenaders  Centennial Lakes Amphitheatre, Edina – 7 PM
Sat. 8/24  Red Rock Swing Band – MN State Fair, DNR Stage (dancing)
• 5 Shows: 10 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, 4 PM, 7-9 PM
Sat, 8/24 – Capri Big Band  Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet, Mpls – 5 PM
Sun, 8/25 – Moonlight Serenaders  Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, St, Paul –7 PM
Wed, 8/28 – Zuhrah Flames Big Band – Minnehaha Falls Park, Mpls – 7 PM   
8/28 & /29 – Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra – MN State Fair, Heritage Stage – 10:30 AM

Moonlight Serenaders
SEPTEMBER   
Sun, 9/01 – Capri Big Band  Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls – 2 PM
Sun, 9/08  Jazz on the Prairie BB – Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen – 1 PM
Sun, 9/08  Southside Big Band – St. Odilia Church, Shoreview – 12:30 PM 
Sun, 9/08 – Brio Brass – Jesse James Days, Northfield – 12 Noon
                      


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