Mississippi Music Returns for 7th Summer Concert Series in Bemidji
The Bemidji waterfront will once again come alive as the Mississippi Music concert series returns for its 7th season.
From the blues to folk music, eight musical acts will bring another part of summer fun to the shores of Lake Bemidji. The summer sounds already include traffic, tourists and the waves of the lake. For the seventh year, music will once again join the summer air on Wednesday evenings.
“Concerts happening in Park Rapids and Mankato and St. Cloud, all around,” said Mississippi Music Chair Kristi Miller. “It’s a good draw, fun thing to do.”
The series showcases eight artists each year. The artists are mainly from Minnesota, with one from out-of-state. When crafting the lineup, the board considers not only unique sounds but also original songs.
“A lot of that has to do with [wanting] to support musicians, and so we really do what to create gig opportunities … be supportive of musicians who are writing original music and really putting themselves out there and finding success at it,” explained Mississippi Music Board Member and Lineup Curator Charlie Pulkrabek.
Started in 2016, the Mississippi Music concerts bring an estimated 500 people per show to the Lake Bemidji waterfront and to the historic downtown Bemidji area as well.
“We have people that contact us … they’re looking for schedules early so they can plan their trips up here if they’re doing to visit based on this,” said Pulkrebek.
This year’s lineup is as follows:
- June 14 – Lost Walleye Orchestra
- June 21 – Sam Miltich and Friends with Charmin Michelle
July 12 – Rich Mattson and the Northstars
July 19 – The Magic Castles (feat: Jason Edmunds)
July 26 – Boss Mama & Jebberhooch (feat: Colleen Myhre)
August 9 – Jillian Rae
August 16 – The Hooten Hallers
August 23 – Known Only Locally
Concerts are every Wednesday evening and free to the public.