The band "Troubleshooter" will open up the summer Music in the Park series on June 4.
The band "Troubleshooter" will open up the summer Music in the Park series on June 4.
Enjoying music outdoors amongst friends and neighbors while enjoying a delicious variety of food...that's Music In The Park 2014 in Spring Grove! If this musical series is beginning then it is a sure sign that summer has arrived!

Several new musical acts have been added to this year's great line-up. Various community organizations will also be serving a variety of delicious concessions each week. The series kicks off on Wednesday, June 4, with Troubleshooter, a four-piece classic rock and country band based in Rushford. The Merchants Bank Celebrity Server winner has the honor of serving at this first night of music. The Celebrity Server winner this year is the Spring Grove Firemen.

On Wednesday, June 11, Tunnel Vision will take the stage at the gazebo. Tunnel Vision is a five-piece band playing classic rock with members from Spring Grove, Caledonia, and the surrounding area. The Spring Grove Athletic Boosters will provide the concessions.

A group new to Music In The Park will entertain on Wednesday, June 18. The Guilty Kilts are a two-piece group from Spring Grove and Decorah that play Irish folk music, danceable jigs, and the odd popular piece revamped to fit their very personal and engaging style. The Spring Grove Boy Scouts will be providing the food for the evening

Entertaining with his original humorous songs along with classic country and rock covers will be Mike McAbee on Wednesday, June 25. McAbee hails from Decorah. The Spring Grove Girl Scouts will be serving concessions.

The duo of Glen Alstad and Arland Folstad, also known as The Starliters, will be the featured band on Wednesday, July 2. These two gentlemen perform old-time standards. ABLE staff and people supported will be providing the food for the evening.

July 9 will feature another new group - Kindred Minds. This four-piece acoustic string ensemble plays traditional, folk, gospel, and regionally-inspired original songs. Members of the Sunrise Care Home will be serving the concessions.

Solo artist, Bryon Stein, will take the stage on Wednesday, July 16. He is from La Crosse and plays country and rock. The food servers for the evening are yet to be determined.

Longtime favorite musical act at Music In The Park is the Jim Busta Band. They will be the entertainment on Wednesday, July 23. They have been playing for more than 30 years and have traveled across the country sharing their toe-tapping polka music. Concessions will be served by the Spring Grove American Legion and Auxiliary.

July wraps up with a new event - Kids' Showcase. Local kids will fill Wednesday, July 30, with a variety of music. Details about how to participate in this special event can be found later in this article. Cheering on the performing musicians while serving food will be the Spring Grove Music Boosters.

August begins with entertainment by local church bands as well as the Joe Cody Band on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Concessions that night will be a wide variety of items from all that participate in the community picnic potluck. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the variety!

The 2014 Music In The Park season will end on Wednesday, Aug. 13, with a performance by Bob Bovee and Pop Wagner. This duo plays traditional folk and cowboy music along with old-time dance tunes. Pop Wagner does rope tricks and tells stories as well. Bob Bovee plays banjo, autoharp, guitar, harmonica and also sings and yodels. The Spring Grove Lions Club and the Commercial Club will be serving the concessions.

The Music-In-The-Park takes place in the gazebo in Viking Memorial Park in Spring Grove. Each week, the evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with music and food and finishes at 8 p.m. There are many benches and picnic tables, but they fill up quickly, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

In the chance that there is bad weather, the rain location is just around the corner at the Fest Building. The Music In The Park series wouldn't be possible without the financial support of the Spring Grove American Legion and Auxiliary, the city of Spring Grove, Spring Grove Commercial Club, Spring Grove Lions Club and Merchants Bank-Spring Grove.

Kids' Show Case

The Kids' Show Case is for any type of talent including instrumental or vocal, solo or group. Participants must be age 18 or younger. A sound system will be available for use and there will be a hook-up for iPods or CD accompaniment tracks. All acts need to be family-friendly (no swearing or other lewd language). Each entrant may plan up to 10 minutes of entertainment, but this is subject to change based on the number of entrants.

Register to be a part of this showcase by July 20. When registering, be prepared to provide the song titles and composers for the pieces being performed, the name and age of each participant, and what type of accompaniment (if any) will be used.

All entrants will need to provide their own accompaniment track or secure an accompanist. An electric piano will be provided, but participants must bring their own accompanist. Contact Rachel Storlie to register, (507) 458-1255. An emcee is also needed for the evening, contact Storlie if interested.