CHISHOLM — Local musicians are taking to the stage on Tuesday evenings at the Pocket Park on Lake Street in Chisholm.
The concert series coordinated by the Chisholm Downtown Revitalization Committee started on May 28 and continues from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 27. (There will be no music on July 2.)
“The idea for Music in the Park came from feedback from folks in the community that enjoyed having weekly arts events to attend,” said Jessalyn Sabin, one of the Revitalization Group members.
A mix of genres includes banjo picking and story-telling, button box, folk, solo piano and vocal, classical and contemporary.
“Some weeks we will have music that is more focused on kids, including performances by Casey Aro,” Sabin said. “Other weeks, it will be local acoustic artists, some folk artist — a little bit of everything, really.”
Upcoming performances are as follows:
June 11-Casey Aro; June 18-Joe Hanegmon; June 25-Kimmy Grillo; June 9-Casey Aro; July 16-Hanegmon; July 23-Rob and Jill; July 30-Grill; Aug. 6-Candice-Red Dirt Rendezvous; Aug. 13-Casey Aro; Aug 20-Will Durie & Jonah Giermann; Aug. 27-Hanegmon.
The Downtown Revitalization Committee is a group of volunteers that actively applies for grants to fund enhancements to the downtown.
Its first big projects involved the construction of the Pocket Park and walking history tour in downtown Chisholm in 2017. Local artwork and a mining-themed sculptures are on display and are part of the pocket park project.
Last year, the Revitalization Committee continued its revitalization efforts with enhancements to Kiwanis park, including the addition of a mining-themed sculpture and lighting and electrical upgrades. This summer the committee is working with a local artist on a mural to be painted on the Terry’s Barber Shop building on the 100 block of West Lake Street in Chisholm.
Sabin said the Downtown Revitalization Commitee’s aim is to invest in visible projects that bring folks together in spaces that encourage community-building. She shared the following quote from StrongTowns.org.: “Public art can make your town more beautiful, more beloved, and more economically productive.”