Tuesdays in the Park returns beginning June 17

The country music duo of Liz Keeney and Larry Rose kicked off the summer music series on Tuesday night, June 12, at the depot museum in Princeton back in 2012.
Liz Keeney kicked off the summer music series on Tuesday night, June 12, at the depot museum in Princeton back in 2012. Photo by Jeff Hage.

The grounds of the Historic Depot are going to get a little dirty when Princeton’s Music in the Park kicks off on Tuesday, June 17.

The Princeton Rotary Club is bringing the Dirty Shorts Brass Band to town for the opening night of the five-show summer concert series, featuring performers 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday night through July 15.

The Dirty Shorts Brass Band describes itself as a New Orleans-style brass band, playing everything from jazz to Dixie, funk, blues, rock ’n’ roll, gospel and swing – and back.

The nine-piece band from St. Paul is influenced by the great New Orleans brass bands of yesterday and today. Band members have backgrounds in drum corps, big bands and the blues.

June 24 will be a special night for 15 youngsters when the Everett Smithson Band comes to Princeton.

The Everett Smithson Band plays an interesting variety of music as well as standards that have a unique spin on them and many originals. Come to any Everett Smithson Band performance and you can count on the band to create a party atmosphere with New Orleans and French Quarter music: Zydeco, blues, Rockin Roots, Hillbilly Hoedowns, gospel and more.

Everett Smithson will give 15 youngsters (ages 8-16) a free harmonica and a harmonica lesson. Anyone bringing their own harmonica will get a free lesson, too, said Penny Quast, director of the Mille Lacs County Historical Society, and organizer of the Tuesday in the Park music series.

Folks can get ready for the Fourth of July holiday a few days early when the area’s favorite Celtic band, Ring of Kerry, takes to the depot museum stage on Tuesday, July 1.

Ring of Kerry, which features Princeton resident Paul Blondell, is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group that captures the hearts of listeners. The group takes its name from a beautiful craggy drive in southwestern County Kerry, Ireland. Its Celtic music, however, is played with a heart much closer to its American home.

On the other side of the July 4 holiday, another Princeton performer will take to the stage.

Singer, songwriter and recording artist Elizabeth Keeney will perform on Tuesday, July 8.

Tuesdays in the Park concludes July 15 when renowned accordion player Florian Chmielewski makes a return visit to Princeton.

The park is sure to liven up with toe-tapping sounds of polka music by Chmielewski, a member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the Ironworld Discovery Center Polka Hall of Fame.

The Tuesdays in the Park music series is a free family event. Acts perform on a rail car behind the Great Northern Depot, 101 S. 10th Ave., Princeton.