Apple Valley Arts Foundation providing concert series for 10th year

Music in Kelley Park is returning for its 10th season starting Friday, June 14, in Apple Valley.

This year’s lineup will feature new acts including Salsa del Soul, a Twin Cities-based nine-piece orchestra, and Coyote Wild, which has a singer with Apple Valley ties named Alyssa Cassada. The concerts are free and open to the public.

“The Apple Valley Arts Foundation is very excited to be able to participate in the city of Apple Valley’s 50th anniversary and to be able to provide Music in Kelley Park as part of the celebration,” said Sonya Busch, president of the Apple Valley Arts Foundation Board.

The Apple Valley Arts Foundation is an all-volunteer nonprofit that has a mission to bring high-quality arts to the community with programs that are accessible to everyone. Its programs include Music in Kelley Park, the Frozen Apple Concert Series and donating money to support performing and fine arts in Apple Valley schools. This year, the organization donated $12,000 to be divided among the elementary, middle and high schools in Apple Valley, Busch said.

Busch said Music in Kelley Park is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser for its fiscal budget. The concert series raises money primarily through business sponsorships. This year’s sponsors include Think Mutual Bank, Raising Cane’s, Bogart’s Entertainment Center and several other local businesses.

“The only way we are able to do this is through the generosity of our donors,” she said.

The concerts will take place from 6-9 p.m. Fridays, June 14-Aug. 16 at Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St.

According to the foundation, here’s the lineup for this year’s series:

• June 14: Salsa del Soul, a nine-piece orchestra that performs different styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean, according to the group’s website. Busch said the group plans to bring a salsa instructor to the concert so people can learn how to salsa.

• June 21: Lush Country: a seven-member band, Its members are longtime Twin Cities headliners and Prairie Home Companion veterans. The band plays “the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again,” its Facebook page states.

• June 28: Michael Monroe. Monroe, an acoustic singer and songwriter, has four decades of experience performing nationally in concert, festival, corporate and educational settings, according to his website.

• July 5: Belfast Cowboys, a nine-piece band that focuses on the music of Van Morrison. The group performed during the Frozen Apple Concert Series earlier this year.

• July 12: Patty Peterson Presents – Jazz Women All-Stars. Peterson has performed to sold-out audiences around the United States, and received the Minnesota Music Award seven times for best vocalist and best jazz recording. She was inducted into the Mid America Hall of Fame in 2010, according to her bio.

• July 19: Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus. The chorus is a nonprofit volunteer organization that has performed in Dakota County since 1986, according to the group. Busch said the group’s performance at Kelley Park will be in honor of Apple Valley’s 50th anniversary.

• July 26: MacPhail Jazz with Adam Meckler. Meckler, a trumpet player, has been part of the MacPhail Center for Music’s faculty since 2013 and is founder of the Adam Meckler Orchestra, Adam Meckler Quintet, Lulu’s Playground and he performs with other groups, according to MacPhail’s website.

• Aug. 2: Coyote Wild, a band that “performs an eclectic mix of both classic and current rock and country,” the group’s website said.

• Aug. 9: Power of 10. The group has logged over 1,400 performances and “features dynamic vocalists, an awe-inspiring horn section and a superb rhythm section performing a mix of timeless and current hits,” according to its website.

• Aug. 16: Riverside Hitmen, a live music party band that performs hits from the 1950s through the present day, its website says.

Busch said food will be available for purchase at the concerts from places like the Apple Valley American Legion Post, Red’s Savoy Pizza, Las Tortillas, Rita’s Italian Ice, Culver’s and Kalli’s Popcorn.

If there’s a forecast for inclement weather, the arts foundation will announce whether a concert will be canceled by 11 a.m. the day of the event on its Facebook page, Busch said.

For more information about Music in Kelley Park, visit

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