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North Country to perform free concert on Thursday

North Country will perform a free concert on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. (Contributed)

North Country will perform at the Red Willow Arts Coalition free concert on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Douglas County Courthouse in Alexandria.

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North Country is a three-piece band specializing in classic country. It also mixes some current hits into its playlist.

Along with Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, North Country may treat audiences to Toby Keith, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown.

North Country’s founding member, Mike Brown, lives in Elk River and teaches music for Minneapolis Public Schools. Brown has played country music all of his adult life. Before re-forming his own band, Brown played in various country bands in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

Bass player Reid Papke is a professional who has played in many bands and, as well as North Country, currently works with guitarist/singer Lonnie Knight.

Drummer Greg Taylor has lived in Minnesota since 2001 but is a native of Billings, Montana. Taylor became a professional musician at the age of 18 and has played everything from hard country to rock and roll and blues to heavy metal.

He has played with several famous musicians and stars, such as Hickory/MGM recording artist Glenn Barber, Capitol Records artists Hank Thompson and Connie Cato, Columbia Records/Grand Ole Opry star Billy Walker, 1950s rocker Chan Romero, and more.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, listen to KXRA 1490 AM for cancellation information.

The Red Willow Arts Coalition is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide the community with access to more musical experiences.

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council with McKnight Foundation funding.

The series sponsors are Anderson Funeral Home and Elden’s Fresh Foods. The nightly sponsor is Carlson Music Center.


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June 19: Skilly and Duff

June 26: Kool Whip

July 3: Jefferson Alumni Concert

July 4: A Red, White and Blue Thank You

July 10: Skal Klubben

July 17: Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys

July 24: The White Sidewalks Rock and Roll Revue

July 31: Tina and Lena

August 7: Doc’s All Stars

August 14: Charlie Roth and the Healers

August 21: The Pachanga Society

August 28: The Red Letter Band