Mayor’s Block Party plannedDoes anyone want to see Two Harbors Mayor Randy Bolen “bang on the drum all day” … well at least for a few songs?
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
Does anyone want to see Two Harbors Mayor Randy Bolen “bang on the drum all day” … well at least for a few songs?
The Guilty Pleasures, a band Bolen used to be a drummer for, along with numerous other musicians will play throughout the day at the first Mayor’s Block Party Aug. 22.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Bolen said. “Everything is coming together.”
The party, funded through grants, business sponsorships and private donations, will be held on First Avenue while the Kids’ Block Party will be held at the Thomas Owens Park Band Shell. The city band will also perform at the band shell. Bolen said the purpose of the event is to bring the community together.
“We have all different age groups involved,” Bolen said.
Another group performing during the event is The Accidentals. The group, which put out a record about 30 years ago, hasn’t played together in a while. Four of the bands members will come up for the show and local musician Phil Ness will play along with them.
“We will have an elaborate stage set up by Dunnigan’s,” Bolen said. “It’s as close to a professional concert as you can get.” And, he should know, admitting that he’s seen between 250 and 300 bands perform live.
A classic car show will also be held on First Avenue during the day.
Kids will get their chance to sing at their own block party during kids’ karaoke. The group Barnyard Boys, basically a kids’ band, will also perform for the kids, and the fire department will put on races. There will also be a giant inflatable slide, a bounce house and a hockey puck shooting game where kids can win prizes.
Do North Pizzeria will have exclusive rights for vending and the Two Harbors Dairy Queen has also been helping the party’s cause.
The American Legion, Moose, Do North and Dunnigan’s are all currently selling T-shirts to help raise money for the event. The Chamber of Commerce also helped raise money for the shirts.
Alternative sites have been established in the event of bad weather. The kids block party would be held at the community center, while the bands would perform at Do North, Dunnigan’s, the Legion and Moose.
“I hope it goes off smoothly,” Bolen said.