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 The City of Rochester’s Music Department (Riverside Concerts) and Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to bring the community together this summer with a program called "forWARD". We're "takin it to the parks" with a series of concerts staged in Rochester's neighborhood parks located in the individual wards of the city. Moving "forWARD" with the City's strategic priority to maintain and increase neighborhood vitality and livability; to emphasize neighborhoods and activities for citizens outside of the downtown area.

Each event in the series will include a visit from the Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Recreation Trailer. The Mobile Rec Trailer is loaded with interactive games and equipment and will travel to parks and green space all around the City this summer. Rochester Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids of all ages in fun, unique and engaging outdoor activities designed to increase activity, spontaneity, and interactions with friends and neighbors!


3 PM - Family Fun with the Go! Play! Explore!
            Mobile Recreation Trailer

5 PM - Opening Act

6 PM - Headliner

Delta Rae Delta Rae

Opener: Emma Hern

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Cooke Park
722 7th St. NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901


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Riverside Concerts and Rochester Parks & Recreation present forWARD 5, a neighborhood park concert at Cooke Park in Ward 5 featuring the Americana bands Delta Rae and Emma Hern on Wednesday, July 3 at 5 PM. Bring the kids down early to enjoy the Go Play! Explore! Mobile Recreation Trailor starting at 3 PM.

3 PM -  Go Play! Explore! Mobile Recreation Trailor
5 PM - Emma Hern
6 PM - Delta Rae

Delta Rae - Earthy familial country outfit Delta Rae skillfully juggle gospel-tinged country-rock, sensual blue-eyed soul, and harmony-laden Americana, resulting in an infectious, radio-ready sound that falls somewhere between Nickel Creek and Adele. Formed in 2009 as a four-piece around the talents of siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes, along with Elizabeth Hopkins, the North Carolina-based band expanded to a sextet the following year with the additions of Mike McKee and Grant Emerson. In 2011 the group inked a deal with Sire/Warner Bros. after a particularly impressive in-office audition for Seymour Stein, who was blown away by Hopkins and the Hölljes siblings' powerful voices. The resulting Carry the Fire, their major-label debut, arrived in 2012. Carry the Fire reached 11 on the U.S. Heatseekers chart and 13 on the folk chart. Delta Rae released their second album, After It All, in the spring of 2015. In 2017, the band released an EP, A Long and Happy Life, which featured the hit single of the same name. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Emma Hern - Nashville-via-Boston-via-Richmond belter Emma Hern is taking her Nashville-approved blend of Americana, soul, pop, and a touch of glam wide with her self-titled debut EP. Taking cues from legends like Aretha and Bonnie Raitt and placing them in the age of Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift, Emma Hern is bridging the time gap with her retro rock-soul sound and on-stage electricity. After graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Emma moved to Nashville looking to expand her musicality. Her first months were spent absorbing all that Music City has to offer and bringing life to her creative vision. She wasted no time integrating herself into the local music scene. Within the first year, Emma played a long list of prestigious Nashville venues and showcases, capping it off with a slot at Pilgrimage Music Festival, which Rolling Stone named The “Festival to Watch.”