forWARD Neighborhood Park Concerts

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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

Connla (World Music Series) Connla (World Music Series)

Opener: RavensFire

Wednesday, August 21, 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 3, a neighborhood park concert at Lincolnshire Park in Ward 3 featuring the Celtic bands RavensFire and Connla on Wednesday, August 21 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 - RavensFire
6 PM - Connla

The RavensFire band plays Irish traditional music, folk songs, instrumentals and original music in the style of familiar Irish tunes. There’s always much foot-tapping and hand-clapping and many smiling faces. This band is fun to listen to. Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene. Songlines magazine made Connla their “must see act” for the tour of the UK and stated “A band this young shouldn’t be this good”. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla.