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

Joyann Parker Joyann Parker

Opener: Author

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Withers Sports Complex
2021 Mayowood Road SW
Rochester, Minnesota 55902


Artist Website

Riverside Concerts and Rochester Parks & Recreation present forWARD 1, a neighborhood park concert at John Withers Sports Complex in Ward 1 featuring local favorites Author opening for Joyann Parker on Wednesday, August 28 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 - Author
6 PM - Joyann Parker

Author found an immediate home in the Twin Cities local music community, regularly playing DIY house-shows and notable venues such as First Avenue/7th Street Entry and the late Triple Rock Social Club. Their dreamy, atmospheric soundscapes, pop sensibility, and relatable storytelling paint a picture of the times and places wherein the songs were created. An accomplished singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter, Joyann Parker is frequently associated with passion, power and soul. She sings from the gut with an authenticity seldom found in today’s vocalists. Her vocal prowess and control allow her to move freely from one genre to another, from Patsy Cline to Etta James and right over to Janis Joplin with the greatest of ease.